Stanford Plays Host to Arizona in Annual Homecoming Game
Oct. 8, 2006
2006 STANFORD FOOTBALL
Game #7 - Arizona (2-4, 0-3) at Stanford (0-6, 0-3)
October 14, Stanford Stadium
Stanford, CA., 2:00 pm
Date: October 14, 2006
Kickoff: 2:00 pm
Site: Stanford, CA
Television: no live television
Radio: KNBR, 1050 am (Ted Robinson, Bob Murphy)
Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm
Internet: www.gostanford.com (live audio, live stats)
The Series: Arizona leads 12-9
Last Meeting: Stanford 20, Arizona 16 (10/15/05) at Arizona
Series Notes: Stanford has won last three vs. Wildcats
Cardinal to Host Arizona in Homecoming Game
Stanford (0-6, 0-3) returns home on Saturday, October 14 to face the Arizona Wildcats (2-4, 0-3) at Stanford Stadium in the annual Homecoming Game ... The Cardinal has played their last two games on the road, at UCLA and at Notre Dame, and have played four of their six in 2006 away from home ... Stanford is coming off a 31-10 loss at No. 12 Notre Dame while the Wildcats have lost their last three games, including last Saturday at UCLA ... Arizona began the year with two wins in their first three games, but have dropped three straight games, all in conference play, to USC, Washington and UCLA ... The Cardinal will be attempting to run its winning streak over Arizona to four ... Last season, the two teams played a hard-fought game in Tucson with Stanford coming out on top 20-16 ... Arizona has recorded wins over BYU and Stephen F. Austin this season while losing to top-five teams LSU and USC along with Washington and UCLA.
Cardinal Looking for Fourth Straight Win Over Wildcats
Stanford has won the last three games vs. Arizona and four of the last five dating back to the 1999 season ... The Cardinal, which trails the all-time series with nine wins in 21 games, beat the Wildcats in Tucson last year, 20-16 ... At home, however, the Cardinal won the last meeting with Arizona in 2002, snapping Arizona's five-game winning streak at Stanford Stadium ... In their last three meetings, Stanford has come out on top 51-37 in 2001 in Tucson, 16-6 at Stanford in '02 and 20-16 a year ago in Tucson ... The Cardinal's three straight wins over Arizona is Stanford's longest current winning streak against a Pac-10 opponent.
Stanford-Arizona to Play Third Game in The New Stanford Stadium
Forty-two weeks after construction began moments after Stanford's 2005 season finale against Notre Dame on November 26, the New Stanford Stadium opened to a crowd of 44,022 on September 16 against Navy ... 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 opened its doors against Navy ... The Stadium has a seating capacity of approximately 50,000 and the improved sight lines brings fans 70-100 feet closer to the field of action ... The $90 million project includes 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 ... Stanford played its second game in new Stadium against Washington State on September 23.
Stanford Has Seventh Toughest Schedule in the Nation
This week's NCAA rankings for the nation's toughest schedule has the Cardinal No. 7 in the country ... Stanford's cumulative opposition has a winning percentage of .641 (34-19), ... Ranked ahead of the Cardinal are UConn, Minnesota, Florida,Cincinnati, USC and Michigan ... Still ahead for the Cardinal are No. 3 USC (5-0) and No. 10. Cal (5-1)
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 68-78 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 5-12 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.
A Look Back: Stanford 20, Arizona 16 (October. 15. 2005)
The Cardinal defense forced five turnovers, and two touchdown passes by Trent Edwards, propelled Stanford to its second straight win and second consecutive Pac-10 road victory ... Although the Cardinal offense managed just 195 yards and 11 first downs, it did not commit a turnover and took advantage of five Wildcat miscues ... Arizona led 7-0 after an impressive 80-yard drive on its opening possession, but two Wildcat turnovers led to 10 Stanford points and 10-7 Cardinal lead at the intermission ... Edwards his Anthony Kimble on a 10-yard TD pass play in the second quarter to put Stanford on top 10-7 ... Stanford extended its lead to 17-7 when it took the opening possession of the second half 80-yards for a touchdown, which culminated in a 10-yard pass from Edwards to tight end Michael Horgan ... Arizona closed the gap to 17-14 in the third period, but Michael Sgroi's second field goal of the game put the Cardinal on top 20-14 late in the third period ... Stanford's defense did the rest as it kept the Wildcats out of the end zone to preserve the win.
