Stanford Begins Road Trip Against BYU On September 20
Sept. 9, 2003
2003 STANFORD FOOTBALL
Game #2 - Stanford (1-0) at BYU (2-1)
September 20, LaVell Edwards Stadium
The Cardinal: Stanford begins a string of three consecutive roadgames when it plays BYU, September 20 at LaVell Edwards Stadium inProvo, Utah. The Cardinal began the year with an impressive 31-10victory over San Jose State at Stanford Stadium on September 6. TheCougars have beaten Georgia Tech and lost at USC thus far in 2003.BYU will play at New Mexico on September 13 before facing theCardinal, which has a bye this Saturday. Stanford will continue toplay on the road after the BYU contest when it travels to Washington(Sept. 27) and USC (Oct. 11) before returning home to face WashingtonState in the homecoming game on October 18.
Media Coverage: The Cardinal-BYU game will be broadcast live in theBay Area on KRON beginning at 4:30 pm MT, 3:30 pm PT. Stanford'sflagship radio station, Talk 910 KNEW, will carry the game live withTed Robinson and Bob Murphy. The pre-game show begins at 4:00 pm MT,3:00 pm PT. Live game audio and live in-game stats are available atwww.gostanford.com.
Stanford- BYU Series: This will be the first meeting between theCardinal and Cougars and Stanford's first against the Mountain WestConference. The two teams will face each other at Stanford Stadiumon Sept. 18, 2004 to conclude the two-game series. Stanford hasplayed 16 previous games vs. teams currently in the Mountain WestConference and are 10-6 in those contests. The Cardinal is 4-3 vs.Air Force, 3-1 vs. San Diego State and 3-2 vs. Utah. Stanford's lastgame against a team currently in the MWC was in 1996 vs. Utah (lost17-10).
Quick Notes: Stanford will once again face a team that has playedmore games than the Cardinal. In the season opener, Stanford's firstgame was San Jose State's third. When Stanford's faces BYU, it willbe the Cardinal's second game of 2003 and the Cougar's fourth. Thelast time Stanford played three consecutive road games was during the1999 season, the year the Cardinal went 8-4, won the Pac-10championship and played in the Rose Bowl. During that three-gamestretch in '99, Stanford won at USC, lost at Washington and won atArizona State. Stanford's last game in the state of Utah was onSeptember 9, 1995 when the Cardinal won at Utah 27-20. Stanford fellbehind San Jose State 10-0 in the first quarter, but came back toscore 31 unanswered points. The Spartans had 20 net yards rushing inthe first quarter, but (-11) over the final three periods to finishwith just nine total net yards rushing. Besides a 2001 win at SanJose State, Stanford's last non-conference road win was its 1995victory at Utah.
The Head Coach: Forty-six year old Buddy Teevens begins his secondseason at Stanford after being named the Cardinal's head coach onJanuary 9, 2002. Teevens' 23-year career prior to coming to Stanfordincluded 12 as a head coach. A 1979 graduate of Dartmouth College,he had previously held the head coaching position at the Universityof Maine, Dartmouth and Tulane. Teevens spent three seasons atFlorida (1999-2001) working under Steve Spurrier. Teevens was thehead coach at Maine for two years (1985-86), Dartmouth for five years(1987-91) and at Tulane for five seasons (1992-96).
Utah Connection: Stanford has two players who are from the state ofUtah, including one from Provo. Starting left tack Kirk Chambers, anative of Provo, graduated from Provo High School in 1997. He was athree year starter on both offense and defense and was namedFirst-Team All-State and First-Team Academic All-State as a senior.FB Cooper Blackhurst is a '97 graduate of Brighton HS in Salt LakeCity. He was a First-Team Prep All-America who played tight end,fullback and linebacker. Chambers and Blackhurst are also Stanford'stwo oldest players. Chambers, born March 19, 1979, is 24 whileBlackhurst will turn 24 on September 24. They are the only twoplayers on the team born before 1980.
Young Guns: Stanford may be the youngest team in the nation.Consider that of the Cardinal's 94 players, 47 are either true orredshirt freshman. Stanford has just 14 seniors and 14 juniors onits 2003 roster. The Cardinal has a true freshman class of 30 and aredshirt freshman class of 17.
