Sept. 17, 2006
2006 STANFORD FOOTBALL
Game #4 - Washington State (2-1, 0-0) at Stanford (0-3, 0-1)
September 23, Stanford Stadium
Stanford, CA., 2:00 pm
Date: September 23, 2006
Kickoff: 2:00 pm
Site: Stanford, CA
Radio: KNBR, 1050 am (Ted Robinson, Bob Murphy)
Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm
Internet: www.gostanford.com (live audio, live stats)
The Series: Stanford leads 32-23-1
Last Meeting: Stanford 24, WSU 21 (10/05/05) at WSU
Series Notes Stanford won last two; WSU won last three at Stanford
Cardinal Hosts Washington State in Search of First Win
Stanford (0-3, 0-1) will attempt to record its first win of the season on Saturday, September 23 as the Cardinal host Pac-10 rival Washington State (2-1, 0-0) in Stanford Stadium ... Stanford opened the season with a conference loss at Oregon while the Cougars have played three non-conference games in 2006 ... Last week, the Cardinal lost to Navy 37-9 in the first game in the New Stanford Stadium while Washington State beat Baylor 17-15 on a last second field goal ... Stanford has beaten the Cougars in each of the past two seasons, including a 24-21 win in Pullman last year ... WSU opened the 2006 campaign with a 40-14 loss at Auburn, then beat Idaho and Baylor the past two weeks.
Stanford Looking For Third Straight Win over Cougars
The Cardinal has beaten Washington State the past two seasons, but the Cougars have defeated Stanford the last three games played in Stanford Stadium ... The Cardinal won at Martin Stadium in Pullman 23-17 in 2004 and 24-21 a year ago ... However, Washington State won in Stanford Stadium in 2001 (45-39), 2002 (36-11) and 2003 (24-14) ... Stanford leads the all-time series 32-23-1 ... Since 1973, the Cardinal is 20-7 vs. Washington State ... In the 16 years (1990-2005), Stanford owns a 10-4 record against the Cougars.
The New Stanford Stadium
Forty-two weeks after construction began moments after Stanford's 2005 season finale against Notre Dame on November 26, the New Stanford Stadium opened to a crowd of 44,022 on September 16 against Navy ... 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 opened its doors last week ... The Stadium has a seating capacity of approximately 50,000 and the improved sight lines brings fans 70-100 feet closer to the field of action ... The $90 million project includes 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.
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 5-9 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.
A Look Back: Stanford 24, Washington State 21
A year ago, the Cardinal was 1-2 as it headed to Pullman to face the Cougars on October 8 ... Stanford had suffered back-to-back losses to U.C. Davis and Oregon after beginning the year with a win at Navy ... The Cardinal proceeded to beat the Cougars 24-21 for the first Pac-10 win in Coach Walt Harris' career ... The win got the Cardinal back on track as Stanford went on to beat Arizona and Arizona State the following two weeks to record its first three-game conference winning streak since 1999 ... Trent Edwards threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 92 yards in last year's game as Stanford held on for the win in Pullman ... Edwards' third TD pass of the day was a six-yarder to Mark Bradford in the third quarter, giving Stanford a 21-14 lead ...The Cardinal stretched its lead to 24-14 with seven minutes to play, but WSU came back to score at teh 4:01 mark to draw within a field goal ... The Cougars got the ball back with 1:01 to play, but Nick Sanchez came up with a key interception with 32 seconds left to seal the Cardinal win.
True Freshman Making Immediate Impact in 2006
Six true freshman have made an immediate impact on the Cardinal in 2006, three on offense and three on defense ... Two of those true freshman were in the starting lineup in last week's game with Navy, linebacker Brian Bulcke and receiver Richard Sherman ... In addition, the other four true freshman playing key roles are RB Toby Gerhart, WR Austin Yancy, NT Sione Fua and DE Levirt Griffin ... Gerhart, a two-sport athlete who will play for Stanford's nationally-ranked baseball team, is the team's leading rusher with 177 yards and 38 carrries in three games (4.7 ypc) ... Sherman has seven receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown while Yancy has caught five balls for 71 yards ... Bulcke led the team in tackles vs. Navy in his starting debut as he accounted for 14 total tackles ... Both Fua and Griffin have played reserve roles on the defensive line the past three games ... Fua has nine tackles while Griffin has added two.