Okwo Earning Reputation As One of Pac-10's Best
Senior linebacker Michael Okwo, forced to sit out the first two games of the year due to a fracture thumb, has made his presence known since returning to the starting lineup the past four games (vs. Navy, WSU, UCLA, Notre Dame) ... In those games, Okwo has recorded a team-high 48 tackles, three tackles for loss and one forced fumble ... His 12.0 tackles per game would be No. 1 in the Pacific-10 Conference if he were eligible to be ranked ... He set a new career high on Sept. 23 when he registered 15 tackles against the Cougars ... In his first game back (Sept. 16 vs. Navy), he had 10 tackles and two tackles for loss ... Against UCLA on Sept. 30, he was again the team leader in tackles with 11 ... Last week at Notre Dame, he had 12 tackles, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry ... Okwo is a three-year letter-winner who was named First-Team All-Pac-10 as a special teams player in 2004, entered the 2006 season having received pre-season All-Pac-10 recognition. ... 'Michael Okwo has been a setttling factor for our defense since returning,' said Cardinal defensive coordinator A.J. Christoff. 'The players have great respect for him, and he has great leadership, along with his outstanding playing ability,' Christoff told the San Jose Mercury News.
Six True Freshman Making Immediate Impact in 2006
Six true freshman have made an immediate impact on the Cardinal in 2006, three on offense and three on defense ... Four of those true freshman have started for the Cardinal this season ... In Stanford's third game of the year against Navy, WR Richard Sherman and LB Brian Bulcke were in the starting lineup ... A week later vs. Washington State, Austin Yancy started at one WR spot and at UCLA, RB Toby Gerhart made his starting debut against UCLA ... Yancy was in the starting lineup last week at Notre Dame ... In addition, the other two true freshman playing key roles are NT Sione Fua and DE Levirt Griffin ... Gerhart, a two-sport athlete who will play for Stanford's nationally-ranked baseball team, is the team's leading rusher with 261 yards and 62 carrries in six games (4.2 ypc) to go along with eight receptions for 64 yards ... Sherman is fourth on the team with 11 receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown while Yancy has caught 10 balls for 126 yards ... Bulcke led the team in tackles vs. Navy in his starting debut as he accounted for 14 total tackles ... He has 17 for the season ... Both Fua and Griffin have played reserve roles on the defensive line the past five games ... Fua has 13 tackles while Griffin has added four.
Walk-Ons Making Strong Contributions in '06
Receivers Kelton Lynn and Michael Miller, along with place-kickers Aaron Zagory and Derek Belch have one thing in common: they are all walk-ons who are playing significant roles in 2006 ... Zagory, of course, is the team's starting place-kicker while Belch is the team's kickoff specialist and backup place-kicker ... Lynn, in his third year at Stanford, and Miller, a fourth-year player from San Clemente, Calif., both recorded their first career receptions vs. Navy on Sept.16 and have played extensively the past three games ... Lynn leads the team with 18 catches for 248 yards while Miller has caught four passes.
From Walk On To Starter, Lynn Leads Team in Receptions
For Kelton Lynn and the Stanford offense, the 2006 season has been anything but predictable ... Not many would have thought that at the midway point in the season, the Cardinal's leading receiver would be Lynn, a junior walk on from Boulder, Colorado who saw limited action his first two years at Stanford ... But injuries to the Cardinal wide receiver corps has thrust Lynn into the starting lineup the past three games ... He is currently the team leader with 18 receptions for 248 yards and two touchdowns ... Last week against the Irish, he caught four passes for 86 yards, including a career-best 57-yard touchdown from Anthony Kimble on a halfback pass.
