Stanford Heads To Eugene For Date With The Ducks
Oct. 19, 2003
2003 STANFORD FOOTBALL
Game #6 - Stanford (2-3, 0-3) at Oregon (4-3, 2-1)
October 25, Autzen Stadium, 12:30 pm
The Cardinal: Stanford has now lost its last three games afterbeginning the season 2-0. Saturday's 24-14 loss to Washington Statedropped the Cardinal to 2-3 overall and 0-3 in the Pac-10 Conference. This Saturday, Stanford travels to Eugene, Oregon to face the Ducks,another team on a three-game losing skid. The Ducks began the year4-0 and ranked in the top-10, but have suffered three straight lossesto Washington State, Utah and Arizona State. Stanford and Oregonhave played the last three games in their series at Autzen Stadium in1998, 2001 and 2002. The Ducks beat the Cardinal in two of thosethree game. The Cardinal win, however, came in 2001 when Stanfordupset the No. 5 Ducks 49-42.
Media Coverage: There is no live television for the Stanford-Oregongame. Stanford's flagship radio station, Talk 910 KNEW, will carrythe game live with Ted Robinson and Bob Murphy. The pre-game showbegins at 12:00 pm. Live game audio and live in-game stats areavailable at www.gostanford.com. In addition, the Stanford FarmReport is broadcast every Saturday at 8:30 am on Fox Sports Bay Area.
Worth Noting: The Cardinal has limited three of its five opponentsthis season to less than 100 yards rushing, including just 70 toWashington State last Saturday. Stanford is 17th in the nation inrush defense, allowing 91.8 yards per game. The Ducks are also amongthe national leaders in run defense, giving up only 83 yards pergame, good for third in the conference and 11th in the NCAA.Quarterback Trent Edwards left the game last Saturday in the thirdquarter with a shoulder sprain and did not return. His status willbe evaluated throughout the week. Fifth-year senior Chris Lewis, whostarted the season opener vs. San Jose State, would be the starter ifEdwards is unable to play at Oregon. Lewis' last game in Eugene wasa memorable one (Oct. 20, 2001) as he led the Cardinal to acome-from-behind victory over the No. 5 Ducks. Oregon has beenoutscored in its last three games 131-43.
The Head Coach: Forty-six year old Buddy Teevens is in 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 seasons as a head coach. A 1979 graduate of DartmouthCollege, he had previously held the head coaching position at theUniversity of Maine, Dartmouth and Tulane. Teevens spent threeseasons at Florida (1999-2001) working under Steve Spurrier. Teevenswas the head coach at Maine for two years (1985-86), Dartmouth forfive years (1987-91) and at Tulane for five seasons (1992-96).
Washington State Game Notes
Youth Be Served: 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.
Defensive Leader: In his second season in the starting lineup,junior Oshiomogho Atogwe has earned the reputation as not only one ofthe Cardinal's defensive leaders, but one of the top safeties in thePac-10 Conference. As a strong safety in 2002, Atogwe led the teamwith 71 total tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles.After making the switch to free safety, Atogwe is once again a forcefor the Stanford defense. He currently leads the team in totaltackles and has been perhaps the most active player on the Cardinaldefense. He has recorded 38 total tackles, two interceptions, twoforced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, three pass break ups and onetackles for loss. Against USC, he scored his first career TD when hestripped Trojan return man Marcel Allmond on a kickoff return andraced 22-yards to the end zone. He also had 12 tackles vs. theTrojans. In Stanford's previous game at Washington, he posted 12tackles while also accounting for a forced fumble, fumble recoveryand pass break up.
