Stanford Travels to Tempe to Face Arizona State on Saturday, October 21
Oct. 15, 2006
2006 STANFORD FOOTBALL
Game #8 - Stanford (0-7, 0-4) at Arizona State (3-3, 0-3)
October 21, Sun Devil Stadium
Tempe, AZ, 12:30 pm
Date: October 21, 2006
Kickoff: 12:30 pm
Site: Tempe, AZ
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 State leads 13-9
Last Meeting: Stanford 45, ASU 35 (10/22/05) at Stanford
Series Notes: Stanford has won five of the last seven vs. ASU
Next Up for Cardinal: Arizona State Sun Devils in Tempe
Stanford (0-7, 0-4) travels to Tempe, Arizona on Saturday, October 21 to face Arizona State (3-3, 0-3) in a battle of two teams in search of their first conference win ... The Cardinal lost last Saturday at home, 20-7 to Arizona while the Sun Devils have lost their last three games, including Saturday's game at USC, 28-21 ... The Cardinal have gotten the better of ASU of late, winning five of the last seven ... Last year, Stanford jumped out to leads of 31-7 in the second quarter and 45-7 in the third quarter before beating ASU 45-35 for their third straight win ... The Sun Devils began the season nationally ranked and won their first three games before losing the last three to California, Oregon and USC ... In those last three, ASU has been outscored 125-55 and has allowed 42 points per game ... Following Saturday's game in Tempe, the Cardinal has a bye week (Oct. 28) before returning to Stanford Stadium on November 4 to face USC.
Stanford-Sun Devils Meet for 22nd Time in Series History
While ASU leads the all-time series with Stanford, 13-9, the Cardinal has won five of the last seven times the two teams have met dating back to the 1999 season ... Stanford, which won last year's game 45-35, has lost the two games against ASU played in Sun Devil Stadium (34-31 in 2004, 65-24 in 2002) ... Stanford's last win at ASU was a 50-30 victory in 1999 ... The Cardinal won just four of the first 15 games it played against ASU, but has won five of the last seven since that time ... Stanford is 3-8 all-time vs. Arizona State in Sun Devil Stadium and 6-5 vs. ASU at Stanford Stadium ...
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 .619 ... Ranked ahead of the Cardinal are UConn, Minnesota, Florida, Cincinnati, USC and Michigan ... Stanford is tied with Indiana for the No. 7 spot ... Still ahead for the Cardinal are No. 2 USC (6-0) and No. 11. Cal (6-1).
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 68-79 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 5-13 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 45, Arizona State 35 (October. 22. 2005)
The Cardinal scored a season-high 45 points and dominated the Sun Devils for for nearly three quarters and Stanford won its third consecutive with a 45-35 win ... The Cardinal led 31-7 at halftime and 45-7 late in the third quarter before ASU scored four touchdowns to close the gap ... Mark Bradford, who caught nine passes for 185 yards and two TDs, scored both of his touchdowns in the second quarter on passes of 32 yards and 31 yards from Trent Edwards ... Edwards threw for a career-high 303 yards in leading the Cardinal offense ... Stanford was also aided by two blocked punts that led to 10 points and an interception return for a TD ... The win was Stanford's third straight and put the Cardinal at 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the Pac-10.
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 five games (vs. Navy, WSU, UCLA, Notre Dame, Arizona) ... In those games, Okwo has recorded a team-high 61 tackles, three tackles for loss and one forced fumble ... His 12.2 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 ... Against Notre Dame on Oct. 7, he had 12 tackles, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry ... A week ago vs. Arizona, Okwo accounted for 13 tackles to again lead the team ... 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.
Defensive Improvement Over the Past Three Games
The Cardinal defense has shown improvement in the last three games against UCLA, Notre Dame and Arizona ... Stanford had given up 312 yards rushing, 164 yards passing, 476 yards in total offense and 39 points per game after its first four (vs. Oregon, Navy, San Jose State and Washington State) ... In the last three, however, those numbers have improved to 196.7 yards allowed rushing, 176.3 passing yards, 373 yards allowed in total offense and 27.3 points allowed per game ... Stanford allowed Arizona 294 yards in total offense, 74 yards passing and 20 points, all three season bests for the Cardinal defense.
