Stanford And Cal To Battle For The Axe In 105th Big Game
Nov. 17, 2002
The Cardinal: Stanford (2-8, 1-6) and Cal (6-5,3-4) meet on Saturday in Berkeley's Memorial Stadium in the 105th renewal of theBig Game, one of the great rivalries in college football ... The series, whichbegan in 1892, is tied for the 10th longest in NCAA Division I college football... Stanford has won a series-record seven straight Big Games and has not lostto Cal since a 24-23 defeat in 1994 ... The Cardinal leads the series 54-39-11and has won 11 of the last 13 games since 1989 ... Both teams are coming offlosses last Saturday ... The Cardinal lost at home to Oregon State 31-21 whilethe Bears were beaten at home by Arizona 52-41.
Big Game Week Schedule
- Nov. 18 Press Conference Perry's Restaurant 11:00 am
- Nov. 18 Bear-ial White Plaza 12:00 pm
- Nov. 19 Big Game Countdown White Plaza 3:00 am
- Nov. 20 Guardsman Luncheon Fairmont Hotel-SF 11:30 am
- Nov. 20 Gaities Memorial Auditorium 7:30 pm
- Nov. 21 Bond Club Luncheon Fairmont Hotel-SF 11:30 am
- Nov. 21 Big Game Rally Arrillaga Plaza 7:00 pm
- Nov. 21 Gaities Memorial Auditorium 8:30 pm
- Nov. 22 Council of Chiefs Sheraton Palo Alto 7:00 am
- Nov. 22 Big Game Luncheon Fairmont Hotel-San Jose 11:30 am
- Nov. 22 Women's Volleyball Haas Pavilion 7:00 pm
- Nov. 22 Gaities Memorial Auditorium 7:30 pm
- Nov. 23 Big Splash - Water Polo Spieker Aquatics Center 10:30 am
The Big Game: The Cardinal and Golden Bears have met 104 times on the gridiron,with Stanford holding a 54-39-11 advantage ... The Cardinal has won the last sevenmeetings with Cal and 11 of the last 13 from 1989-01... Stanford has also wonthe last three games in Memorial Stadium (1996, `98, `00) and five ofthe last six... The Big Game is tied for the 10th longest rivalry in collegefootball ... Stanford and Cal have met every year since 1892 with the exceptionof 1915-18 and 1943-45 ... Since 1961, Stanford leads the series 29-11-1 ...Only 148 points separates the two teams in the previous 104 meetings.
Big Game Streak: Stanford set a Big Game record last year by beating the Bearsfor the seventh consecutive season ... It broke the Cardinal's previous BigGame record of six consecutive wins, which was established from 1961-66 ...Only one time in Big Game history has a team gone eight years without a win ...Cal went 6-0-2 against Stanford from 1947-54 ... Cal's longest winningstreak in The Big Game is five from 1919-23 ... The Cardinal has not lost toCal since a 24-23 defeat in Berkeley in 1994.
First Year Coaches: For only the second time in Big Game history - and first since1972 - the game will feature first-year head coaches at both Stanford and Cal... Buddy Teevens was named to replace Tyrone Willingham at Stanford on January9, 2002 while Jeff Tedford replaced Tom Holmoe at Cal on December 12, 2001 ...In 1972, first year head coaches Jack Christiansen of Stanford and Mike Whiteof Cal squared off in one of the most memorable Big Games in history ... Calwon the game 24-21 on the final play - an eight-yard TD pass from QB Vince Ferragamoto Steve Sweeny.
Close Calls: The Stanford-California rivalry has proven to be one of the mostexciting in college football since it began in 1892 ... Of the 104 games, an amazing50 have been decided by seven points or less, with Stanford holding a 23-16-11advantage in those games ... Even more impressive, 29 Big Games have been decidedby three points less, with Stanford enjoying a 10-8-11 edge ... The Big Gamehas also produced an NCAA-best five 'cliffhangers,' which are gamesdecided on the final play (1972, 1974, 1982, 1990, 2000).
