Cardinal-Spartans Renew South Bay Rivalry on September 15
Sept. 9, 2007
2007 STANFORD FOOTBALL
Game #2 - San Jose State (0-2) at Stanford (0-1)
September 15, Stanford Stadium
Stanford, CA, 7:00 pm, PT, Fox Sports Net Bay Area
Date: September 15, 2007
Kickoff: 7:00 pm
Site: Stanford, CA
TV: Live, Fox Sports Net Bay Area (Ted Robinson, Todd Husak)
Radio: KNBR, 1050 am (Tim Roye, Bob Murphy, Mike McLaughlin)
Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm
Internet: gostanford.com (live audio, gametracker)
The Series: Stanford leads 46-14-1
Last Meeting: San Jose State 35, Stanford 34 (9/9/06 at SJS)
Series Notes: Stanford won four of last five
Last Stanford Win: Stanford 43, SJSU 3 (9/4/04 at Stanford)
Stanford and San Jose State meet for the 62nd time in a series that dates back to 1900 ... Both teams are looking for their first win of the 2007 campaign ... Stanford opened the year with a home loss to nationally-ranked UCLA whle the Spartans have lost their first two games, on the road at Arizona State and Kansas State ... A year ago, the two teams battled to a 35-34 contest at Spartan Stadium in a game that saw SJSU come back from from a 34-14 first half deficit to beat the Cardinal ... Stanford is coming off a bye week after opening season on September 1 with a 45-17 loss to UCLA ... The Cardinal, which opens the season with four straight home games, concludes its with Pac-10 games against Oregon and Arizona State (September 22, 29).
A Tribute to Bill Walsh:
The Stanford-San Jose State game will feature a tribute to the late Bill Walsh, a graduate and former player at San Jose State and an assistant coach, head coach and interim Athletic Director at Stanford ... Some of the festivities throughout the game will include a moment of silence, a video tribute, halftime ceremony with Stanford Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby, San Jose State Athletic Director Tom Bowen and Bill's wife, Gerri, a commemorative game program and poster's provided to the first 10,000 fans ... The Cardinal football team is honoring Walsh's memory throughout the entire 2007 season with a 'BW' decal on all helmets and a 'BW' patch on coaches' shirts ... Walsh, who passed away on July 30, had a long association with both schools ... He received his bachelor's degree at San Jose State in 1955 and his Master's in 1959 ... He was an assistant coach at Stanford in 1963 and '64, head coach in 1977 and '78 and again from 1992-94 ... He rejoined the Athletic Department in 2004 as a Special Assistant to the Athletic Director and served as Interim Athletic Director from January-June, 2006.
Head Coach Jim Harbaugh:
A 15-year NFL veteran and owner of an impressive 29-6 record at the University of San Diego, Jim Harbaugh was named Stanford's head coach shortly after the conclusion of the 2006 season ... Harbaugh spent the last three seasons (2004-06) as the head coach at USD, leading the Toreros to Division I-AA Mid-Major national titles each of the past two campaigns ... His 29-6 (.829) at San Diego included 11-1 campaigns each of the past two years, a school record 18-game win streak and two Pioneer Football League championships ... Harbaugh starred at Palo Alto High School as one of the top prep quarterbacks in the nation, then enjoyed a storied collegiate career at the University of Michigan (1983-86), leading the Wolverines to three bowl games while being named Big Ten Player of the Year in his final season in 1986 ... As a professional, Harbaugh finished his career among the Top 50 all-time in several passing categories and was named AFC Offensive Player of the Year in 1995 ... He played for five teams over 15 seasons (1987-2001) as a quarterback in the National Football League after entering the NFL as a first round draft pick of the Chicago Bears in 1987 ... After seven seasons in Chicago (1987-93), Harbaugh played for the Indianapolis Colts for four years (1994-97) before playing one year with the Baltimore Ravens (1998), two seasons with the San Diego Chargers (1999-2000) and his final campaign with the Carolina Panthers (2001) ... In his brief coaching career, Harbaugh has been a part of one Super Bowl team (Oakland Raiders, 2002) and guided his USD teams to two national championships ... Harbaugh's dad, Jack, was Stanford's defensive coordinator in 1980 and '81.
