Oct. 29, 2006
2006 STANFORD FOOTBALL
Game #9 - #9 USC (6-1, 4-1) at Stanford (0-8, 0-5)
November 4, Stanford Stadium
Stanford, CA, 4:00 pm, Fox Sports Net
Date: November 4, 2006
Kickoff: 4:00 pm
Site: Stanford, CA
Television: Live, Fox Sports Net (Barry Tompkins, Petros Papadakis)
Radio: KNBR, 1050 am (Ted Robinson, Bob Murphy)
Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm
Internet: www.gostanford.com (live audio, live stats)
The Series: USC leads 56-27-3
Last Meeting: USC 51, Stanford 21 (11/5/05) at USC
Series Notes: Trojans have won the last four vs. Stanford
Perennial National Power USC Visits Stanford Stadium on November 4
After a bye last week, the Cardinal returns to action on Saturday, November 4 to face perennial powerhouse USC, which comes into the game ranked ninth nationally by both AP and USA Today/Coaches ... Stanford had last Saturday off (Oct. 28) after playing eight consecutive weeks while the Trojans saw their record drop to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in the Pac-10 after a 33-31 loss at Oregon State ... USC marks the third nationally-ranked opponent Stanford has played this season and the first in the top-10 ... Earlier this year, the Cardinal was defeated by No. 20 Oregon and No. 12 Notre Dame ... USC has won the last four games against the Cardinal (2002-05) and the last two played at Stanford Stadium (2002, 2004) ... Stanford's last win over USC was a 21-16 victory at the L.A. Coliseum in 2001, the last time the Trojans have been defeated at home.
Stanford-USC Series History
In a series that dates back to 1905, the Trojans lead the Cardinal 56-27-3 ... Stanford and USC have met in football every year since 1925 (with the exception of WWII years 1943-45) ... USC has won the last four meetings with Stanford, including a come-from-behind 31-28 victory the last time the two teams met at Stanford Stadium in 2004 ... A year ago in Los Angeles, the Trojans beat Stanford 51-21 ... Prior to USC's four-game winning streak, the Cardinal had won three straight from 1999-2001 ... Two of those wins - 1999 and '01 - came at the L.A. Coliseum ... From 1991-2001, Stanford was 6-5 against the Trojans ... The 1991 game, however, snapped Stanford's 15-game winless string against USC ... From 1976-90, the Cardinal was 0-14-1 against the Trojans.
Stanford Has 13th Toughest Schedule in the Nation
This week's NCAA rankings for the nation's toughest schedule has the Cardinal tied for No. 13 in the country ... Stanford's cumulative opposition has a winning percentage of .592 ... Still ahead for the Cardinal are four teams with a cumulative record of 22-10: No. 9 USC (6-1), No. 10 Cal (7-1), Oregon State (5-3) and Washington (4-5)
Cardinal Head Coach Walt Harris
Now in his second season at Stanford, Walt Harris took over a Cardinal team that finished eighth in the Pac-10 with a 2-6 record in 2004 and, a year later, had his team 4-4 in the conference and in fourth place ... Harris led the Cardinal of a 5-6 overall record and was one win shy of having his team in position for a post-season bowl game ... In eight seasons at Pitt (1997-2004) prior to coming to Stanford, 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 12 as a head coach ... He was 52-44 at Pitt and is 68-79 in his career as a head coach, which includes three years at UOP (1989-91), where the Tigers improved each season under Harris, and a 5-13 record as the Cardinal head coach ... 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.
Trojan Winning Streaks Come to an End After Loss at Oregon State
The Trojans put together some impressive winning streaks over the past four years, but all of them came to an end after their loss at Oregon State on Saturday ... Trojan winning streaks that were snapped last week included: 27 straight Pac-10 games, 18 consecutive road games and 13 straight Pac-10 road games ... USC still holds the NCAA record with 58 straight games scoring more than 20 points ... The Trojans, who have won two of the past three national championships and have played in the BCS title game in each of the past three years, have won 51 of their last 54 games since 2002, including 16 straight in November.
