Barry Sanders Jr. in the running for lead back at Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) – Stanford coach David Shaw is beginning this season the same way he has his first three: preaching a running back-by-committee approach in training camp.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren said junior Kelsey Young created some separation in spring practices and headed into training camp this week as the slight favorite. But sophomore Barry Sanders – yes, the son of the Hall of Famer with the same name – also is likely to get carries along with junior Remound Wright and senior Ricky Seale.

Bloomgren said the competition has been so close that Stanford might truly shuffle running backs all season.

Sanders bulked up from 185 pounds when he arrived on campus two years ago to 200 pounds now. He also wasn’t afraid to call his famous father for advice.

“He did tell me, ‘Once you get the job, you can’t give it back. There’s no rush, but just to work your butt off and compete,'” Sanders said.