Stanford Opens Pac-10 Play Against No. 18 Huskies
Sept. 21, 2003
2003 STANFORD FOOTBALL
Game #3 - Stanford (2-0, 0-0) at #18 Washington (2-1, 0-0)
September 27, Husky Stadium, 12:30 pm
Opponent: Washington Huskies
Date: September 27, 2003
Kickoff: 12:30 pm
Location: Seattle, Washington
Stadium: Husky Stadium
Series: Washington leads 38-32-4
Television: no live television
Radio: Talk 910 KNEW
Internet: www.gostanford.com (live game audio and live game stats)
The Cardinal: Stanford begins Pac-10 play on Saturday, September 27at Husky Stadium in Seattle against No. 18 Washington in theconference opener for both schools. The Cardinal, 2-0 in 2003, arecoming off an impressive 18-14 victory at BYU. Washington will beStanford's first ranked opponent of the season. The Cardinal willhave a bye on Oct. 4, but return to action on Oct. 11 against USC,currently the No. 3 ranked team in the nation. Stanford comes intothe game with the nation's No. 1 rush defense and No. 9 scoringdefense. Stanford will attempt to snap an 11-game losing streak atHusky Stadium. The Cardinal has not beaten Washington in HuskyStadium since 1975.
Media Coverage: There is no live television coverage of theStanford-Washington game. Stanford's flagship radio station, Talk910 KNEW, will carry the game live with Tim Roye and Bob Murphy. Thepre-game show begins at 12:00. Live game audio and live in-gamestats are available at www.gostanford.com. KRON-TV will broadcast a30-minute Stanford football update on Wednesday, September 24 at10:00 pm with Gary Radnich.
Stanford- Washington Series: The Cardinal's longest drought inPac-10 play is its losing streak at Husky Stadium. It has been 28years and 11 games since Stanford last won a game at Husky Stadium(1975, 24-21). The Cardinal had a string of five straight wins inSeattle (1967, 69, 71, 73, 75) before its current drought began.Stanford has found it tough to beat the Huskies at Stanford Stadiumas well. Since 1977, Washington is 19-2 overall vs. the Cardinal.Stanford's only two wins during this time were a 43-31 win in 1982behind John Elway and a 46-28 win in 1994 when Bill Walsh wasStanford's head coach. Washington has won the last five meetingswith Stanford and 15 of the last 16. The Huskies lead the all-timeseries with the Cardinal 38-32-4.
Quick Notes: Stanford is attempting to begin the year 3-0 for thefirst time since 2001 and only the second time since 1986. TheCardinal and Huskies did not play in 2002. Stanford is 2-2 vs. KeithGilbertson-coached teams. As the Cal head coach from 1992-95,Gilbertson's Bears beat Stanford in '93 and '94, but lost in '92 and'95. Saturday's game will be Buddy Teeven's first as head coachagainst Washington. Stanford has allowed just four net yards rushingto its opponents and leads the nation in rush defense (2.0 yards pergame). The Huskies lead the Pac-10 in total defense and passefficiency defense. The last two games at Husky Stadium have beencompetitive. In 2001, Washington scored two TDs in the final 3:48 tobreak at 28-28 tie and win 42-28. In 1999, the Cardinal led 23-12 inthe third quarter before falling 35-30.
The Head Coach: Forty-six year old Buddy Teevens is in his secondseason at Stanford after being named the Cardinal's head coach onJanuary 9, 2002. Teevens' 23-year career prior to coming to Stanfordincluded 12 seasons as a head coach. A 1979 graduate of DartmouthCollege, he had previously held the head coaching position at theUniversity of Maine, Dartmouth and Tulane. Teevens spent threeseasons at Florida (1999-2001) working under Steve Spurrier. Teevenswas the head coach at Maine for two years (1985-86), Dartmouth forfive years (1987-91) and at Tulane for five seasons (1992-96).
BYU Game Notes
Pac-10 Opener: Stanford has won three of its last four Pac-10 openersand is 5-5 in the last 10 years. The Cardinal lost last year'sconference opener at Arizona State, but had beaten ASU in 2001 andWashington State in 199 and 2000. In conference openers on the road,Stanford has won two of its last three. Prior to last year's defeatat ASU, Stanford had won at WSU in 2000 and at Oregon State in 1997.Stanford has lost its last two conference openers at Washington(1993, 1996).
Washington Ties: Three current members of the Cardinal coaching staffhave coached at Washington: Tom Williams, Wayne Moses and SteveMorton. Williams, Stanford's co-defensive coordinator, was theHuskies inside linebackers coach from 1999-2001. Morton, theCardinal's offensive line coach, spent eight seasons coaching theHuskies offensive line (1992-98) while Moses, a 1977 Washingtongraduate, spent four years coaching Washington's running backs(1997-00). Moses was a four-year letterwinner for the Huskies(1973-74, 76-77), where he started at cornerback his final twoseasons. He helped Washington win the Pac-10 title and the Rose Bowlas a senior. Stanford also has five players from the state ofWashington: David Beall (Vancouver), Merlin Brittenham (Renton), RyanEklund (Federal Way), Justin McCullum (Mercer Island) and BrettPierce (Vancouver).