A Year Ago: The Cardinal established a Big Game record by winning for the seventh consecutive season ... Stanford's 35-28 win at Stanford Stadium gave the Cardinal a 7-2 overall record and a final record of 6-2 in Pac-10 play ... Stanford set a Big Game record with 568 yards of total offense, which included 178 on the ground and 390 through the air ... QB Chris Lewis completed 20-of-38 passes for 390 yards and four touchdowns ... Luke Powell had five receptions for 152 yards and two touchdowns, including a 79-yarder in the third quarter that put the Cardinal on top 28-20 ... Stanford extended its lead to 35-20 early in the fourth quarter on a Lewis to Teyo Johnson 31-yard TD pass ... Cal closed the gap to a touchdown at 35-28 with 13:01 to play, but could not muster a first down on their final four possessions as the Cardinal defense stiffened to preserve the win.
The Final Play: Five Big Games have been decided on the game's final play: 1972 - Vince Ferragamo-Steve Sweeney TD pass for 24-21 Cal win; 1974 - Mike Langford 50-yard field goal for 22-20 Stanford win; 1982 - 'The Play' gives Cal 25-20 win; 1990 - John Hopkins' 37-yard field goal for 27-25 Cardinal win; 2000 - Randy Fasani-Casey Moore touchdown pass in overtime gives Stanford 36-30 victory.
Sibling Rivalry: Fifth-year senior Chijioke Asomugha of Stanford is the olderbrother of Cal fourth-year senior Nnamdi Asomugha ... This year marks the fourthstraight season that both will be on the field for The Big Game ... Chijiokeis a special teams player and reserve cornerback for the Cardinal while Nnamdiis the Bear's starting cornerback.
Big Game Rivalry: The Big Game is tied for the 10th longest rivalry in NCAA Division 1-A college football history ... This year's 105th meeting puts the Big Game tied with Purdue-Indiana for 10th on the all-time list ... The top-10 list of longest rivalries in college football is listed below:
- No. - Teams - Began
- 112 Minnesota-Wisconsin 1890
- 111 Missouri-Kansas 1891
- 109 Nebraksa-Kansas 1892
- 109 Texas-Texas A&M 1894
- 108 Baylor-TCU 1899
- 107 North Carolina-Virginia 1892
- 107 Miami (Ohio)-Cincinnati 1888
- 106 Auburn-Georgia 1892
- 106 Oregon-Oregon State 1894
- 105 Stanford-California 1892
- 105 Purdue-Indiana 1891
The Head Coach: Forty-five year old Eugene Francis 'Buddy' Teevens III took over the helm of the Cardinal football program on January 9, 2002 after a 23-year coaching career, including 12 seasons as a collegiate head coach ... Teevens spent the last three seasons at Florida under Steve Spurrier as the Assistant Offensive Coordinator and tight ends coach ... He has previously held head coaching positions at the University of Maine (1985-86), Dartmouth College - his alma mater (1987-91) and Tulane (1992-96) ... Teevens was the offensive coordinator at the University of Illinois in 1997-98 before moving on to Florida in 1999 ... He is a 1979 graduate of Dartmouth ... Teevens has also had assistant coaching stints at Depauw University (1979-80) and Boston University (1981-84) ... While at Florida, Teevens was part of one of the most successful programs in college football ... During his three seasons (1999-2001) in Gainesville, the Gators went 29-9, played in three bowl games and finished ranked among the top 12 in the nation each season.
The (Redshirt) Freshman Class: Seven freshmen - five redshirt freshmen and two true freshmen - have become integral parts of the young Cardinal defense ... Three of the redshirt freshmen and one true freshman have started this season while the other true freshman has made an immediate impact ... Redshirt freshmen OLB's Jon Alston and Michael Craven and NT Babatunde Oshinowo have all spent time in the starting lineup this season while true freshman Julian Jenkins made his starting debut at UCLA on Oct. 26 ... Craven started the first four games at OLB while Alston has started the next four... Oshinowo, who had two sacks vs. Arizona on Oct. 19, started game four at Notre Dame ... Redshirt freshmen Casey Carroll and Michael Lovelady have been key reserves on the Cardinal's defensive line ... True freshmen CB T.J. Rushing is Stanford's No. 3 cornerback and has been a key member of the Cardinal's secondary in 2002.
