Stanford Travels To Tempe To Take On Arizona State Sun Devils
Sept. 23, 2002
The Cardinal: Stanford (1-1) returns to action on Saturday, September 28when it opens Pac-10 play at Arizona State... The Cardinal is coming off abye week in which it practiced three days (Sept. 18-20) and took some time offin preparation for the Sun Devils... Stanford recorded its first win of theseason on September 14, a 63-26 blowout against San Jose State at Stanford Stadium... First-year head coach Buddy Teevens recorded his first win as the Cardinalmentor after losing his debut at Boston College the week before... Followingthis week's game at ASU, Stanford will visit Notre Dame for an October 5 dateagainst former head coach Tyrone Willingham.
Up Next: Arizona State: Stanford and Arizona State will meet for the 19th time in their series history on September 28 in Tempe... Both teams had a bye last week... The Sun Devils are coming off a 39-28 come-from-behind win at San Diego State to improve their overall mark to 3-1... The game will be the Pac-10 opener for both schools... ASU leads the series with the Cardinal 11-7, although Stanford has won the past three meetings by a combined score of 130-65... The Cardinal has put up 50 points against the Sun Devils twice in the past three games (50-30 in 1999, 51-28 in 2001)... Stanford has also won two of the past three games played in Sun Devil Stadium (50-30 in '99, 30-28 in 1995, 44-38 loss in overtime in 1998).
Pac-10 Openers: Stanford has won its past three Pacific-10 Conference openers and its last two league openers on the road... A year ago, the Cardinal began the Pac-10 season with a win over Arizona State (51-28) at Stanford Stadium... Stanford opened the conference season with a win at Washington State (24-10) in 2000 and a win over WSU (54-17) at home in 1999... Stanford's last two conference road openers have also been Cardinal victories: 2000 at WSU (24-10) and 1997 at Oregon State (27-24)... Stanford has won its last three conference openers by a combined score of 129-55, including 51-28 over ASU in 2001, 24-10 over WSU in 2000 and 54-17 over WSU in 1999... The Cardinal has won its last three Pac-10 openers, four of its last five and is 6-4 in its last 10.
The Head Coach: Forty-five year old Eugene Francis 'Buddy' Teevens IIItook over the helm of the Cardinal football program on January 9, 2002 after a23-year coaching career, including 12 as a collegiate head coach... Teevensspent the last three seasons at Florida under Steve Spurrier as the AssistantOffensive Coordinator and tight ends coach... He has previously held the headcoaching positions at the University of Maine (1985-86), Dartmouth College -hisalma mater (1987-91) and Tulane (1992-96)... Teevens was the offensive coordinatorat 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 stintsat Depauw University (1979-80) and Boston University (1981-84)... While atFlorida, 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 eachseason.
Fifth Highest Ever: Stanford's 63 point outburst vs. San Jose State is tied forthe fifth highest single game total in school history and the most on The Farmsince John Elway led the 1981 Cardinal to a 63-point game at Oregon State ... Onlyfour times in school history has a Stanford team scored more than 63 points ina game... The school record is 82, set in 1923 and again in 1925... TheCardinal scored 68 points vs. San Jose State iin 1968 and 67 vs. Army in 1975... Four other Stanford teams have scored 63 in a game.
Lewis' Legacy: Junior Chris Lewis returned to the starting lineup against SanJose State after serving a one-game suspension due to a minor NCAA rules violation... Lewis, who did not accompany the team to Boston College, completed 12-of-22for 182 yards and two touchdowns in just a quarter-and-a-half in his season debutagainst the Spartans... It was Lewis' eighth start of his career... Histwo TD passes gave him 22 for his career, three shy of No. 9 on Stanford's all-timelist... He has thrown for 2,638 yards in his career, which includes 17 games... Lewis was the Cardinal's backup quarterback the past two seasons... He started seven games in 2000 and 2001 (because of injuries to starter RandyFasani) and threw for 2,456 yards and 20 touchdowns while completing 182-of-367... Lewis also had his time in the spotlight during the '00 and '01 campaigns... 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 duringa five-game stretch last season when Fasani went down with an injury that helpedthe Cardinal finish 9-3 and ranked 16th in the country... During that five-gameperiod, Lewis completed 90-of-163 passes for 1,277 yards and 12 touchdowns vs.Oregon, UCLA, Washington, Arizona and California... He has proven himselfto 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.
