Football Travels North To Take On No. 5 Oregon Ducks
Oct. 14, 2001
Date: October 20, 2001
Opponent: Oregon (6-0, 3-0)
Kickoff: 12:30 pm
Location: Autzen Stadium (41,698)
Television: ABC (regional), Live - Keith Jackson, Tim Brant, Todd Harris
Radio: KTCT (1050 am). Ted Robinson, Bob Murphy. Pregame show begins at 11:30 pm.
Internet: Live game audio and live game stats on www.gostanford.com
The Cardinal: Stanford saw its five game winning streak come to an end on Saturday when it lost to Washington State 45-39 ... It was Stanford's first loss - and first Pac-10 loss - since a 37-35 loss to UCLA last season in game nine (November 4) ... The Cardinal will play its first top-10 team of the year this Saturday when it travels to Eugene to face the undefeated Ducks (6-0, 3-0), who enter the game ranked fifth in the nation ... Oregon marks the second straight undefeated team the Cardinal has faced ... Washington State entered last week's game 5-0 ... Following the Ducks, Stanford will play a home game against sixth ranked and undefeated UCLA.
Still Ahead: Stanford's next three opponents are a combined 15-1 and are all among the nation's top 12 ... The Cardinal's next two opponents are both undefeated and ranked in the top-10 ... Oregon is currently 6-0 and ranked fifth while UCLA is 5-0 and ranked sixth ... Washington, which was ranked 10th before losing to UCLA last Saturday, is 4-1 and ranked 12th ... In contrast, Stanford's final four opponents are a combined 5-16 ... They include Arizona (3-3), Cal (0-5), Notre Dame (2-3) and San Jose State (0-5).
Quick Start: Stanford began the 2001 campaign with three straight wins - matching its best start in 15 years (since 1986) ... The Cardinal also began the year with two consecutive conference wins for the first time since its 1999 Rose Bowl season.
Lately: Stanford has won five of its last six games overall and four of its last five in conference play ... Stanford won their final two games of the 2000 season against Arizona State and Cal and have won three of the first four in 2001 ... In Pac-10 play, Stanford's streak included wins in 2000 vs. Arizona State and Cal, then wins to begin the `01 season vs. Arizona State and USC ... The streaks ended, of course, with last week's loss to WSU.
National Rankings: Stanford fell out of the national rankings after a two-week stay in the top-25 ... The Cardinal moved into the national rankings on September 30 (No. 22 by AP, No. 24 in ESPN/USA Today) ... A week later, Stanford was ranked No. 22 by ESPN and No. 23 by AP ... This week, the Cardinal received votes in both polls but is out of the top-25 (No. 29 in both polls).
After The Big Game: Stanford will finish the regular season in irregular fashion as it has two games to play after The Big Game with Cal on November 17 ... The last time a Stanford football team played two regular season games after The Big Game was in 1899 when Stanford played Multnomah (Portland) and a team called 'All-Seattle' ... Due to the cancellation of the September 15 game with San Jose State, the Cardinal will play the Spartans on December 1.
The Oregon Series: Stanford and Oregon will meet on Saturday for the first time since the 1998 season ... The Cardinal leads the all-time series with the Ducks 42-21-1 and has won three of the last four meetings and six of the last eight ... The two teams did not play each other in 1999 and 2000 ... The last meeting between the two teams was a 63-28 Oregon win on September 26, 1998 at Autzen Stadium ... Prior to that game, Stanford has beaten UO in their three previous meetings in 1995 (28-21), 1996 (27-24) and `97 (59-48) ... Tyrone Willingham is 3-1 against Oregon and their head coach Mike Belotti ... While the Cardinal lost the last game in Autzen Stadium in 1998, Stanford had won the three games played in Eugene prior to `98, including 1991 (33-13), `93 (38-34) and `95 (28-21).
