Stanford Plays Host To Bruins
Oct. 26, 2003
2003 STANFORD FOOTBALL
Game #7 - UCLA (6-2, 4-0) at Stanford (2-4, 0-4)
November 1, Stanford Stadium, 12:30 pm
The Cardinal: Stanford fell to 2-4 overall and 0-4 in the Pac-10after last Saturday's 35-0 loss at Oregon. The Cardinal returns homethis week to face UCLA, a team that has won its last five games,including a 20-13 win over Arizona State last Saturday. Stanfordbegan the season with consecutive wins over San Jose State and atBYU, but has since lost four straight to Washington, USC, WashingtonState and Oregon. The Cardinal and Bruins have been played footballagainst each other since 1925 and have played each other every year -with the exception of 1943-45 - since 1928. Saturday's game will bethe 74th in the series, which UCLA leads 40-30-3.
Media Coverage: The Stanford-UCLA game will be televised live to anational cable audience on Fox Sports Net. Stanford's flagship radiostation, Talk 910 KNEW, will carry the game live with Ted Robinsonand Bob Murphy. The pre-game show begins at 12:00 pm. Live gameaudio and live in-game stats are available at www.gostanford.com. Inaddition, the Stanford Farm Report is broadcast every Saturday at8:30 am on Fox Sports Bay Area.
November Madness: Stanford will play four of its final five games inNovember at Stanford Stadium. The Cardinal has already played fourof its six games on the road, as well as having two bye weeks.During the month of November, Stanford will host UCLA (Nov. 1),Arizona State (Nov. 8), California in the 106th Big Game (Nov. 22)and a Thanksgiving Saturday finale against Notre Dame (Nov. 29). TheCardinal's only road game will be at Oregon State on Nov. 15.
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).
Stanford-UCLA Connections: Co-defensive coordinator A.J. Christoffand running backs coach Wayne Moses both spent time as assistantcoaches for UCLA. Christoff was the defensive backs coach for theBruins for five years (1990-94) while Moses spent six years at UCLAas their running backs coach from 1990-95. Both Christoff and Moseswere on Terry Donahue's staff in 1993 when the Bruins won the Pac-10championship and played in the '94 Rose Bowl. Both of the Bruin'scurrent coordinators spent time at Stanford. Steve Axman, UCLA'soffensive coordinator, was the Cardinal's offensive line coach underJack Elway in 1986 while defensive coordinator Larry Kerr coachedlinebackers at Stanford under Elway from 1984-88. Dale Rudd,Director of Athletic Training at UCLA, held the same position atStanford from 1997-2001.
Stanford-Oregon Game Notes
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 44 total tackles, two interceptions, threeforced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, three pass break ups and onetackles 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. Against Washington a week later, he posted 12 tackles whilealso accounting for a forced fumble, fumble recovery and pass breakup. He had six total tackles, a forced fumble and fumble recoverylast week at Oregon.
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. Stanford has held itsopponents to under 100-yards rushing three times in six games thisseason (San Jose State, BYU, Washington State). Through five games,Stanford's run defense is giving up an average of 108.67 yards pergame. Last year, Stanford's run defense gave up an average of 133yards 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 27 receptions for 305 yards and twotouchdowns through six 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 110 career receptions for 1,865 yards and 14 touchdowns (13by receiving, one punt return). His 17.0 yards per reception averageis ninth 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(68), punt return yards (701) and punt return average (10.3).
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 40 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 four seasons (2000-03). 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 vs. USC on October 11. Tolon, from Albuquerque, NM, hasnow gained 1,061 yards on 224 carries (4.8 ypc) . In back-to-backgames vs. BYU and Washington, he carried the Cardinal running game onhis back as he has recorded 61 carries for 228 yards and one TD. Inthose two games, all other Cardinal running backs had six carries for15 yards. He established career bests in carries (32) and yardsrushing (141) at BYU on Sept. 20. Tolon became the team's topoffensive threat against the Cougars, gaining 141 of the team's 144yards on the ground and accounting for more than half of Stanford's200 yards in total offense. His 32 carries were also the most on TheFarm since the Big Game in 1991, when Tommy Vardell set a schoolrecord with 39 carries. His 141 yards rushing were the most atStanford since Brian Allen gained 143 vs. Arizona in 2001. A weeklater at Washington, he carried 29 times for 87 yards.ï¿½ He is thirdon the team with 13 receptions and he has five kickoff returns for117 yards (23.4 average)
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. He has started the four games this season - vs. BYU,Washington, USC and Washington State. He suffered a shoulder injuryin the third quarter against WSU on October 18 and did not return.Hedid not play in last week's game at Oregon. Edwards, who redshirtedas a true freshman in 2002, made his Cardinal debut vs. San JoseState in the season opener. He came off the bench in relief ofstarter Chris Lewis and led the Cardinal to 31 unanswered points.Against the Spartans, he threw touchdown passes of 20 and 30 yards toLuke Powell. In the second quarter, in which the Cardinal outscoredSJS 21-0, Edwards completed nine-of-11 for 130 yards and two TDs. Inhis starting debut at BYU, Edwards scored the game winning touchdownon a 14-yard run with 3:51 to play. A second-year player from LosGatos High School, Edwards came to Stanford a year ago as one of themost highly sought-after preps in the nation. He was ranked by someas the No. 1 prep QB in the country in 2001. During his junior andsenior seasons, he completed 279-of-373 for 5,064 yards, 58touchdowns and just seven interceptions. His completion percentagewas an eye-opening .747.
