Cardinal Aims For Second Straight Win on Saturday vs. OSU
Nov. 12, 2006
2006 STANFORD FOOTBALL
Game #11 - Oregon State (6-4, 4-3) at Stanford (1-9, 1-6)November 18, Stanford StadiumStanford, CA, 12:30 pm
Date: November 18, 2006
Kickoff: 12:30 pm
Site: Stanford, CA
Television: Live, Fox Sports Net Bay Area and Fox Sports Northwest
Radio: KNBR, 1050 am (Dave Fleming, Bob Murphy)
Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm
Internet: www.gostanford.com (live audio, live stats)
The Series: Stanford leads 47-22-3
Last Meeting: Stanford 20, Oregon State 17 (11/12/05) at OSU
Series Notes: Stanford broke four game losing skid vs. OSU with win last year
Cardinal Hosts Oregon State in Final Home Game of Season
Stanford hosts Oregon State on Saturday, November 18 in the final home game of the 2006 season ... The Cardinal are coming off a 20-3 win at Washington while the Beavers saw their five-game winning streak end with a 25-7 loss at UCLA last Saturday ... Oregon State found themselves 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-10 on October 7 after a 13-6 loss at home to Washington State ... Since then, the Beavers have beaten Washington and Arizona on the road, then back-to-back home wins over then No. 3 ranked USC and Arizona State before losing at UCLA ... Because the Beavers play 13 games (one at Hawaii), OSU needs seven wins to become bowl eligible ... The Cardinal, meanwhile, ended their 11-game losing streak with a win at Washington on Saturday ... Stanford will have a bye week following the Oregon State game before closing out the season at Cal in the 109th Big Game.
Stanford-Oregon State Series Notes
The Cardinal snapped a four-game losing streak against Oregon State last year when they travelled to Corvallis and beat the Beavers 20-17 ... Oregon State had won the previous four games vs. Stanford (2000-04) by an average margin of 21 points (34-13), outscoring the Cardinal 136-49 ... At Stanford Stadium, the Beavers have won the last two meetings with the Cardinal and three of the last four ... OSU beat the Cardinal at Stanford Stadium 24-19 in 2004 and 31-21 in 2000 ... Stanford's last win over Oregon State in Stanford Stadium was a 21-17 decision in 1999 ... ... The Cardinal leads the overall series 46-22-3, but since 1996 Oregon State has won six of the nine games against Stanford ... Prior to '96, however, the Cardinal went 23-3-1 vs. OSU from 1969-95 ...
Cardinal Records First Win of the Season Last Saturday at Washington
Stanford snapped two streaks with its win over the Huskies last week ... It marked the Cardinal's first win in Seattle since 1975 - a string of 12 straight games - and it broke the team's 11-game losing streak dating back to last season ... The Cardinal defense limited the Huskies to just 161 yards of total offense while intercepting three passes, one of which was returned for a touchdown, and recording nine pass break ups, four tackles for loss and two sacks ... Stanford was led offensively by freshman receiver Richard Sherman, who caught six balls for 177 yards, including one that went for 74 yards and a touchdown ... Bo McNally, making his debut in the starting lineup, had two interceptions, one of which he returned 49 yards for a touchdown.
Final Home Game for 18 Cardinal Seniors
Saturday's game will mark the final home game for 18 Cardinal seniors, who will be honored prior to Stanford's game with Oregon State ... The senior group includes Jon Cochran, Patrick Danahy, Jeff Edwards, Trent Edwards, Nick Frank, Brandon Harrison, Trevor Hooper, David Jackson, David Lofton, David Long, Tiim Mattran, Matt McClernan, Marcus McCutcheon, Michael Okwo, Mike Silva, Ismail Simpson, Matt Traverso and Josiah Vinson.
Stanford Has 11th Toughest Schedule in the Nation
This week's NCAA rankings for the nation's toughest schedule has the Cardinal with the 11th toughest schedule in the country ... Stanford's cumulative opposition has a winning percentage of .592 (61-42) ... Of the Cardinal's 10 opponents thus far, seven teams are currently bowl eligible and two others are one win shy of becomming bowl eligible ... By the time the season concludes, Stanford's schedule could include 11 of 12 teams that qualified for post-season bowls.
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 69-79 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 6-14 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.