Experience Across The Board: Stanford returns 16 starters and 39 letter-winners from last year's team that finished 5-6 overall and 4-4 in the Pacific-10 Conference (fourth place) ... The Cardinal returns nine starters on offense, seven on defense and both kickers from a year ago ... The experience that the Cardinal lacked in 2000 has given way to a veteran club in 2001 ... The Cardinal finds itself with a defense made up of 10 players in their final season of eligibility, including its entire starting secondary and linebacking corps.
Tyrone Willingham: Head coach Tyrone Willingham is in his seventh season at the helm of the Stanford University football program ... Only two other coaches in school history have enjoyed a longer tenure on The Farm - Glenn 'Pop' Warner and John Ralston - who both coached at Stanford for nine seasons ... Willingham's tenure also ranks tied for second among current Pacific-10 Conference head coaches behind only Washington State's Mike Price and tied with Oregon's Mike Belotti ... Willingham, who has twice been named Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1995 & 1999), owns a career record of 38-34-1 (.527) and Pac-10 record of 28-23 (.549) ... He has led the Cardinal to three bowl games, including a 1999 Pac-10 Championship and a trip to the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2000 ... The Rose Bowl appearance was Stanford's first in 28 seasons.
Rushing Facts: Under Tyrone Willingham (1995-01), a successful rushing attack has usually equaled good things for the Cardinal ... During this time, Stanford is 17-3 when it has a RB gain over 100 yards and 27-5 when it outrushes the opponent ... Stanford is also 13-2 when it rushes for over 200 yards and 20-7 when it rushes for over 150 yards.
Rushing Tandem: Stanford's running back tandem of Kerry Carter and Brian Allen have combined to give the Cardinal outstanding production out of the backfield ... Together, Allen and Carter have carried the ball 119 times for 627 yards (5.3 ypc) and seven touchdowns ... The duo has carried the ball 119 of Stanford's 183 carries (65%) and gained 627 of the team's 805 rushing yards (78%) ... They have also scored seven of the team's eight rushing touchdowns this season.
Rushing Attack: Stanford is second in the Pac-10 and 22nd in the nation in rushing offense, averaging 201.2 yards per game (UCLA leads the conference) ...The Cardinal has never led the Pac-10 in rushing since the conference began keeping such rankings in 1954 ... The Cardinal has rushed for over 200 yards in each of its last three games, including 223 vs. Arizona State, 203 vs. USC and 219 vs. Washington State ... Stanford is averaging an impressive 4.4 yards per carry and has scored eight rushing TDs thus far in 2001 ... Brian Allen (59-382) and Kerry Carter (60-245) are the main ball carriers behind Stanford's experienced offensive line ... Stanford is on pace to rush for over 2,000 yards in a season for only the second time in school history (2,259 yards in 1957).
The Top 10 List: Brian Allen broke into the school's all-time top-10 rushing list after last week's game with Washington State ... Allen is now 10th all-time on The Farm with 1,607 rushing yards ... Kerry Carter, who has 1,304 career rushing yards and one more seasonof eligibility, is also knocking on the door ... He is 303 yards behind Allen and 370 behind Jon Volpe (1987-90, 1,674 yards).:
Stanford's All-Time Top-10 Rushers
1. Darrin Nelson, 77-81 4,033
2. Brad Muster, `84-87 2,940
3. Anthony Bookman, `94-97 2,523
4. Mike Mitchell, `93-97 2,446
5. Glyn Milburn, `90-92 2,178
6. Tommy Vardell, `88-91 1,789
7. Ray Handley, `63-65 1,768
8. Vincent White, `79-82 1,689
9. Jon Volpe, `87-90 1,674
10. Brian Allen, `98-01 1,607
Kerry Carter, `99-01 1,304
Offensive Numbers: The Cardinal offense is proving to be among the nation's best ... This week, Stanford's offense ranks 12th in the nation in scoring (37.2 ppg), 18th in total offense (444.0 ypg), 19th in pass efficiency offense (145.29 rating) and 2nd in rushing offense (201.2 ypg) ... In the Pac-10, Stanford ranks second in rushing and fourth in scoring, total and pass efficiency offense ... Adding to the offensive production are the Cardinal return teams, which are currently third in the nation in punt returns (21.0 ypr) and 21st in KOR (24.1 ypr).