Stanford vs. Nationally-Ranked Opponents
Stanford's last win against a nationally-ranked opponent was a 38-28 victory over No. 4 and unbeaten UCLA in 2001 ... The Cardinal, however, has lost 15 straight to top-25 teams since that win over the Bruins in '01 ... A year ago, Stanford lost to No. 1 ranked USC, No. 6 Notre Dame and No. 8 UCLA ... Stanford was leading both Notre Dame and UCLA in the final minutes of the game before losing to the Bruins in overtime and to the Irish on their final possession ... Earlier this year, the Cardinal lost to then No. 20 Oregon in Eugene and then No. 12 Notre Dame in South Bend..
Harris Coached Carroll at UOP in 1971 and '72
As a young assistant coach at the University of the Pacific, Walt Harris remembers the first player he signed to a letter-of-intent: a defensive back from Marin Junior College named Pete Carroll ... "Pete was a great player, and a great player to coach," says Harris ... Harris, who played at UOP in 1966-67 and was a graduate assistant coach in 1968 and '69, returned to UOP as a full-time coach in 1971, where he stayed through the 1973 season ... During the '71 and '72 seasons, Harris was the Tigers defensive backs coach and his star pupil was Carroll, who was a two-time All-Pacific Coast Conference free safety ... The defensive line coach those two years was Ted Leland, Stanford's former Director of Athletics and the man who hired Harris to coach the Cardinal (Leland also hired Harris as the head coach at UOP in 1989) ... Leland played for UOP in 1968 and '69, then worked on the staff at UOP as a graduate assistant and full-time coach from 1970-73 ... Harris was a graduate assistant coach in 1968 and '69 when Leland played on team ... After both Leland and Harris left UOP following the 1973 season, Carroll came on board as a G.A. for the next three years (1974-76) ... Harris earned his Bachelor's degree from UOP in 1966 and his Master's in 1969, Leland received his Bachelor's in 1970 and Master's in 1972 while Carroll earned a Bachelor's in '73 and Master's in '76.
A Look Back: USC 51, Stanford 21 (November 5. 2005)
The No. 1 ranked Trojans dominated the Cardinal on this day at the Los Angeles Coliseum as USC scored on all seven first half possessions en route to a 44-7 lead at the intermission ... Stanford trailed 24-0 at the end of the first quarter after LenDale White scored two TDs and Reggie Bush added another for the Trojans ... Bush finished the day with 113 yards rushing on just 12 carries while White had 60 rushing yards on 13 carries ... Trojan QB Matt Leinart was 22-of-28 for 259 yards and four touchdowns and WR Dwayne Jarrett had eight catches for 101 yards and a score.
Pacific-10's No. 1 Tackler: Michael Okwo
Senior linebacker Michael Okwo, forced to sit out the first two games of the year due to a fracture thumb, has made his presence known since returning to the starting lineup the past six games (vs. Navy, WSU, UCLA, Notre Dame, Arizona and Arizona State) ... In those games, Okwo has recorded a team-high 66 tackles, four tackles for loss and one forced fumble ... His 11.0 tackles per game is No. 1 in the Pacific-10 Conference and No. 7 in the NCAA ... He set a new career high on Sept. 23 when he registered 15 tackles against the Cougars ... In his first game back (Sept. 16 vs. Navy), he had 10 tackles and two tackles for loss ... Against UCLA on Sept. 30, he was again the team leader in tackles with 11 ... Against Notre Dame on Oct. 7, he had 12 tackles, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry ... Okwo added 13 tackles to again lead the team in Stanford's game vs. Arizona ... Okwo is a three-year letter-winner who was named First-Team All-Pac-10 as a special teams player in 2004, entered the 2006 season having received pre-season All-Pac-10 recognition. ... "Michael Okwo has been a setttling factor for our defense since returning," said Cardinal defensive coordinator A.J. Christoff. "The players have great respect for him, and he has great leadership, along with his outstanding playing ability," Christoff told the San Jose Mercury News.
