Cardinal Looks to Rebound In Game Two at San Jose State
Sept. 3, 2006
2006 STANFORD FOOTBALL
Game #2 - Stanford (0-1) at San Jose State (0-1)
September 9, Spartan Stadium
San Jose, CA., 3:00 pm, Comcast Sports Net
Date: September 9, 2006
Kickoff: 3:00 pm
Site: San Jose, CA
Television: Live, Comcast Sports Net (Barry Tompkins, Mike Pawlawski)
Radio: KNBR, 1050 am (Ted Robinson, Bob Murphy)
Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm
Internet: www.gostanford.com (live audio, live stats)
The Series: Stanford leads 46-13-1
Last Meeting: Stanford 43, San Jose State 3 (9/4/04) at Stanford
Series Notes Stanford has won the last four meetings
Stanford Visits San Jose State in Search of First Victory
The Cardinal (0-1) will be looking for their first win of the 2006 campaign as it visits San Jose State (0-1) on Saturday, September 9 in a rare game at Spartan Stadium ... The two teams have played 60 games in their history, 57 of which have been played at Stanford Stadium ... The Cardinal are coming off a 48-10loss at No. 20 Oregon in their season opener last week while the Spartans dropped their first game of the year, 35-29 at Washington ... Stanford is opening the season with two road games for the first time since the 1995 season when the Cardinal began the year with wins at San Jose State and Utah ... The Cardinal will play its first game in the new Stanford Stadium the following week (September 16) against Navy.
Cardinal-Spartans Meet for 61st Time; Fourth Ever at San Jose State
Stanford holds a 46-13-1 lead in the all-time series against San Jose State that dates back to 1900 ... Saturday's game will mark the fourth time the two teams have played away from Stanford Stadium and the third time the game will be played at Spartan Stadium ... The first game in the series was played at Cycler's Field in San Jose in 1900 while the other two away from Stanford have been played at Spartan Stadium (1995, 2001) ... Stanford has won all three of those games, including a 41-14 decision in 2001 and a 47-33 victory in '95 ... The Cardinal have won the last four games (2001-04) in the series by an average score of 45-13 ... Prior to those four games, the Spartans had won three straight from 1998-2000 ... The two teams did not play last season, but in their last game on September 4, 2004, the Cardinal beat San Jose State 43-3.
Stanford-San Jose State Connections
Not only have the Cardinal and Spartans shared a long and storied history on the football field, but off the field the list of those who have spent time on each campus continues in 2006 ... On the field, three current Spartan assistant coaches have coached for the Cardinal, two of whom are Stanford graduates ... Current SJSU co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach Ken Margerum is one of Stanford's all-time great receivers (No. 1 all-time in career touchdown receptions with 30, No. 9 in career receptions) ... Margerum, a 1981 Stanford graduate, coached wide receivers for the Cardinal in 2004 ... Tom Williams, San Jose State's co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, is a 1993 Stanford graduate ... He played at Stanford from 1989-92, was a graduate assistant under Bill Walsh in 1993 and '94, and returned to the Farm as linebackers coach from 2002-04 ... Veteran offensive line coach Steve Morton held the same position at Stanford from 2002-04 before moving down the road to San Jose ... Off the field, of course, the connections continue ... Walsh earned both his bachelor's (1955) and master's (1959) at San Jose State and was a graduate assistant for the Spartans in 1956 ... John Ralston, Stanford's head coach from 1963-71 and winner of two Rose Bowls, is currently an Assistant Athletic Director at SJSU ... Two Spartan administrators, Senior Associate Athletics Director Kellie Elliott (Stanford '85) and Associate Athletics Director Vince Otoupal (Stanford '93) are both Stanford graduates who later worked in the Cardinal athletic department ... Otoupal played football for the Cardinal from 1989-92 ... Two of Stanford's staff members, equipment manager Gary Hazelitt, and head football trainer Charlie Miller, both worked at San Jose State before joining the Stanford staff.