Brian's Song: Senior running back Brian Allen is emerging as one of the top runners in the Pac-10 Conference this season ... After rushing for over 100 yards for the second game this season, Allen is now averaging 95.5 yards per game, which ranks him third in the conference and 36th in the NCAA ... Against Washington State, Allen gained 133 yards and scored three touchdowns on 20 carries ... He moved his career rushing total to 1,607 and into the No. 10 spot on the school's all-time rushing list ... For the season, he has gained 382 yards on 59 carries (6.5 ypr) and scored a team-best four rushing TDs ...Allen rushed for 134 yards and scored one touchdown on just 13 carries agaisnt Arizona State in game two ... All these numbers despite sharing the RB duties with Kerry Carter ... A native of Ontario, California, Allen has started the last 21 games at running back for the Cardinal.
Randy's Rhetoric : Fifth-year senior quarterback Randy Fasani continues to be the catalyst for Stanford's high-powered offense ... The Granite Bay, Calif. native, who is one of 20 candidates for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award presented to the nation's top senior quarterback, ranks among the best in the conference and the NCAA ... He is currently eighth in the nation and second in the Pac-10 in passing efficiency (155.07 rating), tied for sixth in the NCAA and third in the conference in points responsible for (18.0 ppg) and second in the Pac-10 and 25th in the nation in total offense (253 ypg) ... The Cardinal has thrived under Fasani since he won the starting QB job prior to the 2000 season ... In the 12 games Fasani has started since winning the job, Stanford is 8-4 and averaging 32.3 points per contest (387 points) ... In those 12 contests, Stanford has scored fewer than 24 points only once and has put up 30 or more six different times ... In the three games he missed last season because of injury last season, Stanford was 0-3 with 7.7 points per game... He threw for 232 yards and four TDs in the season opener vs. Boston College, 295 yards and four more touchdowns vs. Arizona State, 194 yards and two TDs at USC and 202 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday vs. WSU ... He is the first Cardinal quarterback to throw four TDs in back-to-back games since John Elway accomplished the feat in 1980 (5 at Washington State and 6 vs. Oregon State) ... In addition, Stanford quarterbacks have thrown for four touchdowns or more in a game on 19 occasions in program history and Fasani, who also threw for four TDs against San Jose State last year, joins Elway (four) and 1970 Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett (three) as the only QBs to accomplish that feat three or more times ... ... Fasani, who married longtime girlfriend Monica Stahr this summer, threw for 1,400 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2000, and also proved to be a great play-maker, tremendous runner and an athlete capable of making plays down the stretch ... His best single game numbers in 2000 came against San Jose State, when he was 18-of-42 for 373 yards with a career-high four touchdowns and one interception ... Also last season, Fasani threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns in the Big Game at California, including the game-winner to FB Casey Moore in overtime ... He also engineered drives of 64-, 58- and 48- yards in the final six minutes against Pac-10 champ Washington to erase a 24-6 deficit ... Prior to becoming the Cardinal's starting QB in 2000, Fasani had also received playing time at tight end, linebacker and special teams.
Fasani on the Run: QB Randy Fasani has proven to be an effective runner out of the pocket and very capable of alluding the defense and scrambling for big gains ... He has gained 180 yards rushing through four games, but has netted just 89 due to yardage lost through sacks ... However, Fasani has made some big plays with his legs in 2001 ... He has seven runs over more than 10 yards and four of more than 20 yards ... Last week against WSU, he had runs of 20 and 29 yards ... In Stanford's win at USC, Fasani had key runs of 21 and 23 yards ... His other big runs have been a 13 yard and 11 yard scramble against Boston College and a 15-yard gainer vs. Arizona State ... He is third on the team with 33 rushing attempts.