The Last Time: Stanford 20, Oregon State 17 (November 13. 2005)
Stanford snapped a four game losing streak to the Beavers by beating OSU for the first time since 1999 ... The Cardinal trailed early 7-0, but scored 17 straight points on the strength of two Trent Edwards-to-Justin McCullum touchdown passes ... Stanford's defense limited OSU to just 10 points, 62 net yards rushing and 16-for-40 passing ... OSU's Alex Serna attempted a 52-yard field goal in the last minute that would have tied the game at 20-20, but after it sailed wide, Stanford had recorded its first win in Corvallis since 1997 ... McCullum had seven catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns, all of which came in the first half, and the Beavers committed 11 penalties for 123 yards to held the Cardinal improve to 5-4 overall.
Pacific-10's No. 1 Tackler: Michael Okwo
Senior linebacker Michael Okwo, forced to sit out the first two games of the year due to a fractured thumb, has made his presence known since returning to the starting lineup ... In the past eight games, Okwo has recorded a team-high 77 tackles, five tackles for loss, four pass breakups, one sack and one forced fumble ... His 9.6 tackles per game is No. 1 in the Pacific-10 Conference and No. 15 in the NCAA ... 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 ... Okwo added 13 tackles to again lead the team in Stanford's game vs. Arizona ... In the Cardinal's win at Washington, he had five tackles, four pass break ups, one sack and one tackle for loss ... 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.
Ostrander Takes Over as Cardinal's Number One QB
Senior T.C. Ostrander (still has one more year of eligibility remaining in 2007) took over the reigns of the Cardinal offense after starter Trent Edwards suffered a season-ending injury against Arizona on October 14 ... Ostrander played most of the Arizona game and started Stanford's last three games at Arizona State, at home vs. USC and last week at Washington ... Ostrander has played in 20 games in his Stanford career, including five starts, and has completed 143 of 295 for 2,032 yards and six TDs ... He started the final two games of the 2004 season vs. Oregon State and Cal after Edwards was not able to play due to injury ... Ostrander, from nearby Atherton, Calif., reshirted his true freshman season in 2003 ... He will return in 2007 as the favorite to earn the starting spot ... In his three starts since replacing Edwards, Ostrander has completed 34-of-75 for 450 yards.
Harrison, Hooper Lead Cardinal Secondary
The backbone of the Cardinal secondary in 2006 has been seniors Brandon Harrison and Trevor Hooper ... Both are three-year starters who have been leaders for the Cardinal both on and off the playing field ... Harrison, from Baton Rouge, LA., has played in all but one game during the past three-plus seasons ... He has started 30 games and played in 41 of 42 ... This season, Harrison began the year as a cornerback after starting 22 games the past two years at strong safety ... He moved back to strong safety in game seven this year ... Despite battling a series of injuries, he has started nine of10 games and is fourth on the team with 64 total tackles ... Hooper, from Moutain View, CA., has started 27 games as a Cardinal, including all 10 this season ... He was a starter as a sophomore in 2003 and again as a junior a year ago ... Hooper, who had nine tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack against USC, leads the team with 79 total tackles and seventh in the Pac-10 averaging 7.90 per game.
In the Cardinal's last two games vs. USC and Washington, Stanford's defense has given up just 147 yards on the ground ... Stanford allowed the Trojan's running game just 108 yards, then followed that up a week later by allowing Washington just 39 yards on the ground, the lowest total in Walt Harris' tenure as the Cardinal head coach (21 games) ... Stanford also limited Washington to 122 yards through the air and 161 yards in total offense, both the lowest in the Harris Era ... Over the past four games, however, the Stanford defense has seen its yards allowed per game improve by an impressive 157 yards ... Through six games, Stanford's defense was allowing 455 yards per game ... But, in the last four, the Cardinal has seen that number dip to just 298 yards allowed per game ... Stanford's rushing defense has cut its yards allowed per game by almost half over the past four games, from 270 yards per game to 144.
More Defensive Data
The three points given up by the Cardinal defense against Washington was the lowest total by a Cardinal opponent since the 1998 Big Game (10-3 Stanford win) ... The Cardinal's effort against the Huskies almost made it in the school record book as one of the best defensive efforts of all-time ... Stanford allowed Washington 122 yards passing and 161 yards in total offense, which both just missed placing among the top-10 performances in Cardinal history (No. 10 lowest passing yards allowed is 104; No. 10 lowest total yards is 155) ... Bo McNally's interception return for touchdown was the second for Stanford this season ... The last time the Cardinal had two interception returns for TDs in a single season was 1999.
