Oct. 5, 2003
2003 STANFORD FOOTBALL
Game #4 - Stanford (2-1, 0-1) at No. 9 USC (4-1, 1-1)
October 11, Los Angeles Coliseum, 7:00 pm
The Cardinal: Stanford is coming off its second bye week of the season. The Cardinal last played on September 27, losing its Pac-10 opener at Washington, 28-17. The Cardinal is now 2-1 overall and 0-1 in conference play. Last week, Stanford practiced Tues-Weds-Thurs (Sept. 30, Oct. 1-2) and had Friday and Saturday (Oct. 3-4) off. The Cardinal began the season Sept. 6 vs. San Jose State, then had a bye week on Sept. 13, back-to-back games at BYU (Sept. 20) and Washington (Sept. 27), and a second bye on October 4. Stanford will finish the season with games on eight consecutive Saturdays. The Trojans (4-1, 1-1) are ranked ninth in the nation after beating Arizona State 37-17 last Saturday in Tempe.
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. The Cardinal will play at USC this Saturday, the nation's ninth 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. 12 Washington State in the Homecoming Game. Stanford will then travel to Eugene to play at 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. Only one of those five teams are currently ranked in the national polls.
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).
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).
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 in its last game, but still leads the conference and ranks third 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.
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.
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 first in the conference and 10th 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 second in the Pac-10 and 13th nationally. As a team, the Cardinal's 39.1 net punting average is third in the conference and 21st in the NCAA. PK Michael Sgroi is averaging 1.3 field goals per game, ranking him No. 4 in the Pac-10. 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 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)
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 second in the Pac-10 and 11th 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. 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
About the Trojans: USC is now 4-1 overall and ranked ninth in the nation in the latest USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll after last Saturday's 37-17 win at Arizona State. The Trojans have been ranked in the nation's top 10 the entire season. They began the year with impressive wins over Auburn, BYU and Hawaii before losing in triple overtime at Cal, 34-31. USC has the conference's No. 1 scoring offense, averaging 37.4 points per game. Defensively, they are third in the Pac-10 and ninth in the nation in rushing defense, giving up just 71.2 yards per game on the ground.
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.
Last Year's Game: The Trojans had their way with Stanford a year agok, beating the Cardinal 49-17 at Stanford Stadium (Nov. 9). Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer completed 22-of-32 for 317 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Trojans. After USC took an early 7-0 lead, the Cardinal tied the score at 7-7 on a six-yard pass TD pass from Kyle Matter to Ryan Wells with 4:50 to play in the first quarter Š Michael Sgroi hit a 25-yard field goal with 11:12 to play in the second quarter, pulling the Cardinal to within four at 14-10. But, four consecutive touchdowns by the Trojans put the game out of reach.
Head Coach Pete Carroll: USC head coach Pete Carroll is 21-9 in his third season at the the helm of the Trojan program. Carroll was the head coach of the New York Jets (1994) and New England Patriots (1997-99) before coming to USC in 2001. He has led the Trojans to two bowl games.