Stanford Ready For Trip To Provo
Sept. 15, 2003
2003 STANFORD FOOTBALL
Game #2 -Stanford (1-0) at BYU (2-1)
September 20, LaVell Edwards Stadium
Date: September 20,2003
Kickoff: 4:30 pm MT (3:30 PT)
Stadium: LaVell Edwards Stadium
Series: First Meeting
Television: KRON (local),Live
Radio: Talk 910 KNEW
Internet: www.gostanford.com (live
game audio and live game stats)
Television and Radio Information
TV: KRON (local),Live
Radio: Talk 910 KNEW
Ted Robinson (play-by-play)
Bob Murphy (analyst)
Pre-game show -4:00 pm MT(3:00 pm PT)
The Cardinal: Stanford begins a string of three consecutive road games whenit plays BYU,September 20 at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo,Utah ...TheCardinal began the year with an impressive 31-10 victory over San Jose Stateat Stanford Stadium on September 6 ...The Cougars have beaten Georgia Tech,lost at USC and defeated New Mexico thus far in 2003 ... BYU will play atNew Mexico on September 13 before facing the Cardinal,which has a bye thisSaturday ... Stanford will continue to play on the road after the BYU contestwhen it travels to Washington (Sept.27)and USC (Oct.11)before returninghome to face Washington State in the homecoming game on October 18.
Media Coverage:The Cardinal-BYU game will be broadcast live in the BayArea on KRON beginning at 4:30 pm MT,3:30 pm PT ... Stanford''s flagshipradio station,Talk 910 KNEW,will carry the game live with Ted Robinson and
Bob Murphy ...The pre-game show begins at 4:00 pm MT,3:00 pm PT ... Livegame audio and live in-game stats are available at www.gostanford.com.
Stanford-BYU Series:This will be the first meeting between the Cardinal andCougars and Stanford's first against the Mountain West Conference ...The twoteams will face each other at Stanford Stadium on Sept.18,2004 to conclude thetwo-game series ... Stanford has played 16 previous games vs..teams currentlyin the Mountain West Conference and are 10-6 in those contests ...The Cardinalis 4-3 vs.Air Force,3-1 vs.San Diego State and 3-2 vs.Utah ... Stanford''s lastgame against a team currently in the MWC was in 1996 vs.Utah (lost 17-10).
Quick Notes:Stanford will once again face a team that has played more gamesthan the Cardinal ... In the season opener,,Stanford's first game was San JoseState's third ...When Stanford's faces BYU,it will be the Cardinal's secondgame of 2003 and the Cougar's fourth ...The last time Stanford played threeconsecutive road games was during the 1999 season,the year the Cardinal went8-4,won the Pac-10 championship and played in the Rose Bowl ... During thatthree-game stretch in '99,Stanford won at USC,lost at Washington and won atArizona State ... Stanford''s last game in the state of Utah was on September 9,1995 when the Cardinal won at Utah 27-20 ... Stanford fell behind San JoseState 10-0 in the first quarter,but came back to score 31 unanswered points ...The Spartans had 20 net yards rushing in the first quarter,but (-11)over the finalthree periods to finish with just nine total net yards rushing ... Besides a 2001win at San Jose State,Stanford's last non-conference road win was its 1995 vic-tory at Utah.
The Head Coach:Forty-six year old Buddy Teevens begins his second seasonat Stanford after being named the Cardinal 's head coach on January 9,2002 ...Teevens ' 23-year career prior to coming to Stanford included 12 as a head coach...A 1979 graduate of Dartmouth College,he had previously held the headcoaching position at the University of Maine,Dartmouth and Tulane ...Teevensspent three seasons at Florida (1999-2001)working under Steve Spurrier ...Teevens was the head coach at Maine for two years (1985-86),Dartmouth forfive years (1987-91)and at Tulane for five seasons (1992-96).
Utah Connection:Stanford has two players who are from the state of Utah,including one from Provo ... Starting left tack Kirk Chambers ,a native of Pro-vo,graduated from Provo High School in 1997 ... He was a three year starter onboth offense and defense and was named First-Team All-State and First-TeamAcademic All-State as a senior ... FB Cooper Blackhurst is a '97 graduate ofBrighton HS in Salt Lake City ... He was a First--Team Prep All-America whoplayed tight end,fullback and linebacker ... Chambers and Blackhurst are alsoStanford's two oldest players ... Chambers,,born March 19,1979,is 24 whileBlackhurst will turn 24 on September 24 ...They are the only two players onthe team born before 1980.
