2004 Season: The Final Report
Jan. 17, 2005
CARDINAL CONCLUDES 2004 CAMPAIGN WITH 4-7 RECORD
Stanford concluded the 2004 season with an overall record of 4-7 and a conference record of 2-6 ... The Cardinal began the year with wins over San Jose State and BYU and found themselves with a 4-2 record after a conference win at Washington State on October 16 ... However, Stanford lost its final five games of the year ... Five of the Cardinal's seven losses were by a combined 22 points ... Stanford also lost three games by three points each ... Six of the Cardinal's seven losses came against teams that advanced to post-season bowl games ... Following the season, head coach Buddy Teevens was released from his position on November 29 ... Walt Harris was named Stanford's new head football coach on December 13.
TEN EARN ALL-PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE RECOGNITION
Tight end Alex Smith, kickoff return specialist T.J. Rushing and sophomore Michael Okwo earned First-Team All-Pac-10 honors while linebacker Jon Alston received Second-Team recognition ... Stanford also had six players earn Honorable Mention honors in 2004 ... Smith was fifth in the league - and tops among tight ends - in receptions per game (4.73) and sixth in receiving yards per game (64.2) while Rushing led the conference with a 28.4 KOR average ... Okwo, a reserve linebacker, received First-Team All-Pac-10 honors as the league's top special teams player ... Alston, a junior in his first year in the starting lineup, led the Cardinal and was among the league leaders in sacks with 9.5 and tackles for loss with 14 ... Earning honorable mention recognition were: FS Oshiomogho Atogwe, DT Julian Jenkins, FL Evan Moore, NT Babatunde Oshinowo, ILB Kevin Schimmelmann and CB Stanley Wilson.
STANFORD PLACES LEAGUE BEST 25 ON ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
Once again, the Cardinal led the conference with 25 players named to the 2004 Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic Team ... Stanford has six players chosen to the First-Team, including Kevin Schimmelmann for the third straight season, eight were selected to the Second-Team and 11 earned honorable mention recognition ... Players must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average to qualify for the team ... Along with Schimmelmann, First-Team honors went to Babatunde Oshinowo for the second consecutive year, and first-year selections RB Kris Bonifas, WR Greg Camarillo, FL Evan Moore, and DB Bryan Bentrott ... Second-team honors went to OL Brent Newhouse, OL Josiah Vinson, DL Nick Frank, DL Matt McClernan, DL Will Svitek, LB David Bergeron, LB Mike Silva and DB Leigh Torrence ... Honorable mention selections included: LB Emmanuel Awofadeju, OL Mikal Brewer, OL Preston Clover, OL Jon Cochran, TE Patrick Danahy, OL David Long, OL Amir Malayery, QB Kyle Matter, OL Tim Mattran, PK Michael Sgroi and LB Timi Wusu.
Alex Smith NAMED TEAM'S MOST VALUABLE PLAYER IN 2004
Senior tight end Alex Smith was named the team's Most Valuable Player in 2004 ... Smith, who became the school's most prolific receiving tight end in history, was Stanford's top offensive weapon as he led the club in receptions and receiving yards ... Below is a complete list of team award winners in 2004:
Alex Smith (Most Valuable Player)
Jared Newberry (Al Masters Award - Player displaying the highest degree of leadership and respect of his teammates)
Oshiomogho Atogwe (Jack Huston Award - Player exemplifying aggressiveness, exceptional performance and unheralded efforts)
Greg Camarillo (Jim Reynolds Award - Senior player whose courage on the field and devotion to the game are an inspiration to all)
Babatunde Oshinowo (The Vardell Award - Junior or senior player who best epitomizes excellence in both academics and athletics)
Jon Alston (Gundelach Award - Most Outstanding Junior)
Evan Moore (Deswarte-Eller Award - Most Outstanding Sophomore)
Jay Ottovegio (Menlo-Atherton Trophy Award - Most Outstanding Freshman)
Michael Okwo (Phil Moffat Award-Most Outstanding Def. Special Teams Player)
T.J. Rushing (Phil Moffat Award-Most Outstanding Offensive Special Teams Player)
Will Svitek (Frank Rehm Award - Most Outstanding Lineman In The Big Game)
David Bergeron (Frank Rehm Award - Most Outstanding Back In The Big Game)
Alex Fletcher (Greg Piers Award - Most Outstanding Offensive Service Team Player)
Landon Johnson (Greg Piers Award - Most Outstanding Def. Service Team Player)
11 PLAYERS CONCLUDE THEIR CARDINAL CAREERS IN 2004
Stanford had just 11 seniors in 2004 conclude their collegiate careers on The Farm ... The list includes seven defensive and four offensive players ... Seven of the departing seniors were starters, including FS Oshiomogho Atogwe, ILB David Bergeron, OLB Jared Newberry, DE Scott Scharff, TE Alex Smith, CB Leigh Torrence and CB Stanley Wilson ... The other four departing seniors include FL Greg Camarillo, QB Ryan Eklund, DE Will Svitek and RB Kenneth Tolon.
