Sept. 29, 2003
This Week (Oct. 4): Bye
Next Game: Oct. 11 at USC, 7:00 pm, L.A. Coliseum
Opponent: USC Trojans
Date: October 11, 2003
Kickoff: 7:00 pm
Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
Stadium: L.A. Coliseum
Series: USC leads 53-27-3
Television: Fox Sports Net (national cable)
Radio: Talk 910 KNEW
Internet: www.gostanford.com (live game audio and live game stats)
The Cardinal: Stanford lost its Pac-10 opener last Saturday (Sept. 27) at Washington 28-17, its first loss of the season ... The Cardinal is now 2-1 overall and 0-1 in conference play ... This week, Stanford will have its second bye of the young season ... The Cardinal began the season Sept. 6 vs. San Jose State, then had a bye week on Sept. 13 ... Stanford has played at BYU and Washington on back-to-back Saturdays (Sept. 20, 27) ... Now, the Cardinal will have its second bye week on Oct. 4 ... Stanford will return to action Oct. 11 at No. 10 USC ... The Trojans play at Arizona State this week ... The Cardinal will take Monday (Sept. 29) off, then practice from 4-6:00 pm Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday before taking Friday and Saturday (Oct. 3-4) off.
Media Coverage: The Stanford-USC game will be televised live to a national cable audience on Fox Sports Net beginning at 7:00 pm at the Los Angeles Coliseum ... Stanford's flagship radio station, Talk 910 KNEW, will carry the game live with Ted Robinson and Bob Murphy ... The pre-game show begins at 6:30 pm ... Live game audio and live in-game stats are available at www.gostanford.com ... In addition, the Stanford Farm Report is broadcast every Saturday at 8:30 am on Fox Sports Bay Area.
Octoberfest: Stanford will play three games in the month of October against three of the top teams in college football ... After a bye on Oct. 4, Stanford will play at USC, the nation's 10th ranked team in this week's USA Today/Coaches Poll ... The Cardinal returns home for its second game in Stanford Stadium on Oct. 18 to face No. 15 Washington State in the Homecoming Game ... Stanford will then travel to Eugene to play at No. 22 Oregon in Autzen Stadium on Oct. 25 ... In November, however, Stanford's schedule is much more favorable ... The Cardinal will play four of five games at home ... None of those five teams are currently ranked in the national polls.
Quick Notes: Despite giving up a season high 165 yards rushing to Washington, the Cardinal still leads the Pac-10 and is fourth in the nation in rushing defense, giving up an average of 56.3 yards per game ... Stanford allowed nine yards rushing to San Jose State in the season opener, then (-5) in game two at BYU ... Those two games rank among the top eight all-time at Stanford in fewest rushing yards allowed ... Following this week's bye, the Cardinal will play eight consecutive Saturdays to conclude the regular season ... Stanford leads the conference this week in kickoff coverage and red zone defense and is second in net punting ... USC is the Cardinal's third longest rival having begun their series in 1905 ... Only Cal (1892) and Washington (1893) have had longer rivalries. The Head Coach: Forty-six year old Buddy Teevens is in his second 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 seasons 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).
Washington Game Notes
L.A. Connection: The Cardinal has three members of its coaching staff who have previously coached at USC and nine players from the Los Angeles area ... Co-Defenssive Coordinator A.J. Christoff coached linebackers at USC in 2000, offensive line coach Steve Morton was on the Trojan staff for two years, coaching tight ends in 1999 and offensive line in 2000, and running backs coach Wayne Moses coached Trojan running backs during the 2001 campaign ... The nine players from the greater Los Angeles area include: WR Mark Bradford (Los Angeles/Fremont HS), TE Michael Horgan (Pasadena/Loyola HS), QB Chris Lewis (Long Beach/Long Beach Poly), QB Kyle Matter (Newhall/Hart HS), FS Marcus McCutcheon (Huntington Beach/Edison), LS Brent Newhouse (Los Angeles/Harvard-Westlake), OLB Michael Okwo (Redondo Beach/Mira Costa HS), DE Will Svitek (Newbury Park/Newbury Park HS) and CB Stanley Wilson (Carson/Bishop Montgomery HS).