Matter's Moments: Redshirt freshman Kyle Matter (Newhall, CA/Hart High School)started game one and played two-and-a-half quarters in game two and has been impressivein both outings... He came off the bench last Saturday vs. San Jose Stateand completed seven-of-eight passes for 123 yards and one touchdown while rushingthree times for 31 yards and another touchdown... He led the Cardinal to fivetouchdown drives against the Spartans, including a 12-yard TD run and a four-yardscoring pass to Teyo Johnson... He has completed 24-of-35 for 367 yards andtwo touchdowns... Matter has also rushed for two touchdowns... Matteris currently ranked fifth in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 with a pass efficiencyrating of 169.8... He made his collegiate debut September 7 in the seasonopener at Boston College... Matter was effective in completing 17-of-27 for244 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 quarterand 80-yards to Johnson in the second quarter ... Matter redshirted the 2001campaign as a true freshman... He came to Stanford as one of the most highlysought-after preps in the nation following the 2000 season... He was a consensusprep All-American after completing 287-of-439 passes for 3,754 yards and 33 touchdownshis senior season... SuperPrep Magazine rated him as the fifth best QB prospectin 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 quarterbackin 1999 and 2000.
Picks: Stanford has recorded seven interceptions after two games, including threein the season opener at Boston College and four last Saturday vs. San Jose State... You'd have to go back to the 1988 season before you find a Stanford teamthat had more than seven interceptions in back-to-back games (eight vs. San JoseState (3) and Arizona State (5)) ... CB Leigh Torrence and DT Matt Leonard eachhave two picks to lead the team... CB Stanley Wilson, CB T.J. Rushing andOLB Michael Craven have also recorded interceptions... Craven returned his33-yards for a touchdown against Boston College... Both Torrence and Leonardrank tied for second in the naton and tied for first in the Pac-10 averaging 1.0interceptions per game.
Total Defense: The Cardinal defense, with nine new starters, held San Jose Stateto just 211 total yards and nine first downs... The Spartans were able togain just 34 yards on the ground on 23 carries while throwing for 177 yards (on18-for-34 passing) and four interceptions ... It was the fewest yards allowedby Stanford in its past 15 games (since allowing 174 total yards to Arizona Stateon 11/11/00)... Through two games, Stanford's defense has given up 305 yardsin total offense per game and just 86.5 yards rushing per game... The Cardinalhas also allowed only 33 first downs... Stanford is ranked 13th in the nationand first in the Pac-10 in rushing yards allowed per game (86.5)
Two-Sport Teyo: Sophomore wide receiver Teyo Johnson has earned the reputationas one of the top two-sport athletes in the nation... A power forward on Stanford... snationally-ranked basketball team the past two years, Johnson is in his secondseason as a receiver after coming to Stanford as one of the most highly-toutedprep 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 towide receiver for the 2001 season... At 6-foot-7 and 240 pounds, the veryathletic 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 in2001 and was named the Pac-10... s Co-Freshman of the Year... He could emergeas one of the nation... s top receivers in 2002... He is on the BiletnikoffAward 'Watch List' entering the 2002 season... Johnson is averaging112.0 receiving yards per game and is ranked 12th in the NCA A and second in theconference... He began the 2002 campaign by catching four balls for 117 yardsand one TD in the season opener at Boston College... He scored the team'sfirst TD of the year on a seven-yard pass from Kyle Matter... Earlier in thedrive, Matter and Johnson hooked up on an 80-yard pass play, the longest receptionof Johnson's career... Against San Jose State, Johnson caught seven passesfor 107 yards and two touchdowns... He caught a pair of four-yard TD passes,the first from Chris Lewis in the second quarter and the second from Kyle Matterin the fourth quarter ... In his last nine regular season games, Johnson hascaught 40 passes for 662 yards (16.5 ypc) and eight touchdowns... In basketball,Johnson started 11 games for Stanford last year after the football season concludedin late December... He is a potential starter for the Cardinal in 2002-03.
More Moore: Fifth-year senior fullback Casey Moore has been Stanford's top rushingthreat through the first two games of the season... Moore, who started his35th consecutive game against San Jose State, has rushed for a team-leading 123yards on 19 carries through two games... He carried the ball nine times for65 yards against San Jose State after opening the season with a 10-carry, 58-yardeffort at Boston College... Throughout his career, Moore has been productivewhen given the ball... He has gained 736 yards and scored 14 touchdowns onthe ground in his career and his average of 6.0 yards per carry is indeed impressivefor a fullback... He has also caught 36 passes for three TDs... In the1999 Big Game vs. California, Moore scored on a 94-yard touchdown run, the secondlongest in school history... At 6-foot-2, 250 pounds, Moore is effective asan inside runner, receiver and blocker.