Chris Lewis: Junior Chris Lewis did not play for the fourth consecutive game last Saturday vs. Oregon State ... Lewis suffered a bruised shoulder in Stanford's Oct. 19 game with Arizona ... He has missed five games this season (Boston College, UCLA, Oregon, USC, Oregon State) and been limited in several others due to injury ... Lewis moved into the school's all-time top-10 list for career touchdown passes when he threw the 25th TD pass of his career vs. Arizona on Oct. 19 ... He is currently tied for ninth in the Cardinal record book with Randy Fasani (1998-01) and Mike Cordova (1973-76) ... Next up is Stanford great Bobby Garrett (1951-53), who threw 28 TD passes in his All-American career ... Lewis connected with tight end Alex Smith on a 12-yard scoring play in the first quarter against the Wildcats for the game's only touchdown ... Lewis has played in 21 games in his Cardinal career and started 12 ... He has thrown for 3,168 yards in his career, and is 569 yards away from Stanford's all-time top 10 ... Lewis was the Cardinal's backup quarterback the past two seasons ... He started seven games in 2000 and 2001 (because of injuries to starter Randy Fasani) and threw for 2,456 yards and 20 touchdowns while completing 182-of-367 ... Lewis also had his time in the spotlight during the '00 and '01 campaigns ... He threw last-second, game-winning touchdowns in 2000 vs. Texas and USC, and a year ago, he went 3-1 as a starter while leading Stanford to wins over No. 4 Oregon and No. 5 UCLA on consecutive weeks ... It was Lewis' play during a five-game stretch last season when Fasani went down with an injury that helped the Cardinal finish 9-3 and ranked 16th in the country.
Kyle Matter: Redshirt freshman quarterback Kyle Matter (Newhall, CA/Hart High School) started his fourth straight game and fifth of the season last Saturday against Oregon State ... Matter also started the season opener at Boston College ... He has seen significant playing time in 2002, not only as a starter but coming off the bench as well ... He has played in nine of Stanford's 10 games (did not play against Notre Dame) ... He has completed 100-of-184 (.543) passes for 1,026 yards and seven touchdowns in 2002 ... Last week against Oregon State, Matter threw for 177 yards and two touchdowns ... A week earlier against USC, he set career highs for pass completions (23), pass attempts (35) and touchdown passes (two) ... He opened the game by completing his first 15 passes, two shy of the Pac-10 record ... Against Arizona (Oct. 19), Matter completed 7-of-10 for 71 yards in a relief role ... He lead the Cardinal on two long drives - a 13-play, 64-yard drive that took 5:56 off the clock and a 19-play, 83-yard drive that consumed 9:06 in the fourth quarter ... He completed 7-of-14 for 56 yards the week before against Washington State (Oct. 12) ... Against Arizona State (Sept. 28), Matter completed 7-of-14 for 86 yards and one TD - a six-yard pass to Teyo Johnson ... He came off the bench vs. San Jose State and completed 7-of-8 passes for 123 yards and one touchdown while rushing three times for 31 yards and another touchdown ... He led the Cardinal to five touchdown drives against the Spartans, including a 12-yard TD run and a four-yard scoring pass to Johnson ... He made his collegiate debut September 7 in the season opener at Boston College ... Matter was effective in completing 17-of-27 for 244 yards and one touchdown ... He also scored a touchdown on a 10-yard run ... He had pass completions of 42-yards to Luke Powell in the first quarter and 80-yards to Johnson in the second quarter ...Matter redshirted the 2001 campaign as a true freshman ... He came to Stanford as one of the most highly recruited preps in the nation following the 2000 season ... He was a consensus Prep All-American after completing 287-of-439 for 3,754 yards and 33 touchdowns in his senior season ... SuperPrep Magazine rated him as the fifth best QB prospect in the nation and No. 30 on its list of the country's Elite 50 recruits ... Matter led Hart High School to a 26-2 record as the team's starting quarterback in 1999 and 2000.
Top Tacklers: Seven of Stanford's top nine tacklers and 15 of the team's top 19 are either freshman or sophomores ... Of the top nine on this week's list, there is one senior (Colin Branch) and one junior (Jack Covault) along with five sophomores and two redshirt freshman ... Branch is tied for the team lead in tackles (65) with sophomore Oshiomogho Atogwe ... Junior MLB Jake Covault is third with 50 tackles, followed by sophomores David Bergeron, Jared Newberry, Leigh Torrence and Stanley Wilson and redshirt freshman Jon Alston and Michael Craven.