Osaisai Records 4th Longest Interception Returns for TD in School History
Junior Wopamo Osaisai (Pinole HS, Pinole, CA) made his second collegiate start a memorable one as he returned an interception 72 yards for a touchdown in last week's game with Arizona, the fourth longest in Stanford history ... Osaisai, who earned the start after an impressive performance at Notre Dame the week before in which he had five tackles and three pass break ups, had five tackles and one tackle for loss in addition to his INT return vs. the Wildcats ... A sprinter on the Cardinal track team, Osaisai is the school record holder in the 100m (10.39) and the 60m indoor (6.83).
Osaisai in the Cardinal Track Record Book
100m - 10.39 (2005) - school record holder
200m - 21.04 (2005) - No. 5 all-time at Stanford
60m indoors - 6.83 (2005, '06) - school record holder
200m indoors - 21.60 (2006) - No. 3 all-time at Stanford
Sims Effective in Starting Role
Since moving into the starting lineup four games ago, senior Tim Sims (Belle Glade, Florida) has been one of the team's top defensive playmakers ... Sims redshirted his true freshman season in 2003 and played a reserve role in 2004 and '05 ... But, he has worked his way to the top of the depth chart in '06 and has become one of the team's top defensive players ... Since taking over a starting cornerback spot four games ago, Sims has accounted for 26 tackles, four tackles for loss, three pass break ups, a fumble recovery and a sack ... He is the team leader in tackles for loss with 4.5 and is sixth in total tackles with 41 ... Sims had career-high nine tackles, including one tackle for loss and two pass break ups, against UCLA, seven tackles, with one tackle for loss, at Notre Dame, and six tackles, a tackle for loss, fumble recovery and pass break up against Washington State.
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. WSU, Austin Yancy started at one WR spot and at UCLA, RB Toby Gerhart made his starting debut ... Yancy has been in the starting lineup the last two weeks vs. Notre Dame and Arizona ... 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 263 yards ... Sherman has 11 receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown while Yancy has caught 12 balls for 139 yards ... Bulcke led the team in tackles vs. Navy in his starting debut as he accounted for 14 total tackles ... Both Fua and Griffin have played reserve roles on the defensive line the past five games.
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).
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 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 four 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.Player Notes
#5 - Trent Edwards, QB, 6-4, 220, SR., 4V
Has played in 35 games over the past four seasons with 31 of those in a starting role, including all seven this season Injured his right foot on the third play from scrimmage in last Saturday's game vs. Arizona (10/14/06) Has a string of 18 consecutive games started (all 11 in 2005, all 7 in 2006) 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 (5628) and touchdown passes (36), and 10th in career completion percentage (.563, 487-865) Has also added 199 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) earlier this season 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) Threw for a career-high 303 yards and three touchdowns (all in the first half) while completing 19-of-27 passes to lead Stanford to a 45-35 win over Arizona State the last time the teams played at Stanford Stadium on October 22, 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
Edwards In The Stanford Record Book
Career Pass Attempts - 865, 6th (Todd Husak, 5th, 873, 1996-99) Career Pass Completions - 487, 6th (Guy Benjamin, 5th, 488, 1974-77) Career Passing Yards - 5429, 7th (Guy Benjamin, 6th, 5946, 1974-77) Career TD Passes - 36, 7th (John Paye, 6th, 38, 1983-86) Career Total Offense - 5628, 7th (Guy Benjamin, 6th, 5765, 1974-77) Career Completion Percentage - 56.3, 487-865, 10th (Brian Johnson, 9th, 56.8, 1987-89) Season Completion Percentage - 62.7, #10 (2005)
#83 - Jim Dray, TE, 6-5, 240, SO., 1V
Has become the team's top tight end, catching 15 passes for 138 yards, including his first career touchdown on a 19-yard scoring strike from Trent Edwards at San Jose State (9/6/06)
#91 - Pannel Egboh, DE, 6-6, 280, JR., 2V
Has a career-high 31 tackles (first among defensive linemen) in the team's first seven 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
#7 - Toby Gerhart, RB, 6-1, 228, FR., HS
