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1998 Stanford Football Final Report
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 06/21/1999

January 13, 1999

Final Statistics

THE CARDINAL: Stanford finished the 1998 campaign with a 3-8 overall record and a 2-6 reading in the Pacific-10 Conference. The Cardinal suffered a six-game losing streak from September 26-November 7, but finished the year on a strong note by beating Washington State and California. The 98 Cardinal fielded one of the youngest teams in school history with more than 50 players seeing their first collegiate action in 1998. Stanford loses only nine players off this years roster due to graduation, including one starter on defense, two on offense and the punter and placekicker.

POST-SEASON HONORS: Stanford had three players earn Second-Team All-Pac-10 honors: FL Troy Walters, OLB Donnie Spragan and C Mike McLaughlin. Three other players were chosen honorable mention All-Pac-10, including QB Todd Husak, DT Wille Howard and FS Tim Smith. Earning First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 honors were RB Juan-Carlos Lacey, TE Russell Stewart and Walters.

NINE SENIORS DEPART: Stanford will lose just nine players off this years team due to graduation. Heading into the 99 campaign, the Cardinal will return 10 starters on defense and nine on offense. The departing seniors include: FL Jeff Allen, OT Brian Donoghue, OG Andrew Kroeker, P/PK Kevin Miller, OG Matt Motherway, PK Patrick Shinnefield, OLB Donnie Spragan, OLB Brian Toner and OT Geoff Wilson.

RETURNING IN 99: A young Stanford team in 1998 will turn into a more experienced team in 1999 as the Cardinal will return 19 starters, including 10 on defense and nine on offense Stanford must replace two starters on the offensive line in OG Andrew Kroeker and OT Geoff Wilson along with OLB Donnie Spragan The departure of P/PK Kevin Miller means the Cardinal will have two new kickers in 99 Stanford returns all of its running backs, its top three receivers and 15 of the 16 players who caught passes in 1998, all three quarterbacks, including starter Todd Husak, and three of five starters on the offensive line Everyone returns on defense with the exception of Spragan and backup OLB Brian Toner.

THE WALTERS WATCH: Consider the production of Troy Walters during the 1998 season...... then consider the fact that he missed all of two games and most of two others and you quickly realize why he is considered one of the top receivers in college football Walters, who caught 52 passes for 880 yards (16.9 ypc) and five touchdowns, broke the school record for career receiving yards and moved up to number three on Stanfords all-time receptions list - all in just three seasons He now has 2,530 career receiving yards, which broke Justin Armours record of 2,482 His 170 career receptions trails only Darrin Nelson (214) and Brad Muster (194) in the Cardinal record book and puts him on pace to break Nelsons record in 1999 Despite his limited amount of playing time, Walters still managed to be named Second-Team All-Pac-10 and First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 in 98 He was also chosen the teams MVP For the record, Walters played in just six full games in 1998 He missed two full games (North Carolina, Oregon), played in one quarter of another (Arizona), two quarters of another (USC) and just two plays in a game at Notre Dame He ranked among the Pac-10 and and national leaders in receptions per game (5.78), receiving yards per game (97.78) and all-purpose running (123.89) Walters caught 10 passes for 192 yards against second-ranked UCLA on October 31,the fourth 10-plus reception game of his career The 192 receiving yards in a game tied James Lofton as the fourth best single game performance in Stanford history Walters is also tied for fifth all-time at Stanford with 16 touchdown receptions and he is seventh in career all-purpose running with 3,506 yards.

Career Receptions Career Receiving Yardage 1. Darrin Nelson, 1977-81 214 1. Troy Walters, 1996-98 2,530 2. Brad Muster, 1984-87 194 2. Justin Armour, 1991-94 2,482 3. Troy Walters, 1996-98 170 3. Ken Margerum, 1977-80 2,320 4. Vincent White, 1979-82 162 4. Darrin Nelson, 1977-81 2,368 5. Jeff James, 1984-87 154 5. Ed McCaffrey, 1986-90 2,333 Justin Armour, 1991-94 154 6. Brian Manning, 1993-96 2,280 7. Ed McCaffrey, 1986-90 146 Emile Harry, 1981-84 2,270 Glyn Milburn, 1990-92 141 8. Jeff James, 1984-87 2,265 Chris Walsh, 1988-91 141 9. Tony Hill, 1973-76 2,225 Ken Margerum, 1977-80 141 10. Mike Tolliver, 1979-83 1,825

