Stanford Set to Open 2002 Season at Boston College
Sept. 1, 2002
THE CARDINAL: Stanford opens its 108th season of intercollegiate football on September 7 when it travels to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to face Boston College ... The Eagles (1-0) will be playing their second game of the year after opening the season on August 31 with a 24-16 win over UConn ... For the Cardinal, the game will mark the debut of head coach Buddy Teevens, who took over for Tyrone Willingham on January 9, 2002 ... Teevens inherits a team that returns 36 lettermen and nine starters, including seven on offense and two on defense, from a team that went 9-3 in 2001 ... The Cardinal plays three of its first four games on the road, including a September 28 game at Arizona State and an October 5 date at Notre Dame ... Stanford will play at home in Stanford Stadium just once (September 14 vs. San Jose State) prior to October 12.
QUICK REVIEW: The Cardinal is coming off one of the finest seasons in school history ... Stanford's 9-3 record in '01 marked only the 11th time in history that the Cardinal won as many as nine regular season games ... Stanford, which finished No. 16 in the final Associated Press poll, went 6-2 and tied for second in the Pac-10 Conference ... The Cardinal advanced to the Seattle Bowl (24-14 loss to Georgia Tech) last season, its second bowl appearance in three years and fourth in the past seven seasons.
THE TEEVENS ERA: Forty-five year old Eugene Francis 'Buddy' Teevens III begins his first season at the helm of the Cardinal football program after a 23-year coaching career, including 12 as a collegiate head coach ... Teevens, who spent the last three seasons at Florida under Steve Spurrier, has previously held the head coaching positions at the University of Maine (1985-86), Dartmouth College, his alma mater (1987-91) and Tulane (1992-96) ... He makes his Cardinal debut amongst family and friends in his home state of Massachusettes ... Teevens grew up in Pembroke, Mass., attended Silver Lake Regional High School in Kingston, Mass., and was the offensive coordinator at Boston University from 1981-84 ... His New England roots also include coaching stints at Dartmouth and Maine as well as attending Dartmouth as an undergrad from 1975-79 ... While coaching at Dartmouth, Teevens was named the New England Coach of the Year in 1992 ...Teevens comes from a family of seven children, many of whom live in the New England area and will be attending his Cardinal debut against Boston College.
ROAD DEBUTS: When Buddy Teevens makes his Cardinal debut at Boston College, he will become the seventh consecutive Stanford head coach to make his debut away fromStanford Stadium ... The last Cardinal head coach to play his first game at Stanford was Jack Christiansen, who began his career with a 44-0 victor over San Jose State in 1972 ... Since then, those who have made their Cardinal debuts on the road include Bill Walsh in 1977, Rod Dowhowever in 1979, Paul Wiggin in 1980, Jack Elway in 1984, Dennis Green in 1989 and Tyrone Willingham in 1995 (does not include Walsh's second tenure as head coach in 1992) ... Stanford went 2-4 in those games.
FOR OPENERS: The Cardinal has won its last two season openers, including the 2001 opener against Boston College ... In 2000, Stanford began the year with a win at Washington State (24-10) ... A year ago, the Cardinal beat BC 38-22 at Stanford Stadium in the season opener for both schools ... Stanford has won three of its last five openers and four of its last seven (1995-01) ... In season openers on the road, the Cardinal has won two of its last three, including wins at Washington State in '00 and San Jose State in 1995 ... Sandwiched in between was a 1999 season opening loss at Texas.
THE SERIES: Stanford and Boston College have met three times previously with the Cardinal winning both games at home (1979, 2001) and the Eagles winning the only game played in Chestnut Hill (1980) ... A year ago, Stanford scored 17 consecutive points in the second half to turn a close 21-16 game into a 38-16 advantage late in the game ...The Cardinal was led by QB Randy Fasani, who threw for 232 yards and four touchdowns, and receiver Ryan Wells, who caught six balls for 138 yards and two TDs ... Brian St. Pierre completed 15-of-38 for 189 yards and three touchdowns for the Eagles while running back William Green ran for 103 yards on 25 carries.
