No. 6 Washington St. Visits The Farm For Homecoming
Oct. 12, 2003
2003 STANFORD FOOTBALL
Game #5 - No. 6 Wash. St. (5-1, 2-0) at Stanford (2-2, 0-2)
October 18, Stanford Stadium, 2:00 pm
The Cardinal: Stanford has now lost its last two games afterbeginning the season 2-0. Saturday's 44-21 loss at USC dropped theCardinal to 2-2 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-10 Conference. ThisSaturday, Stanford again faces one of the nation's best when No. 6ranked Washington State visits the Farm for the annual HomecomingGame. The Cougars had a bye last week and will come to Stanfordwith a hefty national ranking and a 5-1 overall record, 2-0 in theleague. WSU will mark the Cardinal's third straight game against anationally-ranked team and second consecutive against a top-10 team(USC was ranked ninth prior to last week's game). Washington Statehas won the last two meetings with the Cardinal, both of which wereplayed at Stanford Stadium. The Cougars won last year's game 36-11and beat the Cardinal in 2001, 45-39. Saturday's game will be thefifth time in the last six meetings that the two teams have played atStanford Stadium.
Media Coverage: There is no live television for theStanford-Washington State game. Stanford's flagship radio station,Talk 910 KNEW, will carry the game live with Ted Robinson and BobMurphy. The pre-game show begins at 12:30 pm. Live game audio andlive in-game stats are available at www.gostanford.com. In addition,the Stanford Farm Report is broadcast every Saturday at 8:30 am onFox Sports Bay Area.
Homecoming: The Cardinal will celebrate its annual Homecoming onSaturday vs. Washington State. In addition, Stanford will bepresenteed with its ninth straight NACDA Directors' Cup at halftime.The award honors the top overall athletic program in the nation. In2002-03, Stanford easily beat out runnerup Texas by tallying 1,420.5points to the Longhorn's 1,096. Cardinal teams won two nationalchampionships a year ago (men's water polo, men's cross country),placed 14 teams in the top-5, 25 in the top-10 and 29 in the top-25.
Worth Noting: Saturday's game will be the Cardinal's third straightagainst a nationally-ranked opponent and second in a row vs. a top-10team. In Stanford's two previous games, Washington was ranked No. 18and USC was No. 9. The Cougars are the highest ranked opponent forthe Cardinal since Stanford won back-to-back games vs. No. 5 Oregonand No. 4 UCLA in 2001. The Cardinal has lost its last six games vs.nationally-ranked teams. Stanford's second home game of the season -Oct. 18 - is the latest game two home date in recorded history. TheCardinal has not played at home since the season opener vs. San JoseState on September 6. Stanford plays five of its remaining sevengames, including four of its last five in November, at StanfordStadium.
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).
USC Game Notes
Cougar Connection: Steve Morton, Stanford's offensive line coach anda native of the Pacific Northwest, is a 1977 graduate of WashingtonState and a former Cougar football player and coach. Mortonattended W.F. West High School in Chehalis, Wash., then attendedGrays Harbor Community College in Aberdeen before transferring toWashington State. He played center and guard for WSU in 1973 and '74and received his bachelor's degree in physical education in '77ï¿½Following his playing days, Morton was a graduate assistant coach onthe Cougar's staff in 1975 and '76. He continued on the WSU staff asa full-time coach for 10 years (1977-86), coaching the offensive linein '77 and '82-86 and tight ends from '78-81.
Youth Be Served: 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.
Defensive Leader: In his second season in the starting lineup,junior Oshiomogho Atogwe has earned the reputation as not only one ofthe Cardinal's defensive leaders, but one of the top safeties in thePac-10 Conference. As a strong safety in 2002, Atogwe led the teamwith 71 total tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles.After making the switch to free safety, Atogwe is once again a forcefor the Stanford defense. He currently leads the team in totaltackles and has been perhaps the most active player on the Cardinaldefense. He has recorded 33 total tackles, two interceptions, twoforced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, three pass break ups and threetackles for loss ; Against USC, he scored his first career TD when hestripped Trojan return man Marcel Allmond on a kickoff return andraced 22-yards to the end zone. He also had 12 tackles vs. theTrojans. In Stanford's previous game at Washington, he posted 12tackles while also accounting for a forced fumble, fumble recoveryand pass break up. He is currently fourth in the Pac-10 and 20th inthe NCAA in interceptions (0.50 per game).
