2002 Stanford Football - The Final Report

Dec. 12, 2002

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The Cardinal: Stanford concluded the 2002 campaign with an overall recordof 2-9 and a 1-7 mark in the Pacific-10 Conference ... The Cardinal competed against the second toughest schedule in the nation, according to the NCAA ... Stanford's opponents won at a .631 clip and had a regular season cumulative record of 84-49 ... The Cardinal also faced eight teams that advanced to post-seasonbowl games.

All-Pac-10: Junior offensive tackle Kwame Harris was named First-Team All-Pac-10 in 2002 while four other Cardinal players earned Honorable Mention recognition ... Harris (Newark, DE) has been a mainstay in the Cardinal offense the past two seasons, starting all 23 games at right tackle ... He was a Second-Team All-Pac-10 selection as a sophomore in 2001 ... Earning Honorable Mention honors were FS Colin Branch, OG Greg Schindler, FB Casey Moore and DT Matt Leonard.

Team Awards: Senior wide receiver Ryan Wells was voted the 2002 Team MVP ... Wells, a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner, caught 23 passes in '02 for 231 yards and one TD ... He also returned 36 kicks for 715 yards and became the school's all-time leading kickoff return specialist ... 2002 Stanford team awards included:

* Irving S. Zeimer Award (MVP): Ryan Wells

* The Vardell Award (to the junior or senior player who best epitomizes excellence in both academics and athletics): Tom Kolich

* Al Masters Award (to the player displaying the highest degree of leadership and respect of his teammates): Ryan Wells

* Menlo-Athlerton Trophy Award (most outstanding freshman): Julian Jenkins

* Deswarter-Eller Award (most outstanding sophomore): Oshiomogho Atogwe

* Gundelach Award (most outstanding junior): Kwame Harris

* Jim Reynolds Award (senior player whose courage on the field and devotion to the game are an inspiration to all): Greg Schindler

* Russell Huston Award (player exemplifying aggressiveness, exceptional performance and unheralded efforts): Matt Leonard

* Phil Moffat Awards (special teams players): Offense- Ryan Wells; Defense-Timi Wusu

* Greg Piers Awards (service team players): Offense- Gerald Commissiong; Defense- Mike Silva

* Frank Rehm Awards (most outstanding back/lineman in the Big Game):Back - Jared Newberry; Lineman - Babatunde Oshinowo

* Team Captains: Ryan Wells, Casey Moore, Colin Branch

Academic All-Pac-10: Stanford led the league with 18 players on the Pac-10 All-Academic Teams ... First-Team honors went to FB Casey Moore, OT Kirk Chambers, DL Craig Albrecht, DL Louis Hobson, DL Trey Freeman and DB Kevin Schimmelmann ... Albrecht made the First-Team for the second consecutive season ... Second-Team recognition went to OG Greg Schindler, DL Babatunde Oshinowo, DL Will Svitek and DB Leigh Torrence ... Earning Honorable Mention honors were FL Greg Camarillo,, MLB Brian Gaffney, OT Kwame Harris, C Tom Kolich, QB Kyle Matter, WR Nick Sebes, TE Alex Smith and FL Ryan Wells.

Academic All-America: Junior offensive tackle Kirk Chambers and sophomore cornerback Leigh Torrence were named Second-Team District-8 Academic All-Americas ... Chambers, also named First-Team Academic All-Pac-10, is majoring in Public Policy and German Studies while Torrence majors in Political Science.

Freshman Honors: Three Cardinal freshman were selected to The Sporting News 2002 All-Pac-10 Freshman Team ... Earning all-freshman recognition were redshirt freshman Kyle Matter at quarterback, redshirt freshman Michael Sgroi at placekicker and true freshman Julian Jenkins at defensive end.

The Record Book: Ryan Wells became the school's most prolific kick returner by setting four records in 2002 ... Wells broke school records for most career kickoff return yards (2,010), career kickoff returns (91), season kickoff return yards (715) and season kickoff returns (36) ... Kerry Carter finished his career as the school's number seven all-time leading rusher with 2,039 yards ... He also finished his career number four in rushing touchdowns with 23 and number seven in touchdowns with 25

Departing Starters: Stanford will lose nine starters off the 2002 squad, including six on offense and three on defense ... Offensively, the Cardinal must replace LG Paul Weinacht, C Tom Kolich, OG Greg Schindler, RB Kerry Carter, FB Casey Moore, FL Teyo Johnson, and WR Ryan Wells ... On defense, departing starters include tackle Matt Leonard, NT Trey Freeman and FS Colin Branch.