Stanford's Jeff Hammerschmidt and Spartan Head Coach Dick Tomey
Outside linebackers and special teams coach Jeff Hammerschmidt and Spartan head coach Dick Tomey spent eight years together in Tucson leading the Wildcats to five bowl games and elevating the program to national status ... Tomey was Arizona's head coach for 14 years from 1987-2000 ... Hammerschimdt played under Tomey from '87-90, was a four-year letter-winner and two-time All-Pac-10 defensive back for the Wildcats' vaunted 'Desert Swarm' defense ... Following his playing days, Hammerschmidt was a member of Tomey's coaching staff, first as a graduate assistant from 1992-93, then as defensive backs coach from 1994-95.
Cardinal Head Coach Walt Harris
Now in his second season at Stanford, Walt Harris took over a Cardinal team that finished eighth in the Pac-10 with a 2-6 record in 2004 and, a year later, had his team 4-4 in the conference and in fourth place ... Harris led the Cardinal of a 5-6 overall record and was one win shy of having his team in position for a post-season bowl game ... In eight seasons at Pitt (1997-2004) prior to coming to Stanford, Harris turned the Panthers into a perennial bowl contender and among the top programs in the country ... He led Pitt to six bowl games in eight seasons, including the last five, and a first-ever BCS bowl (Fiesta) following the 2004 campaign ... He was named Stanford's head coach on December 13, 2004 ... Harris, a Bay Area native, has coached for over 30 years, including 12 as a head coach ... He was 52-44 at Pitt and is 68-75 in his career as a head coach, which includes three years at UOP (1989-91), where the Tigers improved each season under Harris, and a 5-7 record as the Cardinal head coach ... Harris has coached at Ohio State, Tennessee, Illinois, Michigan State and Cal along with a three-year stint with the New York Jets ... In the last five seasons at Pitt, Harris' teams went 39-23, won at least seven games each year and advanced to a bowl game each season.
Last Week in Review: Oregon 48, Stanford 10
The Cardinal opened their season with a 48-10 loss at Oregon in front of the fourth largest crowd in Autzen Stadium history (58,450) ... The game was tied at 3-3 after the first quarter, but Oregon exploded for 24 second quarter points to open up a 27-10 halftime lead ... The Ducks gained 298 yards on the ground, led by Jonathon Stewart's 168-yard, two-TD performance ... Oregon totalled 534 yards in total offense ... Trent Edwards completed 20-of-34 for 224 yards and one touchdown, but Oregon held the Cardinal to 100 net yards on the ground ... Mark Bradford caught nine passes for 108 yards and one TD.
Cardinal Won Last Two, Five of Last Six, After Season Opening Loss
The last two times the Cardinal has lost a season opener - in 2002 and 1999 - Stanford has responded by winning its next game ... In fact, Stanford has won game two after a season opening loss five of the last six times it has occurred ... The last time the Cardinal lost its season opener, 34-27 at Boston College in 2002, Stanford came back to win its next game, a 63-26 victory over San Jose State ... In '99, the Cardinal lost to Texas to open the season, then came back to beat Washington State in game two ... Stanford also lost its season opener, and won game two, in 1996, '93 and '92 ... The Cardinal recorded wins in game two over San Jose State in '96 and '93 ... The last time Stanford began the season with two consecutive losses was 1998.
The New Stanford Stadium To Open September 16 Against Navy
Moments after Stanford's season finale last season against Notre Dame on November 26, work began on the New Stanford Stadium ... Built in 1921, Stanford Stadium, with a seating capacity of 85,500, was the largest privately owned stadium in the country ... After nearly 10 months of a rigorous construction schedule that saw crews work, two, eight-hour shifts per day, the New Stanford Stadium will be unveiled at the Cardinal's 2006 home opener vs. Navy on September 16 ... The Stadium will have a seating capacity of approximately 50,000 and the improved sight lines will bring fans 70-100 feet closer to the field of action ... The $90 million project will include new amenities throughout the Stadium, a new natural turf field, improved sound and video systems, removal of the track and fencing around the playing field and more comfortable seating ... A week of festivities are planned leading up to the September 16 Grand Opening.