Young Guns: Stanford may be the youngest team in the nation.Consider that of the Cardinal's 94 players, 47 are either true orredshirt freshman. Stanford has just 14 seniors and 14 juniors onits 2003 roster. The Cardinal has a true freshman class of 30 and aredshirt freshman class of 17.
Rush Defense: Stanford leads the nation in rush defense after givingup just four net yards to San Jose State and BYU in its first twogames. The Cardinal's 2.0 yards allowed per game is largely due toits six quarterback sacks and 16 tackles for loss. Stanford held SanJose State to just nine net yards rushing on 16 carries, then cameback last Saturday to limit BYU to a (-5) net yards on 25 carries.Combined, Cardinal opponents have attempted 41 rushes, gained 99yards and lost 95 while averaging 0.1 yards per rush. Stanford's sixsacks have accounted for 59 yards lost. The Cardinal recorded fivesacks for (-47) yards against the Cougars, led by OLB Jon Alston'stwo sacks for (-18) yards.
More Defense: Stanford has allowed just 24 points in two games andits 12.0 per game average ranks first in the Pac-10 and tied forninth nationally. The 24 points allowed in back-to-back games is thebest at Stanford since the 1996 team finished the year by giving up21 points to Cal (42-21 win) and Michigan State (38-0 win in the SunBowl). In total defense, the Cardinal ranks second in the Pac-10 andtied for 21st in the NCAA by giving up 287.5 yards per game.Stanford's pass efficiency defensive rating of 88.1 ranks it first inthe conference and fifth in the nation. Despite giving up some yardsthrough the air, Cardinal defenders have intercepted three passes andheld opponents to a completion percentage of .451 (51-of-113).
Powell's Play: FL Luke Powell began the year in impressive fashion ashe caught 12 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the seasonopener vs. San Jose State. Although limited to five catches for 15yards against BYU, he is still among the national leaders inreceptions per game, receiving yards per game and all-purpose runningï¿½ Powell leads the conference and is fourth in the nation averaging8.5 receptions per game. He is second in the Pac-10 and 19th in theNCAA in all-purpose yards (151.5 ypg) and fifth in the conference and23rd nationally in receiving yards per game (93.5). Against BYU, hehad a career-best 68-yard punt return. Powell, who was limited lastyear with an ankle injury, recorded career highs in both receptionsand receiving yards against San Jose State in the season opener .His 12 catches tied for the ninth best single game performance inschool history while his 172 receiving yards ranked tied for 15th.He caught touchdown passes from 20 and 30 yards out from quarterbackTrent Edwards against the Spartans, giving him 13 career receivingTDs. Powell now has 100 career receptions for 1,747 yards and 14touchdowns (13 by receiving, one punt return). His 17.5 yards perreception average is seventh on Stanford's all-time list. A formerFirst-Team All-American (as a KOR in 2001), Powell is the only playerin school history to have three touchdown receptions of 75 yards ormore.He also has 17 catches over 30 yards in his career, whichinclude two from 50-59 yards and two others from 60-69 yards. As akick returner, he is among the school's all-time best in punt returns(58), punt return yards (670) and punt return average (11.5).
Captain Kirk: The leader of the Cardinal's offensive line is alsothe only player with starting experience heading into the 2003campaign - senior Kirk Chambers. With a young and inexperiencedoffensive line, Chambers is the unquestioned leader of a group thatwill need his maturity and knowledge to help it develop into aquality unit. Chambers, who is the oldest player on the team at 24,has started all 36 games in his Cardinal career and is attempting todo what few players in school history have accomplished - and that'sto start every game. He has been the team's No. 1 left tackle thepast three seasons (2000-02). After an All-American prep career atProvo High School, Chambers signed with Stanford then spent the 1998and '99 seasons on a Mormon Mission in Berlin, Germany. He marriedMarilyn Ord on June 23, 2001 and the couple gave birth to their firstchild, Marianne Deniece, on July 7, 2003.
Tolon's Tale: Junior running back Kenneth Tolon turned in his bestperformance to date by establishing career bests in carries (32) andyards rushing (141) in Saturday's game at BYU. Tolon became theteam's top offensive threat against the Cougars, gaining 141 of theteam's 144 yards on the ground and accounting for more than half ofStanford's 200 yards in total offense. His 32 carries were also themost on The Farm since the Big Game in 1991, when Tommy Vardell set aschool record with 39 carries. His 141 yards rushing were the mostat Stanford since Brian Allen gained 143 vs. Arizona in 2001. Tolonwas limited in the season opener vs. San Jose State (6 carries, 31yards) due to an injury, but his 86.0 yards per game rushing stillranks him second in the Pac-10 and 38th in the nation. He has gained172 yards on 38 carries (4.5 ypc) in 2003. For his career, Tolon hasgained 864 yards on 158 carries (5.5 ypc) and scored eight touchdowns.
