No. 12 Football Travels To South Bay Rival San Jose State
Nov. 25, 2001
Next Game: Stanford Cardinal at San Jose State Spartans
Date: December 1, 2001
Opponent: San Jose State (3-8)
Kickoff: 2:00 pm
Location: Spartan Stadium (30,456)
Radio: KTCT (1050 am). Ted Robinson, Bob Murphy. Pregame show begins at 1:30 pm
Internet: Live game audio and live game stats on www.gostanford.com
The Cardinal: Stanford concludes the regular season on Saturday with a non-conference game at San Jose State ... The game was originally scheduled for September 15,b ut was postponed and rescheduled for December 1 after the attacks of September 11 ... The Cardinal, which has lost the last three games against SJSU, will play at San Jose State for only the third time in the 56-year series history ... Stanford played at Spartan Stadium on September 2, 1995 (won 47-33) in Tyrone Willingham's debut as the Cardinal's head coach ... The only other time the two teams met away from Stanford Stadium was in the first game of the series in 1900 ... That game was played in Cycler's Park in San Jose ... Stanford will also be attempting to win nine regular season game for the first time since 1992 and only the second time since the 1951 season ... Stanford has won three straight overall and five of its last six.
Best Regular Seasons: Stanford has won 10 regular season games (not including bowl games) only once in school history (1926) and has won nine regular season games only six other times in the 106 years of Stanford football ... The last Cardinal team to win nine regular season games was the `92 team led by Bill Walsh ... That team finished 9-3 in the regular season and 10-3 overall after a victory in the Blockbuster Bowl ... The only other teams to win nine regular seasons are the 1951 team (9-1), 1940 (9-0), 1934 (9-0-1), 1930 (9-1-1) and 1929 (9-1) ... A Cardinal win on Saturday would give Stanford its second nine-win regular season in the last 50 years.
Season Finale: Stanford has won its last six regular season finales from 1995-2000 ... All of those wins have come under Tyronen Willingham ... The Cardinal has finished the regular season with wins over Cal in each of those years except the `99 season when Stanford ended the regular season with a win over Notre Dame ... The last time Stanford played its regular season finale against an opponent other than Cal or Notre Dame was in 1986, when the Cardinal played Arizona in Tokyo.
Pac-10 Picture: Stanford finished the Pac-10 campaign with a 6-2 record and no worse than a three-way tie for second place ... The Cardinal, which is tied with Washington and Washington State, can become a co-champion of the Pac-10 if Oregon State beats Oregon on Saturday, creating a four-way tie for first place ... If Oregon defeats OSU, Stanford will finish in a three-way tie for second with the Huskies and Cougars.
National Rankings: Stanford is ranked No. 12 this week by both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN ... Stanford was ranked No. 10 in the AP poll on Oct. 28, marking the highest national rating on The Farm since the final rankings of the 1992 season when the Cardinal was No. 9 after a 10-3 season ... Stanford has been ranked in the top-25 eight of the last nine weeks ... The Cardinal first appeared in the national rankings on September 30 after beating USC and improving to 3-0 ... Wins over top-five teams Oregon and UCLA pushed the Cardinal up 19 spots in the AP poll and 16 spots in the ESPN poll during a two-week period.
Pac-10 Power: Stanford is 17-7 (.708) in the Pacific-10 Conference over the last three seasons, including eight wins in its last 10 tries dating back to last season ... The Cardinal started the run by winning the 1999 Pacific-10 Conference title with a 7-1 record ... A year ago, Stanford went 4-4 and finished in sole possession of third place in the conference ... This season, Stanford finished the conference season at 6-2 ... Only Oregon and Washington have better Pac-10 records than Stanford over the last three seasons.
In the Pac: Stanford is 19-7 in its last 26 Pac-10 games dating back to the `98 season ... The Cardinal won its final two conference games in `98, went 7-1 in `99, 4-4 in `00 and finished 6-2 in Pac-10 play this season.
Going Bowling: Stanford will compete in the 20th bowl game in school history this season and the fourth since Tyrone Willingham took over the reigns in 1995 ... Stanford's last bowl appearance was in 1999 when the Cardinal won the Pac-10 championship and played Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl ... Willingham has previously led Stanford to the 1995 Liberty Bowl and `96 Sun Bowl in addition to the Rose Bowl two years ago.