Leads Stanford with 263 rushing yards and a 4.2 per carry average on 63 rushes, already surpassing 2005 team leader Jason Evans' total of 248 last season Stanford's leading rusher in four of his first seven 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 28 of the team's last 29 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) Returned to the starting safety position in his most recent game versus Arizona after having made all five of his previous starts this season at cornerback Started all 22 games the previous two season at strong safety Has played in 39 of 40 possible games in his career Stanford's active career leader in interceptions (5), while ranking second among current Stanford players in tackles (167) Picked up his fifth career interception and one of only four by the Cardinal this season at UCLA (9/30/06) Fifth on the team this year with 49 tackles (#12 Pac-10) Recorded one of Stanford's seven fumble recoveries this season versus Navy (9/16/06) Led the team with a career-high-tying 11 tackles including a tackle-for-loss in 2005 versus Arizona State, after both making an interception and recovering a fumble to go with four tackles against ASU in 2004
#24 - Trevor Hooper, S, 6-1, 205, SR., 4V
Second on the club with 58 tackles (#3 Pac-10) after recording a career-high 13 tackles (also a career-high eight assisted tackles) in his most recent game versus Arizona (10/14/06) Has one of the team's four interceptions (at UCLA, 9/30/06) Had back-to-back double-digit tackle contests in the first two games of 2006 with 12 in the season-opener versus Oregon (9/2/06) and 10 at San Jose State (9/9/06) Stanford's active career tackle leader (171) with 99 career solo tackles Has played in 35 career games with 24 starts, including all seven contests this season 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 Picked off a pass and made six tackles against Arizona State in 2003, while adding four tackles against the Sun Devils in 2005 after not playing versus ASU in 2004
#6 - David Lofton, S, 6-4, 220, SR., 4V
Fifth on the club with 46 tackles (#15 Pac-10), 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 18 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 State in 2005
#26 - Anthony Kimble, RB, 6-1, 200, JR., 2V
Stanford's leading rusher in two of the last four games, including season-bests of 15 rushes and 63 yards 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 six of the team's seven games at running back and is the club's second leading rusher with 207 yards on 57 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) Scored the first two Stanford touchdowns of the game (one receiving, one rushing) in a 45-35 win over Arizona State in 2005, while finishing with six rushes for 12 yards and one reception for 15
#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
#55 - Michael Okwo, LB, 6-0, 225, SR., 3V
Leads the team with 61 tackles despite playing in just five of the squad's first seven games after missing the first two contests due to a broken right thumb suffered during 2006 training camp Set a career-high with 15 tackles versus Washington State (the most by a Stanford player this season), while picking up a new career-best nine solo stops at UCLA (9/30/06) Has recorded the first five double-digit tackles of his career in each of the five contests he has played this season, most recently with a game-high-tying 13 versus Arizona (10/14/06) Would lead the Pac-10 and rank third in the NCAA with a 12.2 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 contest at Arizona State (10/21/06) Ranks third on the team with 3.0 tackles-for-loss while adding a forced fumble (versus Washington State, 9/23/06) and a quarterback hurry 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 147 career tackles with 13.5 tackles-for-loss and 2.0 sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and two blocked kicks Has 13 career tackles versus Arizona State, including eight with seven solos in 2004
#21 - Wopamo Osaisai, CB, 5-11, 200, JR., 2V
Leads the team with four pass breakups, including three at Notre Dame (10/7/06), while contributing 30 tackles with 1.0 tackle-for-loss as well as interception that he returned 72 yards versus Arizona (10/14/06) for his first career touchdown to mark the fourth-longest interception return for a TD in school history as well as Stanford's only interception return for a TD in 2006 Had a career-best eight tackles versus Washington State (9/23/06)
#13 - T.C. Ostrander, QB, 6-3, 215, SR., 3V
Saw his most extensive action of the 2006 season versus Arizona when he relieved injured starter Trent Edwards to start the second drive of the game and completed 8-of-13 passes for 58 yards Has seen limited during the 2006 season, completing 14-of-27 passes for 139 yards with one interception in five games off the bench Has appeared in 17 career contests, relieving starter Trent Edwards on 15 occasions and making two starts Has 1582 career passing yards and five touchdowns with four interceptions, completing 109-of-220 passes Had his biggest season in 2004 when he was 56-of-126 for 914 yards and two touchdowns with four interceptions while appearing in six games and making two starts
