Cardinal Takes Break After 2-0 Start; USC Up Next

Sept. 12, 2004

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Stanford opened the season 2-0 for the second consecutive year as it beat BYU 37-10 last Saturday at Stanford Stadium ... The Cardinal will now have two weeks to prepare for the nation's top-ranked team in USC ... Stanford does not play on September 18 while the Trojans travel to Provo to play BYU ... The Cardinal also opened the 2003 campaign by beating San Jose State and BYU ... Following this week's bye, the Cardinal will continue its season opening four-game homestand with games vs. the Trojans (Sept. 25) and Washington (Oct. 2) ... Stanford does not play on the road until October 9 when it travels to Notre Dame ... After playing its first four at home, Stanford will conclude the season by playing five of its final seven on the road.


Stanford will make its first appearance on TBS when it hosts No. 1 ranked USC in a nationally televised game on September 25 at 4:00 pm PT ... It will mark Stanford's third straight televised game to open the 2004 campaign ... The Cardinal has at least two other nationally televised games in '04: October 9 at Notre Dame (NBC) and November 20 at California (Fox Sports Net).


In a series that dates back to 1905, Stanford and USC will meet for the 85th time in series history when the two teams hook up September 25 at Stanford Stadium ... The Trojans hold a lead in the series, 54-27-3, and have won the last two meetings by scores of 49-17 in 2002 and 44-21 last year in the Los Angeles Coliseum ... Prior to those two losses, Stanford had a three-game winning streak against the Trojans from 1999-2001 ... At Stanford Stadium, the two teams have split the last six games since 1992 ... The Cardinal beat USC at Stanford Stadium in '92, '96 and '00 while the Trojans came out on top in '94, '98 and '02.


The Cardinal will practice Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday (September 14-16), then take Friday (September 17) and Saturday (September 18) off before resuming a normal practice week schedule on Sunday (September 19).


Forty-seven year old Buddy Teevens is in his third season at Stanford after being named the Cardinal's head coach on January 9, 2002 ... Teevens' 23-year career prior to coming to Stanford included 12 as a head coach ... A 1979 graduate of Dartmouth College, he had previously held the head coaching position at the University of Maine, Dartmouth and Tulane ... Teevens spent three seasons at Florida (1999-2001) working under Steve Spurrier ... Teevens was the head coach at Maine for two years (1985-86), Dartmouth for five years (1987-91) and at Tulane for five seasons (1992-96).


Stanford's 2004 coaching staff has a different look than its staff of a year ago ... Additions to the staff include former Cardinal All-America receiver Ken Margerum returning to the Farm as the team's wide receivers coach ... Margerum starred at Stanford from 1977-80 ... Jay Boulware, who coached at Arizona the past three years, is the Cardinal's new running backs coach and George McDonald, who comes to Stanford from Northern Illinois, is the team's new tight ends coach ... Bill Cubit, the Cardinal's quarterbacks coach last year, has been elevated to offensive coordinator while Tom Quinn has moved from coaching tight ends to defensive ends for the 2004 campaign.


Stanford assistant coaches A.J. Christoff and Steve Morton have both spent time on the USC sidelines during their careers ... Christoff, Stanford's defensive coordinator and secondary coach, was the Trojan's linebackers coach in 2000 ... Morton, the Cardinal's offensive line coach, coached tight ends for USC in 1999 and the offensive line in 2000 ... Wide receiver Marcus McCutcheon is the brother of former Trojan great Daylon, who played at USC from 1995-98.


A week after beating San Jose State by 40 points in a 43-3 season opening win, the Cardinal turned in another impressive performance by beating BYU 37-10 ... The Cougars scored the first 10 points of the game before the Cardinal answered with 37 consecutive points ... Moments after BYU kicked a field goal to go ahead 10-0 in the first quarter, T.J. Rushing returned a kickoff 99 yards for Stanford's first TD of the game ... The play not only brought the Cardinal within a field goal, but it gave Stanford momentum ... From there, QB Trent Edwards tossed three touchdown passes to TE Alex Smth and WRs Evan Moore and Justin McCullum ... Stanford's defense limited BYU to 30 yards on the ground and forced seven turnover including four interceptions.


