Cardinal Concludes Homestand Against Pac-10 Rival Washington
Sept. 26, 2004
Date: ................................. October 2, 2004
Kickoff: ................................... 2:00 PM PT
Site: .................. Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA
Television:......................... no live television
Radio: ........ KNEW, 910 am (Ted Robinson, Bob Murphy)
Campus Radio: ........................... KZSU, 90.1 fm
Internet: ... www.gostanford.com (live audio, livestats)
The Series.....................Washington leads 39-32-4
Last Meeting: ... September 27, 2003 at Washington (28-17 Washington)
FOUR-GAME HOMESTAND CONCLUDES VS. WASHINGTON
The Cardinal's season-opening four game homestand ends on Saturday when Stanford plays host to Washington, October 2 at 2:00 pm ... The Cardinal (2-1, 0-1) is coming off a 31-28 loss to No. 1 ranked USC in a game Stanford led 28-17 at the half ... The Huskies, 38-3 losers in South Bend last Saturday, are 0-3 in 2004 after losing home games to Fresno State and UCLA before last week's loss to Notre Dame ... Stanford is beginning the season with four straight home games for the first time since the 1949 season ... Following Saturday's game, Stanford will play five of its final seven games on the road.
STANFORD LOOKING TO SNAP LOSING SKID VS. HUSKIES
The Cardinal will be looking to snap a six-game losing skid against Washington when the two teams meet on October 2 ... Stanford's last win over the Huskies was a 46-28 decision in 1994 ... Since then, Washington has won six in a row, including two at Stanford Stadium (1995, 2000) and four at Husky Stadium (1996, 1999, 2001, 2003) ... Washington has also won 16 of the last 17 against the Cardinal since 1983 and 20 of the last 22 since 1977 ... Overall, Washington leads the series 39-32-4 ... At Stanford Stadium, the Huskies have won nine of the last 10 in the series (since 1978) with Stanford's only win during this time coming in 1994.
LAST WEEK IN REVIEW: USC 31, STANFORD 28
The Cardinal led the nation's number-one ranked team 28-17 at halftime, but fell short 31-28 after the Trojans scored two unanswered touchdowns in the second half ... After USC jumped out on top10-0, the Cardinal responded with four first half touchdowns, including two long drives, a fake field goal and an 82-yard run on the last play of the first half ... Trent Edwards completed 23-of-35 for 183 yards and two touchdowns, J.R. Lemon scored on an 82-yard run and Kyle Matter got into the end zone on an 11-yard off a fake field goal ... In the second half, however, the Trojans allowed the Cardinal just two first downs and 36 yards in total offense.
HEAD COACH Buddy Teevens
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).
COACHING STAFF CHANGES
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 Tom Williams and Steve Morton have both spent time on the Washington sidelines during their careers ... Morton coached seven season in Seattle (1992-98) as the Huskies offensive line coach ... He went to five bowl games with Washington, including the 1993 Rose Bowl ... Williams coached inside linebackers for the Huskies from 1999-2001 ... He went to three bowl games with Washington, including the 2001 Rose Bowl.
STANFORD OFFENSE SHOW MARKED IMPROVEMENT FROM '03
Compare Stanford's offensive output from 2003 to 2004 and you will quickly find a more productive and effective offense for the Cardinal in '04 ... Last season, Stanford averaged 16.9 points per game, 187 passing yards, 96 rushing yards and 283 yards in total offense per game ... Through three games in '04, those numbers look like this: 36 ppg, 116 rushing yards, 271 passing yards and 387 yards in total offense per game ... In 2003, Stanford scored 28 points or more twice in 11 games (wins over San Jose State and Arizona State) ... In 2004, the Cardinal has scored 28 points or more in each of its first three games ... Another area of improvement for the Cardinal offense is third down conversions ... In 2003 it was 33% ... In 2004, it is 49%.
CARDINAL, T.J. Rushing AMONG BEST IN KICKOFF RETURNS
Led by T.J. Rushing's emergence, Stanford's 36.0 kickoff return average ranks second in the nation and first in the Pac-10 ... Rushing, a junior cornerback, has returned six kicks for 251 and his 41.8 average is number one in the nation ... Among his six returns is a 99-yarder vs. BYU - tied for the third longest in school history - and a 54-yard return vs. USC ... The team's other three returns have come from sophomore Marcus McCutcheon, who is averaging 24.3 yards per return ... He had an impressive 31-yard return vs. USC last week.
