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Weekly Football Release
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 06/21/1999

September 14, 1998

THE CARDINAL: Stanford is now 0-2 in 1998 after last Saturday's 31-14 loss to Arizona ... The Cardinal last began the season with two straight losses in 1991 ... Saturday's game with North Carolina, a 13-10 loser to Miami of Ohio their season opener on September 5, marks the Cardinal's third consecutive home game ... Stanford last opened the season with three straight home games in 1963 (San Jose State, Oregon, UCLA) ... The last time the Cardinal played three consecutive games at home was in 1993 when Stanford had four straight games in Stanford Stadium ... Following Saturday's contest, the Cardinal plays on the road four of the next five weeks.

Saturday, September 19, 1998
3:30 pm (pst)
Stanford Stadium (85,500)
Stanford, CA

TV and Radio Information
TV: Live, 3:30 pm, Fox Sports Net (Bay TV in the Bay Area)
    Steve Physioc (play-by-play)
    Tom Ramsey (color)
Radio: KTCT (1050 AM)
       Ted Robinson (play-by-play),
       Bob Murphy (color)
       1:30 pm pregame

GAME THEME: Saturday is "Hall of Fame Legends" Day at Stanford Stadium, as the class of 1998 is inducted into the Stanford Hall of Fame (see "Noting Stanford" section below) ... The show will be highlighted by the annual Hall of Fame induction as the Stanford Legends are honored at halftime ... The new inductees will be introduced at intermission, while a tribute to their career is aired on the Jumbo Stadia Vision.

THE NEXT SEVEN: Six of Stanford's next seven opponents, including the next three, have been ranked in the top-25 in one of the two national polls during the '98 campaign ... Including last week's game vs. #16 Arizona, the Cardinal will play seven ranked opponents in an eight-week span ... In the upcoming three weeks, the Cardinal plays North Carolina, Oregon and Notre Dame ... Following a home game against Oregon State on October 10, Stanford will play at Arizona State, at UCLA and at home vs. USC.

Pac-10 Standings

                     Pac-10   Overall
Arizona                1-0      2-0
Washington             1-0      1-0
Oregon                 0-0      2-0
Oregon State           0-0      2-0
USC                    0-0      2-0
Washington State       0-0      2-0
UCLA                   0-0      1-0
California             0-0      1-1
Stanford               0-1      0-2
Arizona State          0-1      0-2

YOUTH MOVEMENT: To say that the Cardinal is a youthful team lacking in game experience is an understatement ... Consider the facts: of the 92 players on Stanford's roster, 54 had never played in a game prior to the start of the '98 season and only five are seniors in their final year of eligibility ... Nine players (4 offense, 5 defense) made their starting debuts against San Jose State in the season opener and 18 others played in their first collegiate game ... Making their first career starts against the Spartans were WR DeRonnie Pitts, QB Todd Husak, RB Coy Wire, FB Maxwell Stevenson, DE Sam Benner, NT Andrew Currie, DE Riall Johnson, FS Jamien McCullum and CB Ruben Carter ... Three of them - Wire, McCullum and Carter - made their debuts in a Cardinal uniform ... In the first two games of the 1998 campaign, 54 players have seen action for the Cardinal and 24 had never played for Stanford prior to this season.

FRESHMAN IMPACT: Prior to this season, only two true freshman had seen playing time in Tyrone Willingham's three seasons at Stanford ... Those two included QB Todd Husak in 1996, who was forced to play due to injuries, and RB Juan-Carlos Lacey, who played just one game in '96 and was able to receive a redshirt year ... In 1998, however, five freshmen have seen action in the first two games, three in the season opener vs. San Jose State and two more in game two vs. Arizona ... WR Ryan Fernandez, OT Eric Heitmann and RB Brian Allen have played in both games ... Two true freshmen saw their first game action last week against the Wildcats: S Tank Williams and CB Brian Taylor.

