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Kevin Schimmelmann Chat Wrap
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 09/14/2005

Sept. 14, 2005

Schimmelmann led the Cardinal with a career-high 12 tackles in the team's season-opening 41-38 victory at Navy last Saturday in the first game on The Farm for head coach Walt Harris. He also had a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss in the contest.

The Cardinal hosts UC Davis in its 2005 home-opener at Stanford Stadium this Saturday, September 17 (7 pm, PT).

Live audio broadcasts of all 2005 Stanford Football contests by the Stanford flagship station KNEW 910 AM are also available online at gostanford.com and carried by the Stanford Football Radio Network (KPSI 920 AM, Palm Springs ... KVON 1440 AM, Napa).

A native of Marietta, Georgia, he has played four positions in his career but is in his second straight season as a starter at inside linebacker. He has made 126 tackles in his 31 career games and 16 starts, while adding three sacks, 12.5 tackles for loss and an interception. Schimmelmann has also excelled in the classroom as a three-time First Team Pac-10 Academic All-Pac-10 selection.

Schimmelmann ranked fourth on the team with 58 tackles (36 solo, 22 assists) as a junior in 2004 to earn honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors despite suffering a season-ending knee injury in the ninth game of the year when he was leading the team in stops. He also forced a pair of fumbles, added a sack, 3.0 tackles for loss, an interception and four pass breakups. His top game came when he had a season-high 10 tackles against USC on September 25. He has also made nine tackles twice at Notre Dame (October 9) and versus Oregon (October 23). In addition, Schimmelmann was honored by College Sports Television as its Student-Athlete of the Week on September 21 after he had made seven tackles, while adding a sack and a forced fumble in a convincing 37-10 win over Brigham Young on a CSTV national telecast ten days earlier. He also continued his success in the classroom with his third consecutive First Team Academic All-Pac-10 selection.

Schimmelmann spent his sophomore campaign in 2003 as an outside linebacker, where he started the first six games of the year and played in all 11. He finished the season with 49 total tackles and 8.0 tackles for loss, which was tied for second best on the team, while also adding one forced fumble, one quarterback sack and two pass breakups. Schimmelmann's top game of the campaign came against Washington when he totaled a season-best 11 tackles, along with two tackles for loss. In addition, he earned First Team Academic All-Pac-10 honors for the second consecutive year and Second Team District-8 Academic All-America recognition on the first occasion.

Schimmelmann saw his first action in a Cardinal uniform as a redshirt freshman in 2002, earning a letter as a backup strong safety and special teams player who appeared in 10 games and finished the season with seven tackles. He also earned the first of his three First Team Academic All-Pac-10 career honors.

In 2001, Schimmelmann redshirted during his true freshman year as a free safety.

The co-term student working on a Master's degree in Sociology and a Bacehlor's degree in Economics was born on December 21, 1982. He spent his prep career at Lassiter High School, where he was a two-way standout at free safety and wide receiver. In his senior year, he was named All-Southeast Region and All-Dixie by Prep Star, as well as First Team All-State when he had 70 tackles and two interceptions on defense to go along with 51 receptions for 800 yards and five touchdowns offensively. Schimmelmann finished his prep career as a three-time First Team All-County selection on both offense and defense. He was also a two-year letterwinner in track. In the academic world he also had a tremendous amount of success as a member of the National Honor Society and a National Merit Commended Scholar.

Moderator: Kevin is here and ready to begin answering your questions.

Jenny (LA): Are you excited to be in your final season of college football? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Kevin Schimmelmann: I am excited to be in my last season, although I'm sure I'll miss being a part of stanford. The main goal for this year is to go to a bowl game. We need to get the program back on a winning track and going to a bowl game. The team always gets a lot of good perks.

Lauren Shaw: Hey there, cuz, I don't really have a question. I just wanted to say that you're starting to develop a fan club over here at JU! My mom sent us pictures of you, and the one of you tackling that QB at the Navy game is hanging on our door! We're all rooting for you, and hopefully I'll see you soon!!! Lauren
Kevin Schimmelmann: Great to hear from you. I'd like to have one of those JU t-shirts if you could send one over. Have a great one. Missed you at the Navy game but hope your doing well.

Kriebel, Athens: you've played 3 positions on the defensive side of the ball, any other positions you'd like to try out? best of luck this year man.
Kevin Schimmelmann: Kriebel, good to hear from you. I was thinking of playing nose tackle and maybe quarterback. Coach seems to think we have good players there already. good to hear from you. see ya.

Zach (Frisco, Texas): Is the early part of the season easier because you can concentrate on football without worrying about school? Or do you look forward to balancing classes and sports?
Kevin Schimmelmann: Classes are a lot of fun initially but it begins piling up when you have deadlines and assignments due. It is nice being able to just concentrate on football in the beginning. The coaches make sure we put extra time in. No sleeping in and such.

