Stanford Hosts South Bay Rival San Jose State Saturday In Home Opener
Sept. 8, 2002
The Cardinal: Stanford (0-1) will attempt to get its first win of the 2002season on Saturday when it hosts South Bay rival San Jose State in the 58th meetingbetween the two schools ... The Cardinal began the season with a 34-27 lossat Boston College (September 7) ... Stanford head coach Buddy Teevens saw histeam take a 27-17 lead into the fourth quarter before the Golden Eagles scoredthe game's final 17 points, including the game-winning touchdown with 36 secondsremaining, to secure the win ... Saturday's game with SJSU is the team's onlyhome game until October 12 against Washington State ... Stanford plays threeof its first four on the road (9/28 at Arizona State, 10/5 at Notre Dame).
Game Promotions: Children 14 and under will be admitted free to Saturday's Stanford-San Jose State game ... Police and Firefighter's of the Greater Bay Area will also be honored at halftime.
The Head Coach: Forty-five year old Eugene Francis 'Buddy' Teevens III took over the helm of the Cardinal football program on January 9, 2002 after a 23-year coaching career, including 12 as a collegiate head coach ... Teevens spent the last three seasons at Florida under Steve Spurrier as the Assistant Offensive Coordinator and tight ends coach ... He 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) ... Teevens was the offensive coordinator at the University of Illinois in 1997-98 before moving on to Florida in 1999 ... He is a 1979 graduate of Dartmouth ... Teevens has also had coaching stints at Depauw University (1979-80) and Boston University (1981-84) ... While at Florida, Teevens was part of one of the most successful programs in college football ... During his three seasons (1999-2001) in Gainesville, Florida went 29-9, played in three bowl games and finished ranked among the nation's top-12 each season.
The San Jose State Series: Stanford leads the South Bay rivalry, which dates back to 1900, 43-13-1 ... The Cardinal snapped the a three-game losing streak to SJSU with a 41-14 victory last year at Spartan Stadium ... The Spartans had beaten Stanford in 1998 (35-23), 1999 (44-39) and 2000 (40-27) ... Prior to those three straight losses to SJSU, Stanford had won six straight (1992-97) and 11 of 14 from 1984-97 ... Last year's game was played at San Jose State for only the third time ... 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) ... The two teams played at Spartan Stadium in 1995 and again in 2001 (both Stanford wins) ... The series has proved to be an offensive slugfest of late ... The two teams have combined to score 50 or more points in 11 of the past 13 meetings.
Stanford-SJSU Connections: Stanford and San Jose State have a long history of coaches who have been on both sidelines ... The tradition began with Dudley 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 serve as 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 ... Dave Baldwin (now the offensive coordinator at Baylor) 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) ... Bill Walsh, Stanford's head coach in 1977-78 and 1992-94, is a San Jose State graduate ... The latest addition to this list is current Cardinal assistant coach Tom Quinn, who coached linebackers, tight ends and special teams for the Spartans from 1999-2001.
Walsh Returns to Television Booth: Former Stanford head coach and SJSU alum Bill Walsh returns to the Farm on Saturday, only this time in a different role ... Walsh, the NFL Hall of Famer who led the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowl championships, is no stranger to the broadcast booth ... Between his retirement as coach of the 49ers and his return to Stanford in 1992, Walsh was a broadcaster on NBC's NFL telecasts ... He returns to the booth on Saturday to team with veteran broadcaster Barry Tompkins for the KRON telecast to the Bay Area (channel 4) ... Walsh, of course, had three stints on The Farm, first as an assistant from 1963-64, then as a head coach in 1977-78 and again in 1992-94.
Home Debuts: First-year head coach Buddy Teevens will be attempting to do what seven of the past eight Stanford head coaches have accomplished - and that's to win their Stanford Stadium debut ... The only coach to not win his first game at Stanford Stadium was Tyrone Willingham, who tied Wisconsin in 1995 ... Prior to Willingham, seven consecutive Cardinal head coaches had won their Stanford Stadium debuts ... The list includes Dennis Green in 1989 vs. Oregon (18-17), Jack Elway in 1984 vs. Illinois (34-19), Paul Wiggin vs. Tulane in 1980 (19-14), Rod Dowhower in 1979 vs. San Jose State (45-29), Bill Walsh in 1977 vs. Illinois (37-24) and again in 1992 vs. Oregon (21-7), Jack Christiansen vs. San Jose State in 1972 (44-0) and John Ralston vs. San Jose State in 1963 (29-13) ... The last Stanford head coach to lose his Stanford Stadium debut was Jack Curtice vs. Rice in 1958 (30-7).