TYRONE WILLINGHAM: Cardinal head coach Tyrone Willingham, the 1995 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, has compiled a 19-17-1 record in three-plus years on The Farm (1995-98) ... He has led the Cardinal to two bowl appearances and is only the third coach in school history to lead Stanford to a bowl game in his first two years on The Farm (the other two are Tiny Thornhill in 1933 and '34 and Bill Walsh in '77 and '78) ... Willingham spent 17 years as an assistant coach on the college and professional levels - including three as Stanford's running backs coach under Denny Green from 1989-91 - before being named Stanford's head coach on Dec. 9, 1994.

The status of wide receiver Troy Walters for the North Carolina game is uncertain. Walters, a pre-season All-America selection, injured his ankle in the first quarter of the Arizona game.
THE WALTERS WATCH: Pre-season All-America Troy Walters made one spectacular play last week vs. Arizona late in the first quarter, then missed the remainder of the game with a sprained right ankle ... On the play, Walters grabbed a 67-yard pass from QB Todd Husak over Arizona All-America CB Chris McAlister ... Walters injured his ankle on the play and did not return ... His status for this week's game with North Carolina in uncertain ... In less than two games this season, Walters has registered seven receptions for 138 yards (19.7 ypc) and one touchdown ... He moved into the top-10 all-time at Stanford with his 67 receiving yards against Arizona ... He now has 1,788 career receiving yards, #10 on the all-time list ahead of Gene Washington's (1966-68) 1,785 yards ... Now in his second season as Stanford's starting flanker, Walters is also Stanford's return man on punts and kickoffs ...He had an 86-reception, 1,206-yard season in '97and began the '98 campaign as a pre-season First-Team All-America receiver and a First-Team All-America return specialist ... One publication called him the "second most exciting player in college football" ... He is a candidate for the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver and a consensus pre-season First-Team All-Pac-10 selection ... In the season opener vs. San Jose State, Walters had six receptions for 71 yards, including a 28-yard TD pass from Husak,and three kickoff returns for 71 yards ... Walters will be among the school's all-time top-10 receivers in receptions, receiving yardage and touchdown receptions by the end of the '98 campaign ... He is two TDs and 15 receptions shy of the all-time top-10 ... Walters, the son of Minnesota Vikings assistant coach Trent Walters, has two years of eligibility remaining (1998, 1999) and could contend for every Cardinal receiving record by the time he leaves The Farm.

Quarterback Todd Husak has completed 47-of-95 for 572 yards and five TD's in his first two career starts.
95 PASSES FOR HUSAK IN FIRST TWO GAMES: Junior Todd Husak made his debut as the Cardinal's starting quarterback against San Jose State (Sept. 5) after spending the past two seasons as a backup to Chad Hutchinson ... Husak placed his name in the Cardinal record book by throwing 54 passes - the sixth highest single game total in school history, and the most under head coach Tyrone Willingham ... He completed 29-of-54 for 298 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions ...He came back last week to complete 18-of-41 for 274 yards and two touchdowns ... In his first two games as the starter, Husak has thrown 95 passes, completed 47 for 572 yards and five TDs (three interceptions) ... Prior to this season, Husak had thrown 117 passes in two years ... His previous highs occurred in last year's game at USC, when he replaced Hutchinson in the second half and completed 18-of-36 for 266 yards and two touchdowns ... Husak was not officially named the Cardinal's starter until September 1, just four days before the season opener ... His 298 yards passing in his starting debut was better than the debuts of the top eight passers in Stanford history, including John Elway in 1980 and Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett in 1968 ... Plunkett threw for 277 yards in his debut against San Jose State as he led Stanford to a 68-20 win ... Elway started his first game at Oregon and threw for 250 yards and two TDs in a 35-25 win ... Husak's 29 completions and 54 attempts in his first start is also tops among the top eight QBs in Cardinal history ... Also, only Plunkett's four TD effort in '68 is better than the three TDs Husak threw in his debut against San Jose State.

DAVIS' DEBUT: Sophomore Dave Davis, who redshirted as a freshman a year ago, has been impressive in his first two games ... Davis, from Syracuse, New York, has caught 12 passes - tied for the team lead with DeRonnie Pitts - for a team best 187 yards and three touchdowns ... Last week against Arizona, he recorded eight receptions for 127 yards and two TDs - from 12 and 42 yards out ... He caught a 24-yard scoring pass in the season opener vs. San Jose State ... He leads the team in scoring with 18 points and touchdowns with three.