Rush Defense: Stanford's 2003 run defense has recorded two of the topeight marks in school history for fewest rushing yards allowed in asingle game. In the season opener, the Cardinal allowed San JoseState just nine net yards rushing, the eighth lowest total in schoolhistory. The next game, Stanford held BYU to (-5) yards on theground, largely due to five sacks. That total ranks as the fourthbest single game effort in school history. Stanford has held itsopponents to under 100-yards rushing three times in five games thisseason (San Jose State, BYU, Washington State). Through five games,Stanford's run defense is giving up an average of 91.8 yards pergame, fourth best in the conference and No. 17 nationally. Lastyear, Stanford's run defense gave up an average of 133 yards 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. He continues to be one of Stanford's topoffensive threats and one of the most dangerous players in collegefootball. He leads the team with 26 receptions for 289 yards and twotouchdowns through five games. Against BYU, he had a career-best68-yard punt return. Powell, who was limited last year with an ankleinjury, recorded career highs in both receptions and receiving yardsagainst San Jose State in the season opener . His 12 catches tiedfor the ninth best single game performance in school history whilehis 172 receiving yards ranked tied for 15th. He caught touchdownpasses from 20 and 30 yards out from quarterback Trent Edwardsagainst the Spartans, giving him 13 career receiving TDs. Powellnow has 109 career receptions for 1,849 yards and 14 touchdowns (13by receiving, one punt return). His 17.0 yards per reception averageis ninth on Stanford's all-time list. A former First-TeamAll-American (as a KOR in 2001), Powell is the only player in schoolhistory to have three touchdown receptions of 75 yards or more.Healso has 17 catches over 30 yards in his career, which include twofrom 50-59 yards and two others from 60-69 yards. As a kickreturner, he is among the school's all-time best in punt returns(68), punt return yards (701) and punt return average (10.3).
Captain Kirk: The leader of the Cardinal's offensive line is alsothe only player with starting experience heading into the 2003campaign - senior Kirk Chambers. With a young and inexperiencedoffensive line, Chambers is the unquestioned leader of a group thatwill need his maturity and knowledge to help it develop into aquality unit. Chambers, who is the oldest player on the team at 24,has started all 39 games in his Cardinal career and is attempting todo what few players in school history have accomplished - and that'sto start every game. He has been the team's No. 1 left tackle thepast three seasons (2000-02). After an All-American prep career atProvo High School, Chambers signed with Stanford then spent the 1998and '99 seasons on a Mormon Mission in Berlin, Germany. He marriedMarilyn Ord on June 23, 2001 and the couple gave birth to their firstchild, Marianne Deniece, on July 7, 2003.
Tolon's Tale: Junior running back Kenneth Tolon surpassed the 1,000yard mark after gaining 52-yards vs. USC on October 11. Tolon, fromAlbuquerque, NM, has now gained 1,025 yards on 215 carries (4.8 ypc). He is currently averaging 66.7 yards rushing per game. Inback-to-back games vs. BYU and Washington, he carried the Cardinalrunning game on his back as he has recorded 61 carries for 228 yardsand one TD. In those two games, all other Cardinal running backs hadsix carries for 15 yards. He established career bests in carries(32) and yards rushing (141) at BYU on Sept. 20. Tolon became theteam's top offensive threat against the Cougars, gaining 141 of theteam's 144 yards on the ground and accounting for more than half ofStanford's 200 yards in total offense. His 32 carries were also themost on The Farm since the Big Game in 1991, when Tommy Vardell set aschool record with 39 carries. His 141 yards rushing were the mostat Stanford since Brian Allen gained 143 vs. Arizona in 2001. Aweek later at Washington, he carried 29 times for 87 yards. Tolonwas limited in the season opener vs. San Jose State (6 carries, 31yards) due to an injury. He is also tied for second on the team with10 receptions and he has three kickoff returns for 75 yards.
Trent's Time: Redshirt freshman quarterback Trent Edwards earned thestarting quarterback assignment after his performance in the seasonopener vs. San Jose State on Sept. 6. Three days later, head coachBuddy Teevens named Edwards the team's starter. Edwards, whocompleted 21-of-37 for 278 yards and two touchdowns against theSpartans, made his starting debut on September 20 at BYU. He led theteam to an 18-14 victory, becoming the first freshman quarterback atStanford to win his starting debut since Steve Stenstrom beat Cornellin 1991. He has started the last four games vs. BYU, Washington, USCand Washington State. He suffered a shoulder injury in the thirdquarter of last week's game vs. WSU and did not return. Edwards, whoredshirted as a true freshman in 2002, made his Cardinal debut vs.San Jose State in the season opener. He came off the bench in reliefof starter Chris Lewis and led the Cardinal to 31 unanswered points.Against the Spartans, 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. Inhis starting debut at BYU, Edwards scored the game winning touchdownon a 14-yard run with 3:51 to play. A second-year player from LosGatos High School, Edwards came to Stanford a year ago as one of themost highly sought-after preps in the nation. He was ranked by someas the No. 1 prep QB in the country in 2001. During his junior andsenior seasons, he completed 279-of-373 for 5,064 yards, 58touchdowns and just seven interceptions. His completion percentagewas an eye-opening .747.