Stanford's schedule is ranked No. 9 by CNNSI.com among the most difficult schedules in college football in 2007 ... The Cardinal, which begins the season by playing six teams that advanced to bowl games a year ago, will be tested early and often ... The team's opponents combined record a year ago was 99-55 - a winning percentage of .643 that is tops in the nation ... Stanford also plays a national best nine teams that played in bowl games last year ... The Cardinal has four teams on its schedule this season who won at least 10 games in 2006 (USC, California, Notre Dame, TCU) and four who are preseason ranked among the nation's Top 25 (USC, California, UCLA, TCU) ... Stanford plays eight of its 12 games at home, which includes seven against teams that advanced to a bowl game last season.
Stanford-San Jose State Connections:
Not only have the Cardinal and Spartans shared a long and storied history on the football field, but off the field the list of those who have spent time on each campus continues in 2007 ... On the field, three current Spartan assistant coaches have coached for the Cardinal, one of whom is one of Stanford's all-time greats ... Ken Margerum, in his third year at SJSU, is a 1981 Stanford graduate, a two-time All-American, and school record holder for most career receiving touchdowns (30) ... He was No. 1 in receiving yards and No. 2 in receptions when he graduated from the Farm ... Margerum also coached wide receivers for the Cardinal in 2004 ... Veteran offensive line coach Steve Morton held the same position at Stanford from 2002-04 before moving down the road to San Jose ... Jeff Hammerschmidt, the Spartan's linebacker coach, was Stanford's OLB and special teams coach in 2006 ... Off the field, of course, the connections continue ... Walsh earned both his bachelor's (1955) and master's (1959) at San Jose State and was a graduate assistant for the Spartans in 1956 ... John Ralston, Stanford's head coach from 1963-71 and winner of two Rose Bowls, is currently an Assistant Athletic Director at SJSU ... Cardinal broadcaster Bob Murphy is a former Athletic Director at San Jose State ... Two Spartan administrators, Deputy Athletics Director Kellie Elliott (Stanford '85) and Sr. Associate Athletics Director Vince Otoupal (Stanford '93) are both Stanford graduates who later worked in the Cardinal athletic department ... Otoupal played football for the Cardinal from 1989-92.
Third Highest Passing Attempts:
The 59 passes attempted by T.C. Ostrander in Stanford's season opener vs. UCLA is tied for the third highest in school history ... The school record is 68, set in a 1989 game vs. Notre Dame by Steve Smith ... Next is John Elway's 63 attempts in 1982 vs. Ohio State, followed by Steve Stenstrom's 59 vs. Notre Dame in 1994 and now Ostrander's 59 vs. UCLA on September 1.
The 346 passing yards by T.C. Ostrander vs. UCLA was the most by a Stanford quarterback since Chris Lewis threw for 390 yards in the 2001 Big Game (Nov. 17) - a span of 60 games ... As a team, the 346 yards passing by the Cardinal was the most since Nov. 26, 2005 when Stanford passed for 347 yards vs. Notre Dame in the final game of the 'old' Stanford Stadium ... The Cardinal currently leads the Pac-10 and is ranked eighth in the country in passing offense.
Stanford's 398 yards in total offense vs. UCLA was among the highest totals for the Cardinal in the past four-plus seasons ... During this time - a 46-game stretch from 2003-07, Stanford's offense has gained more than 400 yards just seven times ... Last year, the Cardinal's season-high was a 408 yard effort vs. San Jose State ... Stanford's 398 yards vs. UCLA was also the second highest output for the Cardinal offense in the past 20 games.
Ostrander Throws for 346 Yards in Opener:
Fifth-year senior T.C. Ostrander threw for more yards than any quarterback on The Farm since the 2001 season when he accounted for 346 passing yards vs. UCLA ... Ostrander set career highs in yards, passes attempted (59), passes completed (27) ... He has played in 23 games and started eight in his Cardinal career, but 2007 marks his first as the team's No. 1 quarterback and full-time starter ... Ostrander played a backup role to Trent Edwards the past three seasons and received his playing time when Edwards was unable to play due to injury ... Now, it's Ostrander's turn to take the reigns ... He has thrown for 2,707 yards and 10 touchdowns in his career ... He started the final five games of the 2006 season and is one of the team's two captains in 2007.
True Freshman Impact:
Stanford had five true freshman play in the season opener vs. UCLA, including one, FB Owen Marecic, who started ... Marecic, from Tigard, Ore., had one reception for eight yards in his Cardinal debut ... Other true freshman who played against the Bruins were WR Doug Baldwin (one reception for six yards), FS Taylor Skaufel (four tackles), LB Chike Amajoyi and WR Ryan Whalen.