STANFORD-BC CONNECTIONS: Boston College offensive coordinator Dana Bible held the same position under Tyrone Willingham at Stanford from 1995-97 ... Bible was part of two bowl teams while at Stanford: 1995 Liberty Bowl, 1996 Sun Bowl ... Some of the quarterbacks he cocahed while at Stanford include Chad Hutchinson (rookie, Dallas Cowboys), Randy Fasani (rookie, Carolina Panthers), Todd Husak (Denver Broncos) and Joe Borchard (first round pick, Chicago White Sox) ... BC starting fullback J.P. Comella's brother, Greg, was a four-year letterwinner at Stanford (1993, 1995-97) ... Greg was recruited to Stanford by Bill Walsh, but played his last three years with Bible as the offensive coordinator ... Greg, who is in his fourth season in the NFL, currently plays for the Tennessee Titans.
NEW ENGLAND FLAVOR: Stanford's coaching staff, led by Massachusettes native Buddy Teevens, has a definite New England flavor ... Along with the Cardinal's head coach, Stanford has three other assistant coaches with ties to the New England area ... Co-defensive coordinator Mark Banker grew up in Plymouth, Mass., attending Plymouth-Carver High School and Springfield College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1978 ... Banker began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Springfield in 1978 and the quarterbacks/running backs coach in 1979-80 ... Defensive ends coach Pete McCarty grew up in Bangor, Maine, attended Bangor High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 1978 from the University of Massachusettes ... He began his coaching career at Bangor High School in 1978 before moving to Maine Central Institute as the defensive coordinator in 1979-80 ... He also coached outside linebackers at Holy Cross from 1986-90 and spent one season as an intern with the New England Patriots in 1991 ... Tight ends/special teams coach Tom Quinn has also spent some time in New England ... He was the defensive coordinator at Boston University in 1995 and Holy Cross from 1996-98.
THE STARTING QUARTERBACK: Junior Chris Lewis, Stanford's No. 1 quarterback, will be withheld from the Boston College game due to a minor NCAA violation ... He will be replaced in the starting lineup by redshirt freshman Kyle Matter, who will be making his collegiate debut ... Lewis, who has thrown for 2,456 yards and 20 touchdowns as the Cardinal's No. 2 QB the past two seasons, will return to the starting lineup for Stanford's second game against San Jose State on September 14 ... Ryan Eklund, another redshirt freshman, will be the team's backup quarterback against Boston College.
NOTING LEWIS: Although he is no stranger to the starting quarterback position, junior Chris Lewis will step forward in 2002 and become the team's No. 1 QB after spending the past two years as a backup to Randy Fasani ... Lewis, who has started seven games and thrown for 2,456 yards the past two years, comes into the '02 season as one of the most experienced first-year starters in recent history ... In the past two years, Lewis has played in 17 games (including the 2001 Seattle Bowl) and completed 182-of-367 while throwing 20 TDs ... He has been in the spotlight several times the past two years against some of the finest teams in the nation ... He threw last-second, game-winning touchdowns in 2000 vs. Texas and USC and a year ago, he went 3-1 as a starter while leading Stanford to wins over No. 4 Oregon and No. 5 UCLA on consecutive weeks ... It was Lewis' play during a five-game stretch last season when Fasani went down with an injury that helped the Cardinal finish 9-3 and ranked 16th in the country ... During that five-game period, Lewis completed 90-of-163 for 1,277 yards and 12 touchdowns vs. Oregon, UCLA, Washington, Arizona and California ... He has proven himself to be a quality Pac-10 quarterback and with two more years of eligibility remaining, he has a chance to become one of the best in school history.
HERE'S WHAT MATTERS: Redshirt freshman Kyle Matter (Newhall, Calif./Hart High School) spent the 2001 season watching and learning on the Cardinal sidelines ... Now, in his second year on The Farm, Matter will step in as the team's starting quarterback for the season opener at BC ... Matter came to Stanford as one of the most highly sought-after preps in the nation following the 2000 season ... He was a consensus prep All-America after completing 287-of-439 for 3,754 yards and 33 touchdowns his senior season ... SuperPrep Magazine rated him as the fifth best QB prospect in the nation and No. 30 on their list of the country's Elite 50 recruits ... Matter led Hart High School to a 26-2 record as the team's starting quarterback in 1999 and 2000 ... Matter is the first freshman quarterback (true or redshirt) to start for the Cardinal since Steve Stenstrom in 1991.
