Stanford To Open New Stadium Against Navy

Sept. 10, 2006

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Game #3 - Navy (2-0) at Stanford (0-2)
September 16, Stanford Stadium
Stanford, CA., 7:00 pm, Fox Sports Net Bay Area

Date: September 16, 2006
Kickoff: 7:00 pm
Site: Stanford, CA
Television: Live, FSN Bay Area (Barry Tompkins, Bill Walsh, Jim Plunkett)
Radio: KNBR, 1050 am (Ted Robinson, Bob Murphy)
Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm
Internet: (live audio, live stats)
The Series: Series tied 1-1-1
Last Meeting: Stanford 41, Navy 38 (9/10/05) at Navy
Series Notes Navy 1-0-1 at Stanford Stadium


Cardinal To Open New Stanford Stadium Against Navy
Stanford (0-2) will open the New Stanford Stadium this Saturday, September 16 with a non-conference game against the Navy Midshipmen, who are 2-0 this season after wins over East Carolina and UMass ... The Cardinal is still searching for its first win of the year after losing at Oregon and at San Jose State the previous two weeks ... The storyline this week, however, is the grand opening of Stanford's new stadium ... Following the Cardinal's season finale last season against Notre Dame on November 26, 2005, construction began in earnest ... Ten months later, a new 50,000 seat stadium will be unveiled against Navy on Saturday ... A week of grand opening festivities will take place leading up to the kickoff ... The game will be televised live in the Bay Area on Fox Sports Net Bay Area with Barry Tompkins calling the play-by-play with Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh and Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett.

Cardinal-Midshipmen Meet For Fourth Time in Series History
Stanford and Navy will meet for the fourth time in series history and second consecutive season ... The Cardinal beat Navy in Annapolis in last year's season opener, 41-38 in head coach Walt Harris' Stanford debut ... The two teams are 1-1-1 in the previous three games ... Navy beat Stanford 25-0 in Stanford Stadium in 1954, then the two teams played to a 7-7 tie at Stanford in 1965 ... A year ago, Stanford began the Walt Harris Era with an impressive win in Annapolis ... Trent Edwards threw for 235 yards and one TD as the Cardinal built a 14 point lead in the fourth quarter ... Navy pulled within a touchdown at 38-31 with 12:38 to play, but the Cardinal extended its lead to 41-31 on a 47-yard field goal by Michael Sgroi with 7:13 remaining ... Navy's final touchdown came with 2:09 left in the game, but Stanford was able to hold on for its first win of the 2005 season and the first for Harris as the Cardinal's head coach.

Grand Opening of The New Stanford Stadium
Moments after Stanford's season finale last season against Notre Dame on November 26, work began on the New Stanford Stadium ... Built in 1921, Stanford Stadium, with a seating capacity of 85,500, was the largest privately owned stadium in the country ... After nearly 10 months of a rigorous construction schedule that saw crews work, two, eight-hour shifts per day, the New Stanford Stadium will be unveiled Saturday in the Cardinal's 2006 home opener vs. Navy ... The Stadium will have a seating capacity of approximately 50,000 and the improved sight lines will bring fans 70-100 feet closer to the field of action ... The $90 million project will include new amenities throughout the Stadium, a new natural turf field, improved sound and video systems, removal of the track and fencing around the playing field and more comfortable seating.

Grand Opening Festivities Leading Up to Kickoff
• Wed., Sept. 13, 12:00-12:30 pm, Kickoff Rall, Lytton PlazaThe Palo Alto community will gather for a Rally in Lytton Plaza located at the corner of University Avenue and Emerson. Guest speakers include Mayor Judy Kleinberg, Stanford head coach Walt Harris and members of Cardinal football team

• Fri., Sept. 15, 6:00-7:15 pm, Block Party, Civic Center PlazaFestivities begin as the Stanford Yell Leaders, cheerleaders and Navy Band lead the community in a march starting at the corner of University Avenue an Emerson and ending at Palo Alto's Civic Plaza. Entertainment, contests, give-aways an special appearances from former Stanford football greats, the Navy 'Leap Frog' Parachute Team and other dignitaries are scheduled to appear.