Trent's Time: Redshirt freshman quarterback Trent Edwards became thefirst freshman quarterback at Stanford to win his starting debutsince Steve Stenstrom beat Cornell in 1991. Edwards, who redshirtedas a true freshman in 2002, made his Cardinal debut vs. San JoseState in the season opener and was impressive in completing 21-of-37for 278 yards and two touchdowns. He came off the bench in relief ofstarter Chris Lewis and led the Cardinal to 31 unanswered points. Hewas named the team's No. 1 quarterback on September 9 following theSJS game. Against the Spartans, he threw touchdown passes of 20 and30 yards to Luke Powell. In the second quarter, in which theCardinal outscored SJS 21-0, Edwards completed nine-of-11 for 130yards and two TDs. In his starting debut at BYU, Edwards scored thegame winning touchdown on a 14-yard run with 3:51 to play. Asecond-year player from Los Gatos High School, Edwards came toStanford a year ago as one of the most highly sought-after preps inthe nation. He was ranked by some as the No. 1 prep QB in thecountry in 2001. During his junior and senior seasons, he completed279-of-373 for 5,064 yards, 58 touchdowns and just seveninterceptions. His completion percentage was an eye-opening .747.
Special Teams Are Special: The Cardinal's special teams have beenquite special through the first two games of the year. Stanfordcurrently leads the conference and the nation in kickoff returns,averaging 38.0 yards per return. The Cardinal has had kickoffreturns of 52 yards by Nick Sebes against BYU and 45 by Kenneth Tolonvs. San Jose State. Against BYU, Luke Powell returned a punt 68yards. Stanford is also No. 1 in the conference in kickoff coverage,giving up just 80 yards on eight returns (10.0 yards per return).Senior Eric Johnson is averaging 42.7 yards per punt, good for fourthin the Pac-10 and 27th nationally. As a team, the Cardinal's 40.0net punting average is fourth in the conference and 18th in the NCAAï¿½ PK Michael Sgroi is averaging 1.5 field goals per game, ranking himNo. 3 in the Pac-10 and tied for 21st in the nation.
J.R.'s TDs: Sophomore running back J.R. Lemon has made a career ofplaying San Jose State. He recorded the first 100-yard rushing dayof his career against the Spartans in the season opener as he gained103 yards on 18 carries while scoring two touchdowns. In his career,he has scored five touchdowns - all coming against SJS (he had threetouchdowns in 2002). Lemon has rushed for 188 yards in his career,172 of which have come against the Spartans. Lemon took over as theteam's top rushing threat after starter Kenneth Tolon went out withan injury. Lemon responded by scoring touchdowns from six and threeyards out. While he saw limited playing time against BYU with Tolongetting the majority of carries, Lemon helps give the Cardinal a veryformidable one-two combination out of the backfield.
O-Line Story: The story of the Cardinal's offensive line can besummed up in one word: young.Senior Kirk Chambers is back at lefttackle for his fourth season in the starting lineup, but theremaining starters are young and inexperienced. Here were the hardfacts prior to the 2003 campaign: of the 16 offensive lineman on theStanford's roster, 12 (five true freshman, seven redshirt freshman)have never played for the Cardinal, two have seen limited playingtime (senior Mike Sullivan and sophomore Brian Head) and one (seniorDrew Caylor) has received some playing time as an offensive lineman,but has been a defensive lineman the past two years. Last Saturdayat BYU, an injury to Sullivan forced Jon Cochran to step into thestarting lineup, making him the third redshirt freshman to start forthe Cardinal in 2003. Stanford's current two-deep with gameexperience listed below:
Pos - Starter, backup (game experience prior to 2003)
LT - Kirk Chambers (three-year starter), Matt McClernan (RFr., no experience)
LG - Ismail Simpson, David Beall (both RFr., no experience)
C - Brian Head (limited), Drew Caylor (played DE last 2 years)
RG - Jeff Edwards, Josiah Vinson (both RFr., no experience)
RT - Mike Sullivan (limited), Jon Cochran (RFr., no experience)