HUSAKS NUMBERS: Quarterback Todd Husak ended his first season as Stanfords starting quarterback by joining a very elite group Husak became the third quarterback in Stanford history to pass for over 3,000 yards in a season His 1998 total of 3,092 is the third best single season in school history, trailing only Steve Stenstrom (3,627 in 1993) and John Elway (3,242 in 1982) Husaks numbers in 1998 ranked him among the schools single season top-10 in attempts (second with 447) and completions (seventh with 233) and his 17 touchdown passes left him one shy of the breaking into the top-10 He also ranks ninth in Stanford history with 23 career touchdown passes Husak, who earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 recogniton, ranked third in the conference and 17th in the nation in total offense (275.1 ypg) He also moved into the schools all-time top-10 in career passing as well, checking in at number nine with 3,876 career yards passing He threw for over 300 yards four times in 1998, including two for more than 400 yards He had his first 300-yard passing game against North Carolina on Sept. 19 when he completed 23-for-38 for 313 yards In the first half, Husak completed 16-of-24 for 227 yards and one TD His next 300-yard passing game occurred vs. Oregon State (October 10) when he broke the schools single game record by throwing for 450 yards on 26-of-48 Against Arizona State, he threw for 335 yards and two TDs (24-of-48) Against second-ranked UCLA (October 31), he threw for 419 yards - the third highest single game total in school history Husak placed his name in the Cardinal record book by throwing 54 passes - the sixth highest single game total in school history - and the most under head coach Tyrone Willingham, in his debut as the starter in the season opener vs. San Joe State.

HUSAK SETS PASSING RECORD: Quarterback Todd Husak broke a 20-year old Stanford record for most passing yards in a game when he threw for 450 against Oregon State (October 10) Husak, in his first year as the Cardinals starter, eclipsed the previous record of 430 set in 1978 by Steve Dils Husak completed 26-of-48 against OSU Husak also has the third highest single game total in school history- a 419 yard performance against UCLA.

Top-10 Passing Games

1. Todd Husak, 98 vs. OSU    450   5. S. Stenstrom,   94 vs. UCLA     408
2. Steve Dils, 78 vs. WSU    430   7. John Elway,     82 vs. Ohio St. 407
3. Todd Husak, 98 vs. UCLA   419   8. S. Stenstrom,   93 vs. Oregon   407
4. John Elway, 81 vs. Purdue 418   9. S. Stenstrom,   93 vs. OSU      407
5. John Paye,  85 vs. Oregon 408  10. Jason Palumbis, 90 vs. SJSU     387
    

HUSAK IN THE PAC-10 RECORD BOOK: Todd Husaks 450 passing yards against Oregon St. is the 10th highest single game total in Pac-10 history Husak also entered the conference record book in the OSU game, but was quickly replaced He ran his string of consecutive passes without an interception to 159, breaking the Pac-10 season record of 150 set in 1996 by Pat Barnes of Cal Later in the game, however, Husaks record was broken by the Beavers Terrance Bryant, who ran his string to 170 before being intercepted.

PASSING ATTACK: Stanfords 3,516 yards passing in 1998 ranks as the second highest season total in school history, surpassed only by the 3,709 yards by the 1993 team The Cardinal led the Pacific-10 Conference and was eighth nationally in passing offense, averaging 319.6 yards per game Stanford set a school and Pac-10 record by throwing 513 passes in 98 - an average of almost 47 passes per game Stanford threw over 40 passes in 10 of its 11 games, including three games in which it threw over 50 passes.

Top Passing Teams in Stanford History

     Year   Head Coach / Quarterback        Yards
1.  1993    Bill Walsh / Steve Stenstrom    3,709
2.  1998    Tyrone Willingham / Todd Husak  3,516
3.  1994    Bill Walsh / Steve Stenstrom    3,358
4.  1982    Paul Wiggin / John Elway        3,311
5.  1981    Paul Wiggin / John Elway        3,066

PITTS PLACE: Junior DeRonnie Pitts, in his first year as a starting wide receiver, turned in one of the best seasons in Stanford history Pitts caught 74 passes for 1,012 yards and seven touchdowns He ranks third on Stanfords single season chart in receptions and fourth in receiving yards He ranked second in the Pac-10 and 12th in the nation in receptions per game (6.73) and fifth in the conference and 23rd in the NCAA in receiving yards per game (92.0) He had four games in 98 with over 100 receiving yards, including a season and career best 169 yards vs. Arizona State.

