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Cardinal Opens 2005 Season at Navy
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 09/04/2005

Sept. 4, 2005

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GAME INFORMATION

Date: September 10, 2005

Kickoff: 6:00 pm ET (3:00 pm PT)

Site: Annapolis, Md.

Television: CSTV (national cable) (Tom McCarthy, Ray Lucas)

Live Internet Broadcast www.gostanford.com

Radio: KNEW, 910 am (Ted Robinson, Bob Murphy)

Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm

Internet: www.gostanford.com (live audio, live stats)

The Series: Navy lead series 1-0-1

Last Meeting: Stanford 7, Navy 7, 1965 at Stanford

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Cardinal Opens Walt Harris Era With Non-Conference Game at Navy

Stanford begins the Walt Harris Era on Saturday, September 10 when it travels to Annapolis, Md., to face the Naval Academy (0-1) ... The Cardinal, which finished the 2004 campaign on a five-game losing streak, has won its last two season openers and four of its last five ... The two teams have met twice before with Navy recording a 25-0 win in 1954 along with a 7-7 tie in 1965 ... Both of those games were played in Stanford Stadium ... Harris, of course, is making his debut on the Cardinal sidelines after spending the past eight seasons at the University of Pittsburgh ... Stanford will play its home opener on September 17 against U.C. Davis.

Stanford Meets Naval Academy For Third Time in Series History

The Cardinal and Midshipmen will play for the third time in series history on Saturday ... The two teams will continue their series next season as Navy visits the Cardinal on September 16, 2006 ... In their two previous meetings, Navy shutout the Cardinal 25-0 on October 9, 1954 and the two teams played to a 7-7 tie on September 25, 1965 ... In the '65 game, Stanford's Ray Handley scored on a one-yard run late in the third period to bring Stanford even at 7-7.

Cardinal Against the Service Academies

Saturday's game will be the Cardinal's 20th vs. the Service Academies and first since a 1979 game against Army ... Stanford is 4-3 vs. the Air Force Academy, 5-5 against Army and 0-1-1 against Navy ... The Cardinal's last game vs. an academy school was a 17-13 loss at home to Army in 1979 ... Stanford's last win against an academy school was a 67-14 home win against Army in 1975 ... The 67 points is the third most points scored by Stanford in school history ... Stanford's last win at an academy school was a 38-3 win at Army in 1971.

Head Coach Walt Harris

In eight seasons at Pitt, Walt Harris turned the Panthers into a perennial bowl contender and among the top programs in the country ... He led Pitt to six bowl games in eight seasons, including the last five, and a first-ever BCS bowl (Fiesta) following the 2004 campaign ... He was named Stanford's head coach on December 13, 2004 ... Harris, a Bay Area native, has coached for over 30 years, including 11 as a head coach ... He was 52-44 at Pitt and is 63-68 in his career as a head coach, which includes three years at UOP (1989-91), where the Tigers improved each season under Harris ... Harris has coached at Ohio State, Tennessee, Illinois, Michigan State and Cal along with a three-year stint with the New York Jets ... In the last five seasons at Pitt, Harris' teams went 39-23, won at least seven games each year and advanced to a bowl game each season.

Alston Et Al.... Earn Pre-Season Honors

Fifth-year senior OLB Jon Alston was tabbed a consensus First-Team All-Pac-10 selection while several other Cardinal player earned pre-season honors recognition ... Alston, who was named Second-Team All-Pac-10 a year ago, was also named to a few pre-season All-America teams while being ranked among the top outside linebackers in the country ... Other Cardinal players receiving First-Team All-Pac-10 recognition include DT Julian Jenkins, NT Babatunde Oshinowo and KOR T.J. Rushing ... Also earning pre-season honors were ILB Kevin Schimmelmann, WR Evan Moore, PK Michael Sgroi, OT Jeff Edwards and SS Brandon Harrison.

Alston Tabbed As One of Nation's Top Outside Linebackers

Senior outside linebacker Jon Alston enters his fifth season on The Farm as one of the top defensive players in the Pac-10 and in the nation ... At 6-2, 220, Alston is Stanford's best outside rushing threat in the Cardinal's 3-4 defense ... He was the only player in the Pac-10 to be among the top six in the conference in sacks (fourth with 9.5), forced fumbles (tied for fifth with three) and tackles for loss (sixth with 14.0) ... A three-year letter-winner, Alston has recorded 112 total tackles, 14.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss in his career and has received pre-season All-America recognition in 2005.

