Jan. 9, 2007
"To have both Evan Moore and Mark Bradford back next season will be a tremendous benefit to our team," said Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh. "They are both talented, experienced Pac-10 receivers who will make our offense and our team better in 2007. They both take tremendous pride in their school and the uniform they wear, and they want to see Stanford succeed. Together with our group of returning receivers, I think we'll have one of the best receiving corps in the Pac-10."
Moore, who suffered a season-ending injury in the 2005 season opener and used it as a redshirt year, still has one more year of eligibility remaining. Bradford announced that he intends to return to Stanford in 2007 pending a medical hardship petition that is expected to gain approval from the Pacific-10 Conference.
Bradford suffered a season-ending injury during the second game of the 2006 campaign at San Jose State and finished the campaign with just 10 receptions for 111 yards and one touchdown. He is Stanford's active career leader in receptions (118), yards receiving (1789), touchdown receptions (11, co-leader with Moore), points scored (72) and total touchdowns (12) in 34 games played and 30 starts. He began his career in 2003 by becoming the most prolific true freshman receiver in school history when he caught 37 balls for 587 yards and three touchdowns. Bradford followed his rookie campaign up by catching 34 balls for 482 yards and a touchdown in 2004. He caught 37 passes again in 2005 for a career-high 609 yards and a career-best six receiving scores.
"I had an opportunity to come back and play for Stanford University, and I couldn't pass it up," explained Bradford. "I felt this was the best decision for my future. I couldn't see playing with another college team, and I'm not ready for pro football. I'm excited to play with my teammates for one more season."
Moore has 64 career catches for 1074 receiving yards and 11 touchdown receptions (active team co-leader with Bradford) despite rarely being at full health over the past two seasons. He managed to participate in eight games and make five starts in 2006, catching 14 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns.
In 2005, he suffered a season-ending injury in the first game of the campaign at Navy and ended up with just three catches for 66 yards and a touchdown. His best season came as a sophomore in 2004 when he earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors by posting career-highs of 39 catches, 616 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns while starting all 11 contests.
"At the end of last season, I wanted to collect all my thoughts and make sure I was doing right thing," commented Moore about his decision to return for the 2007 season. "All along I wanted to be at Stanford and with input from coach Harbaugh and others in the athletic department, it gave me a great level of comfort in coming back for my fifth year. I still truly believe that all of my athletic dreams can be accomplished at Stanford."
Stanford opens the 2007 season versus UCLA at Stanford Stadium on Saturday, September 1.