San Jose State Series: Stanford leads the South Bay rivalry, which dates back to 1900, 42-13-1 ... The Spartans have won each of the last three games, with all of those victories coming at Stanford Stadium ... Only Washington with four straight wins over the Cardinal owns a longer winning streak vs. Stanford than San Jose State ... Prior to the current San Jose State win streak, Stanford had won six straight (1992-97) and 11 of the last 14 dating back to 1984 .. The 2001 meeting, however, will be just the third in San Jose ... After the first meeting was played at Cycler's Park in San Jose in 1900 (35-0 Stanford win), the next 49 Stanford-San Jose State contests were played on The Farm (1900-94) ... Stanford returned to San Jose to post a 47-33 win in 1995, and since that time, each of the last five meetings were at Stanford Stadium ... The Spartans defeated the Cardinal 40-27 on September 9 of last season, as the teams combined for 50 or more points for the 10th time in their last 12 meetings.
Stanford-SJSU Connection: Stanford and San Jose State have a long history of coaches who have been on both sidelines ... The tradition began with Dud DeGroot, who was a three-year letterwinner at Stanford from 1920-22 and went on to serve as head coach at San Jose State from 1932-39 ... Gridiron legend Glenn 'Pop' Warner was head coach at Stanford from 1924-32 and went on to become an assistant at SJSU from 1939-40 ... John Ralston, of course, led he Cardinal to back-to-back Rose Bowls during his nine year stint on The Farm (1963-71) before taking over at SJSU over two decades later (1993-96) ... Jack Elway was San Jose State's head coach from 1979-83, and held the same position on The Farm from 1984-88 ... Most recently, Dave Baldwin (now the offensive coordinator at the University of Cincinnati) was a Stanford assistant from 1984-88 and the San Jose State head coach from 1997-2000 ... Two other Spartan head coaches were also Stanford assistants: Terry Shea (SJSU 1990-91, Stanford 1992-94) and Ron Turner (Stanford 1989-91, SJSU 1992).
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 ... Stanford's 5-1 start also matched the `92 team's record after six games - the best in the last 10 years - and Stanford's 7-2 record matched the best on The Farm since the 1986 team had the same record after nine games ... The Cardinal's current 8-2 record is the best at Stanford since the 1970 team also went 8-2 after 10 games.
November Numbers: Stanford is 18-7 in the month of November under Tyrone Willingham (1995-2001), including 3-1 this year ... Over the last four years, Willingham's team have accumulated a record of 10-3 in November ... This season, Stanford's November record includes a 42-28 loss at Washington, a 51-37 win at Arizona, a 35-28 win over California in The Big Game and last week's 17-13 victory over Notre Dame ...
Conference Wins: Stanford recorded six wins in conference play for the fourth time since the 1971 season, but the second time in the last three years ... The Cardinal went 7-1 en route to winning the Pac-10 title in 1999 and has gone 6-2 in 1991 and `92 before this season ... Prior to the `91 campaign, the Cardinal's last six-win season in conference play came in Stanford's back-to-back Rose Bowl years of 1970 (6-1) and `71 (6-1) ... The only other times a Stanford team won as many as six conference games was in 1940 (7-0) and 1951 (6-1).
Lately: Stanford has won 10 of its last 12 games overall and eight of its last 10 in conference play ... Stanford won their final two games of the 2000 season against Arizona State and Cal and have won eight of 10 in 2001... In Pac-10 play, Stanford's streak includes wins in 2000 vs. Arizona State and Cal, and victories this season over Arizona State, USC, Oregon, UCLA, Arizona and California ... The only conference losses during this time have come against WSU on Oct. 13 and Washington on Nov. 3.
Toughest Schedule: Stanford's schedule has been ranked by the NCAA as one of the toughest in college football ... The Cardinal has played two games against teams that were ranked in the top-5 at gametime (Oregon, UCLA) and two other teams that have been ranked in nation's top-10 in 2001 (Washington, Washington State) ... Six of Stanford's 10 opponents thus far are already bowl-eligible.
Experience: Stanford's 2001 club is one of the most experienced in recent years, especially on the defensive side of the ball ... Stanford returned 16 starters and 39 letter-winners from last year's team ... 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.
