Cardinal Opens 2004 Season Against San Jose State On September 4
Aug. 29, 2004
Season Opener: Stanford opens its 110th season ofintercollegiate football on Saturday, September 4when it hosts San Jose State at Stanford Stadium... Kickoff is set for 7:00 pm ... The game will markthe 60th meeting between the Cardinal andSpartans with Stanford holding a 45-13-1advantage ... Stanford has won the last three gameswith San Jose State, including a 31-10 win toopen the season a year ago ... The Cardinal playsits first four games at home in 2004 and does notgo on the road until its October 9 game at NotreDame ... Stanford plays BYU, USC and Washington athome to open the season.
Media Coverage: KRON (channel 4 in the BayArea) will televise the game live with Greg Papaand former Stanford and 49er head coach BillWalsh ... Walsh, currently a Special Assistant toAthletic Director Ted Leland, was the Cardinal'shead coach from 1977-78 and again from '92-94 ...In between, he coached the 49ers to three SuperBowl championships during his 10-year reign ashead coach (1979-88) ... Walsh earned a bachelor'sand master's degree at San Jose State and was agraduate assistant coach under Bob Bronzan in1956 ... KNEW (910 AM) will carry the game live onradio with Tim Roye and Bob Murphy ... The pre-gameshow begins at 5:30 pm ... Live game audio and livein-game stats are available at www.gostanford.com.
Game Promotions: Kids 14 and under will beadmitted free as part of Cardinal Kids Day atStanford Stadium ... Fan Fest, which includesgames, food and entertainment, begins at 4:00 pm... A fireworks show will take place at halftime.
Stanford-San Jose State Series: The Cardinaland Spartans will meet for the 60th time onSeptember 4 with Stanford holding a 45-13-1advantage in the series ... The two teams have metevery year since 1948 with the exception of 1991... Stanford has won the last three games and nineof the last 12 ... San Jose State had won threestraight from 1998-2000 ... All but three games inthe series have been played at Stanford Stadium ...The two teams are not scheduled to play eachother in 2005.
Stanford-SJSU Connections: Stanford and San JoseState have a long history of coaches who havebeen on both sidelines ... The tradition beganwith Dudley DeGroot, who was a three-year letterwinner at Stanford from 1920-22 and went on toserve as head coach at San Jose State from1932-39 ... Gridiron legend Glenn 'Pop' Warnerwas head coach at Stanford from 1924-32 and wenton to serve as an assistant at SJSU from 1939-40... John Ralston, of course, led he Cardinal toback-to-back Rose Bowls during his nine yearstint on The Farm (1963-71) before taking over atSJSU over two decades later (1993-96) ... JackElway was San Jose State's head coach from1979-83, and held the same position on The Farmfrom 1984-88 ... Dave Baldwin was a Stanfordassistant from 1984-88 and the San Jose Statehead coach from 1997-2000 ... Two other Spartanhead coaches were also Stanford assistants: TerryShea (SJSU 1990-91, Stanford 1992-94) and RonTurner (Stanford 1989-91, SJSU 1992) ... BillWalsh, Stanford's head coach in 1977-78 and1992-94, is a San Jose State graduate ...The latestaddition to this list is current Cardinalassistant coach Tom Quinn, who coachedlinebackers, tight ends and special teams for theSpartans from 1999-2001.
The Head Coach: Forty-seven year old BuddyTeevens begins his third season at Stanford afterbeing named the Cardinal's head coach on January9, 2002 ... Teevens' 23-year career prior to comingto Stanford included 12 as a head coach ... A 1979graduate of Dartmouth College, he had previouslyheld the head coaching position at the Universityof Maine, Dartmouth and Tulane ... Teevens spentthree seasons at Florida (1999-2001) workingunder Steve Spurrier ... Teevens was the head coachat Maine for two years (1985-86), Dartmouth forfive years (1987-91) and at Tulane for fiveseasons (1992-96).
Coaching Staff Changes: Stanford's 2004 coachingstaff has a different look than its staff of ayear ago ... Additions to the staff include formerCardinal All-America receiver Ken Margerumreturning to the Farm as the team's widereceivers coach ... Margerum starred at Stanfordfrom 1977-80 ... Jay Boulware, who coached atArizona the past three years, is the Cardinal'snew running backs coach and George McDonald, whocomes to Stanford from Northern Illinois, is theteam's new tight ends coach ... Bill Cubit, theCardinal's quarterbacks coach last year, has beenelevated to offensive coordinator while Tom Quinnhas moved from coaching tight ends to defensiveends for the 2004 campaign.