Okwo Returns After Two-Game Absence
Senior linebacker Michael Okwo returned to action in last week's game vs. Navy after missing the first two games due to injury ... Okwo, expected to be one of the team's top defensive players, did not play in Stanford's season opener at Oregon and in game two at San Jose State ... In his first game back, the Redondo Beach native recorded 10 tackles and two tackles for loss while playing with his right hand in a soft cast ... Okwo is a three-year letter-winner who was named First-Team All-Pac-10 as a special teams player in 2004, entered the 2006 season having received pre-season All-Pac-10 recognition.
Egboh Leader Among Cardinal Defensive Lineman
While still not 100 percent after suffering a broken leg in last year's game at Washington State on October 8, junior Pannel Egboh is healthy enough to be Stanford's leader on the defensive line ... Egboh was a reserve the first three games of the 2005 campaign and was just inserted into the starting lineup in game four at Pullman ... But, on the second to last play of the game, Egboh suffered a broken leg that sidelined him for the remainder of the season ... He has come back in '06, however, to be the team's most consistent defensive lineman ... He has 18 tackles in three games, including 1.5 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks ... Egboh redshirted his true freshman season in '04 and played in '05 before his leg injury ... At 6-6 and 280 and with two more years of eligibity remaining after the '06 season, Egboh has a chance to become one of the top defensive lineman in the Pac-10.
Former Walk-Ons Making Strong Contributions in '06
Receivers Kelton Lynn and Michael Miller, along with place-kickers Aaron Zagory and Derek Belch have one thing in common: they are all former walk-ons who are making strong contributions to the Cardinal in 2006 ... Zagory, of course, is the team's starting place-kicker after beating out Belch in pre-season competition ... Zagory, a junior from Yellow Springs, Ohio, has scored 11 points thus far in '06 on five extra points and two field goals ... Belch is the team's kickoff specialist and backup place-kicker ... Lynn, in his third year at Stanford from Boulder, Colorado, and Miller, a fourth-year player from San Clemente, Calif., both recorded their first career receptions last week vs. Navy and should see increased playing time this week against Washington State ... Lynn led the team with six catches for 72 yards in last week's game vs. Navy while Miller had three receptions for 31 yards.
Second-Year Players Move Into Starting Lineup
Three players who redshirted their true freshman seasons a year ago have earned starting berths in their second year and playing key roles the Cardinal in 2006 ... LB Clinton Snyder, NT Ekom Udofia and TE Jim Dray were all true freshman a year ago, but now find themselves in starting roles ... Snyder had 11 tackles and forced two fumbles in last week's game vs. Navy and is third on the team with 25 total tackles ... Udofia had a career high seven tackles against the Midshipmen while Dray had a career-high four receptions in the Navy game and is tied for second on the team with eight catches in three games ...Two other second year players in key roles for the Cardinal this year are LB Will Powers, who started the season opener at Oregon, and DE Tom McAndrew.
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 (four career starts), senior Chris Horn (five career starts) and junior Gustav Rydstedt (eight starts in 2005) ... On the offensive line, Stanford has a combined 137 starts among its veteran group ... Jeff Edwards and Ismail Simpson lead the way with 29 starts each, followed by Josiah Vison and Jon Cochran with 23, Alex Fletcher with 14, Allen Smith with 10 and Tim Mattran with six.