MORE DEBUTS: Not only is the Boston College game the debut of head coach Buddy Teevens and quarterback Kyle Matter, but the 2002 Cardinal sports several other players who will making their debuts as well ... In fact, of the 24 players currently listed first on the depth chart, 10 will be starting for the first time (two offense, seven defense, placekicker) ... Offensively, in addition to Matter, wide receiver Teyo Johnson will be making his first appearance in the starting lineup, although he is an experienced veteran with significant game experience ... Defensively, however, seven proposed starters will be making their debuts in the starting lineup ... They include the entire linebacking corps of junior Jake Covault, sophomore Jared Newberry and redshirt freshman Michael Craven, three of the four defensive backs in sophomore cornerbacks Leigh Torrence and Stanley Wilson and strong safety Oshiomogho Atogwe and sophomore defensive end Will Svitek ... Michael Sgroi, a redshirt freshman from Plymouth, Mich., takes over as the team'sNo. 1 placekicker.
WHO'S BACK: Offensively, the Cardinal returns seven starters, but must replace two First-Team All-Pac-10 performers in OG Eric Heitmann and C Zack Quaccia along with QB Randy Fasani and RB Brian Allen ... However, experience and talent abound on offense, giving the Cardinal the potential to have one of the most explosive units in the nation ... On the line, returning starters Kwame Harris, Greg Schindler and Kirk Chambers are back along with the entire receiving corps, including starters Luke Powell and Ryan Wells ... TE Brett Pierce returns as one of the best in the conference ... In QB Chris Lewis, RB Kerry Carter and OG Paul Weinacht, the Cardinal will move three very experienced and talented players into the starting lineup in 2002 ... Defensively, tackle Matt Leonard is back along with NTs Craig Albrecht and Trey Freeman and SS Colin Branch ... All four spent time in the starting lineup in 2001 and are expected to be the anchors of a young defense in '02 ... Replacing all-conference defenders Coy Wire at ILB and Tank Williams at FS will be a challenge for the Cardinal, but Stanford's defense is stocked with young and talented players waiting their turn to take center stage.
PRE-SEASON HONORS: Several Cardinal players received pre-season recognition, most notably junior tackle Kwame Harris, who heads into his third season on The Farm as one of the top lineman in college football ... Harris, from Newark, Delaware, was named a First-Team Pre-season All-America by Street & Smith's and Athlon's and a consensus First-Team All-Pac-10 pick ... He was also mentioned as an Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award candidate and ranked as the No. 2 offensive lineman in the nation ... Luke Powell, a First-Team All-America kick returner last season, was named a Pre-season All-America, a consensus First-Team All-Pac-10 selection and ranked as the No. 2 kick returner in college football ... OG Greg Schindler received recognition as a pre-season All-America while pre-season all-conference honors also went to TE Brett Pierce, DT Matt Leonard and RB Kerry Carter ... As a team, The Sporting News ranked the Cardinal's receiving corps No. 6 in the nation and its offensive line No. 10.
KWAME'S THE NAME: Junior offensive tackle Kwame Harris is making his name known throughout the country as one of the top offensive lineman in college football ... Now in his third season at Stanford, Harris (6-7, 308) enters the 2002 campaign as a bonafide All-America candidate and an Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award prospect ... Harris came to Stanford in 2000 as one of the nation's prized recruits from Newark High School in Delaware - and he has lived up to those expectations ... He lettered as a true freshman in 2000 and moved into the starting lineup in 2001 at right tackle, where he started all 12 games ... He was named Second-Team All-Pac-10 last season ... He enters the 2002 season on the Lombardi Award Watch List ... He was rated No. 16 on ESPN's list of the nation's top 100 players ...Street & Smith's named Harris the top NFL prospect in the Pacific-10 Conference in 2002.
O-LINE EXPERIENCE: In addition to Harris, Stanford returns all-conference lineman Greg Schindler at one guard position and OT Kirk Chambers along with fifth-year senior guard Paul Weinacht, giving Stanford the potential to have an outstanding offensive line in 2002 ... Schindler was named Second-Team All-Pac-10 a year ago and received pre-season Second-Team All-America recognition heading into the 2002 campaign ... He has been in the Cardinal's starting lineup in 32 of the last 35 games from 1999-2001 ... Chambers is a 23-year old junior who has started all 23 games at left tackle since returning from a Mormon Mission in 2000 ... He was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick last year ... Weinacht has played a key role as a reserve the past three years and has seen action in the starting lineup in 10 games throughout his career ...The Sporting News ranked Stanford' s offensive line as the 10th best in the nation.