#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 165 punts in his career for 6748 yards and a 40.9 average Averaging a career-low 40.5 yards per punt in 2006 but is coming off his best game of the season versus Arizona when he punted a season-high seven times for a season-best 45.3 yard average Had his longest punt of 2006 (52-yarder) at UCLA (9/30/06) Has landed 49 career punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line and had 18 go for 50 or more yards Has averaged 40.8 or more yards per punt in 22 of 29 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 six times for a 43.8 yard average versus Arizona State in 2004 and five times for a 41.6 yard average against the Sun Devils in 2005
#42 - Will Powers, LB, 6-4, 235, SO., 1V
Had a career-best six tackles in his most recent game versus Arizona (10/14/06) Has started the team's last three games and made 12 of his 14 tackles on the season in those starts, while adding his sack and tackle-for-loss
#14 - Tim Sims, CB, 5-11, 190, SR., 3V
Sixth on the team with 41 tackles. Also leads the club with 4.5 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 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) Recorded his first career sack versus Arizona (10/14/06) Has started the team's last four games and five of its past six
#20 - Clinton Snyder, LB, 6-4, 230, SO., 1V
Third on the club with 55 tackles (#6 Pac-10) and has a team-high 36 solo stops (tied #2 Pac-10) 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 contests, including 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)
#38 - Austin Yancy, WR, 6-4, 195, FR., HS
Has contributed 12 catches for 139 yards Has started three of the team's last four 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 20 points 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 eight of his 10 PAT's A walk-on placekicker who had not seen action in a college football game until this season
The 294 yards in total offense allowed by the Cardinal defense against Arizona was the lowest of the 2006 season and the fewest yards allowed by the Cardinal defense in the last 13 games (dating back to the 2005 game vs. Arizona).
Stanford has eight players from the state of Arizona, all of whom hail from the Tempe/Phoenix area ... The list includes OG Mikal Brewer (Peoria / Centennial HS), CB Blaise Johnson (Tempe / Corona del Sol HS), QB Garrett Moore (Scottsdale / Desert Mountain HS), OT Ben Muth (Phoenix / Pinnacle HS), CB Tyler Porras (Scottsdale / Saguro HS), OT Allen Smith (Tempe / Corona del Sol HS), NT Ekom Udofia (Scottsdale / Chaparral HS), LB Udeme Udofioa (Scottsdale / Chaparral HS)
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, eight 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 five games and possibly the rest of the season), WR Evan Moore (out the last four 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 and OG Jon Cochran did not play vs. Arizona due to injury ... QB Trent Edwards was knocked out of the Arizona game (Oct 14) on the third play from scrimmage.
Stanford's offensive linemen have combined to start 157 games - more than any other group of O-lineman in the nation ... Jeff Edwards leads the way with 32 starts, Ismail Simpson has 30, followed by Josiah Vinson with 27, Jon Cochran with 26, Alex Fletcher with 18, Allen Smith with 14 and Tim Mattran with six.
If Trent Edwards in unable to play Saturday at ASU, T.C. Ostrander will make his third career start ... Ostrander played in Stanford's last game at Arizona State in 2004, which ended in a 34-31 ASU victory ... Ostrander played most of the second half and brought the Cardinal back from a 26-14 deficit to a 31-26 lead late in the game... He hit tight end Alex Smith on a 67-yard TD pass play with 2:02 remaining to give Stanford the lead ... He finished the game eight-of-15 for 161 yards and one touchdown.
Stanford's leading rusher is true freshman Toby Gerhart (263 yards) and its leading receiver is junior Kelton Lynn (18 receptions), a walk-on from Boulder, Colo ... Third on the team in total tackles is Clinton Snyder, a second-year player who redshirted the 2005 season as a true freshman.
S Trevor Hooper is tied for third in the Pac-10 in tackles per game (8.3), LB Clinton Snyder is sixth (7.9) and S Brandon Harrison is 12th (7.0) ... LB Michael Okwo (12.2) would be leading the league, but he has not played in 75% of Stanford's games ... He will be eligible after Saturday's game at ASU.
Stanford is the least penalized team in the Pac-10 ... The Cardinal is number one in the league in fewest penalties (30), fewest penalty yards (207) and fewest penalty yards per game (29.6).
Soph. Chris Marinelli became the fifth second-year player to start for the Cardinal this seaason ... He was in the starting lineup last Saturday vs. Arizona at right tackle ... Other second players to start in 2006 include LB Clinton Snyder, LB Will Powers, NT Ekom Udofia and TE Jim Dray
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.