Lewis' Legacy: Fifth-year senior QB Chris Lewis, who has led theCardinal to some of its most impressive victories in recent years,returned to the starting lineup last Saturday at Oregon. With TrentEdwards suffering from an injury. Lewis was inserted back into thestarting lineup. He completed 12-of-26 for 188 yards. Lewis startedthe season opener vs. San Jose State on September 6, but then gaveway to Edwards as the starter in the next four games. Lewis did notplay against BYU or Washington, but came off the bench vs. USC andWashington State. For his career, has completed 285-582 for 3,555yards and 27 TDs. He is nearing the school's all-time top-10 in TDpasses, yards passing and total offense. He needs 183 yards passingto surpass Dick Norman (1958-60) for No. 10 on Stanford's all-timepassing chart. In total offense, his 3,539 yards is 245 behind ChadHutchinson (1996-97) for No. 10 on the Farm and 247 behind MikeBoryla (1970-73) for No. 9.
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. Through six games, Cardinal tight ends haveaccounted for 16 catches for 121 yards and three touchdowns. Smithleads all tight ends with 10 catches for 74 yards and two touchdowns,while Pierce has recorded five receptions for 46 yards and Danahy onecatch for one touchdown. A year ago, Pierce and Traverso sufferedthrough injury-riddled seasons while Smith came to the forefront toput together an outstanding year (30 receptions, 380 yards, two TDs)as the team's only true tight end. Now, both Pierce (ACL) andTraverso (ankle) are healthy and, combined with Smith and Danahy,helps give the Cardinal four talented tight ends. Pierce caught 19balls 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.
O-Line Story: The story of the Cardinal's offensive line can besummed up in one word: young.Senior Kirk Chambers is starting atleft tackle for the fourth straight year, but the remaining startersare young and inexperienced. Here were the hard facts prior to the2003 campaign: of the 16 offensive lineman on the Stanford's roster,12 (five true freshman, seven redshirt freshman) had never played forthe Cardinal, two had seen limited playing time (senior Mike Sullivanand sophomore Brian Head) and one (senior Drew Caylor) had receivedsome playing time as an offensive lineman, but had been a defensivelineman the past two years. Chambers (LT) and redshirt freshmenIsmail Simpson (LG) and Jeff Edwards (RG) have started all six gamesfor the Cardinal. Junior Brian Head started the first four games,but has missedthe last two due to a knee injury, forcing converteddefensive end Drew Caylor into the starting role the past two games.Redshirt freshman Jon Cochran has started two games in place ofsenior Mike Sullivan. 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 - , Drew Caylor (played DE last 2 years); Tim Mattran (RFr., no experience)
RG - Jeff Edwards, Josiah Vinson (both RFr., no experience)
RT - Mike Sullivan (limited), Jon Cochran (RFr., no experience)
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 six games andstarted the past three at USC, at home against Washington State andat Oregon. He is second on the team with 17 receptions. Evan Moore,who will also play basketball for Stanford, had his break out game atUSC on October 11, catching five balls for 52 yards while TE PatrickDanahy caught his first pass of the year against the Trojans, 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 at USC on anifty 15-yard run. Michael Okwo, Nick Frank and Brandon Harrisonhave contributed in a reserve role on defense and on special teams.
True Freshman Receivers: Mark Bradford, who established career bestsin last Saturday's game at Oregon with seven catches for 153 yards,and Evan Moore, give the Cardinal two of the best true freshmanreceivers in the Pac-10. Bradford is second on the team with 17receptions for 295 yards and his 17.4 average leads the team. Moorehas six catches for 71 yards.
More Bradford: Mark Bradford's 17 receptions equals the school'sbest in recorded history for receptions by a true freshman receiver.Bradford's 17 catches equals the 1993 numbers put up by BrianManning, who had 17 catches for 382 yards and four touchdowns for theentire season. With five games remaining, Bradford is certain to addto his current total and surpass Manning. Bradford's 153 receivingyards last Saturday at Oregon was the first 100-plus receiving day bya true freshman receiver since Manning in '93. In the last two gamesvs. Washington State and Oregon, Bradford has been the team's topreceiver with 11 catches for 203 yards and one TDï¿½ A 6-2, 190-pounderfrom Fremont High School in Los Angeles,, Bradford was a consensusprep All-America last year and one of the most highly sough-afterrecruits in the nation.