Osaisai Among Stanford's Top Sprinters
Junior Wopamo Osaisai (Pinole HS, Pinole, CA) moved into the starting lineup four games ago at one cornerback position and has shown tremendous speed and athleticism as a defender, special teams player and kick returner ... Osaisai (pronounced OH-SI-SI) joined the football program after spring practice last year after competing on the Cardinal track team ... He earned his first career starter after an impressive performance at Notre Dame on Oct. 7 in which he had five tackles and three pass break ups ... He made his second collegiate start a memorable one as he returned an interception 72 yards for a touchdown vs. Arizona on Oct. 14, the fourth longest in Stanford history ... In the last three games, he has taken over as the team's top kickoff return threat ... 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
Sherman's Big Day Sparks Cardinal Offense
True freshman Richard Sherman had his biggest day as a Cardinal last Saturday in Washington as he sparked the Stanford offense by recording six catches for 177 yards and one touchdown ... The 177 receiving yards is the 13th highest single game total in school history ... Sherman, who now leads the team in receptions with 23 and receiving yards with 410, had receptions of 74, 41 and 34 yards vs. the Huskies ... He leads the team with a 17.8 yards per reception average and is tied for the team lead with two receiving TDs.
78 - Jon Cochran, OL, 6-6, 315, SR., 4V
Has returned to the starting lineup at right guard for the past two games after not starting in the previous two contests and has started eight of 10 games this season at the position Had made 20 previous starts at tackle and has totaled 28 starts in his career
#83 - Jim Dray, TE, 6-5, 240, SO., 1V
Has become the team's top tight end, starting eight of the nine games at the position and catching 17 passes for 154 yards to rank tied for third and fourth on the club, respectively Caught 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 42 tackles (first among Stanford's defensive linemen) and has started all 10 contests Had a career-high five solo tackles and six total in his most recent game at Washington (11/11/06) Had a sack at Arizona State (10/21/06) and ties for third on the club with 1.5 sacks on the season with the other half coming against Navy (9/16/06) Has 3.5 tackles-for-loss on the season (tied for third on the club), including a career-best 2.0 at Arizona State (10/21/06)
#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 Did not play in Stanford's most recent game at Washington (11/11/06) after having started all 20 contests possible over the last two seasons on the offensive line with 12 starts at center (including the team's first nine games this year) and eight at right guard Was named a First Team Frosh All-American, First Team Freshman All-Pac-10 and honorable mention Freshman All-American in 2005 when he was the team's only offensive lineman to start all 11 contests The team's only lineman to start all 11 contests in 2005
#7 - Toby Gerhart, RB, 6-1, 228, FR., HS
Stanford's second-leading rusher with 304 yards on 88 rushes for a 3.5 yard per carry average but has just 43 yards on 26 carries in his last four contests after picking up 261 on 62 rushes over his first six games Stanford's leading rusher on four occasions this season 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 second-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, S/CB, 6-2, 215, SR., 3V
Has started 31 of the team's last 32 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 split up his nine starts between two positions this season with five of them coming at cornerback and four at safety Started all 22 games the last two seasons at strong safety Has played in 42 of 43 possible games in his career Stanford's active career leader in interceptions (5), while ranking second among current Stanford players in tackles (182) Picked up his fifth career interception at UCLA (9/30/06) Fourth on the team this season with 64 tackles (#16T Pac-10) while his 41 solo stops are tied for third on the club Leads the team with five pass breakups Recorded one of Stanford's seven fumble recoveries this season versus Navy (9/16/06) Has had success against Oregon State, making six tackles to go with a forced fumble and pass breakup in 2005 after recording four tackles with a sack in 2004 and two tackles in 2003
#24 - Trevor Hooper, S, 6-1, 205, SR., 4V