The Cardinal has outscored its first two opponents 80-13 and its 67-point advantage in back-to-back games is the best on The Farm in 13 years ... Not since 1981, when Stanford beat Oregon State (63-9) and Oregon (42-3) on consecutive Saturdays has a Cardinal team been so dominant over a two-game stretch ... The last time Stanford held two straight opponents to just 13 points or less was in 1992 when the Cardinal allowed 12 points to USC (23-9) and Washington State (40-3).


Stanford is ranked second in the Pac-10 and seventh in the nation with a +2.5 turnover margin through two games ... The Cardinal has committed just two turnovers while forcing seven by its opponents ... Stanford has yet to throw an interception ... Defensively, the Cardinal has picked off four passes.


Now in his third season in the starting lineup, senior free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe enters the 2004 campaign as one of the top safeties in college football and the top play-maker on the Cardinal defense ... Atogwe, named Second-Team All-Pac-10 last season, has been named to the Jim Thorpe Award 'Watch List' and ranked as one of the top safeties in the nation ... He has led the team in tackles the past two years and is attempting to become only the third player in school history to lead the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons ... In 2003, Atogwe was the only player in the Pac-10 to be among the top four in tackles per game (4th with 8.2 tpg), fumbles caused (1st, 0.55 per game) and fumble recoveries (1st, 0.55 per game) ... Over the past two-plus seasons (24 games), he has six interceptions, seven fumble recoveries and 11 forced fumbles ... Through the first two games of the 2004 campaign, Atogwe is again proving to be a force on defense ... He is tied for the lead with 12 tackles while also recording one interception, two forced fumbles, one pass break up and one tackle for loss.


Senior tight end Alex Smith appears to be following in the long line of Cardinal tight ends who have moved on to play in the NFL ... The last six starting tight ends, dating back to 1991, have been drafted and/or played in the NFL ... In fact, since 1983 Stanford has had 11 starting tight ends - nine of whom have been drafted and/or played in the NFL ... Smith, who has 65 career receptions for 802 yards and six TDs, is one of the most prolific tight ends on The Farm in the past 25 years ... He enters the 2004 campaign as one of Stanford's top offensive weapons and one of the best in the Pacific-10 Conference and in the nation ... He leads the team and is among the Pac-10 and national leaders with 10 receptions for 117 yards and one TD through two games in 2004.


Sophomore quarterback Trent Edwards had a completion percentage of .453, threw four touchdown passes and had nine interceptions last season while playing in eight games as a redshirt freshman ... Through the first two games of the '04 campaign, Edwards has completed .540 of his passes, has already thrown five TDs and has not thrown an interception ... He is 34-of-63 for 484 yards and five TDs in two games this season ... His passing efficiency rating (144.69) is third in the Pac-10 and 31st in the NCAA ... He threw for a career-high 297 yards and three touchdowns in Stanford's 37-10 win over BYU ... In the season opener vs. San Jose State he completed 14-of-22 for 187 yards and two touchdowns ... He also scored TD on a four-yard run ... He is the first sophomore to begin the season as the team's bona fide starter since Chad Hutchinson in 1996.


Stanford has a long and impressive list of two-sport athletes and the latest duo happens to be the Cardinal's starting receivers ... Sophomores Mark Bradford and Evan Moore are not only expected to be Stanford's top receivers in 2004, but they are also members of the Cardinal's nationally-ranked basketball team ... Bradford, Stanford's top returning receiver, will compete for playing time in basketball at point guard while Moore, at 6-7, 235, is one of the team's top power forwards ... Stanford has had a storied past of two-sport athletes, including some of the greatest names in school history ... Some of the great football two-sport athletes include NFL Hall of Fame QB John Elway (baseball) and NFL Hall of Fame receiver James Lofton (track), two-time Olympic gold medal decathlete Bob Mathias (track), NFL Pro Bowl safety John Lynch (baseball) and NFL veteran and Stanford's all-time leading rusher, Darrin Nelson (track) ... The last football-basketball player on the Farm was Teyo Johnson, currently a tight end with the Oakland Raiders.