Tolon's Time: Redshirt sophomore running back Kenneth Tolon is second on the team with 351 yards rushing and is tops on the team with four rushing touchdowns ... His 5.4 yards per carry is also second on the team to Casey Moore's 6.4 average ... Tolon was forced to sit out last wek's game with Oregon State due to a sprained ankle ... Tolon, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been impressive when given the ball ... A year ago, when injuries to the Cardinal backfield provided Tolon with an opportunity to play, he was indeed impressive as he rushed for 346 yards and three touchdowns on 54 carries (6.4 ypc) ... In his brief career, Tolon has gained 698 yards and scored six touchdowns on 116 carries while sporting an impressive 6.0 yards per carry average ... After not playing in the season opener at Boston College, Tolon rushed for 47 yards and scored two TDs on just four carries in game two vs. San Jose State ... The next week at Arizona State, he carried the ball 12 times for 74 yards ...Against Washington State, he gained 89 yards and scored one TD on 14 carries ... He had 44 yards on just nine carries last week at UCLA ... Tolon came to Stanford as a First-Team All-State running back from Valley HS.
Two-Sport Teyo: Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Teyo Johnson has earned the reputation as one of the top two sport athletes in the nation ... A power forward on Stanford's nationally-ranked basketball team the past two years, Johnson is in his second season as a receiver after coming to Stanford as one of the most highly-touted prep quarterbacks in the nation from Mira Mesa High School in the San Diego area ... Johnson was a redshirt freshman QB at Stanford in 2000, but was moved to wide receiver for the 2001 season ... At 6-foot-7 and 240 pounds, the very athletic Johnson has proven to be a difficult matchup for opposing defenses ... He wound up catching 38 balls for 565 yards (14.9 ypc) and seven touchdowns in 2001 and was named the Pac-10's Co-Freshman of the Year ... He was on the Biletnikoff Award 'Watch List' for the 2002 season ... He began the 2002 campaign by catching four balls for 117 yards and one TD in the season opener at Boston College ... He scored the team's first TD of the year on a seven-yard pass from Kyle Matter ... Earlier in the drive, Matter and Johnson hooked up on an 80-yard pass play, the longest reception of Johnson's career ... Against San Jose State, Johnson caught seven passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns ... He caught a pair of four-yard TD passes, the first from Chris Lewis in the second quarter and the second from Kyle Matter in the fourth quarter ... Johnson caught five passes, including one for a touchdown, at Arizona State on Sept. 28 ... He scored Stanford's only touchdown at Notre Dame on Oct. 5, catching a 14-yard pass from Lewis ... Johnson has caught touchdown passes in seven of the last 11 games (including six of 10 in 2002 and the 2001 Seattle Bowl) and 13 of the 22 games in which he has played ... In his last 17 regular season games, Johnson has caught 65 passes for 844 yards (13.0 ypc) and 12 touchdowns ... He has caught seven of Stanford's 13 receiving touchdowns this season ... In basketball, Johnson started 11 games for Stanford last year after the football season concluded in late December ... He is a potential starter for the Cardinal in 2002-03 ... He will join the basketball team shortly after the football season ends on Nov. 23.
More Moore: Fifth-year senior fullback Casey Moore began the season by rushing for 255 yards on 39 carries (6.6 ypc) through the first four games of the year ... But a foot injury has limited Moore over the last six games, during which time he has carried just 13 times for 79 yards ... He carried the ball just three times in last week's game, although he had three receptions, including a 31-yard TD catch ... Against Oregon on Nov. 2, he carried the ball four times for 62 yards, including a 43-yarder ... Moore, who started his 43rd consecutive game against Oregon State on Saturday, has rushed for a 334 yards on 52 carries ... His 6.4 yards per carry average is among the best in the nation for a fullback ... Against Arizona State on September 28, Moore tied his career best by rushing for 116 yards on 11 carries for the second 100-yard rushing day of his career ... He also gained 116 yards in the 1999 Big Game vs. California ... Moore scored Stanford's first two touchdowns against ASU, the first on a two-yard reception from Chris Lewis and the second on a 68-yard run ... He carried the ball nine times for 65 yards against San Jose State after opening the season with a 10-carry, 58-yard effort at Boston College ... Throughout his career, Moore has been productive when given the ball ... He has gained 947 yards (on 156 carries) and scored 11 touchdowns on the ground in his career and his average of 6.1 yards per carry is the best in school history for a fullback ... He has also caught 44 passes for five TDs ... In the 1999 Big Game vs. California, Moore scored on a 94-yard touchdown run, the second longest in school history ... He has also scored on runs of 68 yards (2002 vs. ASU) and 49 yards (1999 vs. Arizona) ... At 6-foot-2, 250 pounds, Moore is effective as an inside runner, receiver and blocker.