Second-Year Players Move Into Starting Lineup
Four players who redshirted their true freshman seasons a year ago have earned starting berths in their second year and playing key roles the Cardinal in 2006 ... LB Clinton Snyder, LB Will Powers, NT Ekom Udofia and TE Jim Dray were all true freshman a year ago, but now find themselves in starting roles ... Snyder had 11 tackles and forced two fumbles vs. Navy (Sept. 16), 10 tackles and a tackle for loss against WSU and 10 tackles last week at Notre Dame ... He is tied for the team lead with 48 total tackles ... Udofia had a career high seven tackles against Navy and has recorded 20 total in 2006 while starting all six games ... Dray, who moved into the starting lineup in game two, has caught 13 passes for 115 yards and is second on th team in receptions ... Powers has started three games this year, including the last two at UCLA and Notre Dame
Gerhart Latest Baseball-Football Player on The Farm
Freshman RB 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: Joe Borchard (first round pick by the Chicago White Sox in 2000) and Chad Hutchinson (played in the big leagues for the St. Louis Cardinals and in the NFL for the Cowboys and Bears) ... Other great football-baseball players at Stanford include John Elway, who played in the New York Yankees farm system after his junior year at Stanford, John Lynch (13 years NFL), Chris Draft (7 years NFL) , Brian Johnson (8 years Major League Baseball) and Toi Cook (11 years NFL).
#5 - Trent Edwards, QB, 6-4, 220, SR., 4V
Stanford's fifth-year quarterback who has played in 34 games over the past five seasons with 30 of those in a starting role, including all six this season On the 2006 Davey O'Brien Watch List for an award that is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback Became the seventh player at Stanford to record 5000 career passing yards when he reached the milestone versus Navy (9/16/06) Ranks sixth on Stanford's career lists in pass completions (487) and attempts (865), as well as seventh in passing yards (5429), total offense (5624) and touchdown passes (36), and 10th in career completion percentage (.563, 487-865) Has also added 195 career rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground Threw a career-high four TD passes (all in the first half) in a 35-34 loss at San Jose State (9/9/06) Has struggled in his last three games, completing just 33-of-59 passes for only 344 yards with four picks and just one TD Threw at least one interception in four consecutive contests for the first time since being picked off in the first five games of his career from September 6 - October 18, 2003 before not being picked off at Notre Dame (10/7/06) Earned several 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) Completed 16-of-26 passes for 137 yards and two TD's without and an interception and was also Stanford's leading rusher (9-32) the only time Stanford has played Arizona over the last three seasons to lead the Cardinal to a 20-16 win over the Wildcats in Tucson on October 15, 2005 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 Ranks among Pac-10 and NCAA leaders in completions per game (#50 NCAA, 15.7), total passing yards (#51 NCAA, 1027), passing yards per game (#7 Pac-10, #62 NCAA, 171.2), total offense (#7 Pac-10, #67 NCAA, 176.7) and passing efficiency (#8 Pac-10, #68 NCAA, 120.6)
#78 - Jon Cochran, OL, 6-6, 315, SR., 4V
Has made his first six career starts at right guard in the team's first six games this season after picking up 20 previous starts at tackle to total 26 starts in his career
#83 - Jim Dray, TE, 6-5, 240, SO., 1V
Has become the team's top tight end, catching 13 passes for 115 yards, including his first career touchdown on a 19-yard scoring strike from Trent Edwards at San Jose State (9/6/06)
#70 - Jeff Edwards, OT, 6-6, 300, SR., 4V
Has started 32 games at three different positions on the offensive line during his four seasons of action on The Farm, including all six games in 2006 at right tackle
#91 - Pannel Egboh, DE, 6-6, 280, JR., 2V
Has a career-high 26 tackles (first among defensive linemen, #47T Pac-10) in the team's first six games Had half of the team's first sack of 2006 against Navy (9/16/06) and 1.5 tackles-for-loss on the season
#60 - Alex Fletcher, C, 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 17 games possible over the last two seasons on the offensive line with nine starts at center (including all six of the team's games this year) and eight at right guard In 2005, he was named a First Team Frosh All-American, First Team Freshman All-Pac-10 and honorable mention Freshman All-American The team's only lineman to start all 11 contests in 2005
#7 - Toby Gerhart, RB, 6-1, 228, FR., HS