Tight End Production: Stanford has made good use of its talented corps of tight ends in 2001... Through four games, tight ends Brett Pierce, Matt Wright and Darin Naatjes have combined to catch 12 passes for 140 yards and four touchdowns ... In each game, the tight position has accounted for a key play or been a factor in the Cardinal's offensive success ... Last Saturday against WSU, Naatjes had two receptions for 28 yards and two touchdowns while Pierce added one catch for 15 yards ... The previous game vs. USC saw Pierce record five catches for 40 yards and one TD ... In game two vs. Arizona State, Wright had two receptions for 17 yards and Pierce caught a 25-yard touchdownn pass from Fasani ... For the season, Pierce leads the tight end trio with eight receptions for 95 yards and two touchdowns,while Naatjes and Wright each have two catches ... A year ago, starter Russell Stewart led all Cardinal tight ends with eight catches.
Awards 'Watch' List: QB Randy Fasani, FS Tank Williams, OG Eric Heitmann and ILB Coy Wire are all listed on various Watch Lists for national awards ... Fasani is one of 20 candidates for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award presented to the nation's top senior quarterback ... Williams is on the Jim Thorpe Watch List for the nation's top defensive back ... Both Heitmann and Wire are included on the Lombardi Award Watch List for the best lineman in college football.
Heitmann Hits: Senior Eric Heitmann, now in his third season in the Cardinal's starting lineup, has earned the reputation as one of the top offensive linemen in the nation and is a member of the 'Watch List' for the 2001 Lombardi Award given to the top lineman in college football ... Named Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 in 1999 and Second-Team All-Conference last season, Heitmann was a consensus preseason First-Team All-Pac-10 selection and a First-Team All-America choice by Athlon's and Preview Sports ... Street & Smith's named Heitmann as the No. 6 offensive guard in the country ...A native of Katy, Texas, Heitmann has played in all 38 games of his Stanford career and started the last 27.
Teyo's Time: Stanford two-sport standout Teyo Johnson is making a good first impression at wide receiver ... The sophomore, who redshirted the 2000 season as a quarterback and was moved to wide receiver this spring, has caught nine passes for 127 yards (14.1 ypc) and two scores ... In his collegiate debut against Boston College, he caught four passes for 51 yards and one touchdown while showing the kind of athleticism that makes him one of the nation's top two-sport athletes ... Against Arizona State, he grabbed three passes for 42 yards, including a 13-yard TD reception ... Johnson, who is also a member of Stanford's nationally-ranked basketball team, presents a major problem for opposing defenses with his 6-foot-7, 245-pound stature ... As a true freshman in 2000-01, Johnson was used as a reserve forward on the basketball team ... He was named to the Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 Freshman team after averaging 4.1 ppg and 2.2 rpg ... He will contend for a starting assignment next season ... Johnson is the younger brother of Riall, who recently graduated from Stanford after a stellar four-year career on The Farm in which he twice led the Pac-10 in sacks and was named First-Team All-Conference in 2000 ... Riall is currently playing with the Cincinnati Bengals.
The O-Line: Stanford returns its top six offensive linemen from last year's team and has been recognized as one of the top groups in the nation ... Athlon's Preseason Magazine ranked the Cardinal's O-Line No. 5 in the nation while Lindy's had Stanford at No. 10 ...Stanford's opening day starting five of tackles Kirk Chambers and Kwame Harris, guards Eric Heitmann and Greg Schindler and center Zack Quaccia represent four players who were starters a year ago and a sophomore (Harris) who played as a true freshman and was one of the nation's top recruits two years ago (Chambers was also a true freshman in `00) ... In Heitmann, Schindler and Quaccia, the Cardinal has three players who are in the starting lineup for the third consecutive season ... The trio has combined to start 76 games the past two-plus years ... Schindler was the team's starter at right tackle the past two years, but has been moved to guard this season to strengthen the Cardinal's front five ... Harris has already proven to be one of the most talented young lineman in the nation ... Sixth man Paul Weinacht,who started for the injured Schindler at USC, is also a talented lineman who provides Stanford with a versatile and very capable backup.