Young Guns:Stanford may be the youngest team in the nation ... Considerthat of the Cardinal's 94 players,47 are either true or redshirt freshman ...Stan-ford has just 14 seniors and 14 juniors on its 2003 roster ...The Cardinal has atrue freshman class of 30 and a redshirt freshman class of 17.
Offensive Attack:Stanford's offense against San Jose State produced numbersthat showed clear improvement from a year ago:457 yards total offense,293through the air,164 on the ground,27 first downs and 31 points ... In 2002,,theCardinal averaged 311 yards in total offense,178 through the air,133 on theground,17 first downs and 20.5 points ... Stanford''s 293 passing yards sur-passed every game in '02 with the exception of a 305 yard effort against SJS ...Stanford passed for over 200 yards only three times in 2002 ... In total offense,,the Cardinal's best in '02 was 563 against SJS ... Stanford produced more than400 yards in a game only one other time throughout the 2002 season ... A yearago,the Cardinal averaged 20.5 points per game and other than the 63 it scoredagainst San Jose State,its season best was 27 against Boston College ... Stan-ford currently leads the Pac-10 and is 20th in the nation in passing offense andsecond in the conference and 21st in the NCAA in total offense.
Stopping the Run:Stanford allowed San Jose just nine yards net rushing lastSaturday,the seventh best performance by a Cardinal defense in school history...The Spartans had 20 net yards rushing in the first quarter,but (-11)over thefinal three periods ...The Cardinal currently leads the nation in rushing defense.Total Defense:The Cardinal limited San Jose State to 270 yards in totaldefense (9 rushing,261 passing)... Stanford is currently ranked second in thePac-10 and 19th in the NCAA in total defense ...The Cardinal is also rankedsecond in the Pac-10 and 11th nationally in scoring defense,giving up 10 ppg.
Powell's Play:FL Luke Powell began the year in impressive fashion as hecaught 12 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the season openervs.San Jose State ... Powell,,who was limited last year with an ankle injury,recorded career highs in both receptions and receiving yards ... He enters the week as the national leader in receiving yards per game (172.0)and receptionsper game (12.0)... He caught touchdown passes from 20 and 30 yards outfrom quarterback Trent Edwards against the Spartans,giving him 13 careerreceiving TDs ... He needs two more to enter the school''s all-time top-10 list... His 12 catches against San Jose State is tied for the ninth best single gameperformance in school history while his 172 receiving yards ranks tied for 15th... Powell now has 95 career receptions for 1,732 yards and 14 touchdowns ((13by receiving,one punt return)... His 18.2 yards per reception average is sixthon Stanford's all-time list ...A former First-Team All-American (as a KORin 2001),Powell is the only player in school history to have three touchdownreceptions of 75 yards or more ...He also has 17 catches over 30 yards in hiscareer,which include two from 50-59 yards and two others from 60-69 yards ...As a kick returner,he is among the school 's all-time best in punt returns (51),punt return yards (561)and punt return average (11.0).
Captain Kirk:The leader of the Cardinal 's offensive line is also the onlyplayer with starting experience -senior Kirk Chambers ...With a young andinexperienced offensive line in 2003,Chambers is the unquestioned leader ofa group that will need his maturity and knowledge to help it develop into aquality unit ... Chambers,,who is the oldest player on the team at 24,has startedall 35 games in his Cardinal career and is attempting to do what few playersin school history have accomplished -and that 's to start every game ... He hasbeen the team 's No.1 left tackle the past three seasons (2000-02)...After anAll-American prep career at Provo High School,Chambers signed with Stanfordthen spent the 1998 and .99 seasons on a Mormon Mission in Berlin,Germany... He married Marilyn Ord on June 23,,2001 and the couple gave birth to theirfirst child,Marianne Deniece,on July 7,2003.