Tyrone Willingham: Head coach Tyrone Willingham is in his seventh season at the helm of the Stanford University football program ... He became the third winningest coach in Stanford football history when he posted career win No. 41 at Arizona on November 10 ... 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 43-35-1 (.551) and Pac-10 record of 32-24 (.571) ... 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 Attack: Stanford is second in the Pac-10 and 24th in the nation in rushing offense, averaging 199.1 yards per game ...The Cardinal has never led the Pac-10 in rushing since the conference began keeping such rankings in 1954 (Oregon is the conference leader at 205 yards per game) ... The Cardinal has rushed for over 200 yards in five of its 10 games this season, including a season-best 276 at Arizona on Nov. 10 ... Stanford's other big rushing games include 213 vs. UCLA, 223 vs. Arizona State, 203 vs. USC and 219 vs. Washington State ... Stanford is averaging 4.3 yards per carry and has scored 22 rushing TDs thus far in 2001 ... Brian Allen (153-837-7) and Kerry Carter (123-456-9) are the main ball carriers behind Stanford's experienced offensive line ... Stanford needs nine yards rushing to reach the 2,000 plateau for only the third time in school history.
Top Rushing Teams: Stanford needs just nine rushing yards on Saturday to become only the third team in school history to rush for over 2,000 yards ... The Cardinal has rushed for 1,991 yards this season and are averaging 199.1 yards rushing per game ... Only the teams of 1949 (school record 2,481 rushing yards) and 1957 (2,259) have rushed for over 2,000 yards in a single season ... The 2001 Cardinal are already the third best rushing team in school history.
Rushing Facts: Under Tyrone Willingham (1995-01), a successful rushing attack has usually equaled good things for the Cardinal ... During this time, Stanford is 20-4 when it has a RB gain over 100 yards and 30-6 when it outrushes the opponent ... Stanford is also 15-2 when it rushes for over 200 yards and 24-8 when it rushes for over 150 yards.
The Top 10 List: Brian Allen became the sixth runner in Stanford football history to surpass the 2000 yard platuea after his career-best 143-yard effort at Arizona on Nov. 10 ... Allen, who is sixth all-time at Stanford, has now rushed for 2,055 yards in his career ... He is 124 yards shy of passing Glyn Milburn or the No. 5 spot on the school's career rushing list ... Kerry Carter, who has 1,515 career rushing yards and one more season of eligibility, is also knocking on the door ... He is 159 yards behind Jon Volpe (1987-90, 1,674 yards) for 10th place.
Brian's Song: Senior running back Brian Allen has enjoyed one of the best seasons for a running back in school history ... He has rushed for 837 yards and is just 14 shy of moving into the school's all-time top-10 single seasons ... He still has a chance to become only the fourth runner in school history to gain 1,000 yards in a season, but he would have to have a big game against San Jose State on Saturday ...Along with school record holder Tommy Vardell (1,084 yards in 1991), the only other runners to gain over 1,000 yards in a season are Darrin Nelson, who did it three times in 1977, `78 and `81, Brad Muster in 1986 and Jon Volpe in 1988 ... Allen has rushed for over 100 yards in four games this season, including 134 vs. Arizona State, 133 vs. Washington State, 138 vs. Washington and 143 vs. Arizona ... He ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in rushing, fourth in kickoff returns and third in all-purpose running ... Nationally, Allen's 26.6 yards per kickoff return average is 20th while his 129.9 yards in all-purpose running is 27th in the nation ... In the Cardinal single season record book, Allen is 10th all-time at Stanford with 2,798 career all-purpose yards (2,055 rushing, 178 receiving, 575 kickoff returns) ...Against Washington, Allen had an 80-yard touchdown run, which was not only Allen's career long, but it tied for the eighth longest run from scrimmage in school history ... All these numbers despite sharing the RB duties throughout his career with Kerry Carter ... A native of Ontario, California, Allen has started the last 27 games at running back for the Cardinal.
More On Carter: Kerry Carter suffered a shoulder injury at Washington on Nov. 3 and has not played the past three games at Arizona and home games vs. California and Notre Dame ... For the season, he has rushed for 456 yards on 123 carries and scored a team-best 10 touchdowns (nine rushing, one receiving) ... He has had one, 100-yard rushing game this season - that coming on Oct. 27 vs. UCLA when he gained 102 yards and scored two touchdowns ... Against the much-heralded Bruin defense, Carter scored two touchdowns - one on a 26-yard pass play and the other on a season-high 27-yard run late in the game that clinched Stanford's upset win over UCLA ... Last season, Carter had two, 100-yard rushing games (123 vs. USC, 103 vs. ASU) and led the team with 729 yards on the ground ... Carter is tied for fourth on Stanford's all-time career rushing touchdown list with 21.