Rush Defense: Stanford's 2003 run defense has recorded two of the topeight marks in school history for fewest rushing yards allowed in asingle game. In the season opener, the Cardinal allowed San JoseState just nine net yards rushing, the eighth lowest total in schoolhistory. The next game, Stanford held BYU to (-5) yards on theground, largely due to five sacks. That total ranks as the fourthbest single game effort in school history. Through four games,Stanford's run defense is giving up an average of 97.25 yards pergame, fourth best in the conference and No. 21 nationally. Lastyear, Stanford's run defense gave up an average of 133 yards per game.
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. He continues to be one of Stanford's topoffensive threats and one of the most dangerous players in collegefootball. He leads the team with 21 receptions for 242 yards and twotouchdowns through four games. Against BYU, he had a career-best68-yard punt return. Powell, who was limited last year with an ankleinjury, recorded career highs in both receptions and receiving yardsagainst San Jose State in the season opener . His 12 catches tiedfor the ninth best single game performance in school history whilehis 172 receiving yards ranked tied for 15th. He caught touchdownpasses from 20 and 30 yards out from quarterback Trent Edwardsagainst the Spartans, giving him 13 career receiving TDs. Powellnow has 104 career receptions for 1,802 yards and 14 touchdowns (13by receiving, one punt return). His 17.3 yards per reception averageis seventh on Stanford's all-time list. A former First-TeamAll-American (as a KOR in 2001), Powell is the only player in schoolhistory to have three touchdown receptions of 75 yards or more.Healso has 17 catches over 30 yards in his career, which include twofrom 50-59 yards and two others from 60-69 yards. As a kickreturner, he is among the school's all-time best in punt returns(65), punt return yards (699) and punt return average (10.8).
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 38 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 surpassed the 1,000yard mark after gaining 52-yards vs. USC on Saturday. Tolon, fromAlbuquerque, NM, has now gained 1,003 yards on 198 carries (5.1 ypc). He currently ranks fourth in the Pac-10 averaging 77.75 yardsrushing per game. In back-to-back games vs. BYU and Washington, hecarried the Cardinal running game on his back as he has recorded 61carries for 228 yards and one TD. In those two games, all otherCardinal running backs had six carries for 15 yards. He establishedcareer bests in carries (32) and yards rushing (141) at BYU on Sept.20. Tolon became the team's top offensive threat against theCougars, gaining 141 of the team's 144 yards on the ground andaccounting for more than half of Stanford's 200 yards in totaloffense. His 32 carries were also the most on The Farm since the BigGame in 1991, when Tommy Vardell set a school record with 39 carries. His 141 yards rushing were the most at Stanford since Brian Allengained 143 vs. Arizona in 2001. A week later at Washington, hecarried 29 times for 87 yards. Tolon was limited in the seasonopener vs. San Jose State (6 carries, 31 yards) due to an injury. Heis also third on the team with nine receptions and he has threekickoff returns for 75 yards.
Trent's Time: Redshirt freshman quarterback Trent Edwards earned thestarting quarterback assignment after his performance in the seasonopener vs. San Jose State on Sept. 6. Three days later, head coachBuddy Teevens named Edwards the team's starter. Edwards, whocompleted 21-of-37 for 278 yards and two touchdowns against theSpartans, made his starting debut on September 20 at BYU. He led theteam to an 18-14 victory, becoming the first freshman quarterback atStanford to win his starting debut since Steve Stenstrom beat Cornellin 1991. Edwards, who redshirted as a true freshman in 2002, madehis Cardinal debut vs. San Jose State in the season opener. He cameoff the bench in relief of starter Chris Lewis and led the Cardinalto 31 unanswered points. Against the Spartans, he threw touchdownpasses of 20 and 30 yards to Luke Powell. In the second quarter, inwhich the Cardinal outscored SJS 21-0, Edwards completed nine-of-11for 130 yards and two TDs. In his starting debut at BYU, Edwardsscored the game winning touchdown on a 14-yard run with 3:51 to play. A second-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 four games of the year. Stanford iscurrently first in the conference and fifth in the nation in kickoffreturns, averaging 26.6 yards per return. The Cardinal has hadkickoff returns of 52 yards by Nick Sebes against BYU, 51 by Sebesagainst USC, and 45 by Kenneth Tolon vs. San Jose State. AgainstBYU, Luke Powell returned a punt 68 yards. Stanford is also No. 1 inthe conference in kickoff coverage, giving up just 12.8 yards perreturn. Senior Eric Johnson is averaging 44.2 yards per punt, goodfor third in the Pac-10 and 17th nationally. As a team, theCardinal's 38.89 net punting average is fourth in the conference and22nd in the NCAA.