Powell Takes Off: Junior FL Luke Powell is vastly becomming one of the most dangerous players in the nation ... Powell has shown the ability to make big plays as both a receiver and punt returner ... He currently leads the Pac-10 and is third in the NCAA in punt returns, averaging 22.0 yards per return (7 returns, 154 yards) ... He had a 49-yard return vs. Boston College in the season opener, a 51-yard return vs. Arizona State and a 46 yard return against Washington State ... As a receiver, he has 14 receptions for 290 yards (20.7 ypc) and one touchdown ... He is currently ranked ?? in the nation and ??in the Pac-10 in receiving yards per game at 72.5 ... In his last eight games (final four in `00, first four in `01), Powell has 24 receptions for 612 yards (25.5 ypc) and three TDs along with eight punt returns for 205 yards (25.6 avg.) and one touchdown ... In his career, Powell has 32 receptions for 792 yards - an average of 24.8 yards per catch ... Stanford's school record for yards per catch average is 21.1 (Bob Blunt, 1964-66) ... Against USC, Powell had four receptions for 124 yards and one touchdown ... He and Randy Fasani hooked up on pass plays covering 50, 34 (TD) and 33 yards ... The week before against ASU, Powell had six catches for 143 yards.
Tank's Tale: Clevan 'Tank' Williams has earned the reputation as one of the best safeties in all of college football and is a candidate for the Jim Thorpe Award ... Williams, a 6-3, 225-pound free safety from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, was named preseason First-Team All-Pac-10 and Honorable Mention All-America by several publications ... Lindy's rated him as the No. 15 safety in the country ... ESPN's Mel Kuiper listed Williams as the fifth best senior safety prospect in the nation (tied with teammate Coy Wire) ... 'Physically, he's everyting you look for in a football player,' says Cardinal secondary coach Denny Schuler. 'He's got cornerback speed, but linebacker size. Clearly, a big-time NFL player.' ... Through the first four games of the season, Williams has recorded 28 tackles, sixpass deflections and two interceptions ... He is currently tied for 22nd in the NCAA and tied for second in the Pac-10 in interceptions (.50 ipg).
High Wire: Senior ILB Coy Wire is expected to be one of the top linebackers in college football in 2001 ... He is listed on the Lombardi Award Watch List as one of the top linemen in the nation ... ESPN's Mel Kuiper ranked Wire as the fifth best senior safety prospect in the country (along with teammate Tank Williams) and the 30th best player in college football ... And after the first four games of the year, Wire has indeed established himself as the leader of the Cardinal defense (34 tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack, one blocked punt) ... A running back his first two seasons at Stanford, Wire has the distinction of being the only Cardinal player in modern times to lead the team in rushing and tackles ...He was a running back in 1998 and `99 and, after redshirting the `97 season, he led the team in rushing in `98 (298 yards) ... He was then was moved to linebacker for the 2000 campaign, where he promptly earned the starting role and led the team in total tackles ... 'A lot of what we're doing defensively is based on what Coy can do,' said defensive coordinator Kent Baer. ' No question, he's an honors candidate this season. He's one of the best defensive players in our conference.'