HONORS CANDIDATE Oshiomogho Atogwe
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 (25 games), he has six interceptions, seven fumble recoveries and 11 forced fumbles ... Through the first three games of the 2004 campaign, Atogwe is again proving to be a force on defense ... He is second on the team with 19 tackles while also recording one interception, two forced fumbles, one pass break up and one tackle for loss.
SMITH MOVING INTO ELITE GROUP AMONG CARDINAL TE
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 (Brett Pierce, Russell Stewart, Greg Clark, Tony Cline, Ryan Wetnight, Turner Baur) ... 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 70 career receptions for 847 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 15 receptions for 162 yards and one TD through three games in 2004 ... He caught four passes for 30 yards in the season opener vs. San Jose State and six catches for 87 yards and one TD vs. BYU ... Last week vs. USC, he had five receptions for 45 yards.
EDWARDS ASSERTS HIMSELF AS ONE OF TOP YOUNG QBs
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 three games of the '04 campaign, Edwards has completed .582 of his passes, has already thrown seven TDs and has just one interception ... He is 57-of-98 for 667 yards and seven TDs in three games this season ... His passing efficiency rating (136.87) 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 ... Against No. 1 ranked USC, Edwards completed 23-of-35 for 183 yards and two touchdowns ... At halftime, he had completed 20-of-26 for 164 yards and two TDs ... Edwards threw his first interception of the season against the Trojans, snapping his string of 66 consecutive passes without an INT ... He is averaging 224.7 yards per game in total offense, which ranks him sixth in the Pac-10 and 40th in the nation ... He is the first sophomore to begin the season as the team's bona fide starter since Chad Hutchinson in 1996.
BRADFORD AND MOORE LATEST TWO-SPORT ATHLETES
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.
MOORE'S ATHLETIC ABILITY AND SIZE PAYING DIVIDENDS
Sophomore Evan Moore (6-7, 235) has caught 13 balls and scored four touchdowns through the first three 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... Last week against USC, he caught five passes for 47 yards and one touchdown ... He has scored at least one touchdown in each of Stanford's three games this season ... Moore has caught four of the team's seven TD passes ... 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.
NINE STARTERS RETURN ON EXPERIENCED CARDINAL DEFENSE
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.
STARTING OFFENSIVE LINE INCLUDES FOUR SOPHS, ONE JR.
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.
SOPHOMORE OFFENSE TO LEAD CARDINAL IN 2004
Stanford's starting offensive unit in its first three games vs. San Jose State, BYU and USC has included eight sophomores ... Fifth-year senior TE Alex Smith is the only senior who has started all three 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 ... Injuries have put sophomore TE Patrick Danahy in the starting lineup at fullback ... The only other upperclassmen to start in 2004 are juniors J.R. Lemon at RB (San Jose State, USC) and Brian Head at center and senior Kenneth Tolon at running back (BYU).
TOLON NEARING ELITE GROUP OF CARDINAL RUSHERS
Senior Kenneth Tolon has gained 131 yards and scored two touchdowns through three games in 2004, giving him 1,345 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 344 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, 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.
THREE FORMER CARDINAL PLAYERS ON COACHING STAFF
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.
FORMER WALK-ON NEWBERRY NAMED CO-CAPTAIN
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 14 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.
EXPERIENCED TRIO AT CORNERBACK
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 23 games, Wilson 20 and Rushing seven the past two-plus seasons ... Torrence was named First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 and honorable mention all-conference last season ... 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 ... Rushing is third on the team in tackles with 16 and is the team leader with four tackles for loss ... He had a career high eight tackles, along with a forced fumble and tackle for loss, in last week's game with USC.
BRADFORD COMING OFF RECORD SETTING FRESHMAN SEASON
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 and USC... His 48 career receptions is tops on the team ... He is currently third on the team with 11 catches for 146 yards ... 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.
SCHIMMELMANN SHINES IN STARTING ROLE AT ILB
Now in his fourth season - and fourth position - at Stanford, redshirt junior Kevin Schimmelmann finds himself playing a prominent role in the middle of the Cardinal defense ... A 6-3, 215-pounder from Marietta, Georgia, Schimmelmann leads the team in tackles with 22 and pass break ups with two while also recording a sack and a forced fumble ... Schimmelmann played free safety while redshirting in 2001 season as a true freshman, then played a reserve role at strongn safety and special teams in 2002 ... Last year, he started six games and played in all 11 at outside linebacker while recording 49 tackles ... Schimmelmann led the team last week vs. USC with 10 tackles ... He had seven tackles, a tackle for loss, sack, forced fumble and pass break up against BYU.