Lewis' Legacy: Fifth-year senior QB Chris Lewis, who led theCardinal to some of its most impressive victories in recent years,may find himself back in the starting lineup on Saturday if Edwardsis unable to play. Lewis will undoubtedly remember his lastexperience in Eugene when he came off the bench to engineer a21-point fourth-quarter comeback as the Cardinal upset the No. 5Ducks 49-42 on October 20, 2001. Lewis started the season opener vs.San Jose State on September 6, but then gave way to Edwards as thestarter in the next four games. Lewis did not play against BYU orWashington, but has come off the bench in the last two game vs. USCand Washington State. For his career, has completed 273-556 for3,367 yards and 27 TDs. He is nearing the school's all-time top-10in TD passes, yards passing and total offense.
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 were the hardfacts prior to the 2003 campaign: of the 16 offensive lineman on theStanford's roster, 12 (five true freshman, seven redshirt freshman)had never played for the Cardinal, two had seen limited playing time(senior Mike Sullivan and sophomore Brian Head) and one (senior DrewCaylor) had received some playing time as an offensive lineman, buthad been a defensive lineman the past two years. Stanford had threeredshirt freshman in the starting lineup against BYU and Washington.Stanford's current two-deep with game experience listed below:
Pos - Starter, backup (game experience prior to 2003)
LT - Kirk Chambers (three-year starter), Matt McClernan (RFr., no experience)
LG - Ismail Simpson, David Beall (both RFr., no experience)
C - Brian Head (limited), Drew Caylor (played DE last 2 years)
RG - Jeff Edwards, Josiah Vinson (both RFr., no experience)
RT - Mike Sullivan (limited), Jon Cochran (RFr., no experience)
Special Teams Are Special: The Cardinal's special teams have beenquite special through the first five games of the year. Stanford iscurrently first in the conference and 12th in the nation in kickoffreturns, averaging 25.2 yards per return. The Cardinal has hadkickoff returns of 52 yards by Nick Sebes against BYU, 51 by Sebesagainst USC, and 45 by Kenneth Tolon vs. San Jose State. AgainstBYU, Luke Powell returned a punt 68 yards. Stanford is also No. 1 inthe conference in kickoff coverage, giving up just 12.7 yards perreturn. Senior Eric Johnson is averaging 43.6 yards per punt, goodfor fourth in the Pac-10 and 20th nationally. Cardinal special teamsalso accounted for a touchdown when Oshiomogho Atogwe stripped theball from a USC kick returner and raced 20-yards to the end zone forthe score.
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. 2. At the other tight end spot, Smith's backup is true freshmanPatrick Danahy. Through five games, Cardinal tight ends haveaccounted for 15 catches for 117 yards and three touchdowns. Smithis tied for second on the team with 10 catches for 74 yards and twotouchdowns, while Pierce has recorded four receptions for 42 yardsand Danahy one catch for one touchdown. A year ago, Pierce andTraverso suffered through injury-riddled seasons while Smith came tothe forefront to put together an outstanding year (30 receptions, 380yards, two TDs) as the team's only true tight end. Now, both Pierce(ACL) and Traverso (ankle) are healthy and, combined with Smith andDanahy, helps give the Cardinal four talented tight ends. Piercecaught 19 balls for 258 yards and three TDs in 2001, but suffered aseason-ending knee injury in the first quarter of the season openerlast year at Boston College. Both Pierce and Smith receivedpre-season honors as being among the top tight ends in the conferenceand the nation. Pierce, who has caught 30 passes in his career for345 yards and three TDs, was a pre-season First-Team All-Pac-10selection while Smith garnered Second-Team pre-season All-Americahonors.
True Freshman: Seven true freshman have played for the Cardinal in2003. Offensively, FL Mark Bradford (Los Angeles, Calif.), RB DavidMarrero (Parkland, Fla.), WR Evan Moore (Brea, Calif.) and TE PatrickDanahy (Sarasota, Fla.) have all contributed this season. Ondefense, OLB Michael Okwo (Redondo Beach, Calif.), NT Nick Frank (NewOrleans, LA) and SS Brandon Harrison (Baton Rouge, LA) have seenplaying time in '03.