#5 - Trent Edwards, QB, 6-4, 220, SR., 4V
Stanford's fifth-year quarterback who has played in 31 games over the past five seasons with 27 of those in a starting role On the 2006 Davey O'Brien Watch List for an award that is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback Became just the seventh player in Stanford history to record 5000 career passing yards when he reached the mileston in his most recent contest versus Navy (9/16/06) Ranks seventh all-time at Stanford in passing yards (5085), total offense (5339), touchdown passes (35), pass completions (454) and pass attempts (806), as well as 10th in career completion percentage (.563, 454-806) Has also added 254 career rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground Threw a career-high four TD passes (all in the first half) in a 35-34 loss at San Jose State (9/9/06) Earned several 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) Has led Stanford to victories over Washington State in each of the last two meetings between the clubs, including an outstanding performance in Pullman in 2005 when he passed for 257 yards and threw a then career-high-tying three TD passes, while rushing for a career-best 92 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 Ranks among the nation's leaders in completions per game (20th), total offense (21st, 258.3), passing yards (25th, 683), passing yards per game (28th, 227.67), passing efficiency (45th, 134.9) and points responsible for (10.00/game, 59th-T)
#78 - Jon Cochran, OL, 6-6, 315, SR., 4V
Has made his first three career starts at right guard in the team's first three games this season after picking up 20 previous starts at tackle Started all 11 contests at left tackle in 2004 before making five starts at right tackle in 2005
#91 - Pannel Egboh, DE, 6-6, 280, JR., 2V
Has 18 tackles (fifth on the club and first among defensive linemen) in the team's first three games Had half of the team's first sack of 2006 against Navy (9/16/06) Earned his first career start at Washington State (10/8/05) last year and contributed four tackles, a tackle-for-loss and a quarterback hurry before suffering a broken leg on the second to last play of the game to end his 2005 season Game Highs
#70 - Jeff Edwards, OT, 6-6, 300, SR., 4V
Has started 29 games at three different positions on the offensive line during his four seasons of action on The Farm, including all three games in 2006 at right tackle
#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 14 games possible over the last two years on the offensive line with eight starts at right guard and six at center, including each of the team's first three contests in the middle of the line this season Had a tremendous freshman campaign in 2005 when he was named by Scout.com 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 team's only lineman to start all 11 contests in 2005
#92 - Sione Fua, NT, 6-2, 290, FR., HS
Had a career-best five tackles in his most recent contest at Navy (9/16/06)
#7 - Toby Gerhart, RB, 6-1, 228, FR., HS
Has been Stanford's leading rusher in each of his first three collegiate games versus Oregon (9/2, 16-55), San Jose State (9/9, 13-82) and Navy (9-40) to pace the Cardinal with 177 yards rushing on 38 carries for the season Has Stanford's longest run of the campaign 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 (9/9/06) due to an injury suffered in the team's previous game at Oregon (9/2/06) but returned to the starting lineup against Navy (9/16/06) Has made both of his starts this season at cornerback after starting all 22 games the previous two seasons at strong safety Has played in 35 of 36 possible games in his career Stanford's active career leader with 146 tackles and four interceptions Second on the team with 28 tackles (#4 Pac-10, #38T NCAA), while adding one of the club's three fumble recoveries of the season in his most recent game versus Navy (9/16/06) and the only Cardinal pass breakup Played big roles in victories over Washington State in both 2005 (interception) and 2004 (fumble recovery) a pick at Washington State in 2005, as well as a fumble recovery versus the Cougars in 2004
#24 - Trevor Hooper, S, 6-1, 205, SR., 4V
Leads the Cardinal defense with 29 tackles (#3 Pac-10, #38T NCAA) Had 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 second on Stanford's active career tackle list with 142, just four behind leader Brandon Harrison's 136 Has started 20 career games and played in 31 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 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