Edwards Earns Starting Berth at Quarterback

Senior Trent Edwards, who started nine games last year, was named the team's starting quarterback on August 28 after an intense competition with junior T.C. Ostrander ... Edwards, who has one more year of eligibility remaining after the 2005 season, has started 13 games the past two seasons and thrown for 2,468 yards and 13 touchdowns while completing 225-of-441 ... Trent came to Stanford as one of the nation's most highly sought-after prep quarterbacks from nearby Los Gatos High School in 2002 and, after sitting out his true freshman season, he earned a starting role during the 2003 and '04 campaigns ... He was the team's starter a year ago over the first nine games before an injury forced him to miss the final two ... He threw for 1,732 yards and nine touchdowns in 2004 while completing 149-of-274 (.544) ... Missed the final two games of the year vs. Oregon State and California ... He began the year by completing 14-of-22 for 187 yards and two touchdowns in Stanford's 43-3 win over San Jose State ... He came back the next week to throw for a career-high 297 yards and three touchdowns in the Cardinal's win over BYU ... Edwards was impressive in game three vs. top-ranked USC as he engineered two long drives in the first half and finished the game completing 23-of-35 for 183 yards and two TDs ... He had seven touchdown passes and just one interception through the first three games of the year ... In game four, he was equally effective in Stanford's 27-13 win over Washington as he completed 23-of-33 for 254 yards ... He set career high marks by completing 24 passes and attempting 46 at the Rose Bowl vs. UCLA ... Injuries forced him from game seven against Oregon and game nine against Arizona State.

Six Players To Make Starting Debut at Navy

Three players on offense and three on defense will make their starting debuts Saturday at Navy, including the Cardinal's starters at running back and fullback ... New starters on offense include sophomore Anthony Kimble at running back, junior Nick Frank at fullback and sophomore Alex Fletcher at right guard ... Both Kimble and Fletcher redshirted last year as true freshman while Frank was converted to fullback last spring ... On defense, junior Nick Sanchez will start at cornerback, junior Udeme Udofia will start at outside linebacker and sophomore Gustav Rydsted will start at defensive end ... Udofia and Sanchez earned letters last year as reserves while Rydsted redshirted his true freshman season.

83 Starts and Nine Returning Letterman Lead Experienced Offensive Line

Nine returning lettermen, all five starters from 2004 and a group of four prep All-Americas who redshirted last season help give the Cardinal one of its most experienced and talented groups of offensive linemen in recent memory ... Stanford's roster includes six players who started a total of 83 games for the Cardinal and earned 15 letters ...Three of the Cardinal's returning starters have been in the starting lineup the past two years, including OT Jeff Edwards (19 career starts), C Brian Head (13) and OG Ismail Simpson (22) ... Both OT Jon Cochran (13) and OG Josiah Vinson (13) were starters in 2004 and part-time starters in '03 ... Reserve Mikal Brewer started three games last season while Preston Clover, David Long and Tim Mattran are returning letter-winners ... In addition, the Cardinal has four sophomores who were prep All-Americas in 2003, redshirted their freshman season on The Farm a year ago and are now in position to play a significant role in 2005 ... The foursome includes Bobby Dockter, Alex Fletcher, Ben Muth and Allen Smith ... Fletcher has moved into the starting lineup at right guard while the other three will battle for increased playing time in 2005.

Converted Wide Receiver Kimble Named Starting Running Back

A year ago at this time, Anthony Kimble was a true freshman wide receiver who had just come on the Stanford campus from Baton Rouge, LA. ... Fast forward to today and Kimble finds himself as the team's starting running back entering the 2005 campaign ... After redshirting the 2004 season, Kimble was moved to running back last spring under new head coach Walt Harris ... Kimble was impressive during spring drills and his continued improvement vaulted him into the No. 1 role ... He played some running back in high school, but came to Stanford as a highly-touted wide receiver ... Kimble, 6-1, 195, only played two years of football in high school and redshirted last season on The Farm ... While other running backs were limited due to injury during fall camp, Kimble continued to impress ... Behind Kimble is junior Jason Evans, who redshirted in 2003 and received one carry in 2004 ... Evans, 6-1, 190 from Acworth, GA., is another seldom-used player who has show tremendous improvement and has earned the right to receive significant playing time ... Evans was a prep All-America who accounted for 3,850 yards and 32 touchdowns rushing and receiving during his junior and senior seasons in high school.

Lemon, Marrero Also in the Hunt for Playing Time at Running Back

Although fifth-year senior J.R. Lemon has gained more yards, scored more touchdowns and logged more playing time than any other running back on the Cardinal roster, he has been limited during fall camp ... Lemon, who has started 10 games the past two seasons, has carried the ball 241 times for 992 yards (4.1 ypc) and scored 13 rushing touchdowns, which is tied for ninth all-time at Stanford ... David Marrero, a two-year letter-winner and one of the team's top break-away threats, should also see playing time in 2005 ... Marrero has 41 career carries for 123 yards and one TD to go along with 11 receptions for 59 yards.