Leads Stanford with 261 rushing yards and a 4.2 per carry average on 62 rushes, already surpassing 2005 team leader Jason Evans' total of 248 last season Stanford's leading rusher in four of his first six collegiate games at Oregon (9/2/06, 16-55), at San Jose State (9/9/06, 13-82), versus Navy (9-40, 9/16/06) and at UCLA (12-32, 9/30/06) Has Stanford's longest run of the campaign when he broke free for a 38-yarder at San Jose State (9/9/06) 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 Also a member of the Stanford Baseball team
#23 - Brandon Harrison, CB/S, 6-2, 215, SR., 3V
Has started 27 of the team's last 28 games with the only blemish in his starting streak an appearance off the bench at San Jose State (9/9/06) due to an injury suffered in the team's previous game at Oregon (9/2/06) Has made all five of his starts this season at cornerback after starting all 22 games the previous two years at strong safety Has played in 38 of 39 possible games in his career Stanford's active career leader in interceptions (5) and tackles (158, co-leader with Trevor Hooper) Picked up his fifth career interception and one of only three by the Cardinal this season at UCLA (9/30/06) Fifth on the team this year with 40 tackles (#13T Pac-10) Recorded one of Stanford's seven fumble recoveries this season versus Navy (9/16/06) Had an interception late in the fourth quarter to secure Stanford's 20-16 win at Arizona in 2005, while also adding two tackles and two pass breakups in the contest
#24 - Trevor Hooper, S, 6-1, 205, SR., 4V
Third on the team with 45 tackles (#8 Pac-10, #95T NCAA) and has one of the team's three interceptions (at UCLA, 9/30/06) Had back-to-back double-digit tackle contests in the first two games of 2006 with a career-high 12 in the season-opener versus Oregon (9/2/06) and 10 at San Jose State (9/9/06) Stanford's active career tackle co-leader along with Brandon Harrison (158) Has played in 34 career games with 23 starts Started all 11 games in 2003 and led the team with three interceptions, while finishing fifth on the club with 60 tackles 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 Writing a weekly column throughout the 2006 football season for the Palo Alto Daily News Recovered a fumble and made three solo tackles versus Arizona in 2005
#95 - Chris Horn, DE, 6-5, 270, SR., 3V
Had a career-high six tackles versus Washington State (9/23/06), including the team's first solo sack of the season Leads the team with 1.5 sacks (-9 yards) and also has one of the club's seven forced fumbles Had a huge game against Arizona in 2005 with three tackles, a career-high 3.0 tackles-for-loss and one of his 4.5 career sacks
#6 - David Lofton, S, 6-4, 220, SR., 4V
Fourth on the club with 44 tackles (#9 Pac-10, #97T NCAA), including a team game-high and career-best 12 stops at San Jose State (9/9/06), as well as 11 tackles, a season-high-tying six solos and his first career sack at Notre Dame (10/7/06) Made the first fumble recovery of his career at UCLA (9/30/06), while adding a season-high-tying six solo tackles Has played in all 17 games (10 starts) over the last two seasons as a safety, his third position with the Cardinal after being on the roster as a quarterback and wide receiver earlier in this career Son of former Stanford and NFL great James Lofton, who is currently a wide receivers coach with the San Diego Chargers Made three tackles versus Arizona in 2005
#26 - Anthony Kimble, RB, 6-1, 200, JR., 2V
Stanford's leading rusher in two of the last three games, including his season-bests of 15 rushes and 63 yards in his most recent game at Notre Dame (10/7/06) when he also connected with Kelton Lynn for a 57-yard TD pass (the longest Stanford play from the line of scrimmage this season) on a halfback option Has started five of the team's six games at running back and is the club's second leading rusher with 197 yards on 51 carries while adding one of the team's two rushing touchdowns Posted the first Stanford touchdown at the new Stanford Stadium when he scored on a two-yard run with 11:58 to go in the fourth quarter versus Navy (9/16/06) Had a touchdown catch and the team's best receiving day at Arizona in 2005 with team-highs of four catches and 37 yards, while also carrying the ball seven times for 12 yards
#86 - Kelton Lynn, WR, 6-2, 190, JR., 2V
Leads Stanford with 18 receptions and 248 receiving yards as a walk-on receiver Has paced the club in both receptions and receiving yards three times this year -- versus Navy (9/16/06, 6-72), in his first career start against Washington State (9/23/06, 5-65, TD) and at Notre Dame (10/7/06, 4-86, TD) with his six catches against the Midshipmen a career-best and his game-high 86 receiving yards versus the Irish the top contest of his career Had his first career TD reception on a 25-yarder from Trent Edwards versus Washington State (9/23/06) and then was involved in the team's longest play from the line of scrimmage this season when he caught Anthony Kimble's halfback option pass for a 57-yard TD at Notre Dame (10/7/06) Co-leads Stanford with two touchdowns (both on receptions) and ranks tied for second on the club with 12 points scored