MILLER TIME: Senior Kevin Miller broke the school record for most punting yards in a career as he surpassed Paul Stonehouses (1989-92) total of 9,512 Miller finished his career with 9,973 career punting yards Miller also set a new school record with 248 career punts, breaking Stonehouses school record of 243 Miller is the only kicker in recent history to hold down the starting punting duties for four years and the starting placekicking duties for three years He is sixth all-time at Stanford with 27 career field goals (on 46 attempts) and is eighth in career PATs with 68 (on 72 atttempts).

SMITHS STATUS: Senior free safety Tim Smith finished the 98 campaign as Stanfords team leader in both tackles and interceptions In fact, Smith led the Pac-10 and was 5th in the nation in interceptions, averaging .55 per game (six total interceptions/11 games) He was third in the league in tackles, averaging 9.9 per game An honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection, Smith also placed his name in the Cardinal record book for season and career interceptions He is tied for seventh in both season interceptions with six and career interceptions with nine He intercepted three passes vs. Washington State, becomming only the fifth player in school history to pick off at least three passes in a game.

SPRAGANS SPREE: Senior outside linebacker Donnie Spragan concluded his Stanford career in fine fashion as he put together a five-game stretch that showcased him as one of the best in the conference He was named Second-Team All-Pac-10 after a season that included 58 tackles, 12 tackles for loss (tied for the team lead), five quarterback sacks (second best on the team), a team-leading eight pass deflections and three interceptions In the final five games of his career, Spragan accounted for 42 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and five sacks.

McLAUGHLIN CONTINUES STREAK: Center Mike McLaughlin, despite a nagging foot injury over the final three games of the season, started all 11 games in 1998 and ran his streak to 34 consecutive starts from 1996-98 McLaughlin was named Second-Team All-Pac-10 in 1998 as he continued to assert himself as one of the best in the conference He has started every game for Stanford the past three seasons and is attempting to become the first Stanford offensive lineman to start every game of his career since guard Andy Papathanassiou (1986-89) and center Andy Sinclair (1985-88).

Final Results

Overall: 3-8    Pac-10: 2-6

9/5 San Jose State L 23-35 9/12 Arizona L, 14-31 9/19 North Carolina (Fox) W, 37-34 9/26 at Oregon (FSBA) L, 28-63 10/3 at Notre Dame (NBC) L, 17-35 10/10 Oregon State L, 23-30 10/22 at Arizona State (Fox) L, 38-44 (ot) 10/31 at UCLA (FX) L, 24-28 11/7 USC (Fox Syn.) L, 9-34 11/14 Washington State W, 38-28 11/21 at California (KGO) W, 10-3

Final Pac-10 Standings

                Pac-10  Overall
UCLA              8-0    10-2
Arizona           7-1    11-1
Oregon            5-3     8-4
USC               5-3     8-5
Washington        4-4     6-6
Arizona State     4-4     5-6
California        3-5     5-6
Stanford          2-6     3-8
Oregon State      2-6     5-6
Washington State  0-8     3-8

1999 Schedule

September  4  at Texas
September 18  at Arizona
September 25     UCLA
October    2     San Jose State
October    9     Washington State
October   16     Oregon State
October   23  at USC
October   30  at Washington
November  13  at Arizona State
November  20     California
November  27     Notre Dame

Awards and Honors

DT Willie Howard
Honorable Mention All-Pac-10

QB Todd Husak
Honorable Mention All-Pac-10

RB Juan-Carlos Lacey
First-Team Academic All-Pac-10

C Mike McLaughlin
Second-Team All-Pac-10
Honorable Mention Academic All-Pac-10

P/PK Kevin Miller
Honorable Mention Academic All-Pac-10

FS Tim Smith
Honorable Mention All-America (Football News)
Honorable Mention All-Pac-10

OLB Donnie Spragan
Second-Team All-Pac-10

TE Russell Stewart
First-Team Academic All-Pac-10

FL Troy Walters
Second-Team All-Pac-10
First-Team Academic All-Pac-10

OT Geoff Wilson
Honorable Mention Academic All-Pac-10

1998 TEAM AWARDS

Zeimer Memorial Award (team MVP):
Troy Walters

Team Captains:
Willie Howard, Donnie Spragan

Menlo-Atherton Award (top freshman):
Joe Borchard

Deswarte-Eller Award (top sophomore):
DeRonnie Pitts

Gundelach Award (top junior):
Todd Husak

Jim Reynolds Award (inspirational senior):
Donnie Spragan

Vardell Award (academic excellence):
Jon Eide

Al Masters Award (leadership and respect):
Willie Howard

Russell-Huston (exceptional performance):
Troy Walters

Phil Moffat Awards (special teams):
Offense: DeRonnie Pitts
Defense: Emory Brock

Greg Piers Awards (service teams):
Offense: Ryan Wells
Defense: Adam Scholze

Frank Rehm Awards (Big Game):
Outstanding Lineman: Austin Lee
Outstanding Back: Sharcus Steen