Starting Tight Ends: A glance at the Cardinal's depth chart willfind two starting tight ends - Brett Pierce and Alex Smith - and nofullback. That's because the Cardinal is utilizing its talentedtight end corps in its 'basic' offensive formation. Pierce is listedas one starting tight end with redshirt freshman Matt Traverso No. 2ï¿½ At the other tight end spot, Smith's backup is true freshmanPatrick Danahy. Against San Jose in the season opener, Pierce caughttwo passes for 33 yards while Smith had one reception for nine yardsï¿½ A year ago, Pierce and Traverso suffered through injury-riddledseasons while Smith came to the forefront to put together anoutstanding year (30 receptions, 380 yards, two TDs) as the team'sonly true tight end. Now, both Pierce (ACL) and Traverso (ankle) arehealthy and, combined with Smith and Danahy, helps give the Cardinalfour talented tight ends. Pierce caught 19 balls for 258 yards andthree touchdowns in 2001, but suffered a season-ending knee injury inthe first quarter of the season opener last year at Boston College.Both Pierce and Smith have received pre-season recognition this yearas being among the top tight ends in the conference and the nation.Pierce, who has caught 29 passes in his career for 340 yards andthree TDs, was a pre-season First-Team All-Pac-10 selection whileSmith garnered Second-Team pre-season All-America honors
True Freshman: Five true freshman has played for the Cardinal in2003. . FL Mark Bradford (Los Angeles, Calif.) has two receptionsfor 46 yards while David Marrero, 5-10, 190-pound RB from Parkland,Fla., has eight carries for 20 yards. Michael Okwo, a 6-0, 215outside linebacker from Redondo Beach, Calif., has recorded twotackles while Patrick Danahy, a 6-5, 230 pound tight end fromSarasota, Fla., and Evan Moore, a 6-7, 235 pound wide receiver fromBrea, Calif., have also seen playing time in reserve roles.
Local Boys Make Good: The 2003 Stanford roster features three BayArea products who came into the program as walk-ons, but have quicklymoved their way up the depth chart. Redshirt junior wide receiverGreg Camarillo (Menlo Park, CA/Menlo-Atherton HS), who caught eightpasses for 92 yards last season, has three catches for 30 yards in2003. Fifth-year senior Eric Johnson (Antioch, CA/Antioch HS), whois also a member of the Stanford golf team, is in his third year asthe team's starting punter. Redshirt sophomore Timi Wusu (PaloAlto, CA/Palo Alto HS), who went to high school across the streetfrom Stanford Stadium, made an impact on special teams last year andhas put himself in position to make a significant contribution in2003.
Walking Into The Starting Lineup: The 2003 Stanford Cardinal has fourformer walk-ons either starting or playing key roles. The groupincludes outside linebacker Jared Newberry (redshirt junior), punterEric Johnson (fifth-year senior), flanker Greg Camarillo (redshirtjunior) and strong safety Timi Wusu (redshirt sophomore).
The Need For Speed: Sophomore defensive back T.J. Rushing and widereceivers Gerren Crochet (redshirt sophomore) and Nick Sebes(redshirt junior) made up three-fourths of the Stanford 4x100 relayteam that won the prestigious Texas Relays last spring in thethird-fastest time in school history (40.25). Besides excelling onthe track, all three are playing key roles for the Cardinal in 2003.Rushing is a key member of the Cardinal's secondary (six tackles, onetackle for loss), while Sebes (52-yard KOR) and Crochet (tworeceptions, 29 yards) are playing pivotal roles at receiver andspecial teams.
Georgia On Their Minds: Stanford has 94 players on its 2003 roster,and an amazing 11 have traveled nearly 3,000 miles from the state ofGeorgia to make their homes on The Farm. The total is the secondhighest of any state, behind only California's 28. Seven of the 11are expected to play big roles this fall: Soph. DE Julian Jenkins(Atlanta), Soph. RB J.R. Lemon (Fayetteville), Soph. CB CalvinArmstrong (Decatur), Jr. CB Leigh Torrence (Atlanta), Soph. OLB KevinSchimmelmann (Marietta), RFr. RG Jeff Edwards (Atlanta) and RFr. OTMatt McClernan (Norcross). In addition, four true freshman are fromGeorgia: DE Emmanuel Awofadeju (Roswell), RB Jason Evans (Acworth),DL David Jackson (Dunwoody) and OL Amir Malayery (Lawrenceville).The Cardinal coaching staff also has ties to the state of Georgia.Associate Head Coach David Kelly coached at Georgia Tech (2000-01),Georgia (1994-95) and Dunwoody (GA) HS (1981-93), while defensiveends coach Peter McCarty was at Georgia Tech in 2001.
In the Zone: Stanford leads the conference in red zone defense havingallowed opponents to score at a rate of .333. Cardinal opponentshave reached the red zone only three times in 2003 and have come awaywith one touchdown. The other two possessions have ended on downs.Offensively, Stanford has scored eight times in 10 trips to itsopponents' red zone. The Cardinal has five touchdowns and threefields to go along with one turnover and one missed field goal.Against BYU, the Cardinal was a perfect four-for-four in the red zone(two touchdowns, two field goals).
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