#44 - Pat Maynor, LB, 6-2, 215, JR., 2V
Has 26 tackles, including a carer-best nine at San Jose State (9/9/06), and has started five of six games at linebacker in 2006
#55 - Michael Okwo, LB, 6-0, 225, SR., 3V
Co-leads the team with 48 tackles despite playing in just four of the team's six games after missing the first two contests due to a broken right thumb suffered in 2006 training camp Set a career-high with 15 tackles versus Washington State (the most by a Stanford player this season and the second-most by a Pac-10 player), while picking up a new career-best nine solo stops at UCLA (9/30/06) Has recorded the first four double-digit tackles of his career in each of the four contests he has played this season, most recently with 12 at Notre Dame (10/7/06) Would lead the Pac-10 and rank third in the NCAA with a 12.0 tackle per game average if he had played the 75% minimum number of games needed to qualify and will become eligible if he plays in the squad's next two contests Has added 2.0 tackles-for-loss and a forced fumble (versus Washington State, 9/23/06) Selected by The Sporting News as a preseason 2006 Second Team All-Pac-10 player Earned First Team All-Pac-10 honors as a special teams player during the 2004 campaign Has 134 career tackles with 12.5 for a loss and 2.0 sacks, as well as forced fumble, a fumble recovery and two blocked kicks
#21 - Wopamo Osaisai, CB, 5-11, 200, JR., 2V
Leads the team with four pass breakups, including three in his most recent game at Notre Dame (10/7/06), while contributing 25 tackles with 1.0 tackle-for-loss Had a career-best eight tackles versus Washington State (9/23/06)
#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 Has 158 punts in his career for 6431 yards and a 40.7 average Averaging a career-low 39.2 yards per punt in 2006 Had his best game of the season versus Washington State (9/23/06) when he averaged 43.4 yards per punt Had his longest punt of 2006 (52-yarder) at UCLA (9/30/06) Has landed 47 career punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line and had 17 go for 50 or more yards Has averaged 40.8 or more yards in 21 of 28 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 Punted eight times for a 45.1 average at Arizona in 2005 and secured a 20-16 Stanford win when he ran out of the end zone for an intentional safety with 0:17 to play
#42 - Will Powers, LB, 6-4, 235, SO., 1V
Second-year player who has moved into the starting lineup at one outside linebacker position. Started game one vs. Oregon and the last two games vs. UCLA and Notre Dame. Has recorded 8 tackles, one tackle for loss and one sack.
#2 - Nick Sanchez, CB, 6-0, 190, SR., 3V
Recorded a season-high six tackles versus Navy (9/16/06) Had a huge game against Notre Dame in 2006 when he recorded a career-high-tying 11 tackles and a career-high-tying nine solos, as well as 1.0 tackle-for-loss and a pass breakup Had a big game against Arizona in 2005 when he equaled a career-best for both total (11) and solo (9) tackles with game-highs in both categories, while also recovering a fumble
#14 - Tim Sims, CB, 5-11, 190, SR., 3V
Sixth on the team with 37 tackles (#18 T) and third with 25 solo stops Also co-leads the club with 3.5 tackles-for-loss, while ranking second with three pass breakups Had a career-high nine tackles (also a career-best seven solos) to go with a tackle-for-loss and two pass breakups in his most recent contest at UCLA (9/30/06) before getting seven more with six solos and a tackle-for-loss in his most recent game at Notre Dame (10/7/06) Has started the team's last three games and four of its past five
#67 - Allen Smith, OT, 6-4, 300, JR., 2V
Has started 14 straight contests and played in 17 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
Co-leads the club with 48 tackles (#3T Pac-10, #65T NCAA) and has a team-high 31 solo stops (#3 Pac-10, #36T NCAA), while also leading the squad with a pair of forced fumbles (both vs. Navy, 9/16/06) Has one of the club's three interceptions (at San Jose State, 9/9/06) Has double-digit tackles in three of his last four contests with a career-high 11 (also a career-high nine solo) versus Navy (9/16/06) when he added forced a pair of fumbles Picked up 10 tackles both against Washington State (9/23/06) and at Notre Dame (10/7/06) Made his collegiate debut at Oregon (9/2/06) as a starter and contributed six tackles (three solo, three assists) before backing that up with eight tackles and an interception at San Jose State (9/9/06)