Check Your Scorecard: 20 Players Make Cardinal Debut in Season Opener
Nineteen players saw their first action in a college football game for Stanford in last week's game at Oregon, including six true freshman and 10 sophomores who redshirted the 2005 campaign ... Two of those players were in the starting lineup, including NT Ekom Udofia and LBWill Powers, who both redshirted their true freshman seasons a year ago ...Five of 20 players making their debuts were offensive players, two on special teams and 13 on defense.
Six True Freshman See Action at Oregon
A year ago, first year head coach Walt Harris redshirted his entire 21-member freshman class ... Last week at Oregon, Harris and his staff played six true freshman ... The list includes RB Toby Gerhart, WR Richard Sherman, WR Austin Yancy, NT Sione Fua, DE Levirt Griffin and LB Brian Bulcke ... Gerhart led the team in rushing as he carried 16 times for 55 yards, Yancy caught one pass for six yards, and Fua and Bulcke each recorded one tackle.
Moore-Bradford Give Cardinal One of Best Receiver Duos in Pac-10
In senior Mark Bradford and junior Evan Moore, Stanford enters the 2006 season with two of the finest wide receivers in the Pac-10 ... Bradford has started 29 of 34 games for Stanford since the 2002 season while Moore, who had his 2005 season cut short due to injury, returned to the starting lineup in last week's season opener at Oregon ... Bradford has caught 117 passes in his career for 1,796 yards and (15.3 ypc) and 11 TDs and is the team's most experienced receiver ... He has a chance to finish his career among the school's all-time top-10 receivers ... He began the 2006 campaign by leading the Cardinal in both receptions (9) and receiving yards (108) against Oregon ... He also caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from Trent Edwards against the Ducks... Moore, who played basketball at Stanford for parts of two seasons, entered the 2005 campaign as one of the league's top young receivers, but in the season opener at Navy on September 10, he suffered a season-ending hip injury ... He has caught 54 balls in his career for 894 yards (16.6 ypc) and eight touchdowns ... Moore opened the season with four catches for 62 yards against Oregon.
Tale of Two Lines; Experienced on Offense, Young on Defense
Stanford's linemen on both sides of the ball couldn't be more opposite in terms of game experience ... The offensive line, with every starter and 11-letter-winners back from last year's team, has plenty of game experience among its veteran group ... On the defensive line, however, Stanford is young, very young ... Of the eight defensive linemen who played in last week's season opener at Oregon, five had never played in a college football game, including two true freshmen (Sione Fua, Levirt Griffin) and three sophomores (Ekom Udofia, Matt Kopa, Tom McAndrew) who redshirted the '05 season ... The three veteran defensive lineman are junior Pannel Egboh (two career starts), senior Chris Horn (three career starts) and junior Gustav Rydstedt (eight starts in 2005) ... On the offensive line, Stanford has a combined 127 starts among its veteran group ... Jeff Edwards and Ismail Simpson lead the way with 27 starts each, followed by Josiah Vinson with 23, Jon Cochran with 21, Alex Fletcher with 12, Allen Smith with eight and Tim Mattran with six.
#5 - Trent Edwards, QB, 6-4, 220, SR., 4V
In his fifth-year at Stanford, having played in 29 games over the past five seasons with 25 of those starts
Ranks among Stanford's all-time leaders in total offense (4821, 7th), pass attempts (743, 7th), touchdown passes (31, 8th-T), passing yards (4626, 8th) and pass completions (413, 8th)
On the 2006 Davey O'Brien Watch List for an award that is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback
Earned several other preseason accolades in 2006, including First Team (The Sporting News) and Second Team (Athlon, Steele's) All-Pac-10 honors, as well as an honorable mention All-American selection (Street & Smith's)
Played his first career game at Stanford against San Jose State as a redshirt freshman on September 6, 2003, leading the Cardinal to a 31-10 victory by completing 21-of-37 passes for 278 yards and a pair of touchdowns after coming off the bench
Also hit on 14-of-22 for 187 yards and two scores in his other appearance against the Spartans in a 43-3 victory to open the 2004 campaign for combined statistics of 35-of-59 (59.3%) for 465 yards and four TD's against Stanford's South Bay rival
Hails from nearby Los Gatos High School (Los Gatos, CA), where he led his team to a 26-0 record and back-to-back Central Coast Section Division III titles in his junior and senior seasons by combining for 5064 yards in the air during those two campaigns with 58 touchdown tosses and just seven interceptions
Currently ranks 25th in the nation and fifth in the Pac-10 in total offense (257 yds/gm).