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)had never played for the Cardinal, two had seen limited playing time(senior Mike Sullivan and sophomore Brian Head) and one (senior DrewCaylor) had received some playing time as an offensive lineman, buthad been a defensive lineman the past two years. Stanford had threeredshirt freshman in the starting lineup against BYU and Washington.Stanford's current two-deep with game experience 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. 2. At the other tight end spot, Smith's backup is true freshmanPatrick Danahy. Through four games, Cardinal tight ends haveaccounted for 15 catches for 117 yards and three touchdowns. Smithis second on the team with 10 catches for 74 yards and twotouchdowns, while Pierce has recorded four receptins for 42 yards andDanahy one catch for one touchdown. A year ago, Pierce and Traversosuffered through injury-riddled seasons while Smith came to theforefront to put together an outstanding year (30 receptions, 380yards, two TDs) as the team's only true tight end. Now, both Pierce(ACL) and Traverso (ankle) are healthy and, combined with Smith andDanahy, helps give the Cardinal four talented tight ends. Piercecaught 19 balls for 258 yards and three TDs in 2001, but suffered aseason-ending knee injury in the first quarter of the season openerlast year at Boston College. Both Pierce and Smith receivedpre-season honors as being among the top tight ends in the conferenceand the nation. Pierce, who has caught 30 passes in his career for345 yards and three TDs, was a pre-season First-Team All-Pac-10selection while Smith garnered Second-Team pre-season All-Americahonors.
True Freshman: Seven true freshman have played for the Cardinal in2003. Offensively, FL Mark Bradford (Los Angeles, Calif.), RB DavidMarrero (Parkland, Fla.), WR Evan Moore (Brea, Calif.) and TE PatrickDanahy (Sarasota, Fla.) have all contributed this season. Ondefense, OLB Michael Okwo (Redondo Beach, Calif.), NT Nick Frank (NewOrleans, LA) and SS Brandon Harrison (Baton Rouge, LA) have seenplaying time in '03.
More Freshman: Not only have the seven true freshman played, butthey have made significant contributions and become a major part ofthe 2003 Cardinal. Mark Bradford has played in all four games andreceived his first starting assignment in last week's game at USC.He has six catches for 92 yards and his 15.3 average is tops on theteam. Evan Moore, who will also play basketball for Stanford, hadhis break out game last Saturday at USC, catching five balls for 52yards while TE Patrick Danahy caught his first pass of the year, aone-yard TD from Chris Lewis off a tipped ball. RB David Marrero hascarried the ball 18 times for 50 yards and has shown flashes ofwhat's to come. He scored his first TD as a Cardinal last Saturdayat USC on a nifty 15-yard run. Michael Okwo, Nick Frank and BrandonHarrison have contributed in a reserve role on defense and on specialteams.
Baba: Sophomore nose tackle Babatunde Oshinowo, nickname Baba, isproving to be one of the best young, defensive lineman in the Pac-10. Now in his first season as a starter, Oshinowo has made hispresence known in the middle of the Cardinal's defensive line. Heleads all defensive lineman with11 total tackles, four tackles forloss and two sacks. He is second on the team in quarterback sacksand tied for the team lead in tackles for loss. Against Washington,Oshinowo had five tackles, including one sack and two tackles forloss. A third year player out of Naperville, Illinois, Oshinowostarted one game and played in all 11 a year ago as a redshirtfreshman, accounting for 23 tackles, six tackles for loss and threesacks.
In the Middle: Junior David Bergeron, who sits in the middle of theCardinal defense, recorded a career-high with 10 tackles in lastSaturday's game at USC. A second year starter, Bergeron started 10games a year ago at outside linebacker, but was moved to the middlelinebacker spot for the 2003 campaign. He has been in the Cardinal'sstarting lineup for the past 14 games, second only on the Stanforddefense to Oshiomogho Atogwe's 15 straight. Bergeron redshirted the2000 season, played on special teams and as a reserve in '01 beforemoving into the starting lineup in game two of the 2002 season.
Jared's Journey: Junior outside linebacker Jared Newberry came toStanford in 2000 as a walk-on from Minneapolis Minn.. In his firstthree years as a Cardinal, Newberry played inside linebacker,fullback, outside linebacker and special teams. He started threegames at OLB a year ago and his continued improvement earned him astarting role in 2003. After recording six tackles and one tacklefor loss in last week's game at USC, Newberry, who has started allfour games this season, now has 17 tackles, two tackles for loss, onesack, two pass break ups and one fumble recovery. Despite beingslowed a bit by injuries, Newberry has become of the team's mostactive and aggressive players.