In the Middle: Junior David Bergeron, who sits in the middle of theCardinal defense, has recorded a team-high 22 tackles in the lastthree games vs. USC, Washington State and Oregon. He had acareer-high with 10 tackles against the Trojans and eight vs.Washington State. He is tied for fifth on the team with 34 totaltackles. A second year starter, Bergeron started 10 games in '02 atoutside linebacker, but was moved to the middle linebacker spot forthe 2003 campaign. He has been in the Cardinal's starting lineup forthe past 16 games, second only on the Stanford defense to OshiomoghoAtogwe's 17 straight. Bergeron redshirted the 2000 season, played onspecial teams and as a reserve in '01 before moving into the startinglineup 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 October 11 at USC, he recorded a career-best 10 total stopsvs. Washington State the following week. Against Oregon, he hadeight tackles, two tackles for loss and one quarterback sack.Newberry, who has started all six games this season, now has 35tackles and a team-high eight tackles for loss to go along with twosacks, three 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 six games, theMarietta, Georgia native is second on the team with 37 total tacklesand is tied for second on the team with five tackles for loss.. Herecorded a career high 11 tackles, including two for loss, atWashington.
Gordon's Game: Junior Amon Gordon has played inside linebacker,defensive end and defensive tackle the past three years, but may havefound a home at defensive tackle in 2003. A starter last year at DE,Gordon, 6-3, 285 pounds from San Diego, Calif., was converted totackle last spring and has been impressive in 2003. He leads allCardinal defensive lineman wiht 17 total tackles.He has alsoaccounted for four tackles for loss, two quarterback sacks, one passdeflection and one blocked kick. Gordon is Stanford's mostexperienced defensive lineman with 13 career starts.
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. He issecond among Cardinal defensive lineman with 13 total tackles, andtied for second on the team with five tackles for loss and two sacks.Against Washington, Oshinowo had five tackles, including one sackand two tackles for loss. A third year player out of Naperville,Illinois, Oshinowo started one game and played in all 11 a year agoas a redshirt freshman, accounting for 23 tackles, six tackles forloss and three sacks.
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.
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.
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 Bruins: UCLA is one of the hottest teams in the conferencehaving won their past five games, including four in Pac-10 play. Atthe halfway point in the Rose Bowl race, the Bruins sit atop theleague standings at 4-0, tied with WSU. UCLA lost its twonon-conference road games at Colorado and top-ranked Oklahoma, buthave been perfect in league play. Freshman Maurice Drew from De LaSalle HS in Concord rushed for 176 yards in UCLA's 20-13 over ArizonaState last Saturday.
Stanford-UCLA Series: The Cardinal and Bruins meet for the 74th timein their series history on Saturday at Stanford Stadium with UCLAholding a 40-30-3 advantage. The Cardinal has won each of the lasttwo games played at Stanford Stadium - 42-32 in 1999 and 38-28 in2001. The series has always been very competitive, with last-secondfinishes and tight games, particularly in the Rose Bowl. In the last18 games played in the Rose Bowl (1968-2002), all but five have beendecided by five points or less. Even more telling of the competitivenature of the series is the fact that 10 of the 18 games have beendecided by a field goal or less and five games have been decided byone point or less (four one-point games, one tie). In the last 14games in the series, seven have been decided by four points or less,including three by one point.
Last Year's Game: Stanford took an early 15-0 lead less than fiveminutes into the game and led 18-10 in the second quarter before theBruins scored the final 18 points en route to a 18-18 win at the RoseBowl. Two UCLA turnovers led to 15 Stanford points, including athree-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by freshman Julian Jenkinsï¿½ With freshman QB Matt Moore making his first start, the Bruinsrelied on running back Tyler Ebell as their main offensive weapon.Ebell wound up with 160 yards on 39 carries. Bruin PK Nate Fiksekicked five FGs as the Bruins shut out Stanford in the second half,15-0.
Head Coach Karl Dorrell: Thirty-nine year old Karl Dorrell is in hisfirst season at the helm of his alma mater. Dorrell, who played widereceiver for the Bruins from 1982-86, coached on the college levelfor 12 years and the professional level for three years before beingnamed the Bruin's head coach on December 18, 2002. He was mostrecently an the wide receivers coach for the Denver Broncos from2000-02.
Opponent: UCLA Bruins
Date: November 1, 2003
Kickoff: 12:30 pm
Location: Stanford, Calif.
Stadium: Stanford Stadium
Series: UCLA leads 40-30-3
Television: Fox Sports Net (live cable)
Radio: Talk 910 KNEW
Internet: www.gostanford.com (live game audio and live game stats)
Television and Radio Information
TV: Fox Sports Net (live national cable)
Radio: Talk 910 KNEW
Ted Robinson (play-by-play)
Bob Murphy (analyst)
Pre-game show - 11:00 pm