Lewis Back as No. 1 QB: Junior Chris Lewis, who did not make the trip to Boston College and was withheld from the game due to a minor NCAA violation, will start Saturday's game with San Jose State ... Lewis' return means that Kyle Matter, last week's starter, will move to the backup role while Ryan Eklund moves to the No. 3 position.
Lewis' Legacy: After serving two seasons as Randy Fasani's backup and missing last week's season-opener, Chris Lewis will finally take his spot as the team's No. 1 quarterback ... Lewis, who has started seven games (because of injuries to Fasani) and thrown for 2,456 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2000 and '01, comes into the ?02 season as one of the most experienced first-year starters in recent history ... In 2000 and 2001, Lewis played in 17 games (including the 2001 Seattle Bowl) and completed 182-of-367 passes while throwing 20 TDs ... He has been in the spotlight several times during this time 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 passes 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 ... He is already knocking on the door of the school's all-time TD passes chart ... He needs five more TD passes to move into the top-10.
Matter's Moment: Redshirt freshman Kyle Matter (Newhall, CA/Hart High School) made his collegiate debut last Saturday in the season opener at Boston College ... Matter was effective in completing 17-of-27 for 244 yards and one touchdown ... He also scored a touchdown on a 10-yard run ... He had pass completions of 42-yards to Luke Powell in the first quarter and 80-yards to Teyo Johnson in the second quarter ... Matter redshirted the 2001 campaign as a true freshman ... He 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-American after completing 287-of-439 passes 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 its 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.
Powell's Production: FL/KR Luke Powell, a First-Team All-American kick returner in 2001, has earned the reputation as one of the most dangerous players in college football in 2002 ... Powell, a junior from Smyrna, Tennessee, 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 22.0 yards per reception average after having caught 62 balls for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns ... He is also No. 2 all-time at Stanford with a 13.8 average on punt returns (29 returns, 400 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 15 receptions of over 30 yards, including seven over 50 ... In last week's season opener at Boston College, Powell's first reception of the season was a 42-yarder from Kyle Matter.
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 is in 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 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-foot-7 and 240 pounds, the very athletic Johnson has proven to be a difficult matchup for opposing defenses ... He wound up catching 38 balls for 565 yards (14.9 ypc) and seven touchdowns in 2001 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 Award Watch List entering the 2002 season ... He began the 2002 campaign by catching four balls for 117 yards and one TD in the season opener at Boston College ... He scored the team's first TD of the year on a seven-yard pass from Kyle Matter ... Earlier in the drive, Matter and Johnson hooked up on an 80-yard pass play, the longest reception of Johnson's career ... In his last eight regular season games, Johnson has caught 33 passes for 555 yards (16.8 ypc) and six touchdowns ... 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 speed and maturity ... The top three are Luke Powell, Teyo Johnson and fifth-year senior Ryan Wells ... 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 and Nick Sebes and redshirt freshmen Gerren Crochet and Grant Mason.
More Moore: Fifth-year senior fullback Casey Moore started his 34th consecutive game last Saturday at Boston College and was indeed impressive ... Moore, in his fourth season as the team's starting fullback, led Stanford with 58 rushing yards on 10 carries vs. BC ... He also had two receptions ... Throughout his career, Moore has been productive when given the ball ... He has gained 671 yards and scored 14 touchdowns on the ground in his career and his career rushing average of 5.9 yards per carry is indeed impressive for a fullback ... He has also caught 36 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 ... At 6-foot-2, 250 pounds, Moore is effective as an inside runner, receiver and blocker.
Kwame's The Name: Junior offensive tackle Kwame Harris is making his name known throughout the country as one of the top offensive linemen in college football ... Now in his third season at Stanford, Harris (6-foot-7, 308 pounds) 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.
Corner Kicks: Sophomore cornerbacks Leigh Torrence and Stanley Wilson made their debuts in the starting lineup last Saturday at Boston College ... Both Torrence and Wilson were reserves a year ago, getting most of their playing time on special teams ... Now, they are being counted on to provide the Cardinal defense with speed and coverage ability in the defensive backfield ... Torrence had seven tackles, two interceptions and two passes defensed against the Eagles while Wilson added three tackles ... Torrence returned his first interception 30 yards to the BC 21, setting up a Cardinal touchdown ... Both Torrence and Wilson should be the cornerstones of the Cardinal secondary in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Impact Player: Redshirt freshman outside linebacker Michael Craven was listed among ESPN The Magazine's group of newcomers who are expected to be 'impact' players in 2002 ... Craven lived up to that billing after an impressive collegiate debut last Saturday at Boston College ... The La Quinta, California native, starting and playing in his first game for Stanford, recorded six tackles, one tackle-for-loss and one pass defensed while also returning an interception 33 yards for a touchdown ... The TD, with 1:44 to play in the third period, put the Cardinal on top 27-17 ... It was Stanford's first interception return for a touchdown in three years (Chris Johnson, 30-yard return vs. USC, 10/23/99) ... Craven was one of Stanford's prized recruits in 2001 ... He was a consensus Prep All-American, rated by some as the top LB prospect in the country ... He also won the prestigious Watkins Award in 2000, given annually to the nation's top African-American high school football player.