Sophomore Evan Moore (6-7, 235) has caught eight balls and scored three touchdowns through the first two games of the season and has given notice that his size and athletic ability is one of Stanford's top offensive weapons this season ... Moore, who opened the year with four catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns against San Jose State, came by in week two to record four more receptions for 56 yards and one touchdown - that coming on a 24-yard pass from Trent Edwards... In his starting debut against SJS (September 4), one of Moore's TD catches is certain to make the season highlight reel ... On a fourth-and-two from the SJS 30-yard line, Moore took an inside route against the Spartan's 5-9 defender and made an acrobatic, one-handed catch on a pass thrown by Edwards ... Earlier, Moore caught a 22-yard touchdown pass on the Cardinal's first possession of the season.


There is no lack of experience on the defensive side of the ball as Stanford returned nine starters, including three linebackers and its entire secondary, and several lettermen to a unit that should be the strength of the team ... Six of the team's nine returning starters are fifth-year seniors who have been in the starting lineup in each of the past two seasons ... Eleven returning players on defense started at least four games last year ... Ten of the 11 starting positions will be held by a junior or senior - the only exception being strong safety where sophomores Trevor Hooper and Brandon Harrison are competing for the number one spot ... The six, fifth-year seniors include CBs Leigh Torrence and Stanley Wilson, FS Oshiomogho Atogwe, OLB Jared Newberry, ILB David Bergeron and DE Will Svitek.


The Cardinal's starting offensive line consists of four sophomores and a junior, but that doesn't mean the Cardinal lacks game experience up front ... All four spent time in the starting lineup as redshirt freshman a year ago while two, Ismail Simpson and Jeff Edwards, were full-time starters in 2003 ... Simpson started all 11 games a year ago at left guard while Edwards was the team's starter at right guard through the first eight games before he suffered a season-ending injury ... Josiah Vinson had three starting assignments last year while Jon Cochran started two games ... Brian Head was the team's starter at center for the first four games of the year, but an injury ended his season prematurely ... While the Cardinal has a young group of offensive lineman in 2004, all five will return in 2005 and four of the five will be back in 2006.


Stanford's starting offensive unit in its first two games vs. San Jose State and BYU has included seven sophomores and a redshirt freshman ... Fifth-year senior TE Alex Smith is the only senior who has started both games ... The sophomore starters are receivers Mark Bradford and Evan Moore, quarterback Trent Edwards and lineman Jon Cochran, Ismail Simpson, Josiah Vinson and Jeff Edwards ... Redshirt freshman Emeka Nnoli has started both games at fullback ... The only other upperclassmen to start in 2004 are juniors J.R. Lemon at RB (vs. San Jose State) and Brian Head at center and senior Kenneth Tolon at running back vs. BYU.


Senior Kenneth Tolon has gained 105 yards and scored two touchdowns through two games in 2004, giving him 1,319 career rushing yards and moving him closer to the school's all-time top-10 list ... Tolon, who led the team in rushing last season with 522 yards, is 370 yards shy of Vincent White (1979-82) for No. 10 on Stanford's career rushing list ... Tolon, who did not start the SJS game but gained 96 yards on 18 carries, is expected to share the running back chores with J.R. Lemon ... Tolon now has 11 career rushing TDs, two behind Brian Allen (1998-2001) and Glyn Milburn (1990-92) for No. 9 on the school's all-time list.


Stanford's coaching staff has three former Cardinal players representing the last four decades. They include DT coach Dave Tipton (1967-70), WR coach Ken Margerum (1977-80) and LB coach Tom Williams (1989-92) ... Margerum is Stanford's only two-time All-America receiver ... He finished his career as the school record holder in receiving yards (2,430) and receiving TDs (30, which still stands as the school record) and second in receptions (141) ... Tipton, who has been a member of the Cardinal coaching staff since 1989, is a member of Stanford's famed 'Thunderchickens,' who helped lead Stanford to a Rose Bowl win over Ohio State in 1971 ... Williams, a Rhodes Scholar candidate, was a starter on Stanford's 1992 team that won a share of the Pac-10 championship and finished ninth in the nation under Bill Walsh.