Tolon's Time: With Kerry Carter out the past three games and Brian Allen limited due to injuries, sophomore Kenneth Tolon has made the most of his opportunities the past three games ... All Tolon has done in the past three games is rush for 315 yards on 42 carries (7.5 ypr) and score three touchdowns ... He has two, 100-yard games in the three game span - a 100-yard performance vs. Arizona and a career-high 133 yards last week vs. Notre Dame ... Tolon also rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown against Cal ... He had a 71-yard TD run at Arizona, a 29-yard touchdown run vs. Cal and the game-winning one-yard TD last week against Notre ... Prior to the past three games, Tolon had carried the ball just six times for 10 yards in the first seven games of the 2001 campaign.
On the Offensive: Under offensive coordinator Bill Diedrick, Stanford has produced one of the most feared offenses in the Pac-10 since Diedrick took over in 1998 ... During this time, Stanford has averaged 30.2 points per game and 421 yards in total offense ... The Cardinal has scored over 50 points five times, including two in 2001 (51 vs. Arizona State and Arizona) and over 40 points in nine games ... In the Cardinal record book, three of the top five single game passing totals in school history have come in the past three years under Diedrick, including 465 vs. UCLA in `99, 450 vs. Oregon State in `00 and 422 vs. UCLA in `98 ... Diedrick's offenses have also produced two of the top eight games in Cardinal history in total offense (672 vs. UCLA in `99, 614 vs. San Jose State in `00).
Offensive Numbers: The Cardinal offense is proving to be among the nation's best ... This week, Stanford's offense 10th in the nation in scoring (36.7 ppg), 12th in total offense (449.1 ypg), 22nd in pass efficiency offense (139.09 rating) and 24th in rushing offense (199.1 ypg) ... In the Pac-10, Stanford leads the conference in scoring offense, is second in total offense and rushing offense, third in passing efficiency and fifth in passing offense ... Stanford has scored more than 38 points in six of its 10 games this season and has scored more than 30 in 10 of its last 15 games dating back to last season.
Lewis' Legacy: Junior Chris Lewis did not play last Saturday vs. Notre Dame as Randy Fasani went the distance as the team's starting quarterback ... Lewis had played the last four-and-a-half games for Stanford in place of the Fasani ... During this time, Lewis led Stanford to a comeback win at Oregon as well as victories against UCLA, Arizona and California ... For the season, he has completed 90-of-163 (.552) for 1,277 yards, 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions ... Lewis played the entire second half against Oregon (Oct. 20) and has started the last four games vs. UCLA, Washington, Arizona and California ... In those games, Lewis has completed 84-of-150 (.560) for 1,229 yards and 12 touchdowns ... He threw for a career high 390 yards and four touchdowns a week ago vs. Cal ... He has thrown seven TD passes the last two weeks (four vs. Cal, three vs. Arizona) ... In his first start of the season against UCLA, he was impressive in Stanford's win over the No. 4 Bruins as he completed 20-of-29 for 250 yards and three touchdowns ... He started three games in 2000 (at home vs. Arizona, at Notre Dame, at Oregon State) ... Lewis, whose sister Robyn is a member of Stanford's nationally-ranked women's volleyball team, has has shown the knack for coming off the bench and leading the Cardinal to come-from-behind wins, which he has done three times in the last two seasons ... He has already done it once this year- October 20 at fifth ranked Oregon ... After Fasani was knocked out of the game, Lewis came on to spearhead Stanford's upset win in Eugene ... After completing just three-of-10 for 28 yards in the first half against the Ducks, he came out in the second half to complete nine-of-16 for 161 yards and two touchdowns ... Last season, he threw for 214 yards and three TDs, including the game-winner with 1:12 to play, to beat No. 5 Texas ... He came off the bench against USC to throw a touchdown pass on the game's final play to beat the Trojans.
