Oct. 12, 2003
2003 STANFORD FOOTBALL
Game #5 - No. 6 Wash. St. (5-1, 2-0) at Stanford (2-2, 0-2)
October 18, Stanford Stadium, 2:00 pm
The Cardinal: Stanford has now lost its last two games after beginning the season 2-0. Saturday's 44-21 loss at USC dropped the Cardinal to 2-2 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-10 Conference. This Saturday, Stanford again faces one of the nation's best when No. 6 ranked Washington State visits the Farm for the annual Homecoming Game. The Cougars had a bye last week and will come to Stanford with a hefty national ranking and a 5-1 overall record, 2-0 in the league. WSU will mark the Cardinal's third straight game against a nationally-ranked team and second consecutive against a top-10 team (USC was ranked ninth prior to last week's game). Washington State has won the last two meetings with the Cardinal, both of which were played at Stanford Stadium. The Cougars won last year's game 36-11 and beat the Cardinal in 2001, 45-39. Saturday's game will be the fifth time in the last six meetings that the two teams have played at Stanford Stadium.
Media Coverage: There is no live television for the Stanford-Washington State game. 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 12:30 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.
Homecoming: The Cardinal will celebrate its annual Homecoming on Saturday vs. Washington State. In addition, Stanford will be presenteed with its ninth straight NACDA Directors' Cup at halftime. The award honors the top overall athletic program in the nation. In 2002-03, Stanford easily beat out runnerup Texas by tallying 1,420.5 points to the Longhorn's 1,096. Cardinal teams won two national championships a year ago (men's water polo, men's cross country), placed 14 teams in the top-5, 25 in the top-10 and 29 in the top-25.
Worth Noting: Saturday's game will be the Cardinal's third straight against a nationally-ranked opponent and second in a row vs. a top-10 team. In Stanford's two previous games, Washington was ranked No. 18 and USC was No. 9. The Cougars are the highest ranked opponent for the Cardinal since Stanford won back-to-back games vs. No. 5 Oregon and No. 4 UCLA in 2001. The Cardinal has lost its last six games vs. nationally-ranked teams. Stanford's second home game of the season - Oct. 18 - is the latest game two home date in recorded history. The Cardinal has not played at home since the season opener vs. San Jose State on September 6. Stanford plays five of its remaining seven games, including four of its last five in November, at Stanford Stadium.
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).
USC Game Notes
Cougar Connection: Steve Morton, Stanford's offensive line coach and a native of the Pacific Northwest, is a 1977 graduate of Washington State and a former Cougar football player and coach. Morton attended W.F. West High School in Chehalis, Wash., then attended Grays Harbor Community College in Aberdeen before transferring to Washington State. He played center and guard for WSU in 1973 and '74 and received his bachelor's degree in physical education in '77Š Following his playing days, Morton was a graduate assistant coach on the Cougar's staff in 1975 and '76. He continued on the WSU staff as a full-time coach for 10 years (1977-86), coaching the offensive line in '77 and '82-86 and tight ends from '78-81.
Youth Be Served: 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.
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 currently leads the team in total tackles and has been perhaps the most active player on the Cardinal defense. He has recorded 33 total tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, three pass break ups and three tackles for loss ; Against USC, he scored his first career TD when he stripped Trojan return man Marcel Allmond on a kickoff return and raced 22-yards to the end zone. He also had 12 tackles vs. the Trojans. In Stanford's previous game at Washington, he posted 12 tackles while also accounting for a forced fumble, fumble recovery and pass break up. He is currently fourth in the Pac-10 and 20th in the NCAA in interceptions (0.50 per game).
Rush Defense: Stanford's 2003 run defense has recorded two of the top eight marks in school history for fewest rushing yards allowed in a single game. In the season opener, the Cardinal allowed San Jose State just nine net yards rushing, the eighth lowest total in school history. The next game, Stanford held BYU to (-5) yards on the ground, largely due to five sacks. That total ranks as the fourth best single game effort in school history. Through four games, Stanford's run defense is giving up an average of 97.25 yards per game, fourth best in the conference and No. 21 nationally. Last year, Stanford's run defense gave up an average of 133 yards per game.