Senior Jared Newberry came to Stanford as a walk-on from Minneapolis in 2000 and, four years later, has emerged as one of the team leaders and one of the top players in the Pacific-10 Conference ... Named one of two team captains of the '04 Cardinal - along with Oshiomogho Atogwe, Newberry has started the past 13 games at outside linebacker ... He is a three-year letterwinner who was named honorable mention All-Pac-10 last season ... His teammates recognized him as the Russell-Huston Award winner for 'exemplifying aggressiveness, exceptional performance and unheralded efforts' ... Newberry led the team last year with 10 tackles for loss and was second with 67 tackles ... In the season opener vs. SJS last Saturday, Newberry had 2.5 tackles for loss for (-23) yards and one pass break up.


Stanford returns an experienced trio of cornerbacks in seniors Leigh Torrence and Stanley Wilson and junior T.J. Rushing ... The trio has taken virtually all the snaps at cornerback over the past two-plus seasons and enters the 2004 campaign as one of the most experienced units in the Pac-10 ... Torrence has started 22 games, Wilson 19 and Rushing seven the past two-plus seasons ... The Cardinal limited SJS to just 157 yards through the air in the season opener and came back in week two to pick off four BYU passes ... After two games in 2004, Stanford's pass efficiency defense rating of 90.53 ranks it fourth in the Pac-10 and 15th in the nation.


Mark Bradford entered the school record book last year by becoming the first true freshman in school history to lead the team in receiving yards ... Bradford caught 37 balls for 587 yards and three touchdowns and is expected to emerge as one of the top receivers in the Pac-10 in 2004 ... He caught three passes in the season opener vs. SJS and four against BYU in week two ... His 44 career receptions is tops on the team ... Against BYU, Bradford took a short pass and used some nifty moves and speed to turn it into a 76-yard play ... Bradford, also a point guard on the Cardinal basketball team, started the final eight games of the '03 campaign and was named the team's top freshman, First-Team Freshman All-Pac-10 and Third Team Freshman All-America.


Stanford leads the Pac-10 in rushing defense, scoring defense and kickoff returns ... The Cardinal has allowed just 13 points in its first two games and its 6.5 points per game average not only leads the conference, but is fifth in the nation ... On the strength of T.J. Rushing's 99-yard kickoff return, Stanford's average of 44.25 yards per return is tops in the Pac-10 and second in the country ... The Cardinal is giving up just 76 yards on the ground, number one in the conference and 26th in the NCAA.


• Redshirt punter Jay Ottovegio has had four of his nine punts land inside the 20-yard line.

• PK Michael Sgroi hit three field goals vs. BYU, giving him 19 in his career ... He needs two more field goals to move into the school's all-time top-10.

• T.J. Rushing's 99-yard kickoff return vs. BYU was the third longest in school history ... The other two were both returns of 100 yards: Damon Dunn vs. Arizona State in 1994 and Bob Bryan vs. San Francisco in 1950.

• The last time Stanford began the season by giving up 13 points or less in back-to-back games was in 1972 when the Cardinal began the year by allowing just six points to San Jose State (44-0) and Duke (10-6).

• Stanford is second in the Pac-10 and 16th in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 40 points per game ... The Cardinal averaged 16.9 points per game last year.

• Junior ILB Kevin Schimmelmann is tied for the team lead with 12 tackles ... He turned in an outstanding game vs. BYU last Saturday as he recorded seven tackles, including one sack and one tackle for loss, a forced fumble and pass break up.

• Junior receiver Justin McCullum has given the Cardinal another weapon on offense ... He has five receptions for a team-leading 146 yards and one TD thus far in 2004 ... He had seven catches for 64 yards in 2003.

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