Teevens Set to Make His Stanford Debut Back Home

Sept 3, 2002

Stanford, Calif. - Buddy Teevens keeps assuring his team this weekendis a business trip, not a reunion.

Stanford's new coach will really be under the microscope when he makes hisdebut with the Cardinal on Saturday at Boston College.

Teevens, who replaced Tyrone Willingham when he left for Notre Dame, is fromPembroke, Mass., about 40 minutes from the Boston College campus. Teevens grewup going to BC hockey games, and he paid close attention to the football team,too.

He was even offensive coordinator at Boston University from 1981-84.

'I've had probably 8,000 ticket requests from more relatives than Irealized I had,' Teevens said Tuesday. 'There'll be a lot of people down thatway, and my wife is in charge of them all.'

He has more important things to worry about - like a freshman quarterbackdirecting the offense.

Regular starter Chris Lewis will serve a one-game suspension Saturday for anNCAA rules violation. The school has not provided specifics on the infraction,but said it was minor and that Lewis committed it inadvertently.

Redshirt freshman Kyle Matter will start in his place against the Eagles(1-0), who beat Connecticut 24-16 last week.

'Chris Lewis will not play in the opener, but Kyle Matter has respondedvery effectively,' Teevens said. 'He's a very intelligent guy, very composed.Some would worry about a redshirt freshman coming in but he's the type of guywho can handle it. He's got the support of his team and the confidence of histeammates. He needs to play within himself and execute the offense.'

Lewis, a junior, has played in 16 games, making seven starts. He threw for2,456 yards and 20 touchdowns the past two seasons as the team's No. 2quarterback.

The Cardinal are coming off one of their best seasons in school history inwhich they finished 9-3 and lost to Georgia Tech in the inaugural Seattle Bowl.

And it sure would be fun to win in the coach's hometown, senior running backKerry Carter said. Carter is especially eager to play - he missed the finalfour regular season games of 2001 with a separated shoulder and then returnedfor the bowl game. He had offseason surgery on the shoulder and needs 159 yardsto move onto Stanford's all-time top-10 rushing list.

'He likes us to focus on the game and leave the outside stuff outside,'Carter said. 'We have to go out and win. We have it in our minds that no onecan stop us. We just have to go out and prove it.'

Teevens knows Boston College provides a tough first test.

'Coming from Boston, I've known that they pride themselves on beingphysical, and they are just like they always have been - big, stout,hard-playing tough guys,' he said.

Once the game has ended, Teevens will take some time with all hissupporters.

'It's exciting,' the 45-year-old Teevens said. 'You try to separate thepersonal from the professional. I've not lost my Boston accent, so the guysknow where I'm from. The idea that we're going out to play a very good footballteam, it's our opener, we need to focus on that.'

AP Sports Writer