More Freshman: Not only have the seven true freshman played, butthey have made significant contributions and become a major part ofthe 2003 Cardinal. Mark Bradford has played in all five games andstarted the past two at USC and at home against Washington State. Hehas 10 catches for 142 yards and one touchdown. Evan Moore, who willalso play basketball for Stanford, had his break out game at USC onOctober 11, catching five balls for 52 yards while TE Patrick Danahycaught his first pass of the year against the Trojans, a one-yard TDfrom Chris Lewis off a tipped ball. RB David Marrero has carried theball 18 times for 50 yards and has shown flashes of what's to come.He scored his first TD as a Cardinal at USC on a nifty 15-yard run.Michael Okwo, Nick Frank and Brandon Harrison have contributed in areserve role on defense and on special teams.
In the Middle: Junior David Bergeron, who sits in the middle of theCardinal defense, has recorded a team-high 18 tackles in the last twogames vs. USC and Washington State. He had a career-high with 10tackles against the Trojans and eight last week vs. Washington State. He is third on the team with 30 total tackles. A second yearstarter, Bergeron started 10 games a year ago at outside linebacker,but was moved to the middle linebacker spot for the 2003 campaign.He has been in the Cardinal's starting lineup for the past 15 games,second only on the Stanford defense to Oshiomogho Atogwe's 16straight. Bergeron redshirted the 2000 season, played on specialteams and as a reserve in '01 before moving into the starting lineupin game two of the 2002 season.
Jared's Journey: Junior outside linebacker Jared Newberry came toStanford in 2000 as a walk-on from Minneapolis Minn.. In his firstthree years as a Cardinal, Newberry played inside linebacker,fullback, outside linebacker and special teams. He started threegames at OLB a year ago and his continued improvement earned him astarting role in 2003. After recording six tackles and one tacklefor loss October 11 at USC, he recorded a career-best 10 total stopsvs. Washington State in last week's game. Newberry, who has startedall five games this season, now has 27 tackles and a team-high sixtackles for loss to go along with one sack, three pass break ups andone fumble recovery. Despite being slowed a bit by injuries,Newberry has become of the team's most active and aggressive players.
Schimmelmann Shines: When spring practice began in April, theCardinal had all six of its linebackers returning from the 2002 squadand it appeared that the group was one of the strengths of the team.Enter sophomore Kevin Schimmelmann, a backup strong safety andspecial teams player who coaches felt might be a better fit at OLB.Not only has Schimmelmann made the transition a smooth one, but hewon a starting berth for the 2003 season and his play thus farindicates he may have found a home at OLB. After five games, theMarietta, Georgia native is second on the team with 31 total tacklesand is second on the team with five tackles for loss.. He recorded acareer high 11 tackles, including two for loss, at Washington.
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, has three catches for 30 yards in2003. Fifth-year senior Eric Johnson (Antioch, CA/Antioch HS), whois also a member of the Stanford golf team, is in his third year asthe team's starting punter. Redshirt sophomore Timi Wusu (PaloAlto, CA/Palo Alto HS), who went to high school across the streetfrom Stanford Stadium, made an impact on special teams last year andhas put himself in position to make a significant contribution in2003.
Gordon's Game: Junior Amon Gordon has played inside linebacker,defensive end and defensive tackle the past three years, but may havefound a home at defensive tackle in 2003. A starter last year at DE,Gordon, 6-3, 285 pounds from San Diego, Calif., was converted totackle last spring and has been impressive in 2003. He leads allCardinal defensive lineman wiht 13 total tackles.He has alsoaccounted for three tackles for loss, one quarterback sack, one passdeflection and one blocked kick. Gordon is Stanford's mostexperienced defensive lineman with 12 career starts.
Baba: Sophomore nose tackle Babatunde Oshinowo, nickname Baba, isproving to be one of the best young, defensive lineman in the Pac-10. Now in his first season as a starter, Oshinowo has made hispresence known in the middle of the Cardinal's defensive line. He issecond among Cardinal defensive lineman with11 total tackles, fourtackles for loss and two sacks. He is second on the team inquarterback sacks and third in tackles for loss. Against Washington,Oshinowo had five tackles, including one sack and two tackles forloss. A third year player out of Naperville, Illinois, Oshinowostarted one game and played in all 11 a year ago as a redshirtfreshman, accounting for 23 tackles, six tackles for loss and threesacks.