The D-Line: Stanford's defensive line has continued to improve through the first four games of the season ... It has already gained the reputation as one of the toughest fronts to run against ... The Cardinal has given up an average of 89.5 yards rushing per game, placing it 14th in the nation and second in the Pac-10 ... Stanford held Arizona State (86 yards) and USC (28 yards) below 100 yards rushing while Washington State gained 114 yards on 39 carries, an average of 2.9 ypr ... For the season, Cardinal opponents have gained 358 yards rushing on 122 carries (2.9 ypr) and have scored just two touchdowns on the ground ... As a team, Stanford has recorded 35 tackles for loss and eight sacks in four games ... ILB Matt Friedrichs leads the team with six TFL and OLB Anthony Gabriel and DE Austin Lee are next with five apiece ... Up front, DE Marcus Hoover has recorded 18 tackles, three TFL and one sack while DT Matt Leonard has nine tackles, three TFL and a team-leading three sacks.
Experience: Stanford's 2001 club is one of the most experienced in recent years, especially on the defensive side of the ball ... Fourteen starters are in their last season on The Farm, including nine on defense, four on offense and one kicker ... Only NT Trey Freeman and DT Matt Leonard will return to the Cardinal defense in `02 ... Lineman Austin Lee and Marcus Hoover, linebackers Coy Wire, Matt Friedrichs and Anthony Gabriel and the entire secondary in CB Ruben Carter and Ryan Fernandez, FS Tank Williams and SS Simba Hodari are playing their final seasons at Stanford ... Offensively, four starters are in their final seasons on The Farm, including QB Randy Fasani, RB Brian Allen, C Zack Quaccia and OG Eric Heitmann ... PK Mike Biselli is also in his final year at Stanford.
* This week's opponent -Oregon - is Stanford's first top-10 opponent since last year's wild game with No. 9 Washington ... The Huskies prevailed 31-28 over the Cardinal, but had to score with 17 seconds left to win the game.
* The last top-5 team to play the Cardinal was Texas during the 2000 season ... Stanford pulled off a 27-24 upset win over the Longhorns on September 16 on a TD pass with 1:12 remaining in the game.
* Stanford has scored an average of 34.3 points in its last nine games dating back to last season ... The Cardinal has scored more than 30 points in six of those games.
* QB Randy Fasani moved into the school's all-time top-10 list in career touchdown passes with 24 ... Fasani passed Steve Dils (1977-78) for the No. 10 spot with two TD passes last Saturday vs. WSU ... Next up on the list are Mike Cordova (1973-76) with 25 and Bobby Garrett (1951-53) with 28.
* Secondary coach Denny Schuler has Oregon roots ... Schuler, who came to Stanford in 1999, is a 1969 graduate of Oregon ... He played wide receiver from `64-68 ... Schuler also coached at UO from 1986-92 ... He was the Duck's defensive coordinator and secondary coach under Rich Brooks.
* Stanford is currently 2nd in the Pac-10 in fewest penalty yards per game (46.5) ... UCLA leads the conference at 44.6 ypg ... The Cardinal has led the conference in this category in each of the last five seasons ... Last season, Stanford led the league in fewest penalties (64), fewest penalty yards (471) and fewest penalty yards per game (42.8).
* Stanford has scored 14 times in 18 possessions inside its opponents 20-yard line (.778) ... The Cardinal has scored 13 TDs and one field goal ... Opponents, meanwhile, have scored nine times (seven TDs, two FGs) in 13 trips inside the Cardinal 20.
* Stanford is second in the Pac-10 in time of possession ... The Cardinal are averaging 33:21 of offense through its first four games ... WSU leads the league at 33:33.
* PK Mike Biselli, a 1999 First-Team All-Pac-10 selection, is now tied for seventh all-time on The Farm after kicking his 24th career field goal last Saturday vs. WSU ... He is also fourth on the school's all-time PAT list with 93.
