Cardinal Visits Washington State For First Time Since 2000
Oct. 10, 2004
Date: October 16, 2004
Kickoff: 7:15 pm
Site: Pullman, WA
Television: Fox Sports Net, national cable (Barry Tompkins, Petros Papadakis)
Radio: KNEW, 910 am (Ted Robinson, Bob Murphy)
Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm
Internet: www.gostanford.com (live audio, live stats)
The Series: Stanford leads 30-23-1
Last Meeting: September 27, 2003 at Stanford (24-14 WSU)
STANFORD RETURNS TO PAC-10 ACTION SATURDAY AT WSU
The Cardinal begins a string of six consecutive conference games on Saturday when it travels to Pullman, Washington to face Washington State in a key Pac-10 matchup ... Stanford (3-2, 1-1) has split its two league games in 2004, losing a close 31-28 decision to top-ranked USC and beating Washington at home ... Last Saturday in South Bend, the Cardinal was beaten by Notre Dame 23-15 in a game Stanford led 15-10 in the fourth quarter ... The Cougars (3-2, 1-1) gave up a late touchdown to Oregon last week and were beaten by the Ducks 41-38 ... Stanford has lost its last three meetings against WSU with all three of those games played at Stanford Stadium ... The two teams have not played in Pullman since 2000, a game won by the Cardinal 24-10.
CARDINAL LOOKING TO SNAP LOSING STREAK AGAINST WSU
From 1973-2000, the Cardinal-Washington State series was a one-sided affair that saw Stanford win 18 of 22 games during this time ... The Cougars, however, have rebounded by winning the last three games against Stanford, all of which have come at Stanford Stadium ... The overall series still has the Cardinal on top 30-23-1 ... The last time these two teams met at Martin Stadium was the 2000 season opener (Sept. 2) won by Stanford 24-10 ... The Cardinal has won three of its last four games in Pullman ... Over the past three seasons, WSU has come to Stanford Stadium and beaten the Cardinal on its home turf (45-39 in 2001, 36-11 in 2002 and 24-14 last year) ... A year ago, WSU came into the game ranked No. 6 in the nation ... The Cougars led 7-0 at the intermission and extended to 21-7 in the fourth quarter ... WSU had trouble sustaining a rushing attack, but threw for 331 yards and three touchdowns behind quarterback Matt Kegel ... Stanford rushed for just 42 yards and completed 20-of-50 passes.
LAST WEEK IN REVIEW: NOTRE DAME 23, STANFORD 15
Two fourth quarter touchdowns by Notre Dame allowed the Irish to turn a 15-10 deficit into a victory ... Stanford drove down the field impressively against Notre Dame on its first two possessions of the game, but had to settle for two Michael Sgroi field goals and a 6-0 lead ... The two teams traded field goals in the second and third periods - the third of the game for Sgroi - before Notre Dame took a 10-9 lead on a one-yard run by Ryan Grant midway through the third quarter ... Stanford responded with a nine-play, 80-yard drive, capped by J.R. Lemon's one yard run, and re-gained the lead at 15-10 ... The Irish took the lead 16-15 when Grant bolted over from three yards out with 11:59 to play ... Notre Dame extended their lead when QB Brady Quinn capped a 47-yard drive by scoring from two yards out.
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).
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 five games in '04, those numbers look like this: 30 ppg, 123.4 rushing yards, 266.8 passing yards and 390.2 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 27 points or more in four of its five games ... In 11 games in 2003, Stanford threw for over 200 yards six times with a season best of 293 ... The Cardinal has already thrown for over 200 yards in four of its five games in 2004, including 333 in the season opener vs. San Jose State.
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.