RIALL IS FOR REAL: Junior DE Riall Johnson is proving to be one of the top young defensive lineman in the Pac-10 ... A reserve last season behind All-America Kailee Wong, Johnson has stepped into a starting role and been a force on the defensive line in the first two games ... He is fourth on the team with 13 tackles and the team-leader in quarterback sacks (3-20) and tackles-for-loss (6-25) ... He is also among the conference leaders in sacks and tackles-for-loss ... Johnson, from Lynnwood, Washington, had 11 tackles, three tackles-for-loss and one sack all of last year playing behind Wong ... A redshirt in 1996, Johnson has two years of eligibility remaining after the '98 campaign ... He began the '98 season by registering four tackles-for-loss, two sacks and seven total tackles in the season opener vs. San Jose State ... He came back in game two vs. Arizona to record six tackles, two tackles-for-loss and one sack.

HOWARD A FORCE UP FRONT: In just two games, junior defensive tackle Willie Howard has almost equalled his statistical numbers from all of last season ... The two-year starter had two quarterback sacks and two tackles-for-loss in all of '97, but already has five tackles-for-loss (19 yards) and two-and-a-half sacks (13 yards) in '98 ... The lone returning starter on the defensive line also has 11 tackles, seven of them unassisted ... Howard, who has started all 13 games in which he has played after redshirting the '96 season, came to Stanford from nearby Los Altos High School and Mountain View, California.

PITTS STEPS UP: Junior wide receiver DeRonnie Pitts already has 12 receptions in the first two weeks of the '98 season, nearly matching his '97 season total of 14 ... The Saginaw, Michigan native had seven catches for 70 yards and a touchdown against San Jose State, and added five catches for 33 yards against Arizona ... Pitts played in eight games last season, primarily in three- and four-receiver sets, and had 13 receptions for 195 yards and one touchdown in eight games.

OFFENSIVE LINE DEPTH: In addition to returning all five starters to the offensive line, Stanford has also had two promising newcomers develop up front in '98 ... Sophomore Zack Quaccia (6-4, 285) and freshman Eric Heitmann (6-5, 285) have both already seen playing time at offensive guard, and figure to be the standouts of the future on the Cardinal's offensive line ... Both also have three years of eligibility remaining after this season ... Heitmann was a consensus prep All-American out of Katy High School and Katy, Texas ... Quaccia, who redshirted the '97 campaign, was an all-state selection out of Oakdale High School and Oakdale, California.


About North Carolina

Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Enrollment: 24,181
Nickname: Tar Heels
Colors: Carolina Blue and White
Stadium: Keenan Memorial Stadium (60,000)
Chancellor: Michael Hooker
Athletic Director: Dick Baddour
Head Coach: Carl Torbush
Record at North Carolina: 1-1 (1st full season)
Overall Record: 4-9 (2nd full season)
SID: Steve Kirschner (919) 962-2123

Noting the Tar Heels

North Carolina opened the 1998 season with a 13-10 home loss to Miami of Ohio on September 5 ... The Tar Heels led 10-3 after three quarters, but the Redhawks scored 10 points in the final 4:18 to pull off the major upset ... Miami's John Scott broke a 10-10 tie with a 37-yard field goal with 0:01 remaining ... The worse news for the Tar Heels was that starting quarterback Oscar Davenport was injured on UNC's first series of the game, and will be out for six weeks ... True freshman Ronald Curry replaced Davenport and went 11-for-22 for 115 yards and a touchdown ... Curry will start Saturday's game against Stanford ... North Carolina's top returner on the defensive side of the ball is two-time All-America cornerback Dre Bly, who has 17 interceptions in two-plus seasons ... Overall, the Tar Heels return 36 letterman from a 1997 squad that went 11-1 and finished No. 6 in the final Associated Press poll ... UNC capped the '97 campaign with a 42-3 rout of Virginia Tech in the Gator Bowl on New Year's Day.

