STANFORD -- For a big man, Devon Cajuste prefers tiny steps. Stanford's 6-foot-4 receiver arrived on campus two years ago with a simple goal: "Be in one play,'' he explained Tuesday.
Cajuste, who weighs 228 pounds, plotted a path to that end: Excel on the scout team, work his way onto the depth chart, earn playing time and, finally, make something happen.
The redshirt sophomore did just that Saturday in his first career start, catching a 40-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kevin Hogan to open the scoring in what would become a 34-13 victory over San Jose State.
Cajuste finished with three catches for 62 yards and, in combination with junior Ty Montgomery, gave Stanford reason to believe its receivers will be more productive than in years past.
"He showed he's ready to not just be a spot player,'' coach David Shaw said of Cajuste. "He's ready to be full time.''
Cajuste, who grew up in Seaford, N.Y., selected Stanford over eight other schools, including Harvard, because the Cardinal was willing to let him play receiver. Everyone else looked at Cajuste's frame and thought: Tight end.
"The glory of the big catch is more on the receivers,'' Cajuste said. "Being a tight end would be an even match'' -- with linebackers -- "but it's such a huge advantage being on the outside.''
Cajuste is several inches taller and about 30 pounds heavier than most cornerbacks. He's quick out of cuts and has deceptive speed, allowing him to run patterns such as curls and comebacks that are usually the realm of smaller receivers.
Cajuste was primarily a blocker last year and had one reception. But Stanford's need for receivers this season and his familiarity with the playbook created an opportunity for him to surpass his goal -- to be in more than just one play.
"It's awesome to see all his hard work pay off,'' Hogan said. "He's been ballin' in training camp.''
"We have to remind ourselves that kids are more resilient,'' Shaw said. "I'm more worried about the coaches.''
Stanford is favored by 29 points against the Black Knights, who lost to Ball State 40-14 on Saturday.
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