More McCutcheon: Redshirt freshman FS Marcus McCutcheon knows all about USC and Los Angeles football history ... His father, Lawrence, is one of the great running backs in Los Angeles Rams history and is currently Director of Player Personnel for the St. Louis Rams ... His brother, Daylon, was a star cornerback for the Trojans from 1995-98 and is now playing for the Cleveland Browns ... Marcus is a backup at free safety and a member of the Cardinal special teams.
Stanford-USC Series: The Cardinal and Trojans have been playing football against each other since 1905 ... The two teams will meet for the 84th time on October 11 at the L.A. Coliseum ... USC leads the all-time series 53-27-3, although the two teams have split their previous 12 meetings since 1991 ... In fact, the Cardinal has won three of the last four despite losing last year's game 49-17 ... Stanford, which has also won the last two played at the Coliseum, beat the Trojans in 1999 (35-31) and 2001 (21-16) in L.A. and in 2000 at Stanford (32-30) ... Since 1991, the two teams are 6-6 against each other overall, 3-3 at Stanford Stadium and 3-3 at the Coliseum ... Prior to '91, the series was very one-sided in favor of the Trojans from 1958-90 ... During that time, Stanford went 3-29-1 against USC ... Stanford and USC have met every year in football, with the exception of the WWII years (1943-45), since 1925.
Young Guns: Stanford may be the youngest team in the nation ... Consider that of the Cardinal's 94 players, 47 are either true or redshirt freshman ... Stanford has just 14 seniors and 14 juniors on its 2003 roster ... The Cardinal has a true freshman class of 30 and a redshirt freshman class of 17.
Rush Defense: Stanford gave up a season high 165 yards on the ground against Washington last week, but still leads the conference and ranks fourth in the nation with an average of 56.3 yards rushing allowed per game ... Opponents have scored just two rushing touchdowns through three games and are averaging 2.1 yards per carry ... The Cardinal defense has recorded two of the top eight games in school history by giving up (-5) yards to BYU,which ranks fourth, and nine yards to San Jose State, which ranks eighth ... Stanford's defense has accounted for eight sacks and 25 tackles for loss for (-116) yards.
Compared to Last Year: Stanford's defense has shown marked improvement from last year in virtually every statistical category ... A year ago, the Cardinal opponents were averaging 34.3 points, 385 yards in total offense, 133 yards rushing and 3.7 yards per rush ... Through three games this season, Cardinal opponents are averaging 17.3 points, 324 yards in total offense, 56 yards rushing and 2.1 yards per carry ... In 2002, Stanford's defense gave up 30 or more points in eight of 11 games ... This season, the Cardinal has not given up 30 in its first three games.
Powell's Play: FL Luke Powell began the year in impressive fashion as he caught 12 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener vs. San Jose State ... He continues to be one of Stanford's top offensive threats and one of the most dangerous players in college football ... He leads the team and is among the best in the Pac-10 with 19 receptions for 216 yards and two touchdowns through three games ... Against BYU, he had a career-best 68-yard punt return ... Powell, who was limited last year with an ankle injury, recorded career highs in both receptions and receiving yards against San Jose State in the season opener ... His 12 catches tied for the ninth best single game performance in school history while his 172 receiving yards ranked tied for 15th ... He caught touchdown passes from 20 and 30 yards out from quarterback Trent Edwards against the Spartans, giving him 13 career receiving TDs ... Powell now has 102 career receptions for 1,776 yards and 14 touchdowns (13 by receiving, one punt return) ... His 17.4 yards per reception average is seventh on Stanford's all-time list ... A former First-Team All-American (as a KOR in 2001), Powell is the only player in school history to have three touchdown receptions of 75 yards or more ... He also has 17 catches over 30 yards in his career, which include two from 50-59 yards and two others from 60-69 yards ... As a kick returner, he is among the school's all-time best in punt returns (63), punt return yards (696) and punt return average (11.0).
Captain Kirk: The leader of the Cardinal's offensive line is also the only player with starting experience heading into the 2003 campaign - senior Kirk Chambers ... With a young and inexperienced offensive line, Chambers is the unquestioned leader of a group that will need his maturity and knowledge to help it develop into a quality unit ... Chambers, who is the oldest player on the team at 24, has started all 37 games in his Cardinal career and is attempting to do what few players in school history have accomplished - and that's to start every game ... He has been the team's No. 1 left tackle the past three seasons (2000-02) ... After an All-American prep career at Provo High School, Chambers signed with Stanford then spent the 1998 and '99 seasons on a Mormon Mission in Berlin, Germany ... He married Marilyn Ord on June 23, 2001 and the couple gave birth to their first child, Marianne Deniece, on July 7, 2003.