Stanford Returns Top Three Wide Receivers

While the Cardinal must replace its leading receiver from last year, TE Alex Smith (52 receptions, 706 yards), it does return its top three wide receivers and all but one from last year ... Juniors Evan Moore (39-616-6) and Mark Bradford (34-482-1) return along with seniors Justin McCullum (26-376-1), Gerren Crochet (3-43) and Marcus McCutcheon to form the nucleus of Stanford's receiving corps ... The speedy Crochet had an outstanding spring and put himself in position to play a prominent role in the Cardinal offense while Bradford, tops on the team with 71 career receptions, Moore and McCullum return as experienced Pac-10 receivers ... The Cardinal will utilize four and five receivers in Walt Harris' West Coast Offense.

Receivers Moore, Bradford Turn Focus to Football

Starting wide receivers Evan Moore and Mark Bradford both played on Stanford's nationally-ranked basketball team as true freshmen in 2003-04 and both began the '04-05 campaign on the hoops team ... But, both came to the same decision shortly after last year's basketball season got under way - to focus entirely on football ... Bradford, who was a reserve point guard, left the basketball in December, '04 ... A month later, Moore, a reserve forward, followed suit and gave up basketball in January, '05 ... And now, both are expected to continue their improvement as wide receivers in Walt Harris' West Coast Offense ... Bradford enters his third season at Stanford as the team's most experienced and productive receiver, with 71 career receptions for 1,069 yards and four touchdowns ... Moore, who started all 11 games last year, has 47 career receptions for 766 yards (16.3 ypc) and seven TDs.

Jenkins, Oshinowo Return as Two of the Top Defensive Lineman in Pac-10

Stanford's defensive line will be anchored by two of the most talented lineman in the Pacific-10 Conference ... In fifth-year senior NT Babatunde Oshinowo and senior DE Julian Jenkins, Stanford will be led by two players who each earned First-Team All-Pac-10 recognition ... Oshinowo earned pre-season recognition after proving to be one of the best in the conference the past two seasons ... A 6-2, 320-pounds, Oshinowo has been an honorable mention all-conference pick the last two years while starting all 22 games in 2003 and '04 ... Jenkins started all 11 games for Stanford last season and has played in 31 of 33 the past three years ... An honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick last year, he has accounted for 80 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 10 sacks in his career.

Carroll's Season Ending Injury Moves Rydstedt Into Starting Lineup

When fifth-year senior Casey Carroll suffered a season-ending knee injury during fall camp, it vaulted second-year sophomore Gustav Rydstedt into the No. 1 spot opposite Julian Jenkins at defensive end ... Rydstedt, who redshirted last season as a true freshman, is a 6-3, 290-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden who is still learning the game of football ... He was one of the top junior players in Europe and was named the No. 1 player in his age group in Sweden in 2003 ... He played for the Swedish National Team and was a starter for Team Europe, which played in the 2003 NFL Global Junior Championships in San Diego ... He played one year of high school football in the United States at Southhaven High School in Mississippi during a one-year exchange ... Rydstedt, who is 21 years old, was invited to play in the NFL Europe Youth Elite Camp ... And now, in his second year at Stanford, Rydstedt will be asked to play a key role on the Cardinal defense in 2005.

Schimmelmann, Okwo Give Cardinal Solid Duo at Inside Linebacker

Three-year letter-winner and two-year starter Kevin Schimmelmann will be joined by talented junior Michael Okwo to form the nucleus of Stanford's inside linebacking corps ... Schimmelmann has played four positions throughout his Cardinal career and has started 15 games the past two years at both inside and outside linebacker ... He has also played both free and strong safety ... Okwo was a reserve a year ago at ILB, but proved to be one of the best special teams players in the conference ... He was named First-Team All-Pac-10 in 2004 as a special teams player ... He started the final two games of the year at ILB when Schimmelmann was injured and showed why he is considered one of the best young players in the conference.

Cardinal Secondary To Be Led by Fifth-Year Senior T.J. Rushing

On paper, the Cardinal has to replace three starters in the secondary off last year's team ... But, a closer look at the roster will find Stanford with seven returning letter-winners, including three players with starting experience ... Senior T.J. Rushing is the most experienced DB on the team ... He has been part of Stanford's three-man rotation at cornerback the past two years and has been an integral part of the secondary the last three seasons ... Junior Brandon Harrison started all 11 games last year at strong safety while senior Trevor Hooper, a starter in 2003, returns to the starting lineup at free safety ... Senior David Lofton, a converted quarterback, will play a key role in the secondary for Stanford in 2005 as a reserve at free safety ... Earning the starting assignment alongside Rushing at cornerback is junior Nick Sanchez, a 6-0, 185-pound native of Belle Glade, FL. who earned a letter last season as a reserve ... Also expected to battle for playing time at corner is senior Calvin Armstrong, junior Tim Sims and sophomores Carlos McFall and Wopamo Osaisai.