Fourth on the club with 20 tackles, including a team-high and career-best 12 stops at San Jose State (9/9/06) 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 13 games with seven starts at the position over the last two seasons 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 three games at running back and is the club's second leading rusher with 94 yards on 25 carries Posted the first Stanford touchdown at the new Stanford Stadium when he scored on a two-yard run with 11:58 to go in the fourth quarter versus Navy (9/16/06) Ran for a season-high 53 yards on a season-high 14 carries at San Jose State (9/9/06) Had a nice game against Washington State last year with career-highs of 77 rushing yards and 18 carries, while also catching two balls for a career-best 48 yards Converted to running back in the spring of 2005 after coming to Stanford as one of the nation's highly sought-after prep receivers
#86 - Kelton Lynn, WR, 6-2, 190, JR., 2V
Led the club with career-bests of six catches and 72 receiving yards (his first career action) versus Navy (9/16/06)
#8 - Evan Moore, WR, 6-7, 235, SR., 3V
Has a team-high 146 receiving yards and an 18.2 yard per reception average with his eight catches second on the club Did not catch a pass while playing sparingly due to a foot injury versus Navy (9/16/06) 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 (9/10/05) 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) Had a career-best 87 receiving yards on two receptions versus Washington State in 2004 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
Had a career-best 10 tackles (2.0 for loss) in his first game of the 2006 season versus Navy (9/16/06) after returning to action from a broken right thumb suffered 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 Has 96 career tackles with 12.5 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 143 punts in his career for 5837 yards and a 40.8 average Averaging a career-low 38.6 yards per punt in 2006 but had his best game of the season versus Navy (9/16/06) when he averaged 42.3 yards per punt including a season-best 47-yarder Has landed 45 career punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line and had 16 go for 50 or more yards Has averaged 40.8 or more yards in 19 of 25 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 Put four of his five punts versus Washington State inside the 20-yard line last year and averaged 44.0 yards per kick after punting eight times for a 41.8 average and a long of 54 against the Cougars in 2004 Has never had a punt blocked
#2 - Nick Sanchez, CB, 6-0, 190, SR., 3V
Returned to the starting lineup at Navy (9/16/06) and recorded a season-high six tackles Picked off a pass with 0:32 to go in the game to thwart a final drive by Washington State and seal a 24-21 Cardinal victory over the Cougars in Pullman last season
#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)
#79 - Ismail Simpson, OG, 6-4, 305, SR., 4V
Has played in all 36 possible games over the past four seasons with 29 starts, including all three contests this year Started all 22 games in 2003 and 2004 at left guard, before adding four starts last season (three at right guard and one at left guard)
#67 - Allen Smith, OT, 6-4, 300, JR., 2V
Has started 11 straight contests and played in 14 in a row Named to the Pac-10's All-Freshman squad and was also an honorable mention Freshman All-American selection by Scout.com as a redshirt rookie in 2005
#20 - Clinton Snyder, LB, 6-4, 230, SO., 1V
Third on the club with 25 tackles (#6T Pac-10), while leading the team with a pair of forced fumbles (both vs. Navy, 9/16/06) and the club's only interception (at San Jose State, 9/9/06) Had a career-high 11 tackles (also a career-high nine solo) in his most recent game versus Navy (9/16/06) while also forcing a pair of fumbles 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)
#54 - Ekom Udofia, NT, 6-2, 310, SO., 1V
Had a career-best seven tackles in his most recent contest at Navy (9/16/06)
#90 - Udeme Udofia, LB, 6-4, 240, SR., 3V
Contributed a career-best seven tackles versus Navy (9/16/06) after a previous career-best six in the prior contest at San Jose State (9/9/06) Had a promising campaign in 2005 with 36 tackles, including 5.0 for a loss to rank tied for sixth on the team and one sack, as well as an interception and a forced fumble Had a pair of tackles against Washington State last year Game Highs
#11 - Aaron Zagory, PK, 6-0, 170, JR., 1V
Scored the first Stanford points in the new Stanford Stadium versus Navy (9/16/06) when he connected on a 22-yard field goal as time ran out in the first half Second on the club with 11 points Made his first collegiate field goal try from 34 yards with 2:37 remaining in the first quarter at Oregon (9/2/06) Has missed two PAT attempts and two of his four field goals attempts in his first three collegiate contests A walk-on placekicker who had not seen action in a college football game until this season Game Highs