Oshiomogho Atogwe: Now in his third season inthe starting lineup, senior free safetyOshiomogho Atogwe enters the 2004 campaign as oneof the top safeties in college football and thetop play-maker on the Cardinal defense ... Atogwe,named Second-Team All-Pac-10 last season, hasbeen named to the Jim Thorpe Award 'Watch List'and ranked as one of the top safeties in thenation ... He has led the team in tackles the pasttwo years and is attempting to become only thethird player in school history to lead the teamin tackles for three consecutive seasons ... In2003, Atogwe was the only player in the Pac-10 tobe among the top four in tackles per game (4thwith 8.2 tpg), fumbles caused (1st, 0.55 pergame) and fumble recoveries (1st, 0.55 per game)... Over the past two years, he has fiveinterceptions, seven fumble recoveries and nineforced fumbles.
Alex Smith: Senior tight end Alex Smith appearsto be following in the long line of Cardinaltight ends who have moved on to play in the NFL ...The last six starting tight ends, dating back to1991, have been drafted and/or played in the NFL... In fact, since 1983 Stanford has had 11starting tight ends - nine of whom have beendrafted and/or played in the NFL ... Smith, who has55 career receptions for 585 yards and five TDs,is one of the most prolific tight ends on TheFarm in the past 25 years ... He enters the 2004campaign as one of Stanford's top offensiveweapons and one of the best in the Pacific-10Conference and in the nation.
Starting Quarterback: Trent Edwards, who playedin eight games and started four a year ago,enters the 2004 campaign as the first sophomoreto begin the season as the team's bona fidestarter since Chad Hutchinson in 1996 ... Edwardsthrew for 750 yards and four touchdowns a yearago while starting vs. BYU, Washington, USC andWashington State ... He had his most impressivegame of the year vs. San Jose State in the seasonopener when he came off the bench to complete21-of-37 for 278 yards and two touchdowns ... Heled the Cardinal to 31 unanswered points againstthe Spartans, earning him the start the followingweek at BYU.
Receiver-Hoops Combo: Stanford's two startingreceivers are also members of the Cardinal'snationally ranked basketball team ... SophomoresMark Bradford and Evan Moore both played as truefreshman on the football and basketball teams in2003-04 and both are expected to be among the topoffensive weapons on the football team thisseason ... Bradford is the team's top returningreceiver after catching 37 passes for 587 yardsand three touchdowns a year ago ... Moore, who wasslowed in football last year due to an injury,showed signs of the player he can become ... At6-7, 235, he is the team's biggest target atreceiver.
Defensive Experience: There is no lack ofexperience on the defensive side of the ball asStanford returns nine starters, including threelinebackers and its entire secondary, and severallettermen to a unit that should be the strengthof the team ... Six of the team's nine returningstarters are fifth-year seniors who have been inthe starting lineup in each of the past twoseasons ... Eleven returning players on defensestarted at least four games last year ... Ten ofthe 11 starting positions will be held by ajunior or senior - the only exception beingstrong safety where sophomores Trevor Hooper andBrandon Harrison are competing for the number onespot.
Offensive Line: The starting offensive line onSaturday will consist of four sophomores and ajunior, but that doesn't mean the Cardinal willlack game experience up front ... All four spenttime in the starting lineup as redshirt freshmana year ago while two, Ismail Simpson and JeffEdwards, were full-time starters in 2003 ...Simpson started all 11 games a year ago at leftguard while Edwards was the team's starter atright guard through the first eight games beforehe suffered a season-ending injury ... JosiahVinson had three starting assignments last yearwhile Jon Cochran started two games ... Brian Headwas the team's starter at center for the firstfour games of the year, but an injury ended hisseason prematurely ... While the Cardinal will havea young group of offensive lineman in 2004, allfive will return in 2005 and four of the fivewill be back in 2006.
Sophomore Offense: Stanford's starting offensiveunit will consist of up to eight sophomores andpotentially just one senior when the 2004 seasonkicks off against San Jose State ... Fifth-yearsenior TE Alex Smith is the only senior listedfirst on the depth chart ... The sophomore startersinclude receivers Mark Bradford and Evan Moore,quarterback Trent Edwards and lineman JonCochran, Ismail Simpson, Josiah Vinson and JeffEdwards ... Injuries at fullback may force otherpersonnel into the lineup ... The otherupperclassmen expected to start on Saturday arejuniors J.R. Lemon at RB and Brian Head at center.