Leads the club with 79 tackles (#6 Pac-10) Has led or co-led Stanford in tackles four times this season (12, at Oregon, 9/2; 13, vs. Arizona, 10/14; 9, vs. USC, 11/4; 7, at Washington, 11/11) Has three double-digit tackle game this season with back-to-back efforts in the first two games of 2006 (12, at Oregon, 9/2; 10 at San Jose State, 9/9) before getting a third when he recorded a career-high 13 tackles (also a career-high eight assisted tackles) against Arizona (10/14/06) Recorded a career-high-tying 2.0 tackles-for-loss and the first solo sack of his career versus USC (11/4/06) Picked up his fourth career interception at UCLA (9/30/06) Stanford's active career tackle leader with 192 Recorded his 100th career solo tackle at Arizona State (10/21/06) and now has 112 Has played in 38 career games with 27 starts, including all 10 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 Has 12 tackles and two pass breakups in three career games versus Oregon State
#95 - Chris Horn, DE, 6-5, 270, SR., 3V
Tied for third on the team in both sacks (1.5) and tackles-for-loss (3.5) Has 20 total tackles to rank third among Stanford's defensive linemen Picked off the first ball of his career and the only by a Stanford defensive lineman in 2006 at Washington (11/11/06) Had a career-high six tackles versus Washington State (9/23/06), including the team's first solo sack of the season and a forced fumble
#26 - Anthony Kimble, RB, 6-1, 200, JR., 2V
Stanford's leading rusher with 347 yards on the ground after leading the club in rushing in five of the last seven games Rushed for a career-best 83 yards on 11 carries at Arizona State (10/21/06) on a day that included a 58-yard run that was the longest of his career and the longest by a Stanford player this season Had 63 yards rushing on a season-high-tying 15 carries at Notre Dame (10/7/06) while also connecting with Kelton Lynn for a 57-yard TD pass (the third-longest Stanford play from the line of scrimmage this season) on a halfback option Caught a career-high-tying four passes for a career-high-tying 48 yards versus Washington State (9/23/06) Has started nine of the team's 10 games at running back Has one of the team's two rushing touchdowns by scoring the first Stanford TD at the new Stanford Stadium on a two-yard run with 11:58 to go in the fourth quarter versus Navy (9/16/06)
#86 - Kelton Lynn, WR, 6-2, 190, JR., 2V
Second on the club with 19 catches and 254 receiving yards despite just one reception for six yards in his last four games Also one of three Stanford players with two touchdowns each (both on receptions) and ranks tied for second on the club with 12 points scored 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 contests 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 second-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)
#44 - Pat Maynor, LB, 6-2, 215, JR., 2V
Leads the team with a pair of quarterback hurries Has 32 tackles, including a career-best nine at San Jose State (9/9/06), and has started seven of 10 games in 2006 Returned to the starting lineup at Washington (11/11/06) after missing the previous two due to injury
#8 - Evan Moore, WR, 6-7, 235, SR., 3V
Third on the club with 179 receiving yards while co-leading the team with two TD receptions despite having played in only six games and making just two starts Third on the club with a 16.3 yard per reception average on 11 catches Returned to action in the season-opener at Oregon (9/2/06) for the first time since missing nearly all of 2005 with a dislocated hip he suffered in the first game of the 2005 season at Navy (9/10/05), catching four balls for 62 yards (all in the first quarter) Had four more catches for 84 yards (three shy of his career-high) and a career-high-tying two TD receptions at San Jose State (9/9/06) Earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 recognition in 2004 when he had 39 catches for 616 yards and six touchdowns Went over the 1000-yard career receiving mark versus USC (11/4/06) and now has 1011 career receiving yards on 61 catches for a 16.6 average with 10 touchdowns Had four catches for 78 yards and a TD in the only game he has played versus Oregon State on November 13, 2004
#55 - Michael Okwo, LB, 6-0, 225, SR., 3V
Second on the team with 77 tackles and has 9.63 tackle per game average that leads the Pac-10 and ranks 15th in the NCAA as he has accumulated his total in just eight contests Also co-leads the club 44 solo stops and ranks tied for 20th nationally with an average of 5.5 per contest Co-leads the team with 2.0 sacks, while ranking second in tackles-for-loss (5.0) and quarterback hurries (1), as well as tied for second in pass breakups (4) and forced fumbles (1) Had a career-high four pass breakups and his second sack of the season in his most recent game at Washington (11/11/06) 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) Recorded the first five double-digit tackles of his career in each of the first five contests he played this season Picked up his first sack of the season at Arizona State (10/21/06) 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 163 career tackles with 15.5 tackles-for-loss, 4.0 sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and two blocked kicks Recorded the 100th solo tackle of his career versus USC (11/4/06) and now has 104 in his career Has 11 career tackles versus Oregon State in his career with eight of them along with 1.5 tackles-for-loss coming in the 2004 contest