LEMON POWERING CARDINAL RUSHING ATTACK IN '04
J.R. Lemon has gained 299 yards and scored five touchdowns the past threegames vs. USC, Washington and Notre Dame and has become one of the top rushing threats in the Pac-10 ... His 162 yard performance against Washington (Oct. 2) was the best by a Cardinal running back in 10 years ... Not since Mike Mitchell gained 179 yards in 1994 has a Stanford running back accounted for more rushing yards in a game ... Lemon has gained 377 yards on 62 carries and scored a team-leading five rushing touchdowns ... He also carries an impressive 6.1 yards per carry average ... In his career, the junior from Fayetteville, Georgia has gained 929 yards and scored 12 touchdowns on 210 carries (4.4 ypc) ... So far this season, Lemon has had carries of 82 yards (vs. USC) and 58 yards (vs. Washington) ... The 82-yard touchdown run vs. the Trojans went into the Cardinal record book tied for the sixth longest rushing TD in school history ... His 12 rushing touchdowns places him one shy of moving into the school's all-time top10 list ... Tied for ninth in the Stanford record books with 13 career rushing touchdowns are Brian Allen (1998-2001) and Glyn Milburn (1990-92).
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) ... From 2002-04 (27 games), he has six interceptions, seven fumble recoveries and 11 forced fumbles ... Through the first five games of the 2004 campaign, Atogwe is again proving to be a force on defense ... He is second on the team with 31 tackles while also recording one interception, two forced fumbles, three pass break ups and two tackles for loss.
SMITH MAKING MARK AS ONE OF NATION'S TOP TIGHT ENDS
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 ... Six of the last seven 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 79 career receptions for 966 yards (12.2 ypc) and six TDs, is one of the most prolific tight ends on The Farm in the past 25 years ... He is 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 24 receptions for 281 yards and one TD through five 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 ... Against top-ranked USC, he had five receptions for 45 yards ... Smith had four receptions for 46 yards against Washington and five catches for 73 yards last week at Notre Dame ... Smith is attempting to become the first Stanford tight end to lead the team in receptions since Bob Moore in 1969 ... ... Smith could also become the first Stanford tight end to be named First-Team All-Pac-10 since Greg Baty in 1985.
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 five games of the '04 campaign, Edwards has completed .574 of his passes and has already thrown seven TDs ... He is 97-of-169 for 1,188 yards and seven TDs in in '04 ... His passing efficiency rating (125.38) is sixth in the Pac-10 and 57th in the NCAA ... His total offense of 240.6 yards per game places him fourth in the conference and 29th in the nation ... 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 ... Against Washington (Oct. 2), Edwards completed 23-of-33 for 254 yards ... He threw for 267 yards last week at Notre Dame ... He is the first sophomore to begin the season as the team's bona fide starter since Chad Hutchinson in 1996 ... Edwards is on pace to move into the school's single season top-10 lists in both yards passing and total offense as he projects of over 2,600 yards in each category.
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 21 balls for 320 yards (15.4 ypc) and scored four touchdowns through the first five 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 back in week two vs. BYU to record four more receptions for 56 yards and one touchdown - that coming on a 24-yard pass from Trent Edwards... Against top-ranked USC, he caught five passes for 47 yards and one touchdown ... Against Washington, he caught three balls for 68 yards ... Moore had five catches for 72 yards last week at Notre Dame ... He has scored at least one touchdown in three of Stanford's five 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 its defensive unit in 2004 ... 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 are held by a junior or senior - the only exception being Brandon Harrison at strong safety ... 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 has included as many as eight sophomores during the 2004 campaign... Fifth-year senior TE Alex Smith is the only senior who has started all five 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 at the fullback spot have put sophomore TE Patrick Danahy in the starting lineup ... The only other upperclassmen to start in 2004 are juniors J.R. Lemon at RB (San Jose State, USC, Washington, Notre Dame), Brian Head at center and senior Kenneth Tolon at running back (BYU).
TOLON NEARING ELITE GROUP OF CARDINAL RUSHERS
Senior Kenneth Tolon has gained 175 yards and scored two touchdowns in 2004, giving him 1,389 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 300 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, shares the running back chores with J.R. Lemon ... Tolon also 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 and one behind teammate J.R. Lemon.