• Sat., Sept. 16, 5:30 pm, Pre-Game Ceremonies, Stanford Stadium5:30 pm - Special Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at all gates. Some of the great players in Stanford football history will take part in a ribbon cutting ceremony that will take place at all gates prior to the opening of the New Stanford Stadium.
6:25-7:00 pm - Pre-Game Fesitvities Begin. U.S. Navy jet flyovers and a special entrance by the Navy 'Leap Frog' Team will take place, followed by an all-stadium card stunt, which will require participation from every fan. Fans will also form a giant sized Cardinal ribbon card stunt throughout the stadium that will cascade onto the field. The opening ceremony will also include a performance by the Navy Band and a pyrotechnics display.

Cardinal Head Coach Walt Harris
Now in his second season at Stanford, Walt Harris took over a Cardinal team that finished eighth in the Pac-10 with a 2-6 record in 2004 and, a year later, had his team 4-4 in the conference and in fourth place ... Harris led the Cardinal of a 5-6 overall record and was one win shy of having his team in position for a post-season bowl game ... In eight seasons at Pitt (1997-2004) prior to coming to Stanford, Harris turned the Panthers into a perennial bowl contender and among the top programs in the country ... He led Pitt to six bowl games in eight seasons, including the last five, and a first-ever BCS bowl (Fiesta) following the 2004 campaign ... He was named Stanford's head coach on December 13, 2004 ... Harris, a Bay Area native, has coached for over 30 years, including 12 as a head coach ... He was 52-44 at Pitt and is 68-76 in his career as a head coach, which includes three years at UOP (1989-91), where the Tigers improved each season under Harris, and a 5-8 record as the Cardinal head coach ... Harris has coached at Ohio State, Tennessee, Illinois, Michigan State and Cal along with a three-year stint with the New York Jets ... In the last five seasons at Pitt, Harris' teams went 39-23, won at least seven games each year and advanced to a bowl game each season.

Young Cardinal, Including Six True Freshman, Playing Key Roles
A quick glance at Stanford's participation chart after the first two games of the year will find the Cardinal with several key players making their collegiate debuts in 2006 ... In Stanford's season opener at Oregon, the Cardinal had 20 players, including six true freshman, see action for the first time in their college careers ... In addition to the six true freshman, 10 sophomores who redshirted as true freshman in 2005, are also making contributions so far in '06 ... Three of those players have started at least one game thus far, including NT Ekom Udofia, LBWill Powers and LB Clinton Snyder ... All three redshirted their true freshman seasons a year ago ...Five of 20 players making their debuts at Oregon were offensive players, two on special teams and 13 on defense.

True Freshman Making Immediate Impact in 2006
One is the team's leading rusher, one led the team in receptions last week against San Jose State and two are in the rotation on the defensive line ... After redshirting the entire 21-member freshman class a year ago, six have already earned their way onto the Cardinal's two-deep chart ... The list includes RB Toby Gerhart, WR Richard Sherman, WR Austin Yancy, NT Sione Fua, DE Levirt Griffin and LB Brian Bulcke ... Gerhart has led the team in rushing in each of the first two games and his season totals - 29 carries, 137 yards, 4.7 ypc - are all tops on the team ... Sherman saw his first action against Oregon in the season opener, and after Mark Bradford was forced from the San Jose State game due to injury, Sherman saw his role increase - and he responded with a team leading six receptions for 71 yards ... Both Griffin and Fua are among a group of Cardinal defensive lineman who are receiving playing time ... Bulcke and Yancy are also among the team's key reserves.