Tolon's Tale: Junior running back Kenneth Tolon ranks second in the Pac-10 averaging 86.3 yards rushing per game ... In the past two games vs. BYU and Washington, he has carried the Cardinal running game on his back as he has recorded 61 carries for 228 yards and one TD ... In those two games, all other Cardinal running back have had six carries for 15 yards ... Tolon, a junior from Albuquerque, New Mexico, is closing in on 1,000 career yards rushing ... He has gained 951 yards on 187 carries (5.1 ypc) in his Stanford career ... He established career bests in carries (32) and yards rushing (141)at BYU on Sept. 20 ... Tolon became the team's top offensive threat against the Cougars, gaining 141 of the team's 144 yards on the ground and accounting for more than half of Stanford's 200 yards in total offense ... His 32 carries were also the most on The Farm since the Big Game in 1991, when Tommy Vardell set a school record with 39 carries ... His 141 yards rushing were the most at Stanford since Brian Allen gained 143 vs. Arizona in 2001 ... A week later at Washington, he carried 29 times for 87 yards ... Tolon was limited in the season opener vs. San Jose State (6 carries, 31 yards) due to an injury ... He is also tied for second on the team with seven receptions and he has three kickoff returns for 75 yards.
Trent's Time: Redshirt freshman quarterback Trent Edwards earned the starting quarterback assignment after his performance in the season opener vs. San Jose State on Sept. 6 ... Three days later, head coach Buddy Teevens named Edwards the team's starter ... Edwards, who completed 21-of-37 for 278 yards and two touchdowns against the Spartans, made his starting debut on September 20 at BYU ... He led the team to an 18-14 victory, becoming the first freshman quarterback at Stanford to win his starting debut since Steve Stenstrom beat Cornell in 1991 ... Edwards, who redshirted as a true freshman in 2002, made his Cardinal debut vs. San Jose State in the season opener ... He came off the bench in relief of starter Chris Lewis and led the Cardinal to 31 unanswered points ... Against the Spartans, he threw touchdown passes of 20 and 30 yards to Luke Powell ... In the second quarter, in which the Cardinal outscored SJS 21-0, Edwards completed nine-of-11 for 130 yards and two TDs ... In his starting debut at BYU, Edwards scored the game winning touchdown on a 14-yard run with 3:51 to play Š A second-year player from Los Gatos High School, Edwards came to Stanford a year ago as one of the most highly sought-after preps in the nation ... He was ranked by some as the No. 1 prep QB in the country in 2001 ... During his junior and senior seasons, he completed 279-of-373 for 5,064 yards, 58 touchdowns and just seven interceptions ... His completion percentage was an eye-opening .747.
Special Teams Are Special: The Cardinal's special teams have been quite special through the first three games of the year ... Stanford is currently second in the conference and 14th in the nation in kickoff returns, averaging 26.3 yards per return ... The Cardinal has had kickoff returns of 52 yards by Nick Sebes against BYU and 45 by Kenneth Tolon vs. San Jose State ... Against BYU, Luke Powell returned a punt 68 yards ... Stanford is also No. 1 in the conference in kickoff coverage, giving up just 12.1 yards per return ... Senior Eric Johnson is averaging 44.4 yards per punt, good for third in the Pac-10 and 15th nationally ... As a team, the Cardinal's 39.1 net punting average is second in the conference and 23rd in the NCAA ... PK Michael Sgroi is averaging 1.3 field goals per game, ranking him No. 3 in the Pac-10.