Randy's Rhetoric: Fifth-year senior quarterback Randy Fasani was enjoying an outstanding season before suffering a knee injury Oct. 20 at Oregon ... The Granite Bay, Calif. native, who was one of 20 candidates for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award presented to the nation's top senior quarterback, suffered an MCL sprain of his right knee at Oregon and did not play against UCLA,Washington or Arizona ... He played one play vs. Cal on Nov. 17 and returned to the starting lineup last Saturday vs. Notre Dame ... Prior to leaving the Oregon game, he had completed seven-of-11 passes for 141 yards and led the Cardinal to three first half touchdowns before leaving the game in the second quarter ... He was among the national leaders in pass efficiency (144.13 rating), points responsible for (14.4) and total offense (235.4) before the injury ... The Cardinal has thrived under Fasani since he won the starting QB job prior to the 2000 season ... In the 14 games Fasani has started since winning the job, Stanford is 10-4 and averaging 32.4 points per contest (453 points) ... In those 14 contests, Stanford has scored fewer than 24 points only twice and has put up 30 or more seven different times ... In the three games he missed in 2000 because of injury, Stanford was 0-3 with 7.7 points per game ... He threw for 232 yards and four TDs in the 2001 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 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 TDs in 2000 ... His best single game numbers in 2000 came against San Jose State, when he was threw for 373 yards and a career-high four TDs and one interception ... Also last season, Fasani threw for 242 yards and three TDs in the Big Game at Cal, 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 267 yards rushing in seven games, but has netted just 130 due to yardage lost through sacks ... However, Fasani has made some big plays with his legs in 2001 ... He has 11 runs over more than 10 yards and five of more than 20 yards ... Last Saturday, he ran for 19 yards in Stanford's game-winning drive against Notre Dame ... He had a 20-yard scramble in Stanford's upset win at Oregon ...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 52 rushing attempts.
Stanford's Running Quarterbacks: Randy Fasani's rushing numbers are already among the best in school history for a starting quarterback ... Fasani has rushed for 253 net yards in his career ... Of the top 10 quarterbacks on the Cardinal's all-time passing list, only one finished his career with positive rushing numbers - Jim Plunkett, who rushed for 343 yards from 1968-70 ... Other Cardinal quarterbacks who finished with positive rushing numbers include Don Bunce (1968-71) with 479 rushing yards, Bobby Garrett (1951-53) with 238 yards and Mike Cordova (1973-76) with 92 rushing yards ... Some of the great Cardinal quarterbacks who did not have positive rushing yards include John Elway (-279 net yards rushing), Steve Stenstrom (-706), John Paye (-130), Todd Husak (-136) and Guy Benjamin (-181).
Tight End Production: Stanford has made good use of its talented corps of tight ends in 2001 ... Through 10 games, tight ends Brett Pierce, Matt Wright, Darin Naatjes and Alex Smith have combined to catch 24 passes for 349 yards and five touchdowns ... Cardinal tight ends have accounted for key plays throughout the season ... Against Cal on Nov. 17, Pierce caught two passes for 68 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown, and Naatjes had a 32-yard reception ... Against Washington on Nov. 3, Pierce was a key weapon as he caught four passes for 45 yards ... Against WSU, Naatjes had two receptions for 28 yards and two touchdowns while Pierce added one catch for 15 yards ... Pierce recorded five catches for 40 yards and one TD against USC ... In game two vs. Arizona State, Wright had two receptions for 17 yards and Pierce caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Fasani ... For the season, Pierce leads the Cardinal tight end corps with 18 receptions for 252 yards and three TDs while Naatjes has three receptions and two touchdowns ... A year ago, starter Russell Stewart led all Cardinal tight ends with eight catches.
The O-Line: Stanford returned its top six offensive linemen from last year's team and has been recognized this season 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 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 93 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 and at Washington, is also a talented lineman who provides Stanford with a versatile and very capable backup ...'They're tabbed with one of the best offensive lines in both the Pac-10 and the country, and it showed,' commented UCLA head coach Bob Toledo after Stanford rushed for 213 yards against a Bruin defense considered among the best in the nation.
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 ... Last week, he was named First-Team All-America by Football News ... He was on the Lombardi Award Watch List this season as one of 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 44 games of his Stanford career and started the last 33.