Ostrander Takes Over as Cardinal's Number One QB
Senior T.C. Ostrander (still has one more year of eligibility remaining in 2007) took over the reigns of the Cardinal offense after starter Trent Edwards suffered a season-ending injury against Arizona on October 14 ... Ostrander played most of the Arizona game and started Stanford's last game at Arizona State ... Ostrander has played in 18 games in his Stanford career, including three starts, and has completed 116 of 245 for 1,648 yards and five TDs ... He started the final two games of the 2004 season vs. Oregon State and Cal after Edwards was not able to play due to injury ... Ostrander, from nearby Atherton, Calif., reshirted his true freshman season in 2003 ... He will return in 2007 as the favorite to earn the starting spot.
Osaisai Records 4th Longest Interception Returns for TD in School History
Junior Wopamo Osaisai (Pinole HS, Pinole, CA) made his second collegiate start a memorable one as he returned an interception 72 yards for a touchdown vs. Arizona on Oct. 14, the fourth longest in Stanford history ... Osaisai, who earned the start after an impressive performance at Notre Dame on Oct. 7 in which he had five tackles and three pass break ups, had five tackles and one tackle for loss in addition to his INT return vs. the Wildcats ... A sprinter on the Cardinal track team, Osaisai is the school record holder in the 100m (10.39) and the 60m indoor (6.83).
Osaisai in the Cardinal Track Record Book
100m - 10.39 (2005) - school record holder
200m - 21.04 (2005) - No. 5 all-time at Stanford
60m indoors - 6.83 (2005, '06) - school record holder
200m indoors - 21.60 (2006) - No. 3 all-time at Stanfoard
Six True Freshman Making Immediate Impact in 2006
Six true freshman have made an immediate impact on the Cardinal in 2006, three on offense and three on defense ... Four of those true freshman have started for the Cardinal this season ... In Stanford's third game of the year against Navy, WR Richard Sherman and LB Brian Bulcke were in the starting lineup ... A week later vs. WSU, Austin Yancy started at one WR spot and at UCLA, RB Toby Gerhart made his starting debut ... Yancy has been in the starting lineup the last three weeks vs. Notre Dame, Arizona and Arizona State ... In addition, the other two true freshman playing key roles are NT Sione Fua and DE Levirt Griffin ... Gerhart, a two-sport athlete who will play for Stanford's nationally-ranked baseball team, is the team's second leading rusher with 280 yards ... Sherman has 14 receptions for 175 yards and a touchdown while Yancy has caught 14 balls for 152 yards ... Bulcke led the team in tackles vs. Navy in his starting debut as he accounted for 14 total tackles ... Both Fua and Griffin have played reserve roles on the defensive line the past six games.
Gerhart Latest Baseball-Football Player on The Farm
Freshman RB Toby Gerhart joins a long and impressive list of Stanford athletes who have played both football and baseball on The Farm ... Gerhart, who was named among the top-50 prep baseball players in the nation last year, is expected to make an immediate impact on Stanford's nationally-ranked baseball team this season ... The last two baseball-football players to make a significant impact on both teams were both quarterbacks: Joe Borchard (first round pick by the Chicago White Sox in 2000) and Chad Hutchinson (played in the big leagues for the St. Louis Cardinals and in the NFL for the Cowboys and Bears) ... Other great football-baseball players at Stanford include John Elway, who played in the New York Yankees farm system after his junior year at Stanford, John Lynch (13 years NFL), Chris Draft (7 years NFL) , Brian Johnson (8 years Major League Baseball) and Toi Cook (11 years NFL).
From Walk On To Starter, Lynn Leads Team in Receptions
For Kelton Lynn and the Stanford offense, the 2006 season has been anything but predictable ... Not many would have thought that the Cardinal's leading receiver would be Lynn, a junior walk on from Boulder, Colorado who saw limited action his first two years at Stanford ... But injuries to the Cardinal wide receiver corps has thrust Lynn into the starting lineup the past four games ... He is currently the team leader with 18 receptions for 248 yards and two touchdowns ... He caught a season -high six passes for 72 yards against Navy, then caught five balls for 65 yards and a touchdown the following week against Washington State ... In Stanford's Oct. 7 game at Notre Dame, he caught four passes for 86 yards, including a career-best 57-yard touchdown from Anthony Kimble on a halfback pass.