#21 - Wopamo Osaisai, CB, 5-11, 200, JR., 2V
Tied for second on the team with four pass breakups, including a career-high three at Notre Dame (10/7/06), while contributing 45 tackles (#49 Pac-10) with 2.0 tackles-for-loss Returned an interception 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 and one of Stanford's only interception returns for a TD in 2006 Had a career-best eight tackles versus WSU (9/23/06) Had a career-high-tying five solo stops at Oregon (9/2/06) and at Washington (11/11/06)
#13 - T.C. Ostrander, QB, 6-3, 215, SR., 3V
Became the team's starting quarterback when Trent Edwards broke his right foot against Arizona (10/14/06) Passed for a season-high 206 yards and a TD on 11-of-20 passing at Washington (11/11/06) when he moved past the 2000 career passing yards mark and also completed his longest pass of the season on a 74-yard TD pass to Richard Sherman Had season-highs in completions (16) and pass attempts (30) versus USC (11/4/06) but did have two passes picked off in a game for the first time in his career Has completed 48-of-102 passes for 589 yards with four interceptions in eight appearances and three starts in 2006 Has appeared in 20 career contests with five starts, completing 143-of-295 passes in his career for 2032 passing yards and six touchdowns with seven interceptions Was 56-of-126 for 914 yards and two TD's in 2004 with four interceptions in six games and two starts Passed for a career-high 247 yards and a career-best two TD's against Oregon State in 2004, completing 17 of a career-high 45 pass attempts with one pick Saw limited action against Oregon State in 2005, completing 2-of-5 passes for 38 yards and rushing five times for three yards
#27 - Jay Ottovegio, P, 6-0, 195, SR., 3V
Earned 2006 Pre-Season 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 punted 184 times in his career for 7481 yards and a 40.7 average Averaging a career-low 39.8 yards per punt in 2006 Punted a season-high eight times against USC (11/4/06) with three of the punts pinning the Trojans back inside their own 20 (also a season-high) and pinned Washington (11/11/06) inside its own 20 two more times in his most recent contest Had his best game of the season versus Arizona (10/14/06) when he punted seven times for a season-best 45.3 yard average Has a pair of season-best-tying 52 yard punts at UCLA (9/30/06) and at Arizona State (10/21/06) Has landed 55 career punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line and had 19 go for 50 or more yards Has averaged 40.8 or more yards per punt in 22 of 32 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 Had never had a punt blocked prior to the season before getting three punts blocked against Washington State (10/23/06), at UCLA (10/30/06) and at Washington (11/11/06) Has had a couple of active punting days versus Oregon State, kicking six times for a 40.0 average in 2004 and seven times for a 40.4 average in 2005
#42 - Will Powers, LB, 6-4, 235, SO., 1V
Had a career-best six tackles versus Arizona (10/14/06) Recorded the second tackle-for-loss of his career versus USC (11/4/06) Started three straight games (at UCLA, 9/30/06; at Notre Dame, 10/7/06; vs. Arizona (10/14/06) and made 12 of his 16 tackles on the season in those starts, while adding his sack and a tackle-for-loss Did not play for the first time this season in Stanford's most recent game at Washington (11/11/06)
#9 - Richard Sherman, WR, 6-3, 185, FR., HS
Leads Stanford in catches (23), receiving yards (410) and yards per catch (17.8), while tying for the club lead in both touchdowns (2) and TD receptions (2) Had a huge game in his most recent contest at Washington (11/11/06), catching a career-high-tying six passes for a career-high 177 yards (the most by a Stanford player this season) including a 74-yard TD pass that is the longest Stanford play from the line of scrimmage in 2006 and the longest of his career Has led or co-led the club in both catches and receiving yards five times in his first 10 collegiate games (at San Jose State, 9/9/06, 6-71-TD; at UCLA, 9/30/06, 4-50; at Arizona State, 10/21/06, 3-38; vs. USC, 11/4/06, 3-58; at Washington, 11/11/06, 6-177-TD) Scored his first collegiate TD at San Jose State (9/9/06)