#4 - Mark Bradford, WR, 6-2, 210, SR., 3V
Stanford's active career leader in receptions (117), yards receiving (1785) and touchdown receptions (11).
Currently ranks sixth in the country and first in the Pac-10 in receptions per game (9.0). He is 23rd nationally and second in the conference in receiving yards per game (108.0).
Had a nice start to his 2006 campaign, catching a career-high-tying nine balls for 107 yards (his third 100-yard receiving game against Oregon) and a TD in the September 2 season-opener
Has started 29 of 34 possible games in his career
Became the most prolific true freshman receiver in school history after catching 37 passes for 587 yards and three touchdowns in 2003 then followed that up in 2004 by grabbing 34 balls for 482 yards and a touchdown as a sophomore
Has been limited to four catches for 37 yards in his previous two games against SJSU
Has earned 2006 Second-Team Preseason All-Pac-10 honors from Phil Steele's College Football Magazine
#78 - Jon Cochran, OL, 6-6, 315, SR., 4V
Made his first career start at right guard against Oregon after picking up 20 previous starts at a tackle position
Started all 11 contests at left tackle in 2004 before making five starts at right tackle last season
#91 - Pannel Egboh, DE, 6-6, 280, JR., 2V
Played Saturday at Oregon for the first time since breaking his leg at Washington State (10/8/04) and recorded a career-best seven tackles
Tied for Stanford's second-leading tackler at Oregon and had one of the team's four tackles-for-loss
#60 - Alex Fletcher, C/OG, 6-3, 300, JR., 2V
Earned 2006 Preseason First-Team All-Pac-10 honors from Phil Steele's College Football Magazine as well as a Second-Team selection by The Sporting News
Has started all 12 games over the last two years on the offensive line with eight starts at right guard and four at center
Had a tremendous freshman campaign in 2005 when he was named by Scout.com as a First Team Frosh All-American, while adding honorable mention All-American and First Team Freshman All-Pac-10 selections from The Sporting News
The only lineman to start all 11 contests in 2005
#70 - Jeff Edwards, OT, 6-6, 300, SR., 4V
Has started 27 games at three different positions on the offensive line during his four seasons of action on The Farm
#39 - Nick Frank, FB, 6-2, 250, SR., 3V
In his second season as Stanford's starter at fullback and has started all 12 games at the position after having previously played on the Cardinal's defensive line in 2003 and 2004
Has played in 33 of Stanford's 34 games the past four years, 21 as a defensive lineman and 12 as a fullback
Rushed for 134 yards on 42 carries and added 17 receptions for 127 yards during his first year at fullback in 2005 when he was named an honorable mention Academic All-Pac-10
#7 - Toby Gerhart, RB, 6-1, 228, FR., HS
Appeared in his first game in a Cardinal uniform at Oregon as Stanford's leading rusher with 16 carries for 55 yards.