Offensive Attack: Stanford's offense against San Jose State producednumbers that showed clear improvement from a year ago: 457 yardstotal offense, 293 through the air, 164 on the ground, 27 first downsand 31 points. In 2002, the Cardinal averaged 311 yards in totaloffense, 178 through the air, 133 on the ground, 17 first downs and20.5 points. Stanford's 293 passing yards surpassed every game in'02 with the exception of a 305 yard effort against San Jose State.Stanford passed for over 200 yards only three times in 2002. Intotal offense, the Cardinal's best in '02 was 563 against SJS.Stanford produced more than 400 yards in a game only one other timethroughout the 2002 season. A year ago, the Cardinal averaged 20.5points per game and other than the 63 it scored against San JoseState, its season best was 27 against Boston College. Stanford iscurrently ranked tied for 19th in the nation in passing offense andtied for first in the Pac-10 Conference.
Stopping the Run: Stanford allowed San Jose State just nine yards netrushing last Saturday, the seventh best performance by a Cardinaldefense in school history. The Spartans had 20 net yards rushing inthe first quarter, but (-11) over the final three periods. TheCardinal leads the Pac-10 and is third nationally in rushing defense.
Total Defense: The Cardinal limited San Jose State to 270 yards intotal defense (9 rushing, 261 passing). Stanford is currently rankedthird in the Pac-10 and 22nd in the NCAA in total defense. TheCardinal is also ranked second in the Pac-10 and 14th nationally inscoring defense, giving up 10 points per game.
Powell's Play: FL Luke Powell began the year in impressive fashion ashe caught 12 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the seasonopener vs. San Jose State. Powell, who was limited last year with anankle injury, recorded career highs in both receptions and receivingyards. He enters the week as the national leader in receiving yardsper game (172.0) and No. 2 in receptions per game (12.0). He caughttouchdown passes from 20 and 30 yards out from quarterback TrentEdwards against the Spartans, giving him 13 career receiving TDs. Heneeds two more to enter the school's all-time top-10 list. His 12catches against San Jose State is tied for the ninth best single gameperformance in school history while his 172 receiving yards rankstied for 15th. Powell now has 95 career receptions for 1,732 yardsand 14 touchdowns (13 by receiving, one punt return). His 18.2 yardsper reception average is sixth on Stanford's all-time list. A formerFirst-Team All-American (as a KOR in 2001), Powell is the only playerin school history to have three touchdown receptions of 75 yards ormore.He also has 17 catches over 30 yards in his career, whichinclude two from 50-59 yards and two others from 60-69 yards. As akick returner, he is among the school's all-time best in punt returns(51), punt return yards (561) and punt return average (11.0).
Captain Kirk: The leader of the Cardinal's offensive line is alsothe only player with starting experience - senior Kirk Chambers.With a young and inexperienced offensive line in 2003, Chambers isthe unquestioned leader of a group that will need his maturity andknowledge to help it develop into a quality unit. Chambers, who isthe oldest player on the team at 24, has started all 35 games in hisCardinal career and is attempting to do what few players in schoolhistory have accomplished - and that's to start every game. He hasbeen the team's No. 1 left tackle the past three seasons (2000-02).After an All-American prep career at Provo High School, Chamberssigned with Stanford then spent the 1998 and '99 seasons on a MormonMission in Berlin, Germany. He married Marilyn Ord on June 23, 2001and the couple gave birth to their first child, Marianne Deniece, onJuly 7, 2003.
Trent's Time: Redshirt freshman quarterback Trent Edwards made hisCardinal debut on Saturday vs. San Jose State and was impressive incompleting 21-of-37 for 278 yards and two touchdowns. He came offthe bench in relief of starter Chris Lewis and led the Cardinal to 31unanswered points. Edwards, who was listed as the team's No. 2quarterback before the San Jose State game, is now listed as theteam's No. 1 QB and has been named the starter for the Cardinal'snext game at BYU. He threw touchdown passes of 20 and 30 yards toLuke Powell. In the second quarter, in which the Cardinal outscoredSJS 21-0, Edwards completed nine-of-11 for 130 yards and two TDs. Asecond-year player from Los Gatos High School, Edwards came toStanford a year ago as one of the most highly sought-after preps inthe nation. He was ranked by some as the No. 1 prep QB in thecountry in 2001. During his junior and senior seasons, he completed279-of-373 for 5,064 yards, 58 touchdowns and just seveninterceptions. His completion percentage was an eye-opening .747.He is second in the Pac-10 in both passing yards per game (278.0) andtotal offense (275.0).
