2003 Final Report

Jan. 16, 2004

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2003 STANFORD FOOTBALL
The Final Report (Overall: 4-7, Pac-10: 2-6)

The Cardinal: Stanford finished the 2003 season with a 4-7 overallrecord and a 2-6 mark in the Pacific-10 Conference. The Cardinal wonback-to-back games on two occasions, beating San Jose State and BYUto open the year and UCLA and Arizona State in consecutive home gamesin November. Stanford, which improved by two games over theprevious year, faced six teams that participated in post-season bowlgames, went 3-3 at Stanford Stadium and found themselves 4-4 and inthe hunt for a bowl a game heading into the final weeks of the year.

All-Pac-10: The Cardinal placed four players on the All-Pac-10 SecondTeam and six players earned honorable mention recognition. EarningSecond-Team All-Pac-10 honors were OT Kirk Chambers, FS OshiomoghoAtogwe, PR Luke Powell and P Eric Johnson. Honorable mentionselections included MLB David Bergeron, OLB Jared Newberry, NTBabatunde Oshinowo, TE Brett Pierce, TE Alex Smith and CB LeighTorrence.

Team Awards: Senior WR Luke Powell and junior FS Oshiomogho Atogwewere voted the 2003 Team Co-MVPs. Powell led the team in bothreceptions and punt returns and finished his career as one ofStanford's most productive offensive players. Atogwe led the team intackles for the second straight season and was the team's most activedefensive player. 2003 Stanford team awards included:

  • Irving S. Zeimer Award (MVP): Luke Powell, Oshiomogho Atogwe
  • The Vardell Award (to the junior or senior player who bestepitomizes excellence in both academics and athletics): Kirk Chambers
  • Al Masters Award (to the player displaying the highest degree ofleadership and respect of his teammates): Kirk Chambers
  • Menlo-Athlerton Trophy Award (most outstanding freshman): Mark Bradford
  • Deswarter-Eller Award (most outstanding sophomore): Babatunde Oshinowo
  • Gundelach Award (most outstanding junior): Oshiomogho Atogwe
  • Jim Reynolds Award (senior player whose courage on the field anddevotion to the game are an inspiration to all): Luke Powell
  • Russell Huston Award (player exemplifying aggressiveness,exceptional performance and unheralded efforts): Jared Newberry
  • Phil Moffat Awards (special teams players): Offense-Eric Johnson;Defense-Brian Gaffney
  • Greg Piers Awards (service team players): Offense-Mikal Brewer;Defense-Michael Okwo
  • Frank Rehm Awards (most outstanding back/lineman in the Big Game):Back - J.R. Lemon; Lineman - Amon Gordon
  • Team Captains: Luke Powell, Kirk Chambers, Brett Pierce

    Academic All-Pac-10: Stanford dominated the Pac-10 All-Academic teamwith 25 selections, including eight First-Team, eight Second-Team andnine honorable mention selectons. The Cardinal more than doubled thenumber of All-Academic selections by any other conference member.Two Stanford players earned First-Team recognition for the secondstraight year: offensive tackle Kirk Chambers and linebacker KevinSchimmelmann. The other First-Team selections included quarterbackKyle Matter, FB Cooper Blackhurst, WR Brandon Royster, NT BabatundeOshinowo, MLB Brian Gaffney and CB Leigh Torrence. EarningSecond-Team All-Academic were WR Greg Camarillo, WR Nick Sebes, OTMatt McClernan, DE Louis Hobson, NT Ian Shelswell, DE Will Svitek,MLB David Bergeron and OLB Mike Silva. Honorable mention selectionswere OG David Beall, OT Jon Cochran, RB Gerald Commissiong, RB J.R.Lemon, C Tim Mattran, PK Michael Sgroi, TE Alex Smith, OT MikeSullivan and OG Josiah Vinson.

    Academic All-Americans: Kirk Chambers was named First-TeamDistrict-8 Academic All-American while OLB Kevin Schimmelmann and NTBabatunde Oshinowo were named to the Second-Team. Chambers, alsonamed First-Team Academic All-Pac-10, earned All-District Academichonors for the second consecutive season.

    Freshman Awards: Redshirt freshman Trevor Hooper and Jeff Edwards andtrue freshman Mark Bradford earned post-season recognition in 2003.Bradford, who finished the year second on the team with 37 receptionsfor a team-leading 587 yards, and Hooper, who led the team with threeinterceptions while starting all 11 games at strong safety, were bothhonored by The Sporting News as Freshman First-Team All-Pac-10selections and Freshman Third-Team All-Americans. Edwards, whostarted the first eight games of the season at right guard, was namedFirst-Team Freshman All-Pac-10 by The Sporting News.

    Senior Class Notes: Quarterback Chris Lewis finished his careeramong the school's top-10 in several passing categories. Lewisplayed in 30 games in his Stanford career, 19 as a starter, andcompleted 350-of-713 for 4,346 yards and 31 touchdowns. He concludedhis career No. 7 in TD passes and pass attempts, No. 8 in passingyards and total offense (4,328 yards) and No. 9 in career completions. Luke Powell departs as one of the most productive offensive playersin school history. He finished his career with 128 receptions for2,080 yards, 16.3 average and 14 receiving TDs. He gained 3,061yards in all-purpose running, including 878 as a punt returner. LTKirk Chambers did what few players in Stanford history haveaccomplished - and that's to start every game in a four-year career.Chambers started 45 consecutive games for the Cardinal at left tacklefrom 1999-2003. Punter Eric Johnson set single season records formost punts (86) and most punting yards (3,687).

    Team Notes: Stanford lost 13 seniors and one junior off the 2003team, including six starters on offense and two on defense. JuniorDT Amon Gordon departed the program a year early to make himselfavailable for the NFL Draft. The only other defensive starter notreturning in 2004 is DE Louis Hobson. Offensively, departingstarters include QB Chris Lewis, FL Luke Powell, OT Kirk Chambers, OTMike Sullivan, C Drew Caylor and TE Brett Pierce. Stanford led thePac-10 in kickoff coverage (14.1 ypr). FS Oshiomogho Atogwe led theconference in fumbles forced (.55/gm) and recovered (.55/gm) and wasfourth in the league in tackles per game (8.2).

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