2009 Stanford Football Team Preview

Aug. 25, 2009

 

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    2009 Pac-10 Football Preview Series

    STAN

    TEAM QUICK FACTS
    2008 Overall Record: 5-7
    2008 Pac-10 record/Finish: 4-5/T6th

    Starters Returning/Lost: 17/7
    Offensive Starters Returning/Lost: 8/3
    Defensive Starters Returning/Lost: 8/3
    Starting Kickers Returning/Lost: 1/1

    First Year of Football: 1891
    All-Time Record: 645-447-52
    All-Time Pac-10 Record: 293-294-26
    All-Time Bowl Record/Appearances: 9-10-1
    Last Bowl Appearance: 2001 (lost to Georgia Tech in Seattle Bowl)

    harbaughHEAD COACH JIM HARBAUGH
    (Michigan 1986)
    Third Year at Stanford

    Record at Stanford: 9-15 (.375)
    Overall Career Record: 38-21 (.644, 5 years)

    Coaching Experience
    Entering his third season at Stanford ... spent three seasons at San Diego prior to arriving in Palo Alto, leading the team to back-to-back league titles in 2005 and 2006 ... spent two seasons as the quarterbacks coach with the Oakland Raiders.

    A QUICK LOOK AT THE CARDINAL
    OFFENSE:
    Stanford will look to make continued improvement in year three of the Jim Harbaugh regime on The Farm, with the next step being a trip to a bowl game. Eight starters return to the Cardinal offensive unit led by talented RB Toby Gerhart. Stanford finished second in the Pac-10 in rushing last year at just a tick under 200 yards per games (199.6) with Gerhart leading the way. He earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors after rushing for a school-record 1,136 yards and 15 TDs. Three starters return along the offensive line, led by OT Chris Marinelli and OG Andrew Phillips. The Cardinal is looking to build depth at the wide receiver position and will count on sophomore Chris Owusu to take on a larger role.

    DEFENSE: Stanford returns eight starters on defense, but must replace a handfull of key players. The strength of the defensive unit should be up front with a deep group of talented linemen returning, including DEs Erik Lorig and Tom Keiser and DTs Sione Fua, Brian Bulcke and Ekom Udofia. Veteran OLB Clinton Snyder is the leader at linebacker.

    THE SCHEDULE: The Cardinal have seven home games, but must open the season with two on the road. The payoff comes at the end of the year when Stanford closes with four-of-five at home. However, Oregon, USC, California and Notre Dame are included in that stretch. Non-conference highlights include a long road trip to Wake Forest and a season-ending home game vs. Notre Dame.

     

    Gerhart

    FIVE CARDINAL TO WATCH

    8Toby Gerhart (Pictured)
    SR • RB • 6-1 • 237

    83 • Chris Marinelli
    SR • OT • 6-7 • 298

    6 • Erik Long
    SR • DE • 6-4 • 265

    9 • Bo McNally
    SR • FS • 6-0 • 210

    39 • Tom Keiser
    SO • DE • 6-5 • 253

     
    2009 SCHEDULE
     
     
    (7 home, 5 away)
     
    Sept. 5 at Washington State STAN leads, 33-25-1
    Sept. 12 at Wake Forest First meeting
    Sept. 19 San Jose State STAN leads, 48-14-1
    Sept. 26 Washington WASH leads, 40-35-2
    Oct. 3 UCLA UCLA leads, 44-31-3
    Oct. 10 at Oregon State STAN leads, 48-24-3
    Oct. 17 at Arizona ARIZ leads, 13-11
    Oct. 24 Arizona State ASU leads, 16-9
    Nov. 7 Oregon STAN leads, 43-28-1
    Nov. 14 at USC USC leads, 59-25-3
    Nov. 21 California STAN leads, 55-45-11
    Nov. 28 Notre Dame ND leads, 17-6
         
     
    2008 RESULTS
     
    (5-7, 4-5 Pac-10/T6th)
    W, 36-28 Oregon State
    L, 17-41 at Arizona State
    L, 14-31 at TCU
    W, 23-10 San Jose State
    W, 35-28 at Washington
    L, 21-28 at Notre Dame
    W, 24-23 Arizona
    L, 20-23 at UCLA
    W, 58-0 Washington State
    L, 28-35 at Oregon
    L, 23-45 USC
    L, 16-37 at California
       
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