J.R.'s TDs: Sophomore running back J.R. Lemon has made a career ofplaying San Jose State. He recorded the first 100-yard rushing dayof his career last Saturday against the Spartans as he gained 103yards on 18 carries while scoring two touchdowns. In his career, hehas scored five touchdowns - all coming against SJS (he had threetouchdowns in 2002). Lemon has rushed for 188 yards in his career,172 of which have come against the Spartans. Lemon took over as theteam's top rushing threat after starter Kenneth Tolon went out withan injury. Lemon responded by scoring touchdowns from six and threeyards out. He had a long run of 23 yards.
On the Defensive: The Cardinal defense, while limiting San JoseState to nine yards rushing and 39 incomplete passes, was led intackles by two players making their debuts in the starting lineup.So. OLB Kevin Schimmelmann and RFr. SS Trevor Hooper led the Cardinalwith six tackles apiece as Stanford proved to be very active andaggressive on the defensive side of the ball. Schimmelmann, aconverted safety who won the OLB job during fall camp, added onetackle for loss while Hooper, playing in his first collegiate game,added two tackles for loss. As a team, Stanford accounted for 10pass break-ups, including four by CB Leigh Torrence, 10 tackles forloss, one sack, one interception and one fumble recovery.
O-Line Story: The story of the Cardinal's offensive line can besummed up in one word: young.Senior Kirk Chambers is back at lefttackle for his fourth season in the starting lineup, but theremaining starters are young and inexperienced. Here are the hardfacts: of the 16 offensive lineman on the Stanford's roster, 12(five true freshman, seven redshirt freshman) have never played forthe Cardinal, two have seen limited playing time (senior MikeSullivan and sophomore Brian Head) and one (senior Drew Caylor) hasreceived some playing time as an offensive lineman, but has been adefensive lineman the past two years. Stanford's current two-deepwith game experience listed below:
Pos - Starter, backup (game experience)LT - Kirk Chambers (35 starts), Matt McClernan (redshirt freshman, noexperience)LG - Ismail Simpson or David Beall (both redshirt freshman, Simpsonstarted vs. SJS)C - Brian Head (limited, first start vs. SJS), Drew Caylor (played DElast 2 years)RG - Jeff Edwards or Josiah Vinson (both redshirt freshman, Edwardsstarted vs. SJS)RT - Mike Sullivan (limited, first start vs. SJS), Jon Cochran(redshirt Fr., no experience)
Starting Tight Ends: A glance at the Cardinal's depth chart willfind two starting tight ends - Brett Pierce and Alex Smith - and nofullback. That's because the Cardinal is utilizing its talentedtight end corps in its 'basic' offensive formation. Pierce is listedas one starting tight end with redshirt freshman Matt Traverso No. 2ï¿½ At the other tight end spot, Smith's backup is true freshmanPatrick Danahy. Against San Jose in the season opener, Pierce caughttwo passes for 33 yards while Smith had one reception for nine yardsï¿½ A year ago, Pierce and Traverso suffered through injury-riddledseasons while Smith came to the forefront to put together anoutstanding year (30 receptions, 380 yards, two TDs) as the team'sonly true tight end. Now, both Pierce (ACL) and Traverso (ankle) arehealthy and, combined with Smith and Danahy, helps give the Cardinalfour talented tight ends. Pierce caught 19 balls for 258 yards andthree touchdowns in 2001, but suffered a season-ending knee injury inthe first quarter of the season opener last year at Boston College.Both Pierce and Smith have received pre-season recognition this yearas being among the top tight ends in the conference. Pierce, who hascaught 29 passes in his career for 340 yards and three TDs, was apre-season First-Team All-Pac-10 selection while Smith garneredSecond-Team pre-season All-America honors.