#14 - Tim Sims, CB, 5-11, 190, SR., 3V
Fifth on the team with 50 tackles, while leading the club with 5.5 tackles-for-loss for a team-best 27 yards lost 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 at Notre Dame (10/7/06) Recorded his first career sack versus Arizona (10/14/06) Had started six straight games before not playing in Stanford's most recent game at Washington (11/11/06) due to injury
#20 - Clinton Snyder, LB, 6-4, 230, SO., 1V
Third on the club with 71 tackles (#8T Pac-10) while leading co-leading the team with 44 solo stops Tied for the Pac-10 lead and paces the squad with three forced fumbles after getting his third in his most recent game at Washington (11/11/06) Has a sack in each of his last two games versus USC (11/4/06) and at Washington (11/11/06) Had his first career pick 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 his first two forced fumbles Picked up 10 tackles both against Washington State (9/23/06) and at Notre Dame (10/7/06)
#2 - Nick Sanchez, CB, 6-0, 190, SR., 3V
Had two of his three pass breakups in 2006 in his most recent game when he made his third start of the season at Washington (11/11/06) Made a season-high six tackles versus Navy (9/16/06) Recorded a season-best four solo tackles at Arizona State (10/21/06) Led Stanford with seven tackles against Oregon State in 2005, adding two pass breakups and a half of a tackle-for-loss
#48 - Mike Silva, LB, 6-2, 230, SR., 4V
Has played in 41 of 43 possible contests over the past four seasons but has come off the bench in six of his last seven games following a previous 10-game starting streak Has posted career totals of 85 tackles, 3.5 tackles-for-loss, 2.0 sacks, a forced fumble and an interception that he returned 26 yards for a TD against Arizona State in 2005 Had a tremendous campaign in 2005 when he was fourth on the club with 57 tackles, while adding 2.5 tackles-for-loss, 1.0 sack and a forced fumble A three-time Academic All-Pac-10 selection Has nine career tackles versus Oregon State, as well as a pass breakup
#79 - Ismail Simpson, OG, 6-4, 305, SR., 4V
Had played in all 42 possible games over the past four seasons with 31 starts before not playing in Stanford's most recent contest at Washington (11/11/06) Started all 22 contests in 2003 and 2004 at left guard, before adding four starts last season and five this year
#67 - Allen Smith, OT, 6-4, 300, JR., 2V
Has started 18 straight contests and played in 21 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
#54 - Ekom Udofia, NT, 6-2, 310, SO., 1V
Leads the team with a pair of fumble recoveries (#6T Pac-10), getting one at Oregon (9/2/06) and one versus Washington State (9/23/06) Had a career-best seven tackles versus Navy (9/16/06) Has 30 tackles to rank second among defensive linemen
#90 - Udeme Udofia, LB, 6-4, 240, SR., 3V
Had contributed 33 tackles, while adding one forced and one recovered fumble as well as one tackle-for-loss (in his most recent game at Washington, 11/11/06) Set career-bests for tackles in three straight games, most recently with nine against Washington State (9/23/06) when he also added a forced fumble and a recovered fumble Had a career-best five solo tackles at Arizona State (10/21/06) Had a promising campaign in 2005 with 36 tackles, including 5.0 tackles-for-loss to rank tied for sixth on the team, and one sack, as well as an interception and a forced fumble
#38 - Austin Yancy, WR, 6-4, 195, FR., HS
Has contributed 15 catches and 153 yards receiving Has started six of the team's last seven 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 31 points Kicked a career-long 37-yard FG at Washington (11/11/06) and also made two field goals for the first time in his career against the Huskies in his most recent game Scored the first Stanford points of 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 seven of his 11 field goal attempts, including six of his last eight, and 10 of his 12 PAT's Converted successful on-side kickoffs in back-to-back games at Arizona State (10/21/06) and versus USC (11/4/04) A walk-on placekicker who had not seen action in a college football game until this season
Four players made their first starts of the 2006 season at Washington last week, including three making their debuts in the starting lineup ... Starting for the first time in their careers were S Bo McNally, OG Preston Clover and LB Peter Griffin ... C Mikal Brewer, who started three games in 2004, made his first start of the '06 campaign.