Among the nine assistant coaches on Jim Harbaugh's staff are a mix of former NFL players and coaches, former Stanford players, three coaches who were on Harbaugh's staff at USD and a defensive coordinator who guided one of the top defensive units in college football in 2006 ... Harbaugh's staff is young - average age 34.2 years old - and comes to Stanford from all parts of the country ... Two members of the Cardinal staff are former Stanford players, offensive line coach Chris Dalman (1988-92) and offensive coordinator David Shaw (1991-94) ... Dalman played seven years in the NFL while Shaw's resume includes nine seasons coaching in the NFL ... DB coach Clayton White played in the NFL; Lance Anderson, Tim Drevno and Shaw were on Harbaugh's staff at USD last season while Scott Shafer was running a defense at Western Michigan that ranked 11th in the country.
Fifth-year seniors T.C. Ostrander and Chris Horn have been selected by their teammates as 2007 team captains ... Ostrander, who started the final five games last season, was also chosen team captain following the 2006 campaign ... Horn, from Dayton, Wyoming, had been a First Team Academic All-Pac-10 selection the past two seasons ... He started all 12 games last year at defensive end and is expected to start at nose tackle this season.
Stanford once again led the conference with 14 players selected to last year's Academic All-Pac-10 Team ... Eleven of those players are on this year's roster ... The list includes First-Team selections Anthony Kimble, Kelton Lynn, Chris Horn and Tom McAndrew; Second-Team picks Michael Miller, Evan Moore, Gustav Rydstedt, Clinton Snyder and Aaron Zagory; and honorable mention selections Chris Marinelli and Will Powers ... Stanford led the league in 2005 with 15 Academic All-Pac-10 members.
Smith, Fletcher Anchor Offensive Line:
The Cardinal's offensive line will be anchored by juniors Allen Smith and Alex Fletcher, who have each started 21 games in their careers, six-year senior Tim Mattran, fifth-year senior Mikal Brewer and sophomore Chris Marinelli ... All five have starting experience ... Mattran and Brewer have each started seven games in their careers while Marinelli has started six ... Mattran has been selected to the 2007 Rimington Watch List for the award given annually to college football's top center.
Marrero Now a Spartan:
David Marrero was a three-year letter-winner at Stanford from 2003-05 as a reserve running back/wide receiver and return specialist ... After sitting out the 2006 season, and with one more year of eligibility remaining, Marrerro transferred to San Jose State, where he is currently a wide receiver ... Marrerro majored in Science, Technology and Society at Stanford.
Player Notes - Offense
Mark Bradford, Sr., WR
Has returned to the starting lineup after being injured in game two in 2006 and missing rest of season due to foot injury Has a chance to be among Stanford's all-time Top 10 in receptions, receiving yards and receiving TDs Career Stats: 121 catches, 1810 yards, 15.0 avg, 11 TD, 76 LG Last Game vs. UCLA: Receiving (3-21-0)
Mikal Brewer, Sr., LG
Starting at left guard and has started seven games in his career at C (5) and OG (2) Three-year letterwinner
Jim Dray, So., TE
Has started team's last 12 games at TE Named to The Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman Team Career Stats: 23 catches, 250 yards, 10.9 avg, 2 TD, 46 LG Last Game vs. UCLA: Receiving (4-72-1) ... career-high receiving yards, tied career-high receptions and receiving TD
Alex Fletcher, Jr., RG
In his third season in the starting lineup and has started 21 games at Stanford, including his first 20 possible in 2005 and '06 before missing final three in '06 due to injury Started at RG in '05 and C in '06 and is back at RG in '07
Toby Gerhart, So., RB
Expected to share time at RB with Anthony Kimble Starting left fielder for Stanford's baseball team and a top major league prospect Rushed for 375 yards on 106 carries as a true freshman in 2006 Last Game vs. UCLA: Did not play due to injury
Anthony Kimble, Jr., RB
Has started 18 games at RB in his career Career Stats: Rushing (194-783-4.0-4) ... Receiving (33-301-2) Changed his number from 26 to 5 in 2007 Last Game vs. UCLA: Rush (14-69-0), Receiving (3-2-0), Kickoff Returns (8-150-0) ... career-highs in kickoff returns and kickoff return yards Ranks first in the Pac-10 and seventh in the nation inn all-purpose yards at 221.0 per game.