O-Line Story: The story of the Cardinal's offensive line can be summed up in one word: young ŠSenior Kirk Chambers is back at left tackle for his fourth season in the starting lineup, but the remaining starters are young and inexperienced ... Here were the hard facts prior to the 2003 campaign: of the 16 offensive lineman on the Stanford's roster, 12 (five true freshman, seven redshirt freshman) had never played for the Cardinal, two had seen limited playing time (senior Mike Sullivan and sophomore Brian Head) and one (senior Drew Caylor) had received some playing time as an offensive lineman, but had been a defensive lineman the past two years ... Stanford has had three redshirt freshman start in each of the past two games ... Stanford's current two-deep with game experience listed below:
Pos - Starter, backup (game experience prior to 2003)
LT - Kirk Chambers (three-year starter), Matt McClernan (RFr., no experience)
LG - Ismail Simpson, David Beall (both RFr., no experience)
C - Brian Head (limited), Drew Caylor (played DE last 2 years)
RG - Jeff Edwards, Josiah Vinson (both RFr., no experience)
RT - Mike Sullivan (limited), Jon Cochran (RFr., no experience)
Starting Tight Ends: A glance at the Cardinal's depth chart will find two starting tight ends - Brett Pierce and Alex Smith - and no fullback ... That's because the Cardinal is utilizing its talented tight end corps in its "basic" offensive formation ... Pierce is listed as one starting tight end with redshirt freshman Matt Traverso No. 2 Š At the other tight end spot, Smith's backup is true freshman Patrick Danahy ... Against San Jose in the season opener, Pierce caught two passes for 33 yards while Smith had one reception for nine yards Š Smith caught three passes against BYU and, last Saturday at Washington, Smith caught three balls, including two touchdowns, while Pierce added one reception ... A year ago, Pierce and Traverso suffered through injury-riddled seasons while Smith came to the forefront to put together an outstanding year (30 receptions, 380 yards, two TDs) as the team's only true tight end ... Now, both Pierce (ACL) and Traverso (ankle) are healthy and, combined with Smith and Danahy, helps give the Cardinal four talented tight ends ... Pierce caught 19 balls for 258 yards and three TDs in 2001, but suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first quarter of the season opener last year at Boston College ... Both Pierce and Smith received pre-season honors as being among the top tight ends in the conference and the nation ... Pierce, who has caught 30 passes in his career for 345 yards and three TDs, was a pre-season First-Team All-Pac-10 selection while Smith garnered Second-Team pre-season All-America honors.
True Freshman: Seven true freshman have played for the Cardinal in 2003 ... ... FL Mark Bradford (Los Angeles, Calif.) has four receptions for 77 yards while David Marrero, 5-10, 190-pound RB from Parkland, Fla., has nine carries for 28 yards ... Michael Okwo, a 6-0, 215 outside linebacker from Redondo Beach, Calif., has recorded three tackles while NT Nick Frank (6-2, 260, New Orleans, Louis.) has added two tackles ... Patrick Danahy, a 6-5, 230 pound tight end from Sarasota, Fla., Evan Moore, a 6-7, 235 pound wide receiver from Brea, Calif., and Brandon Harrison, a 6-2, 200 strong safety from Baton Rouge, Louis., have also seen playing time in reserve roles.
Defensive Leader: In his second season in the starting lineup, junior Oshiomogho Atogwe has earned the reputation as not only one of the Cardinal's defensive leaders, but one of the top safeties in the Pac-10 Conference ... As a strong safety in 2002, Atogwe led the team with 71 total tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles ... After making the switch to free safety, Atogwe is once again a force for the Stanford defense ... He posted a season high 12 tackles against Washington last Saturday while also accounting for a forced fumble, fumble recovery and pass break up ... He is currently third in the Pac-10 and 20th in the NCAA in interceptions (0.67 per game) ... He is also second on the team with 21 total tackles.
Baba: Sophomore nose tackle Babatunde Oshinowo, nickname Baba, is proving to be one of the best young, defensive lineman in the Pac-10 Š Now in his first season as a starter, Oshinowo has made his presence known in the middle of the Cardinal's defensive line ... He leads all defensive lineman with nine total tackles, four tackles for loss and three sacks ... He is the team leader in quarterback sacks and tied for the team lead in tackles for loss ... Against Washington, Oshinowo had five tackles, including one sack and two tackles for loss ... A third year player out of Naperville, Illinois, Oshinowo started one game and played in all 11 a year ago as a redshirt freshman, accounting for 23 tackles, six tackles for loss and three sacks.
Schimmelmann Shines: When spring practice began in April, the Cardinal had all six of its linebackers returning from the 2002 squad and it appeared that the group was one of the strengths of the team ... Enter sophomore Kevin Schimmelmann, a backup strong safety and special teams player who coaches felt might be a better fit at OLB ... Not only has Schimmelmann made the transition a smooth one, but he won a starting berth for the 2003 season and his play thus far indicates he may have found a home at OLB ... After three games, the Marietta, Georgia native leads the team with 22 total tackles and is tied for the team lead with four tackles for loss. ... He recorded a career high 11 tackles, including two for loss, in last Saturday's game at Washington.
