Sept. 21, 2003
2003 STANFORD FOOTBALL
Game #3 - Stanford (2-0, 0-0) at #18 Washington (2-1, 0-0)
September 27, Husky Stadium, 12:30 pm
Opponent: Washington Huskies
Date: September 27, 2003
Kickoff: 12:30 pm
Location: Seattle, Washington
Stadium: Husky Stadium
Series: Washington leads 38-32-4
Television: no live television
Radio: Talk 910 KNEW
Internet: www.gostanford.com (live game audio and live game stats)
The Cardinal: Stanford begins Pac-10 play on Saturday, September 27 at Husky Stadium in Seattle against No. 18 Washington in the conference opener for both schools. The Cardinal, 2-0 in 2003, are coming off an impressive 18-14 victory at BYU. Washington will be Stanford's first ranked opponent of the season. The Cardinal will have a bye on Oct. 4, but return to action on Oct. 11 against USC, currently the No. 3 ranked team in the nation. Stanford comes into the game with the nation's No. 1 rush defense and No. 9 scoring defense. Stanford will attempt to snap an 11-game losing streak at Husky Stadium. The Cardinal has not beaten Washington in Husky Stadium since 1975.
Media Coverage: There is no live television coverage of the Stanford-Washington game. Stanford's flagship radio station, Talk 910 KNEW, will carry the game live with Tim Roye and Bob Murphy. The pre-game show begins at 12:00. Live game audio and live in-game stats are available at www.gostanford.com. KRON-TV will broadcast a 30-minute Stanford football update on Wednesday, September 24 at 10:00 pm with Gary Radnich.
Stanford- Washington Series: The Cardinal's longest drought in Pac-10 play is its losing streak at Husky Stadium. It has been 28 years and 11 games since Stanford last won a game at Husky Stadium (1975, 24-21). The Cardinal had a string of five straight wins in Seattle (1967, 69, 71, 73, 75) before its current drought began. Stanford has found it tough to beat the Huskies at Stanford Stadium as well. Since 1977, Washington is 19-2 overall vs. the Cardinal. Stanford's only two wins during this time were a 43-31 win in 1982 behind John Elway and a 46-28 win in 1994 when Bill Walsh was Stanford's head coach. Washington has won the last five meetings with Stanford and 15 of the last 16. The Huskies lead the all-time series with the Cardinal 38-32-4.
Quick Notes: Stanford is attempting to begin the year 3-0 for the first time since 2001 and only the second time since 1986. The Cardinal and Huskies did not play in 2002. Stanford is 2-2 vs. Keith Gilbertson-coached teams. As the Cal head coach from 1992-95, Gilbertson's Bears beat Stanford in '93 and '94, but lost in '92 and '95. Saturday's game will be Buddy Teeven's first as head coach against Washington. Stanford has allowed just four net yards rushing to its opponents and leads the nation in rush defense (2.0 yards per game). The Huskies lead the Pac-10 in total defense and pass efficiency defense. The last two games at Husky Stadium have been competitive. In 2001, Washington scored two TDs in the final 3:48 to break at 28-28 tie and win 42-28. In 1999, the Cardinal led 23-12 in the third quarter before falling 35-30.
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).
BYU Game Notes
Pac-10 Opener: Stanford has won three of its last four Pac-10 openers and is 5-5 in the last 10 years. The Cardinal lost last year's conference opener at Arizona State, but had beaten ASU in 2001 and Washington State in 199 and 2000. In conference openers on the road, Stanford has won two of its last three. Prior to last year's defeat at ASU, Stanford had won at WSU in 2000 and at Oregon State in 1997. Stanford has lost its last two conference openers at Washington (1993, 1996).
Washington Ties: Three current members of the Cardinal coaching staff have coached at Washington: Tom Williams, Wayne Moses and Steve Morton. Williams, Stanford's co-defensive coordinator, was the Huskies inside linebackers coach from 1999-2001. Morton, the Cardinal's offensive line coach, spent eight seasons coaching the Huskies offensive line (1992-98) while Moses, a 1977 Washington graduate, spent four years coaching Washington's running backs (1997-00). Moses was a four-year letterwinner for the Huskies (1973-74, 76-77), where he started at cornerback his final two seasons. He helped Washington win the Pac-10 title and the Rose Bowl as a senior. Stanford also has five players from the state of Washington: David Beall (Vancouver), Merlin Brittenham (Renton), Ryan Eklund (Federal Way), Justin McCullum (Mercer Island) and Brett Pierce (Vancouver).