Special Teams Special With Return of Sgroi, Ottovegio and Rushing

Stanford returns its place-kicker, punter and one of the nation's top kickoff return men in 2005 ... T.J. Rushing led the Pac-10 and was sixth in the nation last year in kickoff returns with a 28.4 average ... The Sporting News ranked him among the top return men in the country ... PK Michael Sgroi is No. 6 all-time at Stanford in fields (32-of-52) and is nearing the school's all-time top-10 list in scoring ... He hit 16-of-24 field goals in 2004, including a school record 10 straight, and is entering his fourth season as the team's starting place-kicker ... P Jay Ottovegio turned in an outstanding season in 2004 in his first year as a starter as he became the first freshman in school history to average more than 40 yards per punt ... His 41.3 average earned him Freshman All-America honors last year by The Sporting News ... Also returning for Stanford are Michael Okwo, a First-Team All-Pac-10 special teams player last year, and David Marrero, the team's starting punt return specialist a year ago.

Two-Time Letter-winner on Defense Takes Over as Number One Fullback

Now in his third season on The Farm, Nick Frank, a 6-2, 260-pound junior from New Orleans, LA., has vaulted to the top spot at fullback after being converted from nose tackle last spring ... Frank has been a key reserve on the Cardinal's defensive line the past two years, playing in 21 of Stanford's 22 games ... He was moved to fullback last spring and has emerged from fall camp number one on the depth chart.

10 Starters on Offense Will Return in 2006; Six on Defense Will Be Back

The Cardinal's starting offensive unit includes just one player who is playing in his final season of eligibility and will not be back in 2006 ... The other 10 starters will return ... Only fifth-year senior C Brian Head is playing in his final season at Stanford in 2005 ... Defensively, there are five players in their final year on the Farm ... The list includes DE Julian Jenkins, NT Babatunde Oshinowo, ILB Kevin Schimmelmann, CB T.J. Rushing and OLB Jon Alston ... Also in his final year at Stanford is PK Michael Sgroi.

Notebook

• Defensive line coach Dave Tipton is the dean of Pac-10 assistant coaches as he begins his 17th season on The Farm ... Tipton, a 1971 Stanford graduate and member of the Stanford's 1970 Rose Bowl team, has worked for four head coaches at Stanford: Dennis Green (1989-91), Tyrone Willingham (1992-01), Buddy Teevens (2002-04) and now Walt Harris ... Only one other coach in Stanford history has coached football on The Farm as long as Tipton: Dutch Fehring, an assistant coach from 1949-66.

• Two other members of Harris' staff are returning to Stanford: RB coach Wayne Moses and OL coach John McDonnell ... Moses previously coached at Stanford in 2002-03 while McDonnell was a member of the Cardinal's coaching staff in 2001.

• Stanford had 25 players earn Academic All-Pac-10 recognition last year, tops in the conference.

• Senior ILB Kevin Schimmelmann is a three-time First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 selection.

• One of the school's all-time greats, quarterback Todd Husak, is back on The Farm as a graduate assistant coach ... Husak was Stanford's starting QB in the 2000 Rose Bowl and is currently the No. 5 all-time leading passer in school history.

• Soph. CB Wopamo Osaisai is coming off one of the best track seasons for a freshman sprinter in school history ... His time in the 100m of 10.45 was a school freshman record and the third fastest ever at Stanford.

• The Cardinal's 105 man roster includes players from 25 states and three countries (U.S., Canada, Sweden) ... Only 31 players are from California.

Stanford Stadium Renovation to Begin November 26, 2005

Stanford Stadium, home to Cardinal football for the past 84 years, will undergo an extensive $85-90 million renovation project that will begin immediately after Stanford's final home game this season vs. Notre Dame on November 26. The plan for renovating Stanford Stadium received approval from the University Board of Trustees on June 7, 2005. The goal is to have the project completed prior to the 2006 football season.

The "New" Stanford Stadium

Plans include bringing the seating capacity from 85,500 to approximately 50,000 and eliminating the track, which will improve sightlines throughout the Stadium and bring more seats closer to the field. Also included are a new, modern, state-of-the-art press box, improved spectator amenities and public safety and enhanced conditions for Stanford's student-athletes.

Stanford Stadium History

Initially sparked by a fued with the University of California to see which school could coplete a new football facility sooner, the construction of Stanford Stadium was accomplished in just over four months. The original design called for a 66-row, U-shaped structure Seating capacity in original stadium was 60,000.

Historical Events at Stanford Stadium

• Herbert Hoover's acceptance speech (following nomination to run for president, 1928) • U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, 1960 • U.S. vs. USSR track meet, 1962 • 1984 Olympic soccer site, 1984 • Super Bowl XIX, 1985 • USA vs. USSR soccer, 1990 • USA vs. Argentina soccer, 1991 • Men's World Cup Soccer, 1994 • Women's World Cup Soccer, 1999


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