Senior Evan Moore returned to the lineup in Stanford's last game at Arizona State after missing most of the previous five ... Moore was injured early in Stanford's game with Navy on Sept. 16, then missed the next four games ... He returned on Oct. 21 at ASU ... Moore had caught eight passes for two touchdowns in the first two games of the season ... For his career, Moore has 59 receptions for 986 yards, 10 touchdowns and a 16.7 yards per catch average ... Moore has one more year of eligibility remaining in 2007.
Stanford had 16 starters returning in 2006, including 10 on offense and six on defense ... Injuries have hit the Cardinal offense hard thus far in '06 ... Of the 10 returning starters, eight have missed games due to injury, including FB Nick Frank (forced to retire), C Tim Mattran (has not played in '06 due to injury), WR Mark Bradford (out for last six games and possibly the rest of the season), WR Evan Moore (missed four games), TE Matt Traverso (played sparingly in '06) and OG Josiah Vinson (slowed early in the year due to injury) ... RB Anthony Kimble did not play at UCLA due to injury and OG Jon Cochran did not play vs. Arizona due to injury ... QB Trent Edwards was knocked out of the Arizona game (Oct 14) on the third play from scrimmage.
Backing up T.C. Ostrander at quarterback are sophomore Tavita Pritchard and junior Garrett Moore ... Pritchard, who redshirted his true freshman season last year, has played some WR this season, but received his first playing time at quarterback in Stanford's last game at ASU ... Moore, a walk-on in 2004, has not seen any game action.
Stanford's offensive linemen have combined to start 162 games - more than any other group of O-lineman in the nation ... Jeff Edwards leads the way with 32 starts, Ismail Simpson has 31, followed by Josiah Vinson with 28, Jon Cochran with 26, Alex Fletcher with 19, Allen Smith with 15 and Tim Mattran with six.
Five of Stanford's top six receivers, including the top four, did not play for the Cardinal in 2005 ... They include a walk-on, three true freshman and a sophomore (redshirt freshman).
Stanford has four of the top 13 tacklers in the Pac-10 ... LB Michael Okwo (11.0) leads the league, S Trevor Hooper is seventh in the Pac-10 in tackles per game (7.75), LB Clinton Snyder is 11th (7.25) and S Brandon Harrison is 13th (7.13).
Stanford is the least penalized team in the Pac-10 ... The Cardinal is number one in the league in fewest penalties (40), fewest penalty yards (288) and fewest penalty yards per game (36.0).
Soph. Chris Marinelli became the fifth second-year player to start for the Cardinal this seaason ... He has started the last two games at right tackle ... Other second players to start in 2006 include LB Clinton Snyder, LB Will Powers, NT Ekom Udofia and TE Jim Dray
Stanford had over 50 players reach a 3.0 gpa or better following the spring '06 quarter ... The Cardinal led the Pac-10 last year with 15 players named to the conference's All-Academic Team.
Stanford's roster is represented by players from three countries (U.S., Canada, Sweden) and 26 states, including 33 from California.
Stanford has won the past 12 Directors' Cup, given to the nation's top overall athletic department ... During the 2005-06 seson, the Cardinal had 13 teams finish in the top-5 nationally, 20 in the top-10 and 24 in the top-25 ... Stanford has won 104 national collegiate championships and is second all-time with 92 NCAA championships, including an NCAA best 35 women's titles.