Trent's Time:Redshirt freshman quarterback Trent Edwards made his Cardi-nal debut on Saturday vs.San Jose State and was impressive in completing 21-of-37 for 278 yards and two touchdowns ... He came off the bench in relief ofstarter Chris Lewis and led the Cardinal to 31 unanswered points ... Edwards,,who was listed as the team's No.2 quarterback before the San Jose State game,is now listed as the team's No.1 QB and has been named the starter for theCardinal's next game at BYU ... He threw touchdown passes of 20 and 30 yardsto Luke Powell ... In the second quarter,in which the Cardinal outscored SJS21-0,Edwards completed nine-of-11 for 130 yards and two TDs ...A second-year player from Los Gatos High School,Edwards came to Stanford a year agoas one of the most highly sought-after preps in the nation ... He was ranked bysome as the No.1 prep QB in the country in 2001 ... During his junior and se-nior seasons,he completed 279-of-373 for 5,064 yards,58 touchdowns and justseven interceptions ... His completion percentage was an eye--opening .747 ...He currently leads the Pac-10 and is 19th nationally in total offense (275 ypg)and is second in the Pac-10 in passing (278.0 ypg).
J.R.'s TDs:Sophomore running back J.R.Lemon has made a career of playingSan Jose State ... He recorded the first 100--yard rushing day of his career lastSaturday against the Spartans as he gained 103 yards on 18 carries while scoringtwo touchdowns ... In his career,,he has scored five touchdowns -all comingagainst SJS (he had three touchdowns in 2002)... Lemon has rushed for 188yards in his career,172 of which have come against the Spartans ... Lemon tookover as the team's top rushing threat after starter Kenneth Tolon went out withan injury ... Lemon responded by scoring touchdowns from six and three yardsout ... He is currently ranked second in the Pac--10 and 28th in the NCAA inrushing (103 ypg)... He is also tied for first ((with Luke Powell)in the confer-ence and tied for seventh in the nation in scoring (12.0 ppg)
On the Defensive:The Cardinal defense,while limiting San Jose State tonine yards rushing and 39 incomplete passes,was led in tackles by two playersmaking their debuts in the starting lineup ... So..OLB Kevin Schimmelmannand RFr.SS Trevor Hooper led the Cardinal with six tackles apiece as Stan-ford proved to be very active and aggressive on the defensive side of the ball... Schimmelmann,,a converted safety who won the OLB job during fall camp,added one tackle for loss while Hooper,playing in his first collegiate game,added two tackles for loss ...As a team,Stanford accounted for 10 pass break-ups,including four by CB Leigh Torrence ,10 tackles for loss,one sack,oneinterception and one fumble recovery.
O-Line Story:The story of the Cardinal 's offensive line can be summed up inone word:young ...Senior Kirk Chambers is back at left tackle for his fourthseason in the starting lineup,but the remaining starters are young and inexperi-enced ... Here are the hard facts::of the 16 offensive lineman on the Stanford 'sroster,12 (five true freshman,seven redshirt freshman)have never played forthe Cardinal,two have seen limited playing time (senior Mike Sullivan andsophomore Brian Head )and one (senior Drew Caylor )has received someplaying time as an offensive lineman,but has been a defensive lineman the pasttwo years ... Stanford''s current two-deep with game experience listed below:
Pos -Starter,backup (game experience)
LT -Kirk Chambers (35 starts),Matt McClernan (redshirt freshman,no experience)
LG -Ismail Simpson or David Beall (both redshirt freshman,Simpson started vs.SJS)
C -Brian Head (limited,first start vs.SJS),Drew Caylor (played DE last 2 years)
RG -Jeff Edwards or Josiah Vinson (both redshirt freshman,Edwards started vs.SJS)
RT -Mike Sullivan (limited,first start vs.SJS),Jon Cochran (redshirt Fr.,no experience)
Starting Tight Ends:A glance at the Cardinal's depth chart will find twostarting tight ends -Brett Pierce and Alex Smith -and no fullback ...That'sbecause the Cardinal is utilizing its talented tight end corps in its 'basic'offen-sive formation ... Pierce is listed as one starting tight end with redshirt fresh-man Matt Traverso No.2 ...At the other tight end spot,Smith's backup is truefreshman Patrick Danahy ... Against San Jose in the season opener,Piercecaught two passes for 33 yards while Smith had one reception for nine yards ...A year ago,Pierce and Traverso suffered through injury-riddled seasons whileSmith came to the forefront to put together an outstanding year (30 receptions,380 yards,two TDs)as the team 's only true tight end ... Now,,both Pierce(ACL)and Traverso (ankle)are healthy and,combined with Smith and Danahy,helps give the Cardinal four talented tight ends ... Pierce caught 19 balls for 258yards and three touchdowns in 2001,but suffered a season-ending knee injuryin the first quarter of the season opener last year at Boston College ... BothPierce and Smith have received pre-season recognition this year as being amongthe top tight ends in the conference ... Pierce,,who has caught 29 passes in hiscareer for 340 yards and three TDs,was a pre-season First-Team All-Pac-10selection while Smith garnered Second-Team pre-season All-America honors.