Powell's Production: FL/KR Luke Powell, a First-Team All-American kick returnerin 2001, has earned the reputation as one of the most dangerous players in collegefootball... Powell, a junior from Smyrna, Tennessee, has proven to be oneof those players who can score anytime he touches the ball... He is currentlyfirst in school history with a 21.7 yards per reception average after having caught64 balls for 1,400 yards and 10 touchdowns... He is also No. 2 all-time atStanford 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 puntreturn average... Throughout his career, Powell has exemplified the knackfor making big plays... He has caught 15 receptions of over 30 yards, includingseven over 50... In the season opener at Boston College, Powell's first receptionof the season was a 42-yarder from Kyle Matter.
Receiving Corps: The Sporting News ranked Stanford... s receiving corps theNo. 6 unit in the nation - and for good reason... Not only does the Cardinalreturn 168 of the 176 receptions from a year ago, but Stanford... s receivingcorps 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 receiversand Stanford... s unit is among the best in the nation... The Cardinal'sdepth at receiver includes sophomores Greg Camarillo and Nick Sebes and redshirtfreshmen Gerren Crochet and Grant Mason.
Kwame's The Name: Junior offensive tackle Kwame Harris is making his name knownthroughout 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) entersthe 2002 campaign as a bonafide All-America candidate and an Outland Trophy andLombardi Award prospect... Harris came to Stanford in 2000 as one of the nation... sprized recruits from Newark High School in Delaware - and he has lived up to thoseexpectations... He lettered as a true freshman in 2000 and moved into thestarting 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 seasonon the Lombardi Award 'Watch List'... He was rated No. 16 on ESPN'slist of the nation's top 100 players... Street & Smith's named Harristhe top NFL prospect in the Pacific-10 Conference in 2002.
At the Corners: Sophomore cornerbacks Leigh Torrence and Stanley Wilson, in theirfirst year in the starting lineup, continued their impressive play last Saturdayvs. San Jose State... Both Torrence and Wilson were reserves a year ago, gettingmost of their playing time on special teams... Now, they are being countedon to provide the Cardinal defense with speed and coverage ability in the defensivebackfield... Torrence had seven tackles, two interceptions and two passesdefensed against Boston College in the season opener while Wilson added threetackles... Torrence returned his first interception 30 yards to the BC 21,setting up a Cardinal touchdown... Against the Spartans, Wilson added an interceptionand three tackles... Add true freshman T.J. Rushing (one interception vs.San Jose State) and the Cardinal has three young cornerbacks with speed, quickand cover skils... Both Torrence and Wilson should be the cornerstones ofthe Cardinal secondary in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Lemon's Day: Redshirt freshman J.R. Lemon (Fayetteville, Georgia/Sandy Creek HighSchool) received the most extensive playing time of his career against San JoseState - and he did not disappoint... Lemon, who redshirted the 2001 season,led the team with 17 carries for 69 yards while scoring the first three TDs ofhis Stanford career... He scored the team's first TD on a four-yard run inthe first quarter before getting in the end zone twice in the third period, from5- and 2-yards out... Lemon played most of the final three quarters afterstarter Kerry Carter was unavailable due to injury... Lemon came to Stanfordas one of the top recruits in the nation in 2001... He was a consensus prepAll-American and rated among the top 50 recruits in the country.
Red Zone Efficiency: Stanford scored eight touchdowns in nine trips inside theRed Zone against San Jose State, giving the Cardinal 12 scores in 13 Red Zoneappearances (92.3%) after the first two games of the season... Stanford scoredon all four of its Red Zone trips against Boston College (two TDs, two FG)... In 13 trips inside the opponent's 20-yard line, the Cardinal has scored 10 touchdownsand kicked two field goals... Conversely, opponents have scored at a 77.8%clip against the Stanford defense, tallying seven scores in nine trips in theRed Zone (four touchdowns, three field goals).
Impact Player: Redshirt freshman outside linebacker Michael Craven was listedamong 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 collegiatedebut September 7 at Boston College... The La Quinta, California native, startingand playing in his first game for Stanford, recorded six tackles, one tackle-for-lossand 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 top27-17... It was Stanford's first interception return for a touchdown in threeyears (Chris Johnson, 30-yard return vs. USC, 10/23/99)... In two games, Cravenhas an interception return for a touchdown, one tackle-for-loss and nine totaltackles... He was one of Stanford's prized recruits in 2001 ... He was aconsensus 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 thenation's top African-American high school football player.