Trent Edwards finished his career with his name firmly planted in the Cardinal record book ... Edwards, who played in 35 games and started 31 for Stanford from 2003-06, injured his right foot October 14 vs. Arizona and will not play again for the Cardinal this season ... He had started 18 straight games for Stanford before the injury ... Here's where Edwards finished in the Cardinal record book:
- Career Passing - 7th (5,429)
- Career TD Passes - 7th (36)
- Career Total Offense - 7th (5,628)
- Career Pass Attempts - 6th (865)
- Career Pass Comp. - 6th (487)
- Career Comp. Pct. - 10th (.563)
- Season Comp. Pct. - 10th (.627, 2005)
"New" Stanford Stadium Forty-two weeks after construction began moments after Stanford's 2005 season finale against Notre Dame on November 26, the New Stanford Stadium opened to a crowd of 44,022 on September 16 against Navy ... Built in 1921, Stanford Stadium, with a seating capacity of 85,500, was the largest privately owned stadium in the country ... After nearly 10 months of a rigorous construction schedule that saw crews work, two, eight-hour shifts per day, the New Stanford Stadium opened its doors against Navy ... The Stadium has a seating capacity of approximately 50,000 and the improved sight lines brings fans 70-100 feet closer to the field of action ... The $90 million project includes new amenities throughout the Stadium, a new natural turf field, improved sound and video systems, removal of the track and fencing around the playing field and more comfortable seating ...
#83 - Jim Dray, TE, 6-5, 240, SO., 1V
Has become the team's top tight end, catching 16 passes for 145 yards, including his first career touchdown on a 19-yard scoring strike from Trent Edwards at San Jose State (9/6/06)
#91 - Pannel Egboh, DE, 6-6, 280, JR., 2V
Has a career-high 34 tackles (first among defensive linemen) in the team's first eight games Had a sack in his most recent game at Arizona State (10/21/06) and co-leads the club with 1.5 sacks on the season with the other half coming against Navy (9/16/06) Has 3.5 tackles-for-loss on the season, including a career-best 2.0 in his most recent contest at Arizona State (10/21/06)
#7 - Toby Gerhart, RB, 6-1, 228, FR., HS
Stanford's second-leading rusher with 272 yards on 72 rushes for a 3.8 yard per carry average Stanford's leading rusher in four of his first eight collegiate games at Oregon (9/2/06, 16-55), at San Jose State (9/9/06, 13-82), versus Navy (9-40, 9/16/06) and at UCLA (12-32, 9/30/06) Has Stanford's second-longest run of the campaign when he broke free for a 38-yarder at San Jose State (9/9/06) Was a two-sport (baseball, football) prep standout at Norco High School (Norco, CA) from 2002-05, rushing for an amazing 9622 yards in his career to set the all-time California high school record and accumulate the third-highest rushing total ever by a high school player in the nation, including a senior season in which he rushed for 3233 yards and scored 39 TD's Also a member of the Stanford Baseball team
#23 - Brandon Harrison, CB/S, 6-2, 215, SR., 3V
Has started 29 of the team's last 30 games with the only blemish in his starting streak an appearance off the bench at San Jose State (9/9/06) due to an injury suffered in the team's previous game at Oregon (9/2/06) Has returned to the starting safety position in his last three games after having made all five of his previous starts this season at cornerback Started all 22 games the previous two season at strong safety Has played in 40 of 41 possible games in his career Stanford's active career leader in interceptions (5), while ranking second among current Stanford players in tackles (175) Picked up his fifth career interception and one of only four by the Cardinal this season at UCLA (9/30/06) Fourth on the team this year with 57 tackles (#13 Pac-10) Recorded one of Stanford's seven fumble recoveries this season versus Navy (9/16/06) Has made 14 tackles in his career versus USC (10 solo, four assists) with half of them coming in the 2005 contest
#24 - Trevor Hooper, S, 6-1, 205, SR., 4V