Moore-Bradford Give Cardinal One of Best Receiver Duos in Pac-10
In senior Mark Bradford and junior Evan Moore, Stanford enters the 2006 season with two of the finest wide receivers in the Pac-10 ... Bradford has started 30 of 35 games for Stanford since the 2002 season while Moore, who had his 2005 season cut short due to injury, returned to the starting lineup in Stanford's season opener at Oregon on Sept. 6 ... Bradford has caught 118 passes in his career for 1,799 yards and (15.2 ypc) and 11 TDs and is the team's most experienced receiver ... He has a chance to finish his career among the school's all-time top-10 receivers ... He began the 2006 campaign by leading the Cardinal in both receptions (9) and receiving yards (108) against Oregon, but saw limited action in game two at San Jose State due to injury ... Moore, who played basketball at Stanford for parts of two seasons, entered the 2005 campaign as one of the league's top young receivers, but in the season opener at Navy on September 10, he suffered a season-ending hip injury ... He has caught 58 balls in his career for 978 yards (16.9 ypc) and 10 touchdowns ... Moore opened the season with four catches for 62 yards against Oregon ... He had four receptions for 84 yards and two touchdowns against San Jose State last week.

Cardinal Rushing Attack Showing Marked Improvement from 2005
A year ago, Stanford averaged 92.3 yards rushing per game and 2.6 yards per rush, but after two games inn 2006, those numbers are up to 142.5 yards rushing per game and 3.7 per rush ... Stanford's 185 yards on the ground last Saturday against San Jose State was the second most yards gained rushing in the Cardinal's last 20 games ... Stanford's running game is led by freshman Toby Gerhart, who leads the team with 137 yards on 29 carries and a 4.7 average.

Gerhart Latest Baseball-Football Player on The Farm
Freshman RB Toby Gerhart joins a long and impressive list of Stanford athletes who have played both football and baseball on The Farm ... Gerhart, who was named among the top-50 prep baseball players in the nation last year, is expected to make an immediate impact on Stanford's nationally-ranked baseball team this season ... The last two baseball-football players to make a significant impact on both teams were both quarterbacks at Stanford who later played in the Major Leagues ... Joe Borchard played football for the Cardinal in 1998-99 and was a first round pick by the Chicago White Sox in 2000 ... Chad Hutchinson was Stanford's starting QB in 1997-98 ... He later played in the big leagues for the St. Louis Cardinals and in the NFL for the Cowboys and Bears ... Other great football-baseball players at Stanford include John Elway, who played in the New York Yankees farm system after his junior year at Stanford, John Lynch (13 years NFL), Chris Draft (7 years NFL) , Brian Johnson (8 years Major League Baseball) and Toi Cook (11 years NFL).

Tale of Two Lines; Experienced on Offense, Young on Defense
Stanford's linemen on both sides of the ball couldn't be more opposite in terms of game experience ... The offensive line, with every starter and 11-letter-winners back from last year's team, has plenty of game experience among its veteran group ... On the defensive line, however, Stanford is young, very young ... Of the eight defensive linemen who have played this season, five had never played in a college football game, including two true freshmen (Sione Fua, Levirt Griffin) and three sophomores (Ekom Udofia, Matt Kopa, Tom McAndrew) who redshirted the '05 season ... The three veteran defensive lineman are junior Pannel Egboh (three career starts), senior Chris Horn (four career starts) and junior Gustav Rydstedt (eight starts in 2005) ... On the offensive line, Stanford has a combined 132 starts among its veteran group ... Jeff Edwards and Ismail Simpson lead the way with 28 starts each, followed by Josiah Vinson with 23, Jon Cochran with 22, Alex Fletcher with 13, Allen Smith with nine and Tim Mattran with six.Player Notes

#5 - Trent Edwards, QB, 6-4, 220, SR., 4V
• Stanford's fifth-year quarterback who has played in 30 games over the past four seasons with 26 of those in a starting role

• Ranks among Stanford's all-time leaders in total offense (5088, 7th), pass attempts (771, 7th), touchdown passes (35, 7th), passing yards (4859, 8th) and pass completions (431, 8th)

• Needs just 141 passing yards against Navy to become the seventh quarterback in Stanford history to throw for 5000 or more yards

• Has also added 229 career rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground

• Threw a career-high four TD passes (all in the first half) in his most recent game, a 35-34 loss at San Jose State (9/9/06)

• On the 2006 Davey O'Brien Watch List for an award that is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback

• Earned several other preseason accolades in 2006, including First Team (The Sporting News) and Second Team (Athlon, Steele's) All-Pac-10 honors, as well as an honorable mention All-American selection (Street & Smith's)

• Had a big game in his first career appearance versus Navy in the 2005 season-opening 41-38 victory over the Midshipmen in Annapolis, MD, hitting on 21-of-33 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown

• Hails from nearby Los Gatos High School (Los Gatos, CA), where he led his team to a 26-0 record and back-to-back Central Coast Section Division III titles in his junior and senior seasons by combining for 5064 yards in the air during those two campaigns with 58 touchdown tosses and just seven interceptions

• Currently ranks among the nation's leaders in total offense (21st, 262.0), passing yards (30th, 457), passing yards per game (33rd, 228.5) and passing efficiency (36th, 146.6)

#4 - Mark Bradford, WR, 6-2, 210, SR., 3V
• Stanford's active career leader in receptions (118), yards receiving (1789) and touchdown receptions (11)

• Had a nice start to his 2006 campaign, catching a career-high-tying nine balls for 108 yards (his third 100-yard receiving game against Oregon) and a TD in the September 2 season-opener but played only one series at San Jose State (9/9/06) before missing the remainder of the contest during to injury

• Has started 30 of 35 possible games in his career

• Became the most prolific true freshman receiver in school history after catching 37 passes for 587 yards and three touchdowns in 2003 then followed that up in 2004 by grabbing 34 balls for 482 yards and a touchdown as a sophomore

• Limited to just two catches and 29 receiving yards at Navy in 2005

• Has earned 2006 Second-Team Preseason All-Pac-10 honors from Phil Steele's College Football Magazine

#78 - Jon Cochran, OL, 6-6, 315, SR., 4V
• Has made his first two career starts at right guard against Oregon and San Jose State after picking up 20 previous starts at tackle• Started all 11 contests at left tackle in 2004 before making five starts at right tackle last season

#91 - Pannel Egboh, DE, 6-6, 280, JR., 2V
• Has 13 tackles in the team's first two games after returning from a broken leg at Washington State (10/8/05) that ended has season last year• Sixth on the club and first among defensive linemen with 13 tackles

#60 - Alex Fletcher, C/OG, 6-3, 300, JR., 2V
• Earned 2006 Preseason First-Team All-Pac-10 honors from Phil Steele's College Football Magazine as well as a Second-Team selection by The Sporting News

• Has started all 13 games over the last two years on the offensive line with eight starts at right guard and five at center, including each of theteam's first two contests this season

• Had a tremendous freshman campaign in 2005 when he was named by as a First Team Frosh All-American, while adding First Team Freshman All-Pac-10 and honorable mention All-American selections from The Sporting News

• The only lineman to start all 11 contests in 2005

#70 - Jeff Edwards, OT, 6-6, 300, SR., 4V
• Has started 28 games at three different positions on the offensive line during his four seasons of action on The Farm, including both games in 2006 at right tackle

#39 - Nick Frank, FB, 6-2, 250, SR., 3V
• Has started all 13 games at fullback over the last two seasons after having previously played on the Cardinal's defensive line in 2003 and 2004

• Has played in 34 of Stanford's 35 games the past four years, 21 as a defensive lineman and 13 as a fullback

• Rushed for 134 yards on 42 carries and added 17 receptions for 127 yards during his first year at fullback in 2005 when he was named an honorable mention Academic All-Pac-10

• Had a nice game catching the ball out of the backfield at Navy last year when he picked up career-bests with six receptions and 45 yards

#7 - Toby Gerhart, RB, 6-1, 228, FR., HS
• Has been Stanford's leading rusher in each of his first two collegiate games at Oregon (9/2, 16-55) and San Jose State (9/9, 13-82) to pace the Cardinal with 137 yards rushing on 29 carries