Moore Among Top Cardinal FB's: Put Casey Moore in the list of the best fullbacks in Cardinal history ... Moore, who has started 43 consecutive games for Stanford, has rushed for 947 yards, caught 44 passes and scored 16 touchdowns in his career ... Some of the great Cardinal fullbacks of recent history include two who are currently playing in the NFL: Jon Ritchie for the Oakland Raiders and Greg Comella for the Tennessee Titans ... Both Ritchie and Comella played their final season at Stanford in 1997 ... Ritchie was a third round draft pick (by the Raiders) while Comella was a free agent who played for the New York Giants from 1998-2001 ... Tommy Vardell is the only fullback in school history to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft (Cleveland Browns).
Moore's Big Plays: Casey Moore has spent the past four years quietly starting 43 straight games at fullback and making big plays ... His career average of 6.1 yards per rush is testimony to his big play performance ... He has scored 16 touchdowns in his career, including TD runs from 94-, 68- and 49- yards out ... Moore has accounted for 16 plays of 18 yards or more in his career.
Moore in the Big Gam: Casey Moore has been a big player for the Cardinal in the Big Game ... Moore's Big Game numbers include 14 carries for 153 yards (10.9 average) and three touchdowns to go along with two receptions for 26 yards and one touchdown ... In 1999, Moore established a Big Game record by racing 94 yards for a touchdown - the longest run in Big Game history ... He gained 116 yards on four carries in that game ... The next year, Moore caught a 25-yard touchdown pass in overtime from Randy Fasani to give Stanford a 36-30 win.
Alex Smith: Before the 2002 campaign, sophomore Alex Smith was one of three talented tight ends who figured to give the Cardinal one of the best trios in the conference ... But, after junior Darrin Naatjes signed a pro baseball contract before fall camp began and injuries to starter Brett Pierce (suffered a season ending injury in the season opener at Boston College) and freshman Matt Traverso, Smith not only became the team's starter, but the only tight end on the roster ... And he has taken advantage of the opportunity ... Smith became the first Cardinal tight end in nine seasons to record over 100 receiving yards in a game when he caught eight passes for 120 yards and one touchdown vs. Arizona on Oct. 19 ... Smith had 12 catches for 164 yards and a TD in consecutive games against Washington State and Arizona ... A native of Denver, Colo., Smith is second on the team with 26 receptions for 339 yards (13.0 average) and two touchdowns ... His 26 cathches are the most for a Cardinal tight end since Tony Cline caught 35 in 1994 ... As a redshirt freshman in 2001, Smith played in all 11 games in a reserve role and caught one ball for 20 yards (vs. UCLA).
Luke Powell: FL/KR Luke Powell, a First-Team All-American kick returner in 2001, has earned the reputation as one of the most dangerous players in college football ... Powell, a junior from Smyrna, Tennessee, has proven to be one of those players who can score anytime he touches the ball ... He is currently second in school history with a 19.4 yards per reception average after recording 79 receptions for 1,534 yards and 11 touchdowns ... He is also No. 5 all-time at Stanford with a 11.7 average on punt returns (45 returns, 525 yards, one TD) ... He was second in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 last season with a 16.0 punt return average ... Throughout his career, Powell has exemplified the knack for making big plays ... He has caught 16 receptions of over 30 yards, including seven over 50 ... Powell has been limited this season due to an ankle injury.
Kwame's The Name: Junior offensive tackle Kwame Harris is making his name known throughout the country as one of the top offensive linemen in college football ... Now in his third season at Stanford, Harris (6-foot-7, 308 pounds) entered the 2002 campaign as a bonafide All-America candidate and an Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award prospect ... Harris came to Stanford in 2000 as one of the nation's prized recruits from Newark High School in Delaware - and he has lived up to those expectations ... He lettered as a true freshman in 2000 and moved into the starting lineup in 2001 at right tackle, where he started all 12 games ... He was named Second-Team All-Pac-10 last season ... He entered the 2002 season on the Lombardi Award 'Watch List' ... He was rated No. 16 on ESPN's list of the nation's top 100 players ... Street & Smith's Magazine named Harris the top NFL prospect in the Pacific-10 Conference in 2002 ... He has started the last 22 games for the Cardinal at right tackle.