Second on the club with 63 tackles (#7 Pac-10) Recorded a career-high 13 tackles (also a career-high eight assisted tackles) versus Arizona (10/14/06) Has one of the team's four interceptions (at UCLA, 9/30/06) Had back-to-back double-digit tackle contests in the first two games of 2006 with 12 in the season-opener versus Oregon (9/2/06) and 10 at San Jose State (9/9/06) Stanford's active career tackle leader (176) Recorded his 100th career solo tackle in his most recent game at Arizona State (10/21/06) and now has 103 Has played in 36 career games with 25 starts, including all eight contests this season Started all 11 games in 2003 and led the team with three interceptions, while finishing fifth on the club with 60 tackles A local product from nearby Mountain View High School (Mountain View, CA), where he was the first student-athlete from the school to earn a Pac-10 scholarship Writing a weekly column throughout the 2006 football season for the Palo Alto Daily News Had a huge game against USC in 2005, leading the Cardinal with 10 tackles and has 15 career stops against USC
#6 - David Lofton, S, 6-4, 220, SR., 4V
Tied for fifth on the club with 47 tackles, including a team game-high and career-best 12 stops at San Jose State (9/9/06), as well as 11 tackles, a season-high-tying six solos and his first career sack at Notre Dame (10/7/06) Made the first fumble recovery of his career at UCLA (9/30/06), while adding a season-high-tying six solo tackles Has played in all 19 games (10 starts) over the last two seasons as a safety, his third position with the Cardinal after being on the roster as a quarterback and wide receiver earlier in this career Son of former Stanford and NFL great James Lofton, who is currently a wide receivers coach with the San Diego Chargers Has one career assisted tackle versus USC
#26 - Anthony Kimble, RB, 6-1, 200, JR., 2V
Stanford's leading rusher for the first time this season with 290 yards rushing after leading the club in rushing in three of the last five games Rushed for a career-best 83 yards on 11 carries in his most recent game at Arizona State (10/21/06) on a day that included the longest run of his career and the longest Stanford play from the line of scrimmage when he broke free for a 58-yard jaunt Had a previous season-best 63 yards rushing on a season-high 15 carries at Notre Dame (10/7/06) while also connecting with Kelton Lynn for a 57-yard TD pass (the second-longest Stanford play from the line of scrimmage this season) on a halfback option Has started seven of the team's eight games at running back Has one of the team's two rushing touchdowns by scoring the first Stanford TD at the new Stanford Stadium on a two-yard run with 11:58 to go in the fourth quarter versus Navy (9/16/06)
#86 - Kelton Lynn, WR, 6-2, 190, JR., 2V
Leads Stanford with 18 receptions and 248 receiving yards as a walk-on receiver Has paced the club in both receptions and receiving yards three times this year -- versus Navy (9/16/06, 6-72), in his first career start against Washington State (9/23/06, 5-65, TD) and at Notre Dame (10/7/06, 4-86, TD) with his six catches against the Midshipmen a career-best and his game-high 86 receiving yards versus the Irish the top contest of his career Had his first career TD reception on a 25-yarder from Trent Edwards versus Washington State (9/23/06) and then was involved in the team's longest play from the line of scrimmage this season when he caught Anthony Kimble's halfback option pass for a 57-yard TD at Notre Dame (10/7/06) Co-leads Stanford with two touchdowns (both on receptions) and ranks tied for second on the club with 12 points scored
#55 - Michael Okwo, LB, 6-0, 225, SR., 3V
Leads the team with 66 tackles (No. 1 Pac-10, No. 7 NCAA) despite missing the first two contests due to a broken right thumb suffered during 2006 training camp Set a career-high with 15 tackles versus Washington State (the most by a Stanford player this season), while picking up a new career-best nine solo stops at UCLA (9/30/06) Recorded the first five double-digit tackles of his career in each of the first five contests he played this season Picked up his first sack of the season at Arizona State (10/21/06) Ranks second on the team with 4.0 tackles-for-loss while adding a forced fumble (versus Washington State, 9/23/06) and a quarterback hurry Selected by The Sporting News as a preseason 2006 Second Team All-Pac-10 player Earned First Team All-Pac-10 honors as a special teams player during the 2004 campaign Has 152 career tackles with 14.5 tackles-for-loss, 3.0 sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and two blocked kicks Has five career tackles (2 solo, 3 assists) versus USC
#21 - Wopamo Osaisai, CB, 5-11, 200, JR., 2V