Owen Marecic, Fr., FB
True freshman opened the season as starting fullback after expected starter Emeka Nnoli was lost for the season due to injury Oregon prep Defensive Player of the Year in 2006 as a LB at Jesuit HS Last Game vs. UCLA: Receiving (1-8-0)
Chris Marinelli, So., RT
Started the first game at right tackle and has now started six games in his career after starting five in 2006 as a redshirt freshman and being named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team Shoulder injury kept him out of spring ball Youngest member of Stanford's starting five on OL
Tim Mattran, Sr., C
Received a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA Former walk-on in 2002; moved into the starting lineup in 2005 Missed all of 2006 season due to high ankle sprain On the Rimington Watch List as nation's top center
Evan Moore, Sr., WR
Fifth-year senior who missed 13 games in 2005 and '06 due to injury Career Stats: 70 catches, 1161 yards, 16.6 avg., 11 TDs Last Game vs. UCLA: Receiving (6-87) ... career-high receptions, tied career-high receiving yards opener versus UCLA
T.C. Ostrander, Sr., QB
Fifth-year senior in his first season as full-time starter Voted by his teammates as team captain (along with Chris Horn) for 2007 season Born at the Stanford Medical Center; father, Clint, graduated from Stanford and was a member of the track and field team Career Stats: Passing (194-410, 2707 yards, 47.6%, 10 TD, 8 INT) ... five 200-yard games, one 300-yard game Backup to Trent Edwards past three seasons Has started the team's last six games Last Game vs. UCLA: Passing (27-59-346-2-0) ... career-highs in completions, attempts and passing yards ... tied career-high in TD passes, including a 70-yard scoring strike to Richard Sherman ... first Stanford QB to throw for 300-plus yards since Trent Edwards versus Arizona State (10/22/05) Ranks third in the Pac-10 and 17th nationally in total offense at 303 yards per game.
Richard Sherman, So., WR
First-Team Pac-10 All Freshman Team in 2006 Has averaged 101.2 yards in last five contests Team leader in '06 in receptions (38) and receiving yards (681) Career Stats: 38 catches, 681 yards, 17.9 avg., 4 TDs ... two 100-yard receiving gamesLast Game vs. UCLA: Receiving (4-100, TD) ... 70-yard TD reception from T.C. Ostrander Leads the Pac-10 and is tied for 20th nationally in receiving yards per game (100.0).
Allen Smith, Jr., LT
Has started the past 21 games, including the last 20 at left tackle Started all 12 games at left tackle in '06 Has All-Conference potential
Player Notes - Defense
Fred Campbell, So., MLB
Has previously played both inside and outside linebacker but is starting at middle linebacker in 2007 Played in nine games last year (one start) but was limited at times due to injury Last Game vs. UCLA: Career-high six tackles and a pass breakup in his debut as starter at MLB
Pannel Egboh, Jr., DE
Has started 13 straight games at DE last season Led all DL on team with 45 tackles and 5.5 TFL in 2006 Will share time with Udeme Udofia at one DE spot Career Stats: 65 tackles, 8.0 TFL (-21 yards), 2.5 sacks (-10 yards) Last Game vs. UCLA: Five tackles
Levirt Griffin, So., DL
Expected to see action at both defensive tackle and defensive end Played in all 12 games in 2006 during his true freshman season as a reserve defensive lineman Last Game vs. UCLA: Career-high four tackles and 1.5 TFL (-1 yard) ... 1.5 TFL equaled team game-high
Chris Horn, Sr., NT
Defensive team captain for 2007 Has played both DE and DT during his career, but is expected to start at NT this season Two-time First Team Pac-10 All-Academic Career Stats: 45 tackles, 10.0 TFL (-36 yards), 4.5 sacks (-25 yards), 1 FF, 1 INT Last Game vs. UCLA: Three tackles, 1.0 TFL (-1 yard)
Erik Lorig, So., DE
Converted tight end who started opener at a defensive end spot Last Game vs. UCLA: Two tackles, 1.5 TFL (-3 yards) in defensive debut
Pat Maynor, Jr., WLB
Started opener at weakside linebacker Started nine of games in 2006 at both outside and middle linebacker when he had 44 tackles and three TFL Career Stats: 57 tackles, 4.0 TFL (-5 yards) Last Game vs. UCLA: Career-high 10 tackles Last Game vs. UCLA: Career-high 10 tackles (second on club) and tied career-high 1.0 TFL (-2 yards)
Bo McNally, So., FS
Has moved into the team's starting free safety role in 2007 after playing in all 12 games with one start in 2006 Had two INTs in Stanford's lone win a year ago at Washington, returning one 49 yards for a TD Career Stats: 36 tackles, 0.5 TFL (-5 yards), 0.5 sacks (-5 yards), 1 FR, 2 INT (1 TD) Last Game vs. UCLA: Career and game-high 15 tackles. He leads the Pac-10 and is tied for fourth in the country with his 15 tackles per game average.
