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    It’s midway through training camp, and Stanford watchers might recall coach David Shaw expressing hope (many months ago) that he would name a starting quarterback at precisely this point.

    The timing would allow either Ryan Burns or Keller Chryst (pictured) to take the majority of snaps for the final 10 days of camp and the entirety of game week.

    Again, that was Shaw’s hope.

    The mid-August reality is that neither Burns nor Chryst has gained clear, consistent separation, and there is little to indicate that Shaw will name a starter this week.

    In fact, there’a a good chance Shaw won’t name a starter until the week of the Sept. 2 opener against Kansas State.

    And there’s a decent chance that when he does, he’ll include the line: “But both quarterbacks will play.”

    (That’s only a good sign if their names are Montana and Young, or Favre and Rodgers.)

    Offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren put it best: “It’s not clear to me who’s No. 1.”

    So there you have it.

    Next topic …

    *** Best guess for the current offensive line two-deep:

    (Note: Stanford hasn’t released an official depth chart and probably won’t until game week.)

    LT: Casey Tucker/Aaron Bright

    LG: Aaron Bright/Brandon Fanaika

    C: Jesse Burkett/Brian Chaffin

    RG: Johnny Caspers/Austin Maihen

    RT: A.T. Hall/Jack Dreyer

    The top alternative would likely have Bright at left tackle, Tucker at right tackle and Fanaika as the starting left guard.

    “I’m still not sure who the starting five are,” Bloomgren said.

    *** General comment from Shaw following a scrimmage last weekend:

    “It was indicative of where we’ve been, where the defense is playing really well and it’s tough to move the ball.”

    *** The top-three outside linebackers are Peter Kalambayi, Joey Alfieri and Mike Tyler.

    (Next in line: Casey Toohill.)

    *** The search to replace short-yardage specialist Remound Wright includes tailback Cameron Scarlett, fullback Daniel Marx and, yes, Christian McCaffrey.

    “He will be involved in the goal-line offense,” Bloomgren said. “He’s earned that right.”

    *** The latest version of the Cardinal’s never-ending search for a sustainable defensive line rotation goes something like this:

    Solomon Thomas, Harrison Phillips and take-your-pick.

    The second tier of candidates includes Luke Kaumatule, Eric Cotton, Jordan Watkins and Dylan Jackson, who is slightly ahead of Wesley Annan.

    Shaw sounded encouraged — “Now we have bodies” — but from this vantage point, it’s hardly time to pronounce the situation resolved.

    The staff was optimistic about the state of the line last summer, too. Then the reserves stagnated, Phillips went down in the opener, and the Cardinal was forced to rely heavily — and successfully, as it turned out — on three players.

    That’s one benefit to the 3-4 base defense in the Pac-12, with all its spread formations: Stanford added a defensive back and removed a lineman on more than half of its snaps last season.

    It was able to rotate three top-tier linemen (Thomas, Brennan Scarlett and Aziz ****tu) for two spots — a risky existence, for sure.

    But at least it had three.

    At this point, there are only two.

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