Schimmelmann Shines: When spring practice began in April, theCardinal had all six of its linebackers returning from the 2002 squadand it appeared that the group was one of the strengths of the team.Enter sophomore Kevin Schimmelmann, a backup strong safety andspecial teams player who coaches felt might be a better fit at OLB.Not only has Schimmelmann made the transition a smooth one, but hewon a starting berth for the 2003 season and his play thus farindicates he may have found a home at OLB. After four games, theMarietta, Georgia native is second on the team with 28 total tacklesand is tied for the team lead with four tackles for loss.. Herecorded a career high 11 tackles, including two for loss, atWashington.
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.
In the Zone: Stanford is second in the conference in both red zonedefense and red zone offense.. Defensively, Stanford's opponentshave scored nine times in 13 trips in the red zone (.692), includingsix touchdowns and three field goals. Stanford has stopped opponentsfour times in the red zone, three on downs and one on a turnover.Offensively, Stanford has scored 13 times in 16 trips to itsopponents' red zone (.812). The Cardinal has nine touchdowns andfour fields to go along with two turnovers. Against BYU andWashington, the Cardinal converted all seven of its scoringopportunities inside the 20, including four touchdowns and threefield goals.
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.
Stanford in the NFL: Stanford has 22 former players currently on NFLrosters. The list includes: RB Brian Allen, Indianapolis Colts; OLBrad Badger, Oakland Raiders; FS Colin Branch, Carolina Panthers; RBKerry Carter, Seattle Seahawks; FB Greg Comella, Houston Texans; ILBChris Draft, Atlanta Falcons; DL Jason Fisk, San Diego Chargers; OTKwame Harris, San Francisco 49ers; OL Eric Heitmann, San Francisco49ers; QB Chad Hutchinson, Dallas Cowboys; LB Riall Johnson,Cincinatti Bengals; TE Teyo Johnson, Oakland Raiders; FS John Lynch,Tampa Bay Buccaneers; WR Ed McCaffrey, Denver Broncos; FB CaseyMoore, Carolina Panthers; FB Jon Ritchie, Philadelphia Eagles; LBDonnie Spragan, Denver Broncos; WR/KR Troy Walters, IndianapolisColts; OT Bob Whitfield, Atlanta Falcons; FS Tank Williams, TennesseeTitans; FS Coy Wire, Buffalo Bills; LB Kailee Wong, Houston Texans.
About the Cougars: Washington State has jumped out to a 5-1 overallrecord and a Pac-10 leading 2-0. The Cougars, ranked No. 6 in theUSA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll, suffered their only loss of the seasonat Notre Dame (9/6) in a hard-fought 29-26 defeat. WSU's offense hasproven to be one of the most potent in all of college football,averaging 34.3 points and over 433 yards in total offense per game.QB Matt Kegel has been impressive in completing 111-of-200 for 1,595yards and 10 touchdowns. RB Jonathon Smith has gained 434 yards andscored three TDs to lead the Cougars' rushing attack. Defensively,WSU leads the Pac-10 by allowing just 15.2 points per game. LB WillDerting leads the team in tackles (37), while DE D.D. Acholonu isamong the conference leaders in quarterback sacks (4.5) and tacklesfor los (6.5).
Stanford-WSU Series: The Cardinal leads the series with WashingtonState 30-22-1. The Cougars, however, have won the last two meetings,beating Stanford 45-39 in 2001 and 36-11 in '02. Both of those gameswere played at Stanford Stadium. In fact, Saturday's game marks thethird straight year in which WSU has played at Stanford. Prior tothose two losses in 2001-02, Stanford had gone 8-1 vs. the Cougarsfrom 1990-2000. Even further, from 1967-2000, the Cardinal went21-6-1 against Washington State.
Last Year's Game: The Cougars jumped on Stanford early and neverlooked back. WSU scored touchdowns on its first three possessionsand built a 23-0 halftime lead en route to a 36-11 victory. QB JasonGesser completed 17-of-23 for 297 yards and three TDs while receiverJerome Riley had nine receptions for 173 yards and one TD. WSU led33-3 before the Cardinal scored its only touchdown of the game with5:50 left on the clock.
Head Coach Bill Doba: Bill Doba is in his first year as the Cougar'shead coach, but 15th as a member of the WSU football program. He wasnamed WSU's head coach on December 18, 2002 following Mike Price'sdeparture to Alabama. Doba has been coaching football for 40 yearssince graduating from Ball State in 1962. He first came to Pullmanin 1989 with Price as the linebacker's coach. He was named defensivecoordinator in 1994. During his time in Pullman, Doba has been apart of four bowl teams, including two Pac-10 Conferencechampionships (1997, 2002) and two trips to the Rose Bowl.