Offensive Line: Senior Greg Schindler and junior Kirk Chambers have been steady and consistent performers for Stanford over the past three seasons ... Schindler was named Second-Team All-Pac-10 a year ago and received pre-season Second-Team All-American recognition from Street & Smith's heading into the 2002 campaign ... He has been in the Cardinal's starting lineup in 41 of the last 45 games from 1999-2002 ... Chambers is a 23-year old junior who has started all 33 games at left tackle since returning from a Mormon Mission in 2000 ... He was an Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 pick last year ... The Sporting News ranked Stanford's offensive line as the 10th best in the nation entering the 2002 campaign.
Carter Among All-Time Rushers: Senior running back Kerry Carter became the seventh player in Stanford history to rush for over 2,000 yards in a career after his performance last week against Oregon State ... Carter gained 80 yards on 20 carries last week, boosting his career total to 2,005 yards ... He needs 112 yards to catch Brian Allen (1998-2001) for sixth on the school's all-time list ... Carter passed Ray Handley (1963-65) with 1,768 yards and Tommy Vardell (1988-91) with 1,789 career rushing yards in the Oct. 26 game at UCLA ... Carter currently leads the team in rushing with 490 yards on a team-leading 137 carries ... In his last five games (Arizona, UCLA, Oregon, USC, Oregon State), Carter has had a team-leading 99 carries - an average of 20 carries per game ... Carter rushed for 330 yards and six TDs as true freshman in 1999, then followed that up with a team-leading 729 yards on 179 carries in 2000 ... He gained 456 yards and scored nine touchdowns in an injury-shortened 2001 campaign.
Carter Among Top TD Makers: Kerry Carter is also among the best in school history in touchdowns and rushing touchdowns ... His one-yard TD plunge against Oregon State on Saturday added to his career numbers of 23 rushing touchdowns and 25 total touchdowns ... Carter ranks fourth in Cardinal history in rushing touchdowns and seventh in total touchdowns ... Still ahead of Carter on the rushing TD chart is Darrin Nelson (1977-81), who is third all-time with 24 rushing touchdowns ... Carter passed DeRonnie Pitts (1997-2000) and Glyn Milburn (1990-92) on the career touchdown list in last week's game ... Still ahead of Carter is Troy Walters (1996-99) with 29 career TDs.
Wells Breatks KOR Records: Senior Ryan Wells, who had four kickoff returns for 75 yards in last week's game with Oregon State, is about to become the most prolific kickoff return specialist in school history ... He broke two school records against the Beavers last Saturday for season kickoff return yards and season kickoff returns ... Wells has 32 KOR for 635 yards this season, both school records (previous records were 29 KOR for 603 yards set in 1980 by Vincent White) ...Wells has 1,930 career kickoff return yards and trails the school record by only 20 (1,950 by Damon Dunn, 1994-96) ... He previously established the school record for most career kickoff returns with 87 (previous record 73 by Dunn) ... Wells is eighth on the school's career kickoff return average chart at 22.2 yards per return
Strong Safety: A year ago as a redshirt freshman, Oshiomogho Atogwe played on special teams, recorded four total tackles, and waited his turn ... And now, in 2002, the sophomore from Windsor, Ontario, Canada is an integral part of the Cardinal defense ... Atogwe has become perhaps the most active defensive player on the team ...He is tied for the team lead with 65 total tackles and he leads the team with three interceptions and three forced fumbles ... He has also accounted for one fumble recovery (42-yard return vs. WSU), four pass breakups, one quarterback sack and one tackle-for-loss ... Against Oregon on Nov. 2, he recorded a career-high 13 tackles while intercepting his third pass of the year ... He had 11 tackles last Saturday against Oregon State ... Atogwe has three years of eligibility remaining.
Looking to 2003: Stanford will lose 16 seniors off this year's team, including nine starters (six on offense, three on defense) ... Returning starters on offense include WR Teyo Johnson, LT Kirk Chambers, RT Kwame Harris, QB Kyle Matter/Chris Lewis, TE Alex Smith/Brett Pierce ... Defensively, the Cardinal will return DE Amon Gordon and Louis Hobson, LBs Jake Covault, David Bergeron and Jon Alston/Michael Craven and DBs Oshiomogho Atogwe, Leigh Torrence and Stanley Wilson.