BIG PLAY THREAT: FL/KR Luke Powell, a First-Team All-America kick returner in 2001, enters the 2002 campaign as one of the most dangerous players in college football and one of Stanford's big play threats ... Powell, a junior from Smyrna, Tenn., has proven to be one of those players who can score anytime he touches the ball ... He is currently first in school history with a 22.3 yards per reception average after having caught 58 balls for 1,292 yards and 10 touchdowns ... He is also No. 2 all-time at Stanford with a 14.3 average on punt returns (28 returns, 399 yards, one TD) ... He was second in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 last season with a 16.0 punt return average ... Throughout his career, Powell has exemplified the knack for making big plays ... He has caught 14 receptions of over 30 yards, including seven over 50.
TWO-SPORT TEYO: Sophomore wide receiver Teyo Johnson has earned the reputation as one of the top two-sport athletes in the nation ... A power forward on Stanford's nationally-ranked basketball team the past two years, Johnson begins his second season as a receiver after coming to Stanford as one of the most highly-touted prep quarterbacks in the nation from Mira Mesa High School in the the San Diego Area ... Johnson was a redshirt freshman QB at Stanford in 2000, but was moved to wide receiver for the 2001 season ... At 6-7 and 240 and very athletic, Johnson proved to be a difficult matchup for opposing defenses ... He wound up catching 38 balls for 565 yards (14.9 ypc) and seven touchdowns and was named the Pac-10's Co-Freshman of the Year ... He could emerge as one of the nation's top receivers in 2002 ... He is on the Biletnikoff Watch List entering the 2002 season ... In basketball, Johnson started 11 games for Stanford last year after the football season concluded in late December ... He is a potential starter for the Cardinal in 2002-03.
RECEIVING CORPS: The Sporting News ranked Stanford's receiving corps the No. 6 unit in the nation - and for good reason ... Not only does the Cardinal return 168 of the 176 receptions from a year ago, but Stanford's receiving corps has speed, experience, athleticism, size, break-away ability and maturity ...The top three are Luke Powell, Teyo Johnson and fifth-year senior Ryan Wells (19 starts, 55 receptions, five TDs) ... Add that trio to a group of very talented and athletic young receivers and Stanford's unit is among the best in the nation ... Those expected to compete for increased playing time and add depth to an already talented receiving corps are sophomores Greg Camarillo, Nick Sebes and redshirt freshmen Gerron Crochet and Grant Mason.
CARTER NOW NO. 1: Senior running back Kerry Carter, who shared the running back duties with Brian Allen the past two years, moves into the No. 1 spot in 2002 ... Carter, from Vaughn, Ontario, Can., has gained 1,515 yards and scored 23 touchdowns the past three seasons, but has never held the role of the team's top rushing threat ... He will get his chance in '02 ... He is already No. 4 on Stanford's career rushing TD list with 21 and is knocking on the door to the school's all-time rushing chart ... He needs just 159 yards to move into Stanford's top-10 rushing list ... A punishing runner at 6-2, 235, Carter led the team in rushing in 2000 (729 yards) and was second a year ago despite missing four games with a shoulder injury.
MOORE NOTES: One area that the Cardinal will not change in 2002 is its starting fullback, where senior Casey Moore will take his usual spot in the lineup for the fourth consecutive season ... Moore has started the last 33 games for the Cardinal from 1999-2001 and has proven to be very effective when given the opportunity to touch the ball ... He has gained 613 yards and scored 14 touchdowns on the ground in his careeer and his 5.9 career yards per rush average is indeed impressive for a fullback ... He has also caught 34 passes for three TDs ... In the 1999 Big Game vs. California, Moore scored on a 94-yard touchdown run, the second longest in school history ... He will be an integral part of the Cardinal offensive attack in '02.