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 leads the nation in rush defense after giving up just four net yards to San Jose State and BYU in its first two games. The Cardinal's 2.0 yards allowed per game is largely due to its six quarterback sacks and 16 tackles for loss. Stanford held San Jose State to just nine net yards rushing on 16 carries, then came back last Saturday to limit BYU to a (-5) net yards on 25 carries. Combined, Cardinal opponents have attempted 41 rushes, gained 99 yards and lost 95 while averaging 0.1 yards per rush. Stanford's six sacks have accounted for 59 yards lost. The Cardinal recorded five sacks for (-47) yards against the Cougars, led by OLB Jon Alston's two sacks for (-18) yards.
More Defense: Stanford has allowed just 24 points in two games and its 12.0 per game average ranks first in the Pac-10 and tied for ninth nationally. The 24 points allowed in back-to-back games is the best at Stanford since the 1996 team finished the year by giving up 21 points to Cal (42-21 win) and Michigan State (38-0 win in the Sun Bowl). In total defense, the Cardinal ranks second in the Pac-10 and tied for 21st in the NCAA by giving up 287.5 yards per game. Stanford's pass efficiency defensive rating of 88.1 ranks it first in the conference and fifth in the nation. Despite giving up some yards through the air, Cardinal defenders have intercepted three passes and held opponents to a completion percentage of .451 (51-of-113).
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. Although limited to five catches for 15 yards against BYU, he is still among the national leaders in receptions per game, receiving yards per game and all-purpose running Š Powell leads the conference and is fourth in the nation averaging 8.5 receptions per game. He is second in the Pac-10 and 19th in the NCAA in all-purpose yards (151.5 ypg) and fifth in the conference and 23rd nationally in receiving yards per game (93.5). 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 100 career receptions for 1,747 yards and 14 touchdowns (13 by receiving, one punt return). His 17.5 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 (58), punt return yards (670) and punt return average (11.5).
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 36 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 turned in his best performance to date by establishing career bests in carries (32) and yards rushing (141) in Saturday's game at BYU. 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. Tolon was limited in the season opener vs. San Jose State (6 carries, 31 yards) due to an injury, but his 86.0 yards per game rushing still ranks him second in the Pac-10 and 38th in the nation. He has gained 172 yards on 38 carries (4.5 ypc) in 2003. For his career, Tolon has gained 864 yards on 158 carries (5.5 ypc) and scored eight touchdowns.
Trent's Time: Redshirt freshman quarterback Trent Edwards became 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 and was impressive in completing 21-of-37 for 278 yards and two touchdowns. He came off the bench in relief of starter Chris Lewis and led the Cardinal to 31 unanswered points. He was named the team's No. 1 quarterback on September 9 following the SJS game. 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 two games of the year. Stanford currently leads the conference and the nation in kickoff returns, averaging 38.0 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 80 yards on eight returns (10.0 yards per return). Senior Eric Johnson is averaging 42.7 yards per punt, good for fourth in the Pac-10 and 27th nationally. As a team, the Cardinal's 40.0 net punting average is fourth in the conference and 18th in the NCAA Š PK Michael Sgroi is averaging 1.5 field goals per game, ranking him No. 3 in the Pac-10 and tied for 21st in the nation.
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 188 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 he saw limited playing time against BYU with Tolon getting the majority of carries, Lemon helps give the Cardinal a very formidable one-two combination out of the backfield.
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) have never played for the Cardinal, two have seen limited playing time (senior Mike Sullivan and sophomore Brian Head) and one (senior Drew Caylor) has received some playing time as an offensive lineman, but has been a defensive lineman the past two years. Last Saturday at BYU, an injury to Sullivan forced Jon Cochran to step into the starting lineup, making him the third redshirt freshman to start for the Cardinal in 2003. 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 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 touchdowns 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 have received pre-season recognition this year as being among the top tight ends in the conference and the nation. Pierce, who has caught 29 passes in his career for 340 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: Five true freshman has played for the Cardinal in 2003. . FL Mark Bradford (Los Angeles, Calif.) has two receptions for 46 yards while David Marrero, 5-10, 190-pound RB from Parkland, Fla., has eight carries for 20 yards. Michael Okwo, a 6-0, 215 outside linebacker from Redondo Beach, Calif., has recorded two tackles while Patrick Danahy, a 6-5, 230 pound tight end from Sarasota, Fla., and Evan Moore, a 6-7, 235 pound wide receiver from Brea, Calif., have also seen playing time in reserve roles.
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 .333. Cardinal opponents have reached the red zone only three times in 2003 and have come away with one touchdown. The other two possessions have ended on downs. Offensively, Stanford has scored eight times in 10 trips to its opponents' red zone. The Cardinal has five touchdowns and three fields to go along with one turnover and one missed field goal. Against BYU, the Cardinal was a perfect four-for-four in the red zone (two touchdowns, two field goals).