Teyo's Tale: Stanford two-sport standout Teyo Johnson has become an integral part of the Cardinal offense in 2001 ... After setting career bests in both receptions with eight and receiving yards with 116 against Arizona, Johnson came back a week later against Cal to again lead all Cardinal receivers with six catches ... Johnson leads the team with 38 receptions and seven TDs this season ...The 6-7, 245 pound quarterback-turned-receiver has presented matchup problems for opposing defenses ... Johnson, who is also a member of the Cardinal's nationally-ranked basketball team, came to Stanford as a highly-touted quarterback out of Mira Mesa High School in San Diego ... After playing QB as a true freshman in 2000, Johnson was moved to wide receiver in the final week of spring practice last April ...He has responded to his new position by becomming one of the team's top offensive weapons ... He had six catches for 84 yards and a touchdown vs. Cal, that coming on a 31-yard pass from QB Chris Lewis ... Against Arizona, Johnson had his first two-TD game of the his career ... He caught a 23-yard touchdown from Lewis in the first quarter, then had a three-yard TD pass play in the second quarter on a 'jump ball' in the corner of the end zone ...Johnson has had five TDs and two, two-point conversions in the last five games ...Against Washington on Nov. 3, Johnson recorded six receptions for 80 yards, including a career-long 54-yarder from Lewis ... Johnson also caught a two-point conversion which tied the score at 28-28 in the third quarter ... ... In his first game as a receiver, Johnson had four receptions for 51 yards and one TD vs. Boston College ... The following week against Arizona State, he caught three passes for 42 yards and another touchdown ... Johnson received extensive playing time at Oregon on October 20 and responded with his biggest game to date - five catches, 95 yards one touchdown ... He caught a three-yard TD pass from Lewis vs. UCLA ... 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.
Teyo's Surge: Teyo Johnson has continued to impress as a wide receiver and become more a part of the Cardinal's offense ... And the numbers bear that out ... In his first four games at wide receiver, the converted quarterback had nine catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns - an average of just over two catches and 32 yards per game ... In the last six games, however, Johnson has recorded 29 receptions for 438 yards and five touchdowns - an average of almost five receptions, 73 yards and one TD per game.
Powell's Play: Junior FL Luke Powell has earned the reputation as one of the most dangerous players in all of college football ... Powell has shown the ability to make big plays as both a receiver and punt returner ... In The Big Game against Cal, Powell had five catches for 152 yards and two touchdowns, including a 79-yard TD pass play that ranks as the 12th longest in school history ... He is eighth in the nation and first in the Pac-10 in punt returns with a 13.6 average ... 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 is second on the team with 34 receptions for 632 yards (18.6 ypc) and six TDs ... In his last 14 games, Powell has 43 receptions for 943 yards (21.9 ypc) and seven TDs along with 18 punt returns for 283 yards (15.7 avg.) and one touchdown ... In his career, Powell has 51 receptions for 1,123 yards - an average of 22.0 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 ... Other big games this year include Arizona State (six receptions, 143 yards) and USC (4-124-1 touchdown).
Defending the Run: Stanford is second in the Pac-10 in rushing defense and is 24th nationally, giving up an average of just 117.6 yards per game ... The Cardinal has led the Pac-10 in rush defense only once since the conference began keeping the stat in 1954 - that coming during Stanford's Rose Bowl season in 1971 ... UCLA currently leads the conference in run defense at 115.5 ... Stanford held USC to 28 yards rushing, UCLA to 57, Cal to 82 and Arizona State to 86.
Tank's Tale: Clevan 'Tank' Williams has earned the reputation as one of the best safeties in all of college football ... Last week, Football News named him a Second-Team All-America ... A pre-season candidate for the Jim Thorpe Award, Williams has had the kind of season in 2001 worthy of All-America recognition ... 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 ... ESPN's Mel Kuiper listed Williams as the fifth best senior safety prospect in the nation (tied with teammate Coy Wire) ... Williams has intercepted five passes in 10 games and is among the best in the country in interceptions per game at 0.50 (tied for 14th in NCAA) ...He is also the most active player on the Cardinal defense ... In addition to registering 63 tackles, he also has two sacks, two tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries - one returned for a touchdown - two forced forced fumbles and 13 pass break-ups ... Against Arizona, he picked up a loose ball and raced 25 yards for a touchdown, forced a fumble which was brought also brought back for a Stanford touchdown, had one interception, one quarterback sack,one tackle for loss and three total tackles and was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week for his effort ... 'Physically, he's everything 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.'
High Wire: Senior ILB Coy Wire is one of the top linebackers in college football in 2001 ... He was 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 ... Wire has indeed established himself as the leader of the Cardinal defense (86 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 1.5 QB sacks, one blocked punt, one fumb le recovery) ... He had an 89-yard fumble return for a touchown at Arizona ... Against UCLA's vaunted rushing offense and Heisman Trophy candidate DeShaun Foster, Wire led Stanford with nine tackles, one tackle for loss and a half-sack ... He recorded a career-high 15 tackles against Notre Dame on Nov. 24 ... 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.'
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, particularly 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 deent: Chijioke 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 Hobson is also a Canadian citizen.