Stanford Football Pre-Season Notes
July 26, 2004
The Cardinal: Stanford returns 15 starters and 41 lettermen from a 2003 team that went 4-7 overall and 2-6 in the Pac-10 ... The Cardinal returns five starters on offense, nine on defense and one kicker ... Stanford begins the season with back-to-back home games September 4 and September 11 vs. San Jose State and BYU, then, after a bye on September 18, plays two more home games (USC, Washington) on September 25 and October 2 ... Stanford does not play on the road until an October 9 date in South Bend vs. Notre Dame.
Fall Camp: Stanford opens fall camp on Wednesday, August 11 ... The Cardinal has 96 players on its 2004 roster, including 21 true freshman and 24 redshirt freshman.
Coaching Staff Changes: Stanford's 2004 coaching staff has a different look than its staff of a year ago ... Additions to the staff include former Cardinal All-America receiver Ken Margerum returning to the Farm as the team's wide receivers coach ... Margerum starred at Stanford from 1977-80 ... Jay Boulware, who coached at Arizona the past three years, is the Cardinal's new running backs coach and George McDonald, who comes to Stanford from Northern Illionois, is the team's new tight ends coach ... Bill Cubit, the Cardinal's quartbacks coach last year, has been elevated to offensive coordinator while Tom Quinn has moved from coaching tight ends to defensive ends for the 2004 campaign.
2004 Team / Player Notes
* Stanford's will open the season against two teams (San Jose State, BYU) that it beat last year.
* The Cardinal will play its first four games at home. The last time a Stanford team opened the season with four home games was in 1949.
* Stanford's defense returns nine starters from last year's team, including six, fifth year seniors (Atogwe, Bergeron, Newberry, Svitek, Torrence,Wilson)
* A quick look at Stanford's probable starters on the offensive line includes four sophomores and one junior.* Stanford does not have a senior offensive lineman on its roster.
* According to Phil Steele's pre-season publication, Stanford's secondary ranks 19th in the nation and its linebacking corps ranks 24th.
* Forty-five of the Cardinal's 96-man roster are either true or redshirt freshman.
* FS Oshiomogho Atogwe has led the team in tackles the past two years and will attempt to become only the third player in school history - and first since 1990 - to lead the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons. The only other players to accomplish this feat are Jono Tunney from 1988-90, and Gordy Ceresino from 1976-78 ... Both Tunney and Ceresino were linebackers.
* TE Alex Smith has 55 career receptions for 585 yards and five touchdowns, numbers that rank him among the most prolific tight ends in school history. Over the past 25 years, only Greg Baty (85 catches, 1982-85) and Jim Price (79, 1985-89) have caught more passes from the tight end position.
* RB Kenneth Tolon has gained 1,214 yards in career rushing and needs just 475 to move into the school's all-time top-10.
* Sophomore receivers Mark Bradford and Evan Moore were both members of Stanford's nationally-ranked basketball team a year ago. Bradford, a backup point guard, and Moore, a reserve power forward, will compete for increased playing time for first year head coach Trent Johnson in 2004-05.
* Bradford is Stanford's leading returning receiver after catching 37 balls for 587 yards and three touchdowns as a true freshman in 2003. Those were the best numbers for a true freshman receiver in Stanford football history.
* Junior NT Babatunde Oshinowo, an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection last year, enters the 2004 campaign rated as one of the top interior defensive lineman in the nation. He is the team's leader among defensive lineman in career sacks (seven) and tackles for loss (14).
* Soph. QB Trent Edwards, the team's projected starter, will become the first sophomore quarterback to begin the season as the starter since Steve Stenstrom in 1992. Edwards started four games a year ago and played a key role in Stanford's wins over San Jose State (21-37, 278 yards, 2 TDs) and BYU (scored game-winning TD on 14-yard run with 3:51 to play).
* The Cardinal's offensive line might be young in age, but they do have game experience under their collective belts. The four sophomores who are projected starters (J. Edwards, Cochran, Simpson, Vinson) started a total of 24 games last season, including 11 by Ismail Simpson and eight by Jeff Edwards.
* Junior J.R. Lemon, expected to share the rushing duties this season with Kenneth Tolon, has proven to be a quality running back when given the opportunity. Last year, in three games in which he had 17 or more carries (San Jose State, Arizona State, Cal), Lemon gained 338 yards and scored four touchdowns on 69 carries (4.9 yards per carry).
* Starting OLB Jared Newberry was a walk-on at Stanford in 2000 who has earned three letters, was honorable mention All-Pac-10 last season, has started 14 games and is one of the team co-captains in 2004.
* Stanford returns an experienced trio of cornerbacks in Sr. Leigh Torrence, Sr. Stanley Wilson and Jr. T.J. Rushing, who have taken virtually all the snaps at cornerback over the past two seasons. Torrence has started 20 games, Wilson 18 and Rushing six.
* The most experienced player on the ï¿½ardinal defense??? Linebacker David Bergeron has started the last 21 consecutive games for Stanford the past two seasons.
* A year ago, Stanford averaged 153 yards on the ground and scored eight rushing touchdowns in its four wins. In its seven losses, the Cardinal gained just 63 yards per game on the ground and scored only two rushing TDs.
* In Stanford's four victories in 2003, opponents averaged just 37.5 rushing yards per game. In the Cardinal's seven losses, opponents averaged 195 ypg.
* Stanford's coaching staff has three former Cardinal players representing the last three decades. They include DT coach Dave Tipton (1967-70), WR coach Ken Margerum (1977-80) and LB coach Tom Williams (1989-92).