Brandon( Lodi): Kevin, congratulations on last week's win against Navy. Over your career here at Stanford you have played several positions. How tough was it to make the transition from safety to outside linebacker and finally to the inside linebacker spot? Which position is the one that you've enjoyed playing the most? I wish you and the team the best of luck and we'll be cheering for you guys this weekend. Go Cardinal
Kevin Schimmelmann: I think safety is a lot of fun because you get to see everything that is going on. At linebacker you are blind to routes going on behind you. Both are fun but you have a little less room for error at safety.

Matt (Atascadero): Which do you feel are the key mental differences between playing safety and linebacker? Thanks!
Kevin Schimmelmann: You cannot be quite as aggressive at safety or you will get burned on play action. You have more ground to cover at safety and have to play deeper. Linebacker is fun because you have to play fast from the snap of the ball. You have to be more aggressive and ready to strike right away

Michael Forrest (Porter Ranch, CA): Kevin...

If memory serves correctly, you came close to going to Georgia. You're now on your 4th position in the last 4 years. You're also close to getting a Bachelors in Econ and a Masters in Sociology. What has your Stanford experience been like? Any regrets not attending Georgia?

Best of luck on a great Senior season!

Kevin Schimmelmann: No regrets not attending Georgia. Stanford has been great and we have just as good as competition as I would have at UGA. The Stanford community has been great

doug from dc: do you feel extra pressure to win this season in order to help your new coach? he seems like he's doing a great job out there on the farm so far!
Kevin Schimmelmann: No extra pressure. But we do have a sense of urgency. We have lost enough to really enjoy winning. Bowl game, hopefully somewhere warm.

Tyler(San Jose): What are the goals for this years team and for you as an individual?
Kevin Schimmelmann: We want to win every week. That is always the goal. Winning season!

marc (jax): what's the biggest difference between playing football in cali and playing in georgia?
Kevin Schimmelmann: The fans are more fanatic in the south. Football is almost a religion in the south. But the competition is similar and the athletes as well.

Nancy (Belmont, CA): Hi Kevin! We're really excited to see you guys this week against UC Davis! What are you looking to improve upon after last week's game at Navy?
Kevin Schimmelmann: We are looking to finish the game. We let up too many points the fourth quarter and we aim to improve upon that. A lot of improvements will be made from week 1 to week 2

Papatunde (Chicagoland): Yo Schimmy, Great game against Davis. Keep up the intensity. One game down eleven to go. How does it feel to be a senior on this team? I want six sacks from you and Baba on Saturday! Can I collect? :-)))
Kevin Schimmelmann: I think Baba will have a bunch. I'll do my best to keep up. Can't wait to see ya this weekend

Kristy (Mirrielees): Do you have any special pre-game rituals you go through? Boxers or briefs dude?
Kevin Schimmelmann: Just listen to the i-pod and make sure I can get focused. boxers, boxer briefs

Jeff Thompson (Los Gatos): Hi Kevin -- Those of us listening via radio had a hard time getting back into the game after the injury to Evan Moore. I can't imagine how much harder it must have been for his teammates on the field. What was it like in the first series after the long timeout?
Kevin Schimmelmann: All i can say is not practicing in the humidity took a good toll on us.

Rufus (Stockholm): Congrats to the W!

How do you think Gustav performed last game? /R

Kevin Schimmelmann: Gustav stepped in nicely. We still miss big Casey though. Get better man and happy belated birthday to casey.

Derek (San Francisco): Hey Schimmy:

Clearly the linebackers have elevated their games the last few years here on the farm. What has been your personal favorite hit so far in your career? Good luck and GO CARDINAL!

Kevin Schimmelmann: hitting the big time superstars around the league is always the best.

Jack (San Francisco): Hi Kevin,

Can you talk about the matchup this weekend, the motivation of the team, and how you plan to stop All American tight end Daniel Fells? Thanks.

Kevin Schimmelmann: We take every game the same way. Prepare the same and show up ready to win each week. If anything, this game is harder because there is more pressure.

Ali: I love you! Good Luck this weekend!
Kevin Schimmelmann: good to see you made it. you should try and make it out here to the game. see you then hopefully. You better being cheering the loudest.

Kriebel, Athens GA: Who would you say is the toughest player in the conference is to defend? Reggie Bush? Can he compare to the great talents you faced back in GA?
Kevin Schimmelmann: Reggie Bush is on par with athletes such as Josh, Justin, Robby, Duffy, and yourself. So I've had good practice in high school.

mom/ FL: We were so proud of you and the team last weekend. Keep it up and maybe add an interception or two? Or maybe a TD. We know you know how to do it from high school. Hugs!!
Kevin Schimmelmann: Thanks. Can't wait to see you this weekend. Tell dad and Jen hello.

Momacita, ATL: Greetings from the ATL! How do you maintain such high academic standards while excelling in footbal??
Kevin Schimmelmann: Hard work and good support around me. And a lot of sleep.

Chris (LA): What is your mentality going against an 0-2 1-AA...Cal Davis team?
Kevin Schimmelmann: Prepare the same as always. Watch film and practice hard.

SKC, Orlando: Besides family and friends, what do you miss most from Georgia?
Kevin Schimmelmann: I miss the good southern food.
Kevin Schimmelmann: I have to go to practice, but I appreciate all the questions. See you on Saturday night!

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