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 playing key roles for the Cardinal in 2003.Rushing is a key member of the Cardinal's secondary (six tackles, onetackle for loss), while Sebes (52-yard KOR) and Crochet (tworeceptions, 29 yards) are playing pivotal roles at receiver andspecial teams.
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.
Stanford in the NFL: Stanford has 22 former players currently on NFLrosters. The list includes: RB Brian Allen, Indianapolis Colts; OLBrad Badger, Oakland Raiders; FS Colin Branch, Carolina Panthers; RBKerry Carter, Seattle Seahawks; FB Greg Comella, Houston Texans; ILBChris Draft, Atlanta Falcons; DL Jason Fisk, San Diego Chargers; OTKwame Harris, San Francisco 49ers; OL Eric Heitmann, San Francisco49ers; QB Chad Hutchinson, Dallas Cowboys; LB Riall Johnson,Cincinatti Bengals; TE Teyo Johnson, Oakland Raiders; FS John Lynch,Tampa Bay Buccaneers; WR Ed McCaffrey, Denver Broncos; FB CaseyMoore, Carolina Panthers; FB Jon Ritchie, Philadelphia Eagles; LBDonnie Spragan, Denver Broncos; WR/KR Troy Walters, IndianapolisColts; OT Bob Whitfield, Atlanta Falcons; FS Tank Williams, TennesseeTitans; FS Coy Wire, Buffalo Bills; LB Kailee Wong, Houston Texans.
About the Ducks: Oregon began the season with four straight wins andfound themselves ranked in the top-10 after a 31-27 home win vs.Michigan on September 20. Since then, however, the Ducks have lostthree straight, including two by big margins. In their last outing,Oregon lost at Arizona State 59-14. The Ducks had a bye last week.Oregon's offense is led by its quaterback tandem of Kellen Clemens(80-150, 1,233 yards, 10 TDs) and Jason Fife (45-87, 627 yards, 5TDs). Sammie Parker (33-55916.9-3) and Demetrius Williams(33-631-19.1-6) combine to give the Ducks a very potent receivingcorps. Linebacker Kevin Mitchell is the team's top tackler with 51while Devan Long is among the league leaders in sacks (5.5) andtackles for loss (8.5)
Stanford-Oregon Series: The Cardinal leads the series with Oregon43-22-1 dating back to 1919. This week's game will the fourthstraight in the series played at Autzen Stadium. The two teams havemet in Eugene in 1998 (lost 63-28), 2001 (won 49-42) and 2002 (lost41-14). The 2001 win in Eugene was a thrilling come-from-behindvictory over the No. 5 ranked Ducks. Stanford has won four of thelast six games against the Ducks in Eugene since 1991ï¿½ The winner ofeach of the last four games has scored over 40 points.
Last Year's Game: Oregon jumped on Stanford for 28 first quarterpoints and led 38-7 and the half en route to a 41-14 victory(November 2, 2002 at Autzen Stadium). Quarterback Jason Fifecompleted 20-of-36 for 254 yards and three touchdowns while runningback Terry Whitehead carried the ball 29 times for 132 yards to leadthe Duck's offensive attack. The Cardinal got on the scoreboardearly in the second quarter on a 10-yard TD run by Kenneth Tolon.Stanford gained just 173 yards in total offense.
Head Coach Mike Bellotti: Mike Bellotti, the Dean of Pac-10 headcoaches, is in his ninth year at the helm of the Oregon program. Hiscareer record at UO currently stands at 73-32 while his overallrecord as a head coach, including five seasons at Chico State(1984-88), is 92-57-2. Bellotti is a Bay Area native, havinggraduated from Ygnacio Valley High School in Concord in 1969 and U.C.Davis in 1973.He also earned his master's degree from Cal StateHayward in 1982. Bellotti, the Duck's offensive coordinator from1989-94, has led the Ducks to six straight bowl appearances.
Opponent: Oregon Ducks
Date: October 25, 2003
Kickoff: 12:30 pm
Location: Eugene, Oregon
Stadium: Autzen Stadium
Series: Stanford leads 43-22-1
Television: no live television
Radio: Talk 910 KNEW
Internet: www.gostanford.com (live game audio and live game stats)
Television and Radio Information
TV: no live television
Radio: Talk 910 KNEW
Ted Robinson (play-by-play)
Bob Murphy (analyst)
Pre-game show - 12:00 pm
Wed 9/26 | 7:00pm PTLive
Thu 9/27 | 12:00pm PTLive