Pac-10 Honors Four Stanford Football Players On All-Conference Teams
Nov. 29, 2004
Stanford, Calif. - Four Stanford players were selected to the 2004 Pac-10 All-Conference teams announced Monday with senior Alex Smith leading Stanford's honorees as the conference's First Team tight end. Junior T.J. Rushing (kickoff returns) and sophomore Michael Okwo (special teams) were also First Team selections as specialists, while junior Jon Alston was named a Second Team linebacker.
Six other Stanford players - Oshiomogho Atogwe (Sr., FS), Julian Jenkins (Jr., DT), Evan Moore (So., FL), Babatunde Oshinowo (Jr., NT), Kevin Schimmelman (Jr., ILB) and Stanley Wilson (Sr., CB) - were selected honorable mention.
Smith led the Cardinal in both receptions (52) and receiving yards (706) in 2004, while adding three touchdown receptions. He currently ranks fifth in the conference in both receptions (4.73) and receiving yards (64.2) per game. He became Stanford's all-time reception leader for tight ends during the season, finishing his career with 105 catches for 1291 yards and eight touchdowns. He also becomes the first Cardinal tight end to be named First Team All-Pac-10 since Greg Baty in 1985. Smith was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection as a junior in 2003.
Rushing led the team with a 28.4 yard average on kickoff returns, while currently pacing the Pac-10 and ranking sixth in the nation in that category. He also played all 11 games in the team's defensive backfield, contributing 36 tackles (32 solo, 4 assists), 2.0 sacks (19 yards), 6.0 tackles for loss (27 yards), a fumble recovery and a pass breakup.
Okwo set the tone for Stanford's special teams play, blocking a kick and finishing the season with 39 tackles (23 solo, 16 assists), 4.0 tackles for loss (nine yards), a fumble recovery and four pass breakups. He played in all 11 games and started the team's final two contests at inside linebacker after an injury ended Schimmelmann's 2004 campaign.
Alston had a monster season and became one of the top defensive playmakers in the nation. He led the team in both sacks (9.5 - 98 yards) and tackles for loss (14.0 - 107 yards) to currently rank third in the Pac-10 and tied for 10th in the nation in sacks per game (0.86 spg), as well as fifth in the conference in tackles for loss per contest (1.27 tflpg). He was third on the club with 61 total tackles (37 solo, 24 assists), while also leading the squad with three forced fumbles and adding a team co-leading two fumble recoveries.
Atogwe led the club in tackles for a third consecutive season with 76, including a team-high 45 solo stops. He also co-led the squad with four interceptions, good enough for an 0.36 pick per game average that currently ranks tied for third in the Pac-10. Atogwe also paced the Cardinal in pass breakups with seven, while adding a pair of forced fumbles and 4.0 tackles for loss (seven yards). He played in all possible 45 games during his active Stanford playing career from 2001-04 after redshirting during the 2000 campaign, finishing with 241 tackles (149 solo, 92 assists), nine interceptions, 11 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. Atogwe was a Second Team All-Pac-10 choice as a junior in 2003 when he had a career-high 90 tackles.
Jenkins led all Stanford defensive linemen in 2004 with 47 tackles (34 solo, 13 assists), while ranking second on the club behind Alston in sacks (5.5 - 27 yards) and third in tackles for loss (8.0 - 50 yards). He also added a pair of fumble recoveries to tie for the team lead.
Moore currently ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in receiving yards per game (56.0) and led all Stanford players with six touchdown receptions, as well as all Cardinal regulars with a 15.8 yard per catch average in 2004. He ranked second last season with 39 catches and 616 receiving yards.
Oshinowo clogged up the middle for opponents during the entire 2004 campaign from his nose guard position, finishing with 41 tackles (29 solo, 12 assists), including 3.5 sacks for 21 yards and 5.5 tackles for loss for 28 yards.
Schimmelmann led the Cardinal in tackles through the team's first nine games before being forced to sit out the final two contests with a knee injury before. He ended up fourth on the club with 58 tackles (36 solo, 22 assists) in addition to recording a pair of forced fumbles, 1.0 sacks (five yards), 3.0 tackles for loss (12 yards), his first career interception and four pass breakups.
Wilson was fifth on the club in total tackles (54) and second in solo stops (41) in his final season with the Cardinal. He also returned his one interception a team-best 51 yards, while breaking up five passes and adding 2.5 tackles for loss (three yards). He finished his Stanford career with 125 tackles (85 solo, 30 assists), five interceptions and 17 pass breakups.