Was a two-sport (baseball, football) prep standout at Norco High School (Norco, CA) from 2002-05, rushing for an amazing 9622 yards in his career to set the all-time California high school record and accumulate the third-highest rushing total ever by a high school player in the nation, including a senior season in which he rushed for 3233 yards and scored 39 TD's
A two-sport athlete who is also expected to play for the Stanford Baseball squad
#23 - Brandon Harrison, CB/S, 6-2, 215, SR., 3V
Made his first career start at cornerback versus Oregon after starting all 22 games the previous two seasons at strong safety
Has played in 33 of 34 possible games in his career, including 23 consecutive stats
Stanford's active career leader with 125 tackles and four interceptions
Third on the club with 67 tackles in 2005, while leading the team with three interceptions
Had a pair of tackles in his only previous action against San Jose State on September 4, 2004
#24 - Trevor Hooper, S, 6-1, 205, SR., 4V
Led the Cardinal defense in the season-opener versus Oregon with career-highs of 12 tackles and eight solos
Pulled even with Brandon Harrison as Stanford's active career leader in tackles with his 12 at Oregon and now has 125 in his career
Has started 18 career games and played in 29
Had a huge redshirt freshman year in 2003 when he started all 11 games and led the team with three interceptions, while finishing fifth with 60 tackles
Made his collegiate debut against San Jose State on September 6, 2003, recording a team-high-tying six tackles with a pair of tackles-for-loss (-5 yards)
A local product from nearby Mountain View High School (Mountain View, CA), where he was the first student-athlete from the school to earn a Pac-10 scholarship
#6 - David Lofton, S, 6-4, 220, SR., 4V
Began the 2006 season at Oregon as a starter for the first time in his career and contributed seven tackles, including a career-best five assists
Has played three different positions -- quarterback, safety and wide receiver -- during his Stanford career but seems to have found a home at safety, playing in all 12 games with six starts at the position over the last two seasons
Made 35 tackles as junior in 2005
Son of former Stanford and NFL great James Lofton, who is currently a wide receivers coach with the San Diego Chargers
Gave his father's induction speech into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on August 3, 2003
#26 - Anthony Kimble, RB, 6-1, 200, JR., 2V
Began his second season as the team's starting running back at Oregon when he made the seventh start of his career at the position but was limited to five carries and 14 yards
Converted to running back in the spring of 2005
Started the first six games of the 2005 season at running back and became a key component to the Cardinal's offense, rushing for 244 yards and two touchdowns on 66 carries for a 3.7 yard average
Came to Stanford as one of the nation's highly sought-after prep receivers
#44 - Pat Maynor, LB, 6-2, 215, JR., 2V
Contributed six tackles (three solo, three assists) in his first collegiate starting assignment at Oregon
Played in all games off the bench primarily on special teams in 2005
#8 - Evan Moore, WR, 6-7, 235, SR., 3V
Returned to action at Oregon for the first time since missing nearly all of 2005 with a dislocated hip he suffered in the first game of the year at Navy
Caught four balls for 62 yards (all in the first quarter) in his return to action at Oregon
Led Stanford to a 43-3 victory over San Jose State with four catches for 77 yards and a career-high two TD's in his only previous action against San Jose State in the 2004 season-opener
Earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 recognition in 2004 when he had 39 catches for 616 yards and six touchdowns
Has career totals of 54 receptions for 894 yards and a 16.6 average with eight touchdowns
Also played basketball at Stanford until January of 2005 when he left the hoops squad to concentrate on football
Has two years of eligibility remaining
#27 - Jay Ottovegio, P, 6-0, 195, SR., 3V
Earned 2006 First-Team (Steele's), Second-Team (The Sporting News) and Third-Team (Athlon) All-Pac-10 honors
In his third season as Stanford's starting punter, having punted 136 times for 5579 yards and a 41.0 average
Has landed 43 career punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line and had 16 go for 50 or more yards
Has averaged 40.0 or more yards in 18 of 23 career games
Became the first freshman punter in Stanford history to average more than 40 yards per punt with a 41.3 average in his 2004 freshman campaign
Made his collegiate debut versus San Jose State (9/4/04)
Has never had a punt blocked
#79 - Ismail Simpson, OG, 6-4, 305, SR., 4V
Has played in all 34 possible games over the past four seasons with 27 starts
Started all 22 games in 2003 and 2004 at left guard, before adding four starts last season
#67 - Allen Smith, OT, 6-4, 300, JR., 2V
Has started nine straight contests and played in 12 in a row
Named to the Pac-10's All-Freshman squad and was also an honorable mention Freshman All-American selection by Scout.com as a redshirt rookie in 2005
#20 - Clinton Snyder, LB, 6-4, 230, SO., 1V
Made his collegiate debut at Oregon as a starter and contributed six tackles (three solo, three assists)
#11 - Aaron Zagory, PK, 6-0, 170, JR., 1V
Made his first collegiate field goal try from 34 yards with 2:37 remaining in the first quarter at Oregon and also his first PAT attempt for the Cardinal with 6:52 remaining in the half, but later missed from 32 yards and had another blocked
Last year after losing to Oregon 44-20, the Cardinal bounced back to win its next three games - two of which were on the road ... Stanford won at Washington State, at Arizona and at home vs. Arizona State following a loss to the Ducks ... It was the Cardinal's first three-game winning streak since the 2001 season.