Local Boys Make Good: The 2003 Stanford roster features three Bay Area products who came into the program as walk-ons, but have quickly moved their way up the depth chart ... Redshirt junior wide receiver Greg Camarillo (Menlo Park, CA/Menlo-Atherton HS), who caught eight passes for 92 yards last season, has three catches for 30 yards in 2003 ... Fifth-year senior Eric Johnson (Antioch, CA/Antioch HS), who is also a member of the Stanford golf team, is in his third year as the team's starting punter ... Redshirt sophomore Timi Wusu (Palo Alto, CA/Palo Alto HS), who went to high school across the street from Stanford Stadium, made an impact on special teams last year and has put himself in position to make a significant contribution in 2003. Walking Into The Starting Lineup: The 2003 Stanford Cardinal has four former walk-ons either starting or playing key roles ... The group includes outside linebacker Jared Newberry (redshirt junior), punter Eric Johnson (fifth-year senior), flanker Greg Camarillo (redshirt junior) and strong safety Timi Wusu (redshirt sophomore).
The Need For Speed: Sophomore defensive back T.J. Rushing and wide receivers Gerren Crochet (redshirt sophomore) and Nick Sebes (redshirt junior) made up three-fourths of the Stanford 4x100 relay team that won the prestigious Texas Relays last spring in the third-fastest time in school history (40.25) ... Besides excelling on the track, all three are playing key roles for the Cardinal in 2003 ... Rushing is a key member of the Cardinal's secondary (six tackles, one tackle for loss), while Sebes (52-yard KOR) and Crochet (two receptions, 29 yards) are playing pivotal roles at receiver and special teams.
Georgia On Their Minds: Stanford has 94 players on its 2003 roster, and an amazing 11 have traveled nearly 3,000 miles from the state of Georgia to make their homes on The Farm ... The total is the second highest of any state, behind only California's 28 ... Seven of the 11 are expected to play big roles this fall: Soph. DE Julian Jenkins (Atlanta), Soph. RB J.R. Lemon (Fayetteville), Soph. CB Calvin Armstrong (Decatur), Jr. CB Leigh Torrence (Atlanta), Soph. OLB Kevin Schimmelmann (Marietta), RFr. RG Jeff Edwards (Atlanta) and RFr. OT Matt McClernan (Norcross) ... In addition, four true freshman are from Georgia: DE Emmanuel Awofadeju (Roswell), RB Jason Evans (Acworth), DL David Jackson (Dunwoody) and OL Amir Malayery (Lawrenceville) ... The Cardinal coaching staff also has ties to the state of Georgia ... Associate Head Coach David Kelly coached at Georgia Tech (2000-01), Georgia (1994-95) and Dunwoody (GA) HS (1981-93), while defensive ends coach Peter McCarty was at Georgia Tech in 2001.
In the Zone: Stanford leads the conference in red zone defense having allowed opponents to score at a rate of .400 ... Cardinal opponents have reached the red zone only five times in 2003 and have come away with two touchdowns ... The other three possessions have twice ended on downs and once on a fumble ... Offensively, Stanford has scored 11 times in 13 trips to its opponents' red zone and is third in the Pac-10 with an .846 scoring percentage ... The Cardinal has seven ouchdowns and four fields to go along with two turnovers ... Against BYU and Washington, the Cardinal has converted all seven of its scoring opportunities inside the 20, including four touchdowns and three field goals.
J.R.'s TDs: Sophomore running back J.R. Lemon has made a career of playing San Jose State ... He recorded the first 100-yard rushing day of his career against the Spartans in the season opener as he gained 103 yards on 18 carries while scoring two touchdowns ... In his career, he has scored five touchdowns - all coming against SJS (he had three touchdowns in 2002) ... Lemon has rushed for 195 yards in his career, 172 of which have come against the Spartans ... Lemon took over as the team's top rushing threat after starter Kenneth Tolon went out with an injury ... Lemon responded by scoring touchdowns from six and three yards out ... While his carries have been limited the past two games against BYU and Washington, Lemon helps give the Cardinal a very formidable one-two combination out of the backfield.