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 16 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 ... He currently leads the team with 5.5 tackles for loss and is tied for the team lead with three pass breakups ... Prior to earning a starting role as an outside linebacker, Newberry played inside linebacker (2000) and fullback (2001) as well as special teams ... In 2001, he was the team's backup fullback ... He had two carries that year - both coming against Arizona State - for 29 yards and one touchdown ... He scored on a 19-yard run up the middle against the Sun Devils.
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 25 games, Wilson 21 and Rushing eight from 2002-04 ... 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 has 18 tackles and is second on the team with four tackles for loss ... He had a career high eight tackles, along with a forced fumble and tackle for loss, against top-ranked USC ...Wilson intercepted his first pass of the season against Washington (Oct. 2) and returned it 51 yards to the Huskies four-yard line.
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...He led the team with five catches for 79 yards against Washington (oct. 2) ... His 54 career receptions is tops on the team ... He is currently third on the team with 17 catches for 234 yards (13.4 ypc) ... 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 football season and was named the team's top freshman, First-Team Freshman All-Pac-10 and Third Team Freshman All-America.
CARDINAL, T.J. Rushing AMONG BEST IN KICKOFF RETURNS
Led by T.J. Rushing's emergence, Stanford's 29.0 kickoff return average ranks eighth in the nation and second in the Pac-10 ... Rushing, a junior cornerback, has returned 10 kicks for 336 and his 33.6 average is number one in the Pac-10 and number four in the nation ... Among his 10 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.
SGROI MOVES INTO RECORD BOOK IN CAREER FIELD GOALS
Junior placekicker Michael Sgroi kicked three field goals in last week's game at Notre Dame, giving him 22 in his career and placing him No. 10 on Stanford's all-time field goal list ... Sgroi, who missed his first three field goal attempts this season but has since made his last six, moved ahead of Steve Horowitz (1968-70) and is just one behind David Sweeney (1984-87) for ninth place in the record book ... Sgroi will also likely move into the record book in career PATs ... He is currently 60-of-63 in his career and is eight PATs shy of No. 10 in the Cardinal record book ... Sgroi has kicked six field goals in five games this season and his 1.2 field goals per game ranks him third in the Pac-10.
SCHIMMELMANN SHINES IN FOURTH POSITION IN FOUR YEARS
Now in his fourth season, ILB Kevin Schimmelmann may have finally found a home - and a position - that suits him ... The junior from Marietta, Georgia, had played free safety, strong safety and outside linebacker prior to moving to inside linebacker for the 2004 campaign ... And, after five games, he has emerged as the team leader in tackles with 36 and a solid contributor to the Cardinal defense ... He had a season-high 10 tackles against top-ranked USC and nine last Saturday at Notre Dame ... He has also recorded two tackles for loss, a quarterback sack, two pass break-ups and a forced fumble ... A two-time First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 selection, Schimmelmann started six games at outside linebacker a year ago and played in all 11, accounting for 49 total tackles and eight tackles for loss ... In the Cardinal's 16 games in 2003 and '04, he has started 11, played in all 16 and accounted for 85 tackles
Offensive line coach Steve Morton has deep roots in the Palouse ... He grew up in Chehalis, Washington, played football at Washington State and coached at WSU for 12 years ... Morton was a center/guard for the Cougars in 1973-74 ... He earned a bachelor's degree in physical education at WSU in 1977 ... He was a graduate assistant for the Cougars in 1975-76 and a full-time assistant at WSU from 1977-86.
Junior OLB Jon Alston recorded a career-high 10 tackles last week at Notre Dame ... Alston leads the team with three sacks, is second with 31 total tackles and third witih 3.5 tackles for loss.
Junior DE Julian Jenkins has already matched his season totals from a year ago after just just five games in '04 ... Jenkins had a career high seven tackles and two sacks at Notre Dame, giving him 20 total tackles and three sacks this season ... He had 16 tackles and three sacks in 2003.
Since sitting out game three vs. USC, senior ILB David Bergeron has come back in the last two games vs. Washington and Notre Dame to record 20 tackles, a blocked punt and a tackle for loss ... He leads the team with a 7.25 tackles per game average