WR Mark Bradford's nine-reception, 108-yard performance in last week's game at Oregon has placed him in the national rankings ... He leads the Pac-10 and is sixth in the nation in receptions per game (9.0) and is 23rd nationally and second in the conference in receiving yards per game (108.0).
After 22 consecutive starts at strong safety, senior Brandon Harrison made his starting debut at cornerback in last week's game at Oregon ... Harrison finished with seven tackles and one pass break up.
Two players returning from series injuries a year ago were back in the starting lineup at Oregon ... WR Evan Moore, who injured his hip in last year's season opener, had four receptions for 62 yards against the Ducks while Pannel Egboh, who broke his leg in game four last year, tallied seven tackles and one tackle for loss last week at Oregon.
Stanford will play a 12-game regular season schedule for the first time in school history ... During the 2002 and 2003 seasons, when most of Division I teams in college football played 12 regular season games, the Cardinal played 11.
Stanford will once again play one of the toughest schedules in the nation in 2006 ... The Cardinal, which played the second toughest in the schedule last year according to the NCAA, will play seven bowl teams this season ... Five of Stanford's opponents in '06 have appeared in a pre-season national top-25 poll, including three (USC, Cal, Notre Dame) who received top-10 recognition ... Stanford's opponents went 9-3 last Saturday.
The brother duo of sophomore Ekom and senior Udeme Udofia became the first set brothers to start in the same game at Stanford since Dave and Mike Wyman in 1983 ... Ekom was the Cardinal's starter at nose tackle, while Udeme started at linebacker in last week's game at Oregon.
Sophomores who redshirted their true freshman season in 2005 and made their Cardinal debuts last Saturday at Oregon included S Bo McNally (three tackles), CB Chris Hobbs, CB Kris Evans, DE Tom McAndrew, LB Will Powers, LB Fred Campbell (three tackles, one TFL, forced fumble), TE Erik Lorig, TE Jim Dray (two receptions, 19 yards), NT Ekom Udofia, LB Clinton Snyder (six tackles) and DE Matt Kopa.
Freshman Toby Gerhart joins a long and impressive list of Stanford athletes who have played both football and baseball on The Farm ... Gerhart, who was named among the top-50 prep baseball players in the nation last year, is expected to make an immediate impact on Stanford's nationally-ranked baseball team this season ... The last two baseball-football players to make a significant impact on both teams were both quarterbacks at Stanford who later played in the Major Leagues ... Joe Borchard played football for the Cardinal in 1998-99 and was a first round pick by the Chicago White Sox in 2000 ... Chad Hutchinson was Stanford's starting QB in 1997-98 ... He later played in the big leagues for the St. Louis Cardinals and in the NFL for the Cowboys and Bears.
Stanford had over 50 players reach a 3.0 gpa or better following the spring '06 quarter ... The Cardinal led the Pac-10 last year with 15 players named to the conference's All-Academic Team.
Stanford's roster is represented by players from three countries (U.S., Canada, Sweden) and 26 states, including 33 from California.
Stanford has won the past 12 Directors' Cup, given to the nation's top overall athletic department ... During the 2005-06 seson, the Cardinal had 13 teams finish in the top-5 nationally, 20 in the top-10 and 24 in the top-25 ... Stanford has won 104 national collegiate championships and is second all-time with 92 NCAA championships, including an NCAA best 35 women's titles.