Wopamo Osaisai, Jr., CB
Part of a three cornerback rotation with Nick Sanchez and Tim Sims First Team All-Pac-10 in 2006 as a specialist when he started six games and played in all 12 Had a 72-yard INT return for touchdown versus Arizona in 2006, the 4th longest in school history School record holder in 100m at 10.39 Career Stats: 67 tackles, 2.5 TFL (-5 yards), 1 INT (TD) Last Game vs. UCLA: Career-high-tying eight tackles, 0.5 TFL (-1 yard)
Nick Sanchez, Sr., CB
Stanford's most experienced defensive back Has started season-opener three straight seasons Started 17 games at CB the past three years Career Stats: 103 tackles (team's active career leader), 5.0 TFL (-10 yards), 12 PBU, 2 FF, 2 FR, 3 INT Last Game vs. UCLA: Three tackles
Tim Sims, Sr., CB
Started season-opener versus UCLA despite injuries during spring and fall camps that limited practice time Started seven games in 2006 when he led all CBs with 54 tackles and tied for the team lead with 5.5 tackles for loss (team-best -27 yards) Career Stats: 60 tackles, 5.5 TFL (-27 yards), 1.0 sacks (-15 yards), 5 PBU, 1 FR Last Game vs. UCLA: Two tackles
Taylor Skaufel, Fr., FS
One of five true freshmen to play in the team's opener versus UCLA and saw significant playing time Last Game vs. UCLA: Four tackles in collegiate debut
Clinton Snyder, So., SLB
Has started 12 straight games Third on the team with 83 total tackles (#10 Pac-10) Three forced fumbles in 2006 was 4th in Pac-10 First Team All-Freshman and Second Team Pac-10 All-Academic in 2006 Career Stats: 87 tackles, 5.5 TFL (-31 yards), 3.0 sacks (-27 yards), 1 INT, 3 PBU, 3 FF Last Game vs. UCLA: Four tackles and career-high-tying 2.0 TFL (-11 yards), including the team's only sack (-10 yards) He is tied for 10th nationally in both tackles for loss (2.0 per game) and sacks (1.0 per game). Those numbers rank him secod and third in the Pac-10, respectively
Ekom Udofia, So., DT
Has started 13 straight games Named Third Team Freshman All-American and First Team Freshman All-Pac-10 in 2006 Career Stats: 45 tackles, 2.0 TFL (-9 yards), 1.0 sack (-7 yards), 2 FR Last Game vs. UCLA: Two tackles, 0.5 TFL (-1 yard)
Udeme Udofia, Sr., DE
Started nine of 12 games in 2006 at OLB Has moved to DE where he is expected to share time with Pannel Egboh Has played in 31 career games and started 20 Career Stats: 77 tackles, 6.0 TFL (-23 yards), 1.0 sack (-10 yards), 2 FF, 1 FR, 3 blocked kicks Last Game vs. UCLA: Did not play due to injury
Austin Yancy, So., SS
Has become the team's starting strong safety after converting from WR, where he started six games and had 16 catches for 168 yards in 2006 Last Game vs. UCLA: Three tackles and broke up a pair of passes in defensive debut
Player Notes - Specialists
Derek Belch, Sr., PK
Has won the starting job kicking field goals and extra points in addition to the kickoff position he held in 2006 Last Game vs. UCLA: Connected on his first career field goal from 37 yards out with 5:46 remaining in the second quarter before missing a 47-yard attempt with 2:22 to go in the third ... Made his first two career PAT
Chris Hobbs, So., Punt Returner
Has been Stanford's primary punt returner for most of the past two seasons Career Stats: 17 punt returns, 96 yards, 5.6 avg, 20 LG Last Game vs. UCLA: Career-high-tying four punt returns, 23 yards, 9 LG
Jay Ottovegio, Sr., P
Fourth consecutive season as starting punter Has a chance to become school's all-time leading punter Has averaged 40.0 or more yards in 24 of his 35 career games Career Stats: 204 punts, 8297 yards, 40.7 avg., 59 LG, has had two punts blocked Last Game vs. UCLA: Career-highs 10 punts and 429 punting yards (42.9 avg), 58 LG, 4 Inside-20