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 with 21 receptions for 242 yards and two touchdowns through four 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 104 career receptions for 1,802 yards and 14 touchdowns (13 by receiving, one punt return). His 17.3 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 (65), punt return yards (699) and punt return average (10.8).
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 38 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 surpassed the 1,000 yard mark after gaining 52-yards vs. USC on Saturday. Tolon, from Albuquerque, NM, has now gained 1,003 yards on 198 carries (5.1 ypc). He currently ranks fourth in the Pac-10 averaging 77.75 yards rushing per game. In back-to-back games vs. BYU and Washington, he 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 backs had six carries for 15 yards. 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 third on the team with nine 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. 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 four games of the year. Stanford is currently first in the conference and fifth in the nation in kickoff returns, averaging 26.6 yards per return. The Cardinal has had kickoff returns of 52 yards by Nick Sebes against BYU, 51 by Sebes against USC, 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 12.8 yards per return. Senior Eric Johnson is averaging 44.2 yards per punt, good for third in the Pac-10 and 17th nationally. As a team, the Cardinal's 38.89 net punting average is fourth in the conference and 22nd in the NCAA.
O-Line Story: The story of the Cardinal's offensive line can be summed up in one word: young.Senior 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 had three redshirt freshman in the starting lineup against BYU and Washington. 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. At the other tight end spot, Smith's backup is true freshman Patrick Danahy. Through four games, Cardinal tight ends have accounted for 15 catches for 117 yards and three touchdowns. Smith is second on the team with 10 catches for 74 yards and two touchdowns, while Pierce has recorded four receptins for 42 yards and Danahy one catch for one touchdown. 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. Offensively, FL Mark Bradford (Los Angeles, Calif.), RB David Marrero (Parkland, Fla.), WR Evan Moore (Brea, Calif.) and TE Patrick Danahy (Sarasota, Fla.) have all contributed this season. On defense, OLB Michael Okwo (Redondo Beach, Calif.), NT Nick Frank (New Orleans, LA) and SS Brandon Harrison (Baton Rouge, LA) have seen playing time in '03.
More Freshman: Not only have the seven true freshman played, but they have made significant contributions and become a major part of the 2003 Cardinal. Mark Bradford has played in all four games and received his first starting assignment in last week's game at USC. He has six catches for 92 yards and his 15.3 average is tops on the team. Evan Moore, who will also play basketball for Stanford, had his break out game last Saturday at USC, catching five balls for 52 yards while TE Patrick Danahy caught his first pass of the year, a one-yard TD from Chris Lewis off a tipped ball. RB David Marrero has carried the ball 18 times for 50 yards and has shown flashes of what's to come. He scored his first TD as a Cardinal last Saturday at USC on a nifty 15-yard run. Michael Okwo, Nick Frank and Brandon Harrison have contributed in a reserve role on defense and on special teams.
Baba: Sophomore nose tackle Babatunde Oshinowo, nickname Baba, is proving to be one of the best young, defensive lineman in the Pac-10. 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 with11 total tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks. He is second on the team 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.
In the Middle: Junior David Bergeron, who sits in the middle of the Cardinal defense, recorded a career-high with 10 tackles in last Saturday's game at USC. A second year starter, Bergeron started 10 games a year ago at outside linebacker, but was moved to the middle linebacker spot for the 2003 campaign. He has been in the Cardinal's starting lineup for the past 14 games, second only on the Stanford defense to Oshiomogho Atogwe's 15 straight. Bergeron redshirted the 2000 season, played on special teams and as a reserve in '01 before moving into the starting lineup in game two of the 2002 season.
Jared's Journey: Junior outside linebacker Jared Newberry came to Stanford in 2000 as a walk-on from Minneapolis Minn.. In his first three years as a Cardinal, Newberry played inside linebacker, fullback, outside linebacker and special teams. He started three games at OLB a year ago and his continued improvement earned him a starting role in 2003. After recording six tackles and one tackle for loss in last week's game at USC, Newberry, who has started all four games this season, now has 17 tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, two pass break ups and one fumble recovery. Despite being slowed a bit by injuries, Newberry has become of the team's most active and aggressive players.