LINEBACKER LANGUAGE: The top two linebackers at each position on the depth chart include two redshirt freshman, two sophomores and two juniors ... None of those six players has started, one has earned two varsity letters (Jr. Brian Gaffney), two earned their only letter a year ago (So. Jared Newberry, Jake Covault) and three have not yet earned a varsity letter (RFr. Michael Craven, RFr. Jon Alson, So. David Bergeron) ... Stanford is replacing all three starters from a year ago with youth, speed and athleticism ... Game experience, however, is not plentiful among this group ... Both Craven and Alston redshirted last season as true freshmen, Bergeron was used mainly on special teams, Newberry earned a letter as the team's No. 2 fullback and special teams player a year ago, Covault earned his first letter as a backup linebacker and special teams player while Gaffney enters the season as the team's most experienced linebacker.
SECONDARY STORY: Similar to the linebackers, Stanford must replace its entire starting unit ... Only FS Colin Branch has received extensive playing time and appeared in the starting lineup (five starts in 2001) ... The other three starters are talented sophomores with tremendous potential ... Oshiomogho Atogwe will start at strong safety along with cornerbacks Stanley Wilson and Leigh Torrence, who both saw limited action in '01 ... Branch moved into the starting lineup last season when starter Simba Hodari went down with an injury in game seven ... Branch accounted for 28 tackles and one interception while stargting the final five games of the season ... Atogwe, Wilson and Torrence were all reserves and special teams players in 2001, but are expected to become fixtures in the Cardinal's lineup for the next three seasons.
DEFENSIVE LINE: The one area on the defensive unit with experience is the four down lineman, led by honors candidate Matt Leonard ... Along with Leonard, returning letterwinners include NT Craig Albrecht and Trey Freeman and DE Drew Caylor, Amon Gordon and Louis Hobson ... The addition of freshman DE Julian Jenkins, the return of talented sophomores Will Svitek and Scott Scharff and redshirt freshman Casey Carroll and Babatunde Oshinowo Jr. help give the Cardinal what may be considered one of the deepest defensive lines in recent years.
HIGH POWERED OFFENSE: Stanford returns seven starters to an offense that was one of the best in the nation and in school history a year ago ... In 2001, Stanford's offense led the Pac-10 in scoring offense (37.1 ppg), total offense (451.5 ypg) and rushing offense (201 ypg) and was fourth in passing offense (250.5 ypg) ... Nationally, the Cardinal's offense ranked tied for ninth in scoring, 10th in total offense and 23rd in rushing offense ... Stanford scored 38 or more points in seven of its 11 regular season games ... The Cardinal set a school record with 54 touchdowns and finished one point shy of setting the school scoring record ... Stanford's rushing attack in '01 gained 2,211 yards, the third best single season mark in school history.
FATHERS AND SONS: Eight current Cardinal players have fathers who played football in the NFL ... The list includes Colin Branch (father Calvin), Garry Cobb (father Garry), Julian Jenkins (father Eddie), David Lofton (father James), Justin McCullum (father Sam), Marcus McCutcheon (father Lawrence), Alex Smith (father Edwin) and Stanley Wilson (father Stanley).
STANFORD IN THE EAST: Stanford has nine players from the Northeast,including four from Pennsylvannia, two from Virgina and one each fromDelaware, Maryland and New Jersey ... The four from Pennsylvannia are FBPat Jacobs (Swarthmore), SS Jim Johnson (Abington), FL Nick Sebes (MountCarmel) and OG Paul Weinacht (Philadelphia) ... The two from Virginia areNT Trey Freman (Norfolk) and WR Brandon Royster (Fairfax) ... The otherthree Northeast Cardinal's are OT Kwame Harris (Newark, DE), DE DrewCaylor (Kensington, MD) and CB Garry Cobb (Cherry Hill, NJ).
SEPTEMBER 20, 1980: The only time these two teams have met at AlumniStadium occurred in 1980 when the Eagles upset the John Elway-led Cardinal30-13 ... Stanford entered the game 2-0 and ranked 13th in the nation behindtheir star sophomore quarterback ... While Elway completed 21-of-36 for 259yards, he was intercepted four times,the final two leading to BC touchdowns ...Stanford held a 13-9 lead late in the third quarter after Elway hit Darrin Nelsonon a 19-yard TD pass ... But BC scored the final three touchdowns to secure thewin ... The Eagles ran for 260 yards, led by Shelby Gamble (154 yards, twotouchdowns) and ammassed 405 yards in total offense.
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