True Freshman: Five true freshman played in their first collegiategame last Saturday vs. SJS. FL Mark Bradford (Los Angeles, Calif.)had one reception for 15 yards while David Marrero, 5-10, 190-poundRB from Parkland, Fla., carried the ball eight times for 20 yards.Michael Okwo, a 6-0, 215 outside linebacker from Redondo Beach,Calif., recorded one tackle while Patrick Danahy, a 6-5, 230 poundtight end from Sarasota, Fla., and Evan Moore, a 6-7, 235 pound widereceiver from Brea, Calif., also saw playing time.
Local Boys Make Good: The 2003 Stanford roster features three BayArea products who came into the program as walk-ons, but have quicklymoved their way up the depth chart. Redshirt junior wide receiverGreg Camarillo (Menlo Park, CA/Menlo-Atherton HS), who caught eightpasses for 92 yards last season, had three catches for 30 yards lastweek vs. San Jose State. Fifth-year senior Eric Johnson (Antioch,CA/Antioch HS), who is also a member of the Stanford golf team, is inhis third year as the team's starting punter. Redshirt sophomoreTimi Wusu (Palo Alto, CA/Palo Alto HS), who went to high schoolacross the street from Stanford Stadium, made an impact on specialteams last year and has put himself in position to make a significantcontribution in 2003.
Walking Into The Starting Lineup: The 2003 Stanford Cardinal has fourformer walk-ons either starting or playing key roles. The groupincludes outside linebacker Jared Newberry (redshirt junior), punterEric Johnson (fifth-year senior), flanker Greg Camarillo (redshirtjunior) and strong safety Timi Wusu (redshirt sophomore).
The Need For Speed: Sophomore defensive back T.J. Rushing and widereceivers Gerren Crochet (redshirt sophomore) and Nick Sebes(redshirt junior) made up three-fourths of the Stanford 4x100 relayteam that won the prestigious Texas Relays last spring in thethird-fastest time in school history (40.25). Besides excelling onthe track, all three are expected to see an increased role on thegridiron this season. Rushing started last week's game vs. San JoseState while both Sebesand Crochet will be integral parts of the Cardinal's receiving corps.
Georgia On Their Minds: Stanford has 94 players on its 2003 roster,and an amazing 11 have traveled nearly 3,000 miles from the state ofGeorgia to make their homes on The Farm. The total is the secondhighest of any state, behind only California's 28. Seven of the 11are expected to play big roles this fall: Soph. DE Julian Jenkins(Atlanta), Soph. RB J.R. Lemon (Fayetteville), Soph. CB CalvinArmstrong (Decatur), Jr. CB Leigh Torrence (Atlanta), Soph. OLB KevinSchimmelmann (Marietta), RFr. RG Jeff Edwards (Atlanta) and RFr. OTMatt McClernan (Norcross). In addition, four true freshman are fromGeorgia: DE Emmanuel Awofadeju (Roswell), RB Jason Evans (Acworth),DL David Jackson (Dunwoody) and OL Amir Malayery (Lawrenceville).The Cardinal coaching staff also has ties to the state of Georgia.Associate Head Coach David Kelly coached at Georgia Tech (2000-01),Georgia (1994-95) and Dunwoody (GA) HS (1981-93), while defensiveends coach Peter McCarty was at Georgia Tech in 2001.
Defensive Experience: One of the strengths of the 2003 Cardinal isits overall experience on defense. The Cardinal started 19different players on defense in 2002 -and 15 of them are back in '03ï¿½ The list includes: Louis Hobson (8 starts), Amon Gordon (7), WillSvitek (3), Julian Jenkins (1), Babatunde Oshinowo (1), DavidBergeron (10), Jon Alston (5), Michael Craven (4), Jared Newberry(3), Jake Covault (9), MLB Brian Gaffney (2), CB Leigh Torrence(11), CB Stanley Wilson (11) and SS Oshiomogho Atogwe (11).
Date: September 20, 2003
Kickoff: 4:30 pm MT (3:30 PT)
Location: Provo, UT
Stadium: LaVell Edwards Stadium
Series: First Meeting
Television: KRON (local), Live
Radio: Talk 910 KNEW
Internet: www.gostanford.com (live game audio and live game stats)
Television and Radio Information
TV: KRON (local), Live
Radio: Talk 910 KNEW
Ted Robinson (play-by-play)
Bob Murphy (analyst)
Pre-game show - 4:00 pm MT (3:00 pm PT)
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