Who's Back: Returning in 2003 will be five starters on offense, eight on defense and both kickers ... The five offensive starters returning in '03 are LT Kirk Chambers, RT Kwame Harris, QB Kyle Matter, Chris Lewis and TE Alex Smith, Brett Pierce ... Also returning on offense are FL Luke Powell, RB Kenneth Tolon, J.R. Lemon and Justin Faust, WR Grant Mason, Gerron Crochet and Nick Sebes ... Defensively, returning starters include DE Amon Gordon, DE Louis Hobson, MLB Jack Covault, OLB David Bergeron, OLB Jon Alson/Michael Craven, CB Stanley Wilson and Leigh Torrence and SS Oshiomogho Atogwe ... Other top defensive players returing next season are DE Drew Caylor, DE Julian Jenkins, NT Babatunde Oshinowo, MLB Brian Gaffney, OLB Jared Newberry and CB T.J. Rushing ... PK Michael Sgroi and P Eric Johnson are also back in 2003.

Quick Facts
Final Results (2-9, 1-7)
9/7 at Boston Coll. (ESPN2) L, 27-34
9/14 San Jose St. (KRON) W, 63-26
9/28 at Arizona St. (ABC) L, 24-65
10/5 at Notre Dame (NBC) L, 7-31
10/12 Washington State L, 11-36
10/19 Arizona W, 16-6
10/26 at UCLA (Fox Net) L, 18-28
11/2 at Oregon L, 14-41
11/9 USC (ABC) L, 17-49
11/16 Oregon State L, 21-31
11/23 at California (KGO) L, 7-30

Final Pac-10 Standings
Pac-10 Overall
Washington State 7-1 10-2
USC 7-1 10-2
Arizona State 5-3 8-5
Oregon State 4-4 8-4
UCLA 4-4 7-5
Washington 4-4 7-5
California 4-4 7-5
Oregon 3-5 7-5
Stanford 1-7 2-9
Arizona 1-7 4-8

2003 Schedule
September 13 San Jose State
September 20 at BYU
September 27 at Washington
October 11 at USC
October 18 Washington State
October 25 at Oregon
November 1 UCLA
November 8 Arizona State
November 15 at Oregon State
November 22 California
November 29 Notre Dame

Final Stat Rankings
2002 Team Rankings
Category Avg. - NCAA/Pac-10
Rush Off. 133.2 - 76 / 5
Pass Off. 178.2 - 87 / 10
Pass Eff. Off. 96.70 - 110 / 10
Total Off. 311.4 - 110 / 10
Scoring Off. 20.45 - 97 / 9
Rush Def. 132.7 - 38 / 8
Pass Def. 252.0 - 100 / 6
Pass Eff. Def. 131.1 - 78 / 8
Total Def. 384.7 - 69 / 7
Scoring Def. 34.27 - 99 / 10
TO Marg. -.45 - 79 / 9
Punt Ret. 8.78 - 73 / 8
Net Punting 33.0 - 82 / 7
KO Ret. 18.25 - 101 / 8

The Record Books

Career Rushing
1. Darrin Nelson, 1977-81 - 4,033
2. Brad Muster, 1984-87 - 2,940
3. Anthony Bookman, 1994-97 - 2,523
4. Mike Mitchell, 1993-97 - 2,446
5. Glyn Milburn, 1990-92 - 2,178
6. Brian Allen, 1998-2001 - 2,117
7. Kerry Carter, 1999-2002 - 2,039

Career Rushing Touchdowns
1. Tommy Vardell, 1988-91 37
2. Brad Muster, 1984-87 27
3. Darrin Nelson, 1977-81 24
4. Kerry Carter, 1999-2002 23

Career Touchdowns
1. Darrin Nelson, 1977-81 - 40
2. Tommy Vardell, 1988-91 - 37
3. Brad Muster, 1984-87 - 33
4. Vincent White, 1979-82 - 31
5. Ken Margerum, 1977-80 - 30
6. Troy Walters, 1996-99 - 29
7. Kerry Carter, 1999-2002 - 25

Career Kickoff Return Yards
1. Ryan Wells, 1999-2002 - 2,010
2. Damon Dunn, 1994-96 - 1,950

Season Kickoff Return Yards
1. Ryan Wells, 2002 - 715
2. Vincent White, 1980 - 603

Career Kickoff Returns
1. Ryan Wells, 1999-2002 - 91
2. Damon Dunn, 1994-96 - 73

Season Kickoff Returns
1. Ryan Wells, 2002 - 36
2. Vincent White, 1980 - 29

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