True Freshman:Five true freshman played in their first collegiate game lastSaturday vs.SJS ... FL Mark Bradford (Los Angeles,Calif.)had one reception2003 Stanford Cardinal Footballfor 15 yards while David Marrero ,5-10,190-pound RB from Parkland,Fla.,carried the ball eight times for 20 yards ...Michael Okwo ,a 6-0,215 outsidelinebacker from Redondo Beach,Calif.,recorded one tackle while Patrick Da-nahy ,a 6-5,230 pound tight end from Sarasota,Fla.,and Evan Moore ,a 6-7,235 pound wide receiver from Brea,Calif.,also saw playing time.
Local Boys Make Good:The 2003 Stanford roster features three Bay Area prod-ucts who came into the program as walk-ons,but have quickly moved their wayup the depth chart ...Redshirt junior wide receiver Greg Camarillo (Menlo Park,CA/Menlo-Atherton HS),who caught eight passes for 92 yards last season,hadthree catches for 30 yards last week vs.San Jose State ...Fifth-year senior EricJohnson (Antioch,CA/Antioch HS),who is also a member of the Stanford golfteam,is in his third year as the team 's starting punter ...Redshirt sophomoreTimi Wusu (Palo Alto,CA/Palo Alto HS),who went to high school across thestreet from Stanford Stadium,made an impact on special teams last year and hasput himself in position to make a significant contribution in 2003.
Walking Into The Starting Lineup:The 2003 Stanford Cardinal has four for-mer walk-ons either starting or playing key roles ...The group includes outsidelinebacker Jared Newberry (redshirt junior),punter Eric Johnson (fifth-yearsenior),flanker Greg Camarillo (redshirt junior)and strong safety Timi Wusu(redshirt sophomore).
The Need For Speed:Sophomore defensive back T.J.Rushing and wide receiversGerren Crochet (redshirt sophomore)and Nick Sebes (redshirt junior)made upthree-fourths of the Stanford 4x100 relay team that won the prestigious Texas Relayslast spring in the third-fastest time in school history (40.25)...Besides excellingon the track,all three are expected to see an increased role on the gridiron thisseason ... Rushing started last week''s game vs.San Jose State while both Sebesand Crochet will be integral parts of the Cardinal's receiving corps.Georgia On Their Minds:Stanford has 94 players on its 2003 roster,and anamazing 11 have traveled nearly 3,000 miles from the state of Georgia to maketheir homes on The Farm ...The total is the second highest of any state,behindonly California 's 28 ...Seven of the 11 are expected to play big roles this fall:Soph.DE Julian Jenkins (Atlanta),Soph.RB J.R.Lemon (Fayetteville),Soph.CB Calvin Armstrong (Decatur),Jr.CB Leigh Torrence (Atlanta),Soph.OLBKevin Schimmelmann (Marietta),RFr.RG Jeff Edwards (Atlanta)and RFr.OT Matt McClernan (Norcross)...In addition,four true freshman are fromGeorgia:DE Emmanuel Awofadeju (Roswell),RB Jason Evans (Acworth),DLDavid Jackson (Dunwoody)and OL Amir Malayery (Lawrenceville)...TheCardinal coaching staff also has ties to the state of Georgia ...Associate HeadCoach David Kelly coached at Georgia Tech (2000-01),Georgia (1994-95)andDunwoody (GA)HS (1981-93),while defensive ends coach Peter McCarty wasat Georgia Tech in 2001.
Defensive Experience:One of the strengths of the 2003 Cardinal is its overallexperience on defense ... The Cardinal started 19 different players on defensein 2002 -and 15 of them are back in .03 ...The list includes:Louis Hobson (8starts),Amon Gordon (7),Will Svitek (3),Julian Jenkins (1),BabatundeOshinowo (1),David Bergeron (10),Jon Alston (5),Michael Craven (4),Jared Newberry (3),Jake Covault (9),MLB Brian Gaffney (2),CB LeighTorrence (11),CB Stanley Wilson (11)and SS Oshiomogho Atogwe (11).C