• Has Stanford's longest run of the season when he broke for a 38-yarder at San Jose State (9/9)

• Was a two-sport (baseball, football) prep standout at Norco High School (Norco, CA) from 2002-05, rushing for an amazing 9622 yards in his career to set the all-time California high school record and accumulate the third-highest rushing total ever by a high school player in the nation, including a senior season in which he rushed for 3233 yards and scored 39 TD's

• A two-sport athlete who is also expected to play for the Stanford Baseball squad

#23 - Brandon Harrison, CB/S, 6-2, 215, SR., 3V
• Had started in 23 consecutive games before coming off the bench at San Jose State (9/9) due to an injury suffered in the team's previous game at Oregon (9/2)

• Made his first career start at cornerback versus Oregon (9/2) after starting all 22 games the previous two seasons at strong safety

• Has played in 34 of 35 possible games in his career

• Stanford's active career leader with 136 tackles and four interceptions

• Third on the team with 18 tackles and also has the club's only pass breakup

• Also third on the club with 67 tackles in 2005, while leading the team with three interceptions

• Made five tackles (0.5 for loss) versus Navy last season

#24 - Trevor Hooper, S, 6-1, 205, SR., 4V
• Leads the Cardinal defense with 22 tackles after back-to-back double-digit tackle contests in the first two games of 2006 with a career-high 12 in the season-opener versus Oregon (9/2) and 10 at San Jose State (9/9)

• Ranks one tackle behind Stanford's active career tackle leader Brandon Harrison with 135 in his career

• Has started 19 career games and played in 30

• Had a huge redshirt freshman year in 2003 when he started all 11 games and led the team with three interceptions, while finishing fifth with 60 tackles

• Recorded one tackle versus Navy last year

• A local product from nearby Mountain View High School (Mountain View, CA), where he was the first student-athlete from the school to earn a Pac-10 scholarship

• Writing a weekly column throughout the 2006 football season for the Palo Alto Daily News

#6 - David Lofton, S, 6-4, 220, SR., 4V
• Second on the club with 19 tackles, leading the Cardinal with a career-best 12 stops at San Jose State (9/9) after getting seven in the season-opener at Oregon (9/2)

• Has played three different positions -- quarterback, safety and wide receiver -- during his Stanford career but seems to have found a home at safety, playing in all 12 games with six starts at the position over the last two seasons

• Made 35 tackles as junior in 2005

• Had five tackles against Navy last season

• Son of former Stanford and NFL great James Lofton, who is currently a wide receivers coach with the San Diego Chargers

• Gave his father's induction speech into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on August 3, 2003

#26 - Anthony Kimble, RB, 6-1, 200, JR., 2V
• Has started the team's first two games at running back and is tied for the club's second leading rusher with 67 yards on 19 carries

• Ran for 53 yards on 14 carries at San Jose State (9/9/06)

• Converted to running back in the spring of 2005

• Started the first six games of the 2005 season at running back and became a key component to the Cardinal's offense, rushing for 244 yards and two touchdowns on 66 carries for a 3.7 yard average

• Came to Stanford as one of the nation's highly sought-after prep receivers

#44 - Pat Maynor, LB, 6-2, 215, JR., 2V
• Has combined for 15 tackles in the first two starting assignments of his career, including a carer-best nine at San Jose State (9/9)

• Played in all 11 games off the bench primarily on special teams in 2005

• Had one tackle against Navy last year

#8 - Evan Moore, WR, 6-7, 235, SR., 3V
• Has a team-high 146 receiving yards and an 18.2 yard per reception average in the first two games with his eight catches second on the club

• Returned to action at Oregon for the first time since missing nearly all of 2005 with a dislocated hip he suffered in the first game of the year at Navy after he had caught three balls for 66 yards and a TD

• Caught four balls for 62 yards (all in the first quarter) in his return to action at Oregon (9/2) then had four more catches for 84 yards (three shy of his career-high) and a career-high-tying two TD receptions at San Jose State (9/9)

• Earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 recognition in 2004 when he had 39 catches for 616 yards and six touchdowns

• Has career totals of 58 receptions for 978 yards and a 16.6 average with 10 touchdowns

• Also played basketball at Stanford until January of 2005 when he left the hoops squad to concentrate on football

#55 - Michael Okwo, LB, 6-0, 225, SR., 3V
• Has yet to play in 2006 after breaking his right thumb during preseason training camp

• Selected by The Sporting News as a preseason 2006 Second Team All-Pac-10 player

• Earned First Team All-Pac-10 honors as a special teams player during the 2004 campaign

• Had six tackles with 1.5 for a loss against Navy last season

• Has 86 career tackles with 10.5 for a loss and 2.0 sacks

#27 - Jay Ottovegio, P, 6-0, 195, SR., 3V
• Earned 2006 First-Team (Steele's), Second-Team (The Sporting News) and Third-Team (Athlon) All-Pac-10 honors

• In his third season as Stanford's starting punter

• Has 140 times in his career for 5710 yards and a 40.8 average

• Has landed 44 career punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line and had 16 go for 50 or more yards

• Has averaged 40.0 or more yards in 18 of 24 career games

• Became the first freshman punter in Stanford history to average more than 40 yards per punt with a 41.3 average in his 2004 freshman campaign

• Punted six times for a 40.2 average against Navy last year

• Has never had a punt blocked

#9 - Richard Sherman, WR, 6-3, 185, FR., HS
• Led the club with six catches and had 71 yards receiving as well as his first collegiate TD at San Jose State (9/9) after having made his collegiate debut late in the game in the previous contest at Oregon (9/2)

• Accounted for 1030 all-purpose yards with 870 through the air as a senior at Dominguez High School, where he led his squad to a 13-1 record and a CIF title ... Also had 14 TD catches as a senior

#48 - Mike Silva, LB, 6-2, 230, SR., 4V
• Has started the team's last 10 games at linebacker and played in 34 of 35 possible contests over the past four seasons

• Has posted career totals of 79 tackles, 3.5 tackles-for-loss, 2.0 sacks, a forced fumble and an interception, returning the pick 26 yards for a TD

• Had a tremendous campaign in 2005 when he was fourth on the club with 57 tackles, while adding 2.5 tackles-for-loss, 1.0 sack and a forced fumble

• A three-time Academic All-Pac-10 selection

#79 - Ismail Simpson, OG, 6-4, 305, SR., 4V
• Has played in all 35 possible games over the past four seasons with 28 starts

• Started all 22 games in 2003 and 2004 at left guard, before adding four starts last season

#67 - Allen Smith, OT, 6-4, 300, JR., 2V
• Has started 10 straight contests and played in 13 in a row

• Named to the Pac-10's All-Freshman squad and was also an honorable mention Freshman All-American selection by as a redshirt rookie in 2005

#20 - Clinton Snyder, LB, 6-4, 230, SO., 1V
• Has 14 tackles and the team's only interception when he picked off a ball at San Jose State (9/9)

• Made his collegiate debut at Oregon (9/2) as a starter and contributed six tackles (three solo, three assists) before backing that up with eight tackles, his interception and half a tackle-for-loss at San Jose State (9/9)

#90 - Udeme Udofia, LB, 6-4, 240, SR., 3V
• Contributed a career-best six tackles in his most recent game at San Jose State (9/9)

• Had a promising campaign in 2005 with 36 tackles, including 5.0 for a loss to rank tied for sixth on the team and 1.0 sack, as well as an interception and a forced fumble

• Had the lone pick of his career to go with a season-high-tying five tackles at Navy last year

#11 - Aaron Zagory, PK, 6-0, 170, JR., 1V
• Made his first collegiate field goal try from 34 yards with 2:37 remaining in the first quarter at Oregon

• Has missed a PAT attempt and two of his three field goals attempts in his first two collegiate contests

• A walk-on placekicker

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