In the Record Book

Season Passing

 1. Steve Stenstrom, 1993  3,627
 2. John Elway,      1982  3,242
 3. Todd Husak,      1998  3,092
 4. Steve Dils,      1978  2,943
 6. John Elway,      1980  2,889
 6. Steve Stenstrom, 1994  2,822
 7. Jim Plunkett,    1970  2,715
 8. John Elway,      1981  2,674
 9. Jim Plunkett,    1969  2,673
10. John Paye,       1985  2,589

Career Passing

 1. Steve Stenstrom, 1991-94 10,531
 2. John Elway,      1979-82  9,349
 3. John Paye,       1983-86  7,669
 4. Jim Plunkett,    1968-70  7,544
 5. Guy Benjamin,    1974-77  5,946
 6. Jason Palumbis,  1988-91  4,954
 7. Chad Hutchinson, 1996-97  4,235
 8. Mike Boryla,     1970-73  4,082
 9. Todd Husak,      1996-98  3,876
10. Dick Norman,     1958-60  3,737

Season Total Offense

 1. Steve Stenstrom,  1993  3,398
 2. John Elway,       1982  3,104
 3. Todd Husak,       1998  3,026
 4. John Elway,       1980  2,939
 5. Jim Plunkett,     1970  2,898
 6. Steve Dils,       1978  2,871
 7. Jim Plunkett,     1969  2,786
 8. Steve Stenstrom,  1994  2,714
 9. Mark Butterfield, 1995  2,581
10. John Paye,        1985  2,549

Season Receptions

 1. Troy Walters,    1997  86
 2. Brad Muster,     1985  78
 3. DeRonnie Pitts,  1998  74
 4. Gene Washington, 1968  71
 5. Vincent White,   1982  68
 6. Justin Armour,   1994  67 
    Darrin Nelson,   1981  67
 8. Chris Walsh,     1991  66
    Glyn Milburn,    1990  64
10. Ed McCaffrey,    1990  61
    Brad Muster,     1986  61
    Chris Burford,   1959  61
    Greg Baty,       1985  61

Career All-Purpose Running

 1. Darrin Nelson,   1977-81   6,885
 2. Glyn Milburn,    1990-92   5,857
 3. Vincent White,   1979-82   4,662
 4. Brad Muster,     1984-87   4,624
 5. Anthony Bookman, 1994-97   3,874
 6. Mike Mitchell,   1993-97   3,731
 7. Troy Walters,    1996-98   3,506
 8. Damon Dunn,      1994-97   3,210
 9. Jeff James,      1984-87   2,659
10. Ron Inge,        1973-76   2,635

Final Stat Rankings

Category             Avg.  NCAA/Pac-10
Rushing Offense     75.5    111/ 10
Passing Offense    319.6      8/ 1
Total Offense      395.2     34/ 5
Scoring Offense     23.7     60/ 8
Rushing Defense    180.6     84/ 9
Pass Eff. Defense  137.2     90/ 10
Total Defense      443.5    104/ 10
Scoring Defense     33.2    101/ 10
Net Punting         32.8     93/ 8
Punt Returns         8.3     64/ 8
Kickoff Returns     19.8     71/ 10
Turnover Margin      .18     41/ 5
Individual Stat Rankings
(NCAA top 50)

Todd Husak, Total Offense/gm (275.1)
17th NCAA, 3rd Pac-10

DeRonnie Pitts, Receptions/gm (6.73)
12th NCAA, 2nd Pac-10

Troy Walters, Receptions/gm (5.78)
28th NCAA, 4th Pac-10

Troy Walters, Receiving yds/gm (97.78)
21st NCAA, 3rd Pac-10

DeRonnie Pitts, Receiving yds/gm (92.0)
23rd NCAA, 5thPac-10

Tim Smith, Interceptions/gm (0.55)
5th NCAA, 1st Pac-10

Troy Walters, All-Purpose Running (123.89)
47th NCAA, 5th Pac-10


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