Leads the team with four pass breakups, including three at Notre Dame (10/7/06), while contributing 35 tackles with 1.0 tackle-for-loss Returned an interception 72 yards versus Arizona (10/14/06) for his first career touchdown to mark the fourth-longest interception return for a TD in school history as well as Stanford's only interception return for a TD in 2006 Had a career-best eight tackles versus Washington State (9/23/06)
#13 - T.C. Ostrander, QB, 6-3, 215, SR., 3V
Became the team's starting quarterback when Trent Edwards broke his right foot against Arizona (10/14/06) Completed just 7-of-25 passes for 66 yards and tossed one interception in his first start of 2006 and third of his career at Arizona State (10/21/06) Was 8-for-13 for 58 yards against Arizona (10/14/06) after relieving Edwards to start the second drive of the game Has completed 21-of-52 passes for 205 yards with two interceptions in six appearances and one start in 2006 Has appeared in 18 career contests, relieving starter Trent Edwards on 15 occasions and making three starts Has 1648 career passing yards and five touchdowns with five interceptions, completing 116-of-245 passes Had his biggest season in 2004 when he was 56-of-126 for 914 yards and two touchdowns with four interceptions while appearing in six games and making two starts Saw his only action against USC in 2005 when he completed 4-of-6 passes for 34 yards in relief of starter Trent Edwards
#27 - Jay Ottovegio, P, 6-0, 195, SR., 3V
Earned 2006 Pre-Season First Team (Steele's), Second Team (The Sporting News) and Third Team (Athlon) All-Pac-10 honors In his third season as Stanford's starting punter Has 170 punts in his career for 6950 yards and a 40.9 average Averaging a career-low 40.5 yards per punt in 2006 Had his best game of the season versus Arizona (10/14/06) when he punted a season-high seven times for a season-best 45.3 yard average Has a pair of season-best-tying 52 yard punts at UCLA (9/30/06) and at Arizona State (10/21/06) Has landed 50 career punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line and had 18 go for 50 or more yards Has averaged 40.8 or more yards per punt in 22 of 30 career games Became the first freshman punter in Stanford history to average more than 40 yards per punt with a 41.3 average in his 2004 freshman campaign Had never had a punt blocked prior to the season before getting punts blocked against Washington State (10/23/06) and at UCLA (10/30/06) Has averaged 42.9 yards in seven career punts versus USC
#14 - Tim Sims, CB, 5-11, 190, SR., 3V
Tied for fifth on the team with 47 tackles, while leading the club with 5.5 tackles-for-loss for a team-best 27 yards lost Ranks second on the club with three pass breakups Had a career-high nine tackles (also a career-best seven solos) to go with a tackle-for-loss and two pass breakups at UCLA (9/30/06) before getting seven more with six solos and a tackle-for-loss at Notre Dame (10/7/06) Recorded his first career sack versus Arizona (10/14/06) Has started the team's last five games and six of its past seven
#20 - Clinton Snyder, LB, 6-4, 230, SO., 1V
Third on the club with 58 tackles (#11 Pac-10) and has a team-high-tying 38 solo stops (tie #5 Pac-10) Leads the squad with a pair of forced fumbles (both vs. Navy, 9/16/06) Has one of the club's four interceptions (at San Jose State, 9/9/06) Has double-digit tackles in three contests, including a career-high 11 (also a career-high nine solo) versus Navy (9/16/06) when he added forced a pair of fumbles Picked up 10 tackles both against Washington State (9/23/06) and at Notre Dame (10/7/06) Made his collegiate debut at Oregon (9/2/06) as a starter and contributed six tackles (three solo, three assists) before backing that up with eight tackles and an interception at SJSU (9/9/06).
#38 - Austin Yancy, WR, 6-4, 195, FR., HS
Second on the club with 153 yards receiving, while ranking third with 14 catches Has started four of the team's last five games Had career-bests of four catches and 65 receiving yards versus Navy (9/16/06)
#11 - Aaron Zagory, PK, 6-0, 170, JR., 1V
Leads the club in scoring with 23 points Kicked a career-long 35-yard field goal in his most recent contest at Arizona State (10/21/06) Scored the first Stanford points in the new Stanford Stadium versus Navy (9/16/06) when he connected on a 22-yard field goal as time ran out in the first half Made his first collegiate field goal try from 34 yards with 2:37 remaining in the first quarter at Oregon (9/2/06) Has made five of his eight field goal attempts, including four of his last five, and eight of his 10 PAT's A walk-on placekicker who had not seen action in a college football game until this season