#54 - Ekom Udofia, NT, 6-2, 310, SO., 1V
Leads the team with a pair of fumble recoveries (#4T Pac-10), getting one at Oregon (9/2/06) and one versus WSU (9/23/06) Had a career-best seven tackles versus Navy (9/16/06)
#38 - Austin Yancy, WR, 6-4, 195, FR., HS
Has contributed 10 catches for 126 yards Has started two of the team's last three games Had career-bests of four catches and 65 receiving yards versus Navy (9/16/06)
#11 - Aaron Zagory, PK, 6-0, 170, JR., 1V
Leads the club in scoring with 19 points (Pac-10, NCAA rankings) Scored the first Stanford points in the new Stanford Stadium versus Navy (9/16/06) when he connected on a 22-yard field goal as time ran out in the first half Made his first collegiate field goal try from 34 yards with 2:37 remaining in the first quarter at Oregon (9/2/06) Has made four of his seven field goal attempts, including three of his last four and seven of his nine PAT's Has connected on at least one field goal in four of the team's six contests A walk-on placekicker who had not seen action in a college football game until this season
Stanford had 16 starters returning in 2006, including 10 on offense and six on defense ... Injuries have hit the Cardinal offense hard thus far in '06 ... Of the 10 returning starters, seven have missed games due to injury, including FB Nick Frank (forced to retire), C Tim Mattran (has not played in '06 due to injury), WR Mark Bradford (out for last four games and possibly the rest of the season), WR Evan Moore (out the last three games), TE Matt Traverso (played sparingly in '06) and OG Josiah Vinson (slowed early in the year due to injury) ... RB Anthony Kimble did not play at UCLA due to injury.
Stanford's offensive linemen have combined to start 152 games - more than any other group of O-lineman in the nation ... Jeff Edwards leads the way with 32 starts, Ismail Simpson has 29, followed by Josiah Vinson and Jon Cochran with 26, Alex Fletcher with 17, Allen Smith with 13 and Tim Mattran with six.
WR Mark Bradford opened the 2006 campaign with a nine-reception, 108-yard performance at Oregon ... Against San Jose State on September 9, however, Bradford was forced from the game in the first quarter due to injury ... It was later revealed that Bradford tore ligaments in his foot and will be lost for several weeks and possibly the rest of the season.
Nick Frank, a three-year letter-winner and the team's starting fullback in 2005 and '06, announced on September 15 that he will retire from football due to a cervical spine condition ... Frank moved to fullback prior to the '05 season after two years as a defensive lineman ... He started all 11 games at fullback in 2005 and the first two in 2006 ... Throughout his career, Frank played in 34 of 35 games, 21 as a defensive lineman and 13 as the team's starting fullback ... Frank's departure moved senior Emeka Nnoli into the starting lineup.
Former Cardinal great Jeff Siemon will be honored at halftime of Saturday's game as the 18th player from Stanford to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame ... Siemon played linebacker on The Farm in 1970 and '71 and was the heart and sould of Stanford's defense during their back-to-back Rose Bowl seasons ... A former First-Team All-America and First-Round draft choice, Siemon played 11 seasons in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings.
CB Wopamo Osaisai turned in his best performance of the season last week at Notre Dame as he accounted for a career-best three pass deflections and five tackles ... A sprinter on the Cardinal track team, Osaisai is the school record holder in the 100m (10.39) and the 60m indoor (6.83).
Stanford's leading rusher is true freshman Toby Gerhart (261 yards) and its leading receiver is junior Kelton Lynn (18 receptions), a walk-on from Boulder, Colo ... Tied for the team lead in total tackles is Clinton Snyder, a second-year player who redshirted the 2005 season as a true freshman.
. Assisant Coach Jeff Hammerschmidt is one of Arizona's all-time great defensive backs ... He was a four-year letter-winner and two-time All-Pac-10 player for the Wildcats from 1987-90 ... He was a graduate assistant on the Arizona staff in 1992 and '93 before coaching the secondary from 1994-95
Stanford has three of the top nine tacklers in the Pac-10 ... LB Clinton Snyder is tied for third in the Pac-10, averaging 8.0 per game ... S Trevor Hooper is eighth in the league (7.5 tpg) and S David Lofton is ninth (7.3).
Stanford is the least penalized team in the Pac-10 ... The Cardinal is number one in the league in fewest penalties (23), fewest penalty yards (162) and fewest penalty yards per game (27.0).
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.
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