CARDINAL RETURNS 15 STARTERS, BOTH KICKERS, IN 2005
Stanford will return 15 starters and both kickers in 2005, including 10 returning starters on offense ... Only tight end Alex Smith will not be back for the Cardinal on offense in '05 ... Stanford returns its entire offensive line (LT Jon Cochran, LG Ismail Simpson, C Brian Head, RG Josiah Vinson, RT Jeff Edwards), QB Trent Edwards, RB J.R. Lemon, WR Mark Bradford, FL Evan Moore and FB Kris Bonifas ... Returning starters on defense include OLB Jon Alston, DT Julian Jenkins, NT Babatunde Oshinowo, ILB Kevin Schimmelmann and SS Brandon Harrison ... The Cardinal will all return both kickers: PK Michael Sgroi and P Jay Ottovegio.
RECORD BOOK UPDATE; SMITH BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD
Tight end Alex Smith set a school record for receptions by a tight end after concluding his career with 107 catches ... Smith broke Bob Moore's record of 100 receptions and became the first Cardinal tight end to lead the team in receptions since Moore in 1969 ...Smith caught 52 passes in 2004, the second best single season by a Cardinal tight end in school history ... PK Michael Sgroi, KOR T.J. Rushing and FS Oshiomogho Atogwe also put themselves in the Cardinal record book after their performances in 2004 ... Sgroi, who hit 16-of-24 field goal attempts and led the team with 92 points, moved into the all-time top-10 in field goals ... He is now No. 6 at Stanford with 32 career field goals ... Rushing placed his name in the all-time top-10 in several categories, including season KOR average (28.4, tied for No. 3), season KOR yards (653, No. 2), career KOR average (26.9, No. 2) and season KOR yards (834, No. 8) ... Atogwe finished his career with nine interceptions, tied for eighth all-time at Stanford.
SMITH EARNS SEVERAL POST-SEASON AWARDS
Senior tight end Alex Smith, who became the most prolific receiving tight end in school history, was also the most honored Cardinal player in 2004 ... He finished the season with 52 receptions for 706 yards and three touchdowns and was No. 1 in the Pac-10 among tight ends in both categories ... Nationally, Smith was No. 2 among tight ends in receptions and receiving yards ... He was the runner-up for the Mackey Award, given annually to the nation's top tight end ... Smith was a consensus Second-Team All-America selection, First-Team All-Pac-10 and Team MVP in 2004 ... He became the first Stanford tight end to be named First-Team All-Pac-10 since Greg Baty in 1985 and the first tight end to lead the team in receiving since Bob Moore in 1969 ... Smith's final career numbers: 107 catches, 1,291 yards, 12.1 average, eight touchdowns ... His 52 receptions in '04 was the second best single season for a Cardinal tight end (61 by Baty in 1985) ... ... He has caught 24 passes for 358 yards and two TDs during a three game span midway through the season vs. Oregon (nine receptions, 110 yards), UCLA (10 catches, 136 yards) and Arizona State (five receptions, 112 yards, two TDs) ... Against Oregon (Oct. 23), Smith established career highs in both receptions and receiving yards, only to break both marks the following week at UCLA ... 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 at Notre Dame ... A fifth-year senior from Denver, Colorado, Smith started his final 32 games at Stanford from 2002-04.
Team Notes: Redshirt freshman punter Jay Ottovegio became the firstfreshman to average over 40 yards punt in school history ... In his first year as a starter, Ottovegio averaged 41.3 yards per punt ... He was named a Sporting News Second-Team Freshman All-America ... FL Evan Moore was named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District-8 ... Stanford led the Pac-10 and was seventh in the nation in kickoff returns, averaging 24.63 yards per return ... FS Oshiomogho Atogwe led the team in tackles for the third straight season and became just the third player in school history to lead the team in tackles for three consecutive years ... Atogwe finished his career with 241 total tackles, nine interceptions, 11 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries while starting all 33 games for Stanford in 2002, '03, '04 ... OLB Jon Alston led the team with 14 tackles for loss and 9.5 quarterback sacks, which both rank among the best single seasons in school history (No. 9 in tackles for loss, No. 12 in sacks) ... He finished fourth in the Pac-10 in sacks, sixth in tackles for loss and tied for fifth in forced fumbles with three) ... Kenneth Tolon finished his career with 1,636 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns ... He fell 53 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown shy of the school's all-time top-10 ... Stanford finished second in the Pac-10 and No. 16 in the nation in turnover margin (+0.73 per game).