McNally, a second-year player from Salt Lake City, made his debut in the starting lineup a memorable one ... He recorded his first two career interceptions, including one he returned 49 yards for a touchdown ... McNally redshirted the 2005 season as a true freshman and has played a reserve role in 2006.
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, nine 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 since game two), WR Evan Moore (missed four games), TE Matt Traverso (played sparingly in '06) and OG Josiah Vinson (missed four games due to injury) ... RB Anthony Kimble and C Alex Fletcher have each missed one game due to injury and OG Jon Cochran has not played in two games ... QB Trent Edwards was knocked out of the Arizona game (Oct 14) on the third play from scrimmage and is out for the season..
Senior Evan Moore returned to the lineup at Arizona State on Oct. 21 after missing most of the previous five games ... Moore was injured early in Stanford's game with Navy on Sept. 16, then missed the next five games ... He has played the last three games at ASU, at home vs. USC and at Washington ... Moore had caught eight passes for two touchdowns in the first two games of the season ... For his career, Moore has 61 receptions for 1,011 yards, 10 touchdowns and a 16.6 yards per catch average ... Moore has one more year of eligibility remaining.
Trent Edwards finished his career with his name firmly planted in the Cardinal record book ... Edwards, who played in 35 games and started 31 for Stanford from 2003-06, injured his right foot October 14 vs. Arizona and will not play again for the Cardinal this season ... He had started 18 straight games for Stanford before the injury ... Here's where Edwards finished in the Cardinal record book:
- Career Passing - 7th (5,429)
- Career TD Passes - 7th (36)
- Career Total Offense - 7th (5,628)
- Career Pass Attempts - 6th (865)
- Career Pass Comp. - 6th (487)
- Career Comp. Pct. - 10th (.563)
- Season Comp. Pct. - 10th (.627, 2005)
Five of Stanford's top six receivers, including the top four, did not play for the Cardinal in 2005 ... They include a walk-on, three true freshman and a sophomore (redshirt freshman).
Stanford has three of the top eight tacklers in the Pac-10 ... LB Michael Okwo (9.6) leads the league, S Trevor Hooper is sixth in the Pac-10 in tackles per game (7.9) and LB Clinton Snyder is tied for eighth (7.1)
Stanford is the least penalized team in the Pac-10 ... The Cardinal is number one in the league in fewest penalties (51), fewest penalty yards (358) and fewest penalty yards per game (35.8).
Soph. Bo McNally became the seventh second-year player (redshirt freshman) to start for the Cardinal this seaason ... He started last week's game vs. Washington at safety ... Other second-year players to start in 2006 include LB Clinton Snyder, LB Will Powers, NT Ekom Udofia OT Chris Marinelli, TE Jim Dray and LB Fred Campbell.
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.Notebook
The Cardinal has had six players start at the two inside linebacker positions this season ... The list includes Michael Okwo (7 starts), Pat Maynor (7), Mike Silva (3) and one each by Brian Bulcke, Fred Campbell and Peter Griffin.
The Cardinal did not commit a turnover for the first time all season in last week's game at Washington.
Backing up T.C. Ostrander at quarterback are sophomore Tavita Pritchard and junior Garrett Moore ... Pritchard, who redshirted his true freshman season last year, has played some WR this season, but received his first playing time at quarterback at ASU ... Moore, a walk-on in '04, has not seen any game action.
Stanford's offensive linemen have combined to start 172 games - more than any other group of O-lineman in the nation ... Jeff Edwards leads the way with 33 starts, Ismail Simpson has 31, followed by Josiah Vinson with 29, Jon Cochran with 28, Alex Fletcher with 20 and Allen Smith with 17 ... The Cardinal has had nine different players start on the offensive line this season.
Clinton Snyder, a second-year player from San Diego, California, has proven to be one of the team's top young players in 2006 ... After redshirting last season as a true freshman, Snyder has been one of the Cardinal's starters at outside linebacker ... He is third on the team with 71 tackles and his 7.1 tackles per game ranks him tied for eighth in the Pac-10 ... Snyder, who had seven tackles, a sack and tackle for loss against USC, came back last week at Washington to record one of his best games of the season: six total tackles, including one sack and one tackle for loss, a pass break up and a forced fumble ... He has registered double-digit tackles in three games, including a career-high 11 vs. Navy.