NFL Ties: Stanford has six players on its current roster with fathers who played in the NFL and three others with brothers who played in the NFL ... Those with NFL dads include CB Garry Cobb (father, Garry, played 11 seasons with the Lions, Eagles and Cowboys), CB Ryan Fernandez (father David, Kansas City Chiefs), WRs Jamien and Justin McCullum (father, Sam, played in the NFL for 10 seasons with the Seahawks and Vikings), TE Alex Smith (father, Edwin, played for Broncos for four years) and CB Stanley Wilson (father, Stanley, played six seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals) ... Three other players have brothers with NFL experience, including SS Colin Branch (brother Calvin), WR Teyo Johnson (brothers Ahmani and Riall) and OG Dustin Stimson (brother Nate).
In the Classroom: Stanford has 50 players on its current roster who are members of the National Honor Society ... Twelve players have been recognized as National Merit Scholars and 10 players have been honored as National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athletes.
Two-Sport Athletes: Stanford has eight two-sport athletes on the football team ... WR Teyo Johnson is a member of the Cardinal basketball team, TE Darin Naatjes is on the Stanford baseball team while six other athletes participate in track, including RB Brian Allen, WR Brandon Royster, WR Nick Sebes, DE Will Svitek, CB Leigh Torrence and CB Stanley Wilson.
Sibling Rivalry: The Cardinal has six players on its roster with siblings who are or were student-athletes at Stanford ... QB Chris Lewis' sister, Robyn, is a senior setter on Stanford's nationally-ranked women's volleyball team ... C Zack Quaccia's brother, Luke, played baseball at Stanford in 1996 and `97, WR Teyo Johnson's brother, Riall, played football at Stanford from 1997-2000 and freshman WR Gerren Crochet's brother, Damien, played football on The Farm from `92-95 ... The other two are, of course, the McCullums, freshman Justin and senior Jamien.
NFL Head Coaches: Sixteen current or former NFL head coaches have spent time on The Farm as a head or assistant coach for Stanford, including six who are presently head coaches in the National Football League ... The current NFL head coaches with Stanford experience include Denny Green with the Minnesota Vikings (assistant at Stanford in 1977, `78, `80 and head coach from `89-91), Brian Billick of the Baltimore Ravens (Stanford assistant from 89-91), Jim Fassel with the New York Giants (Stanford assistant from `79-83), Jim Mora with the Indianapolis Colts (Stanford assistant in 1967), George Siefert with the Carolina Panthers (Stanford assistant from `72-74 and `77-79) and Dick Vermeil with the Kansas City Chiefs (Stanford assistant from `65-68) ... The list of others who have coached at Stanford and been head NFL coaches includes Frankie Albert (San Francisco 49ers, 1956-58), Phil Bengsten (Green Bay Packers, 1968-70), Monte Clarke (49ers, 1976, Detroit Lions `78-84), Rod Dowhower (Baltimore Colts, 1985), Ray Handley (New York Giants, 1991-92), Norb Hecker (Atlanta Falcons, 1966-68), John Ralston (Denver Broncos, 1972-76), Bill Walsh (San Francisco 49ers, 1979-88), Mike White (Oakland Raiders, 1995-96) and Paul Wiggin (Kansas City Chiefs, 1975-77).
Musical Cards: Several Stanford players are very accomplished in the arts, particulary music and dance ... The list includes Eric Heitmann (pianist, composes his own music), Kwame Harris (played piano for 11 years, played violin in high school orchestra), David Bergeron (A Capella Choir, performed at Carnegie Hall), Kerry Carter (R&B dance group performed throughout Canada), Kirk Chambers (choir), Evan Combs (high school orchestra), O.J. Oshinowo (jazz band, wind symphony orchestra) and Jared Newberry (choir).
International Cardinal: Stanford's roster is dotted with players from around the nation and the world ... Three players are of Nigerian decent: Chiijoke Asomugha, O.J. Atogwe and O.J. Oshinowo ... OT Kwame Harris was born in Jamaica , RB Brian Allen is of Jamaican decent and DE Will Svitek was born in the Czech Republic ... RB Kerry Carter was born in Trinidad and Tobago and is a Canadian citizen while DE Louis Hobsonis also a Canadian citizen.
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