New Kicker: Redshirt freshman Michael Sgroi (pronounced SKROY) did all that was asked of him last Saturday at Boston College ... Playing in his first game for the Cardinal, Sgroi made both of his field goal attempts and all three PATs ... He hit field goals from 42 and 24 yards out ... He scored Stanford's first points of the season when he hit a 42-yarder with 1:57 to play in the first quarter ... Stanford made only two field goals beyond 40 yards during the entire 2001 campaign - the longest coming from 44 yards out ... Sgroi, from Plymouth, Michigan, was rated as one of the top placekickers in the Midwest out of Catholic Central High School in 2000 ... He redshirted the '01 season at Stanford as a true freshman.
Starting Debuts: Not only was the Boston College game the debut of head coach Buddy Teevens and quarterback Kyle Matter, but the 2002 Cardinal had several other players make their debuts in the starting lineup as well ... In fact, of the 24 players who started at Boston College, 11 started for the first time (three offense, seven defense, placekicker) ... Offensively, in addition to Matter, wide receiver Teyo Johnson and center Tom Kolich made their first appearance in the starting lineup last Saturday at BC ... Defensively, however, seven starters made their debuts against the Eagles ... They included 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 sophomore strong safety Oshiomogho Atogwe and sophomore defensive end Will Svitek ... Michael Sgroi, a redshirt freshman, took over as the team's No. 1 placekicker.
Newberry News: Former walk-on Jared Newberry recorded four tackles and recovered a fumble last Saturday at Boston College in his debut in the starting lineup ... Newberry came to Stanford in 2000 as a walk-on from DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis ... He redshirted the '00 season as an inside linebacker, but was moved to fullback for the 2001 season ... He was the team's No. 2 fullback a year ago and was one of the squad's top special teams players ... He had two carries last year, a 10-yard run and a 19-yard touchdown run (both vs. Arizona) ... He was moved back to linebacker for the 2002 season.
Carter Now No. 1: Senior running back Kerry Carter, who shared the running back duties with Brian Allen the past two years, is now the team's No. 1 rushing threat ... Carter, from Vaughn, Ontario, Canada, has gained 1,532 yards and scored 23 touchdowns the past three seasons ... 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 142 yards to move into Stanford?s top-10 rushing list ... A punishing runner at 6-foot-2, 235 pounds, Carter led the team in rushing in 2000 (729 yards) and was second a year ago despite missing four games with a shoulder injury.
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 linemen in college football ... Harris, from Newark, Delaware, was named a First-Team Pre-season All-American by Street & Smith?s and Athlon 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-American, 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-American 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.
The 'Watch' Lists: Three Cardinal players are included on 'watch' lists for some of the most prestigious awards in college football ... Junior OT Kwame Harris is on the 'watch' list for the Lombardi Award, presented to the nation's top lineman ... Senior RB Kerry Carter is being watched for the Doak Walker Award, given to the best running back in college football ... Sophomore WR Teyo Johnson is on the 'watch' list for the Biletnikoff Award for the best receiver in the country.
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 33 of the last 36 games from 1999-2002 ... Chambers is a 23-year old junior who has started all 24 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 11 games throughout his career ... The Sporting News ranked Stanford? s offensive line as the 10th best in the nation.
Lotta Linebackers: Stanford rotated in six linebackers in last week's opener at Boston College ... Starters Michael Craven, Jake Covault and Jared Newberry gave way to backups Jon Alston, Brian Gaffney and David Bergeron throughout the game ... For Craven and Alston, both redshirt freshman, it was their first time playing for the Cardinal ... Newberry played last season as a backup fullback, but the BC game marked his debut as a linebacker ... Covault, Bergeron and Gaffney were reserves and special teams players in 2001 ... Covault led the team in tackles against Boston College with nine while Bergeron had six tackles, two tackles-for-loss and one quarterback sack.
Fathers and Sons: Seven current Cardinal players have fathers who played football in the NFL ... The list includes 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).
A Look Back: Stanford and San Jose State had to wait until December 1 to play last season after its earlier scheduled game was postponed due to the events of September 11 ... When they did get together at Spartan Stadium, it was all Stanford as the Cardinal completed its second nine-win regular season in 50 years with a 41-14 win ... Luke Powell accounted for 230 all-purpose yards and the Cardinal rushed for a season-high five TDs and 220 yards while limiting the Spartans to just 30 yards on 38 carries.