New Kicker: Redshirt freshman Michael Sgroi (pronounced SKROY) is perfect so farin 2002... He has made all 11 of his PATs and both field goal attempts throughthe first two games of the season... Playing in his first game for the Cardinalat Boston College on September 7, Sgroi made both of his field goal attempts andall three PATs ... He hit field goals from 42-and 24-yards out... He scoredStanford's first points of the season when he hit a 42-yarder with 1:57 to playin the first quarter ... Stanford made only two field goals beyond 40 yardsduring the entire 2001 campaign - the longest coming from 44 yards out... Last Saturday against San Jose State, he was 8-of-8 on PATs... Sgroi, fromPlymouth, Michigan, was rated as one of the top placekickers in the Midwest outof Catholic Central High School in 2000... He redshirted the '01 season atStanford as a true freshman.
Carter Nearing Top-10: Senior running back Kerry Carter, who shared the runningback duties with Brian Allen the past two years, needs just 128 yards to moveinto Stanford's all-time top-10 rushing list... Carter, from Vaughn, Ontario,Canada, has gained 1,546 yards and scored 23 touchdowns in his Cardinal career... He is already No. 4 on Stanford... s career rushing TD list with 21... A punishing runner at 6-foot-2, 235 pounds, Carter led the team in rushing in2000 (729 yards) and was second a year ago despite missing four games with a shoulderinjury... He trails only Cardinal greats Tommy Vardell, Brad Muster and DarrinNelson on Stanford's career rushing TD list... On the career rushing chart,he needs 128 yards to catch Jon Volpe for No. 10 all-time with 1,674 yards... Carter should also pass Vincent White (1,689 yards), Ray Handley (1,768 yards)and Vardell (1,789 rushing yards).
Pre-Season Honors: Several Cardinal players received pre-season recognition, mostnotably junior tackle Kwame Harris, who heads into his third season on The Farmas 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 andAthlon and a consensus First-Team All-Pac-10 pick... He was also mentionedas an Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award candidate and ranked as the No. 2 offensivelineman in the nation... Luke Powell, a First-Team All-America kick returnerlast season, was named a Pre-season All-American, a consensus First-Team All-Pac-10selection and ranked as the No. 2 kick returner in college football... OGGreg Schindler received recognition as a pre-season All-American while pre-seasonall-conference honors also went to TE Brett Pierce, DT Matt Leonard and RB KerryCarter... As a team, The Sporting News ranked the Cardinal... s receivingcorps 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... JuniorOT Kwame Harris is on the 'Watch List' for the Lombardi Award, presentedto the nation's top lineman... Senior RB Kerry Carter is being watched forthe Doak Walker Award, given to the best running back in college football... Sophomore WR Teyo Johnson is on the 'Watch List' for the BiletnikoffAward as the best wide receiver in the country.
O-Line Experience: In addition to Harris, Stanford returns all-conference linemanGreg Schindler at one guard position and OT Kirk Chambers along with fifth-yearsenior guard Paul Weinacht, giving Stanford the potential to have an outstandingoffensive line in 2002... Schindler was named Second-Team All-Pac-10 a yearago and received pre-season Second-Team All-America recognition heading into the2002 campaign... He has been in the Cardinal... s starting lineup in 33of the last 37 games from 1999-2002... He missed the San Jose State with aknee injury, but is listed as 'possible' for the September 28 game atArizona State... Chambers is a 23-year old junior who has started all 25 gamesat left tackle since returning from a Mormon Mission in 2000... He was anHonorable Mention All-Pac-10 pick last year... Weinacht has played a key roleas a reserve the past three years and has seen action in the starting lineup in12 games throughout his career ... The Sporting News ranked Stanford... soffensive line as the 10th best in the nation.
Lotta Linebackers: Stanford has rotated in six linebackers through the first twogames of the season... In the season opener vs. Boston College, the Cardinalstarted Jake Covault at MLB and Michael Craven and Jared Newberry at OLB... David Bergeron, who had nine tackles in a reserve role vs. BC, started game twoat OLB in place of Newberry... Senior Brian Gaffney and redshirt freshmanJon Alston have also seen playing time... Covault leads the team with 12 tackleswhile Bergeron, Alston and Craven are next with nine... Craven and Alstonare both redshirt freshmen who made their Cardinal debuts September 7 at BostonCollege... Newberry played last season as a backup fullback, but the BC gamemarked his debut as a linebacker... Covault, Bergeron and Gaffney were reservesand special teams players in '01.