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 four games, the Marietta, Georgia native is second on the team with 28 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, 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.
In the Zone: Stanford is second in the conference in both red zone defense and red zone offense.. Defensively, Stanford's opponents have scored nine times in 13 trips in the red zone (.692), including six touchdowns and three field goals. Stanford has stopped opponents four times in the red zone, three on downs and one on a turnover. Offensively, Stanford has scored 13 times in 16 trips to its opponents' red zone (.812). The Cardinal has nine touchdowns and four fields to go along with two turnovers. Against BYU and Washington, the Cardinal converted all seven of its scoring opportunities inside the 20, including four touchdowns and three field goals.
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.
Stanford in the NFL: Stanford has 22 former players currently on NFL rosters. The list includes: RB Brian Allen, Indianapolis Colts; OL Brad Badger, Oakland Raiders; FS Colin Branch, Carolina Panthers; RB Kerry Carter, Seattle Seahawks; FB Greg Comella, Houston Texans; ILB Chris Draft, Atlanta Falcons; DL Jason Fisk, San Diego Chargers; OT Kwame Harris, San Francisco 49ers; OL Eric Heitmann, San Francisco 49ers; QB Chad Hutchinson, Dallas Cowboys; LB Riall Johnson, Cincinatti Bengals; TE Teyo Johnson, Oakland Raiders; FS John Lynch, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; WR Ed McCaffrey, Denver Broncos; FB Casey Moore, Carolina Panthers; FB Jon Ritchie, Philadelphia Eagles; LB Donnie Spragan, Denver Broncos; WR/KR Troy Walters, Indianapolis Colts; OT Bob Whitfield, Atlanta Falcons; FS Tank Williams, Tennessee Titans; FS Coy Wire, Buffalo Bills; LB Kailee Wong, Houston Texans.
About the Cougars: Washington State has jumped out to a 5-1 overall record and a Pac-10 leading 2-0. The Cougars, ranked No. 6 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll, suffered their only loss of the season at Notre Dame (9/6) in a hard-fought 29-26 defeat. WSU's offense has proven to be one of the most potent in all of college football, averaging 34.3 points and over 433 yards in total offense per game. QB Matt Kegel has been impressive in completing 111-of-200 for 1,595 yards and 10 touchdowns. RB Jonathon Smith has gained 434 yards and scored three TDs to lead the Cougars' rushing attack. Defensively, WSU leads the Pac-10 by allowing just 15.2 points per game. LB Will Derting leads the team in tackles (37), while DE D.D. Acholonu is among the conference leaders in quarterback sacks (4.5) and tackles for los (6.5).
Stanford-WSU Series: The Cardinal leads the series with Washington State 30-22-1. The Cougars, however, have won the last two meetings, beating Stanford 45-39 in 2001 and 36-11 in '02. Both of those games were played at Stanford Stadium. In fact, Saturday's game marks the third straight year in which WSU has played at Stanford. Prior to those two losses in 2001-02, Stanford had gone 8-1 vs. the Cougars from 1990-2000. Even further, from 1967-2000, the Cardinal went 21-6-1 against Washington State.
Last Year's Game: The Cougars jumped on Stanford early and never looked back. WSU scored touchdowns on its first three possessions and built a 23-0 halftime lead en route to a 36-11 victory. QB Jason Gesser completed 17-of-23 for 297 yards and three TDs while receiver Jerome Riley had nine receptions for 173 yards and one TD. WSU led 33-3 before the Cardinal scored its only touchdown of the game with 5:50 left on the clock.
Head Coach Bill Doba: Bill Doba is in his first year as the Cougar's head coach, but 15th as a member of the WSU football program. He was named WSU's head coach on December 18, 2002 following Mike Price's departure to Alabama. Doba has been coaching football for 40 years since graduating from Ball State in 1962. He first came to Pullman in 1989 with Price as the linebacker's coach. He was named defensive coordinator in 1994. During his time in Pullman, Doba has been a part of four bowl teams, including two Pac-10 Conference championships (1997, 2002) and two trips to the Rose Bowl.