Head Coach Carl Torbush

Torbush is in his first full season at the helm of the Tar Heels, after taking over for Mack Brown following the 1997 regular season ... Brown resigned to take the Texas job, and Torbush was named his successor in time for the Tar Heels' Gator Bowl matchup with Virginia Tech ... He then made his debut a successful one with a 42-3 rout of the Hokies ... Torbush had been North Carolina's defensive coordinator/linebackers coach from 1988-97 ... Prior to that, he went 3-8 in his one season as head coach at Louisiana Tech (1987) ... He also has served as an assistant at Baylor (1975), SE Louisiana (1976-79), Louisiana Tech (1980-82) and Mississippi (1983-86).

Series History

North Carolina leads the series 1-0 after its 28-17 win in Chapel Hill last season ... This is the Tar Heels' first-ever trip to The Farm.

The Last Time

The No. 7 Tar Heels scored 14 unanswered fourth quarter points to beat the No. 17 Cardinal 28-17 on September 13 of last season at Keenan Stadium ... The Cardinal took a 17-14 lead midway through the third quarter, but the hosts scored two touchdowns in the final 12:42 to pull away.

North Carolina (0-1)

9/5    Miami (Ohio)               L, 13-10
9/19   at Stanford (Fox)           3:30 pm
9/26   Georgia Tech* (ESPN)        7:30 pm
10/3   Clemson*                        TBA
10/10  Pittsburgh                      TBA
10/24  at Wake Forest*                 TBA
10/31  at Florida State* (ESPN)    7:30 pm
11/7   Maryland*                       TBA
11/14  at Virginia*                    TBA
11/21  at Duke*                        TBA
11/28  vs. N.C. State* (ABC)         1 p.m.

(All times local)

Stanford                                      North Carolina
0-2              Record                                  0-1
none             Ranking                             #34/#28
18.5 (76th)      Points/game                      10.0 (97th)
33.0 (88th)      Points allowed/per game          13.0 (25th)
180              Yards Rushing                            87
90.0 (91st)      Yards Rushing/game               87.0 (94th)
185.0 (77th)     Yards Allowed Rushing/game      202.0 (86th)
0                Rushing TDs                               0
49               Pass Completions                         13
101              Pass Attempts                            26
3                Passes Had Intercepted                    0
5                Touchdown Passes                          1
585              Yards Passing                           134
292.5 (17th)     Yards Passing/game              134.0 (92nd)
181.5 (106th)    Pass Defense Rating              82.9 (17th)
382.5 (45th)     Total Offense/game             221.0 (105th)
444.5 (97th)     Total Offense Allowed/game      299.0 (37th)
5.5              QB Sacks By                               1

Noting Stanford....

  • So. QB Joe Borchard received his first collegiate playing time last week vs. Arizona ... Borchard, a member of Stanford's baseball team, replaced Husak in the final moments of last week's 31-14 loss to the Wildcats ... Borchard completed two-of-six for nine yards and rushed one time for 11 yards.
  • So. QB Randy Fasani received his first game action as well last week vs. Arizona, but not where you would expect ... Fasani came in as a tight end and was thrown a pass deep downfield by Todd Husak, but the pass fell incomplete.
  • Stanford has not started a season with three straight losses since the 1987 team began the year 0-4.
  • Stanford head coach Tyrone Willingham is a native of North Carolina ... Willigham was born in Kinston, North Carolina on December 30, 1953, and went on to graduate from Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
  • This is the final season of a two-year scheduling agreement between North Carolina and Stanford ... Next year, North Carolina is replaced on the Cardinal schedule by Texas (Sept. 4 @ Austin) ... But there will still be a farmiliar face on the opposing sideline in Texas coach Mack Brown, who faced the Cardinal as North Carolina's head coach in 1997.
  • The twelve Cardinal athletic greats who will be enshrined in the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame this fall will be honored at halftime of Saturday's game ... The Stanford University Athletic Hall of Fame class of 1998 is Jeff Ballard (Baseball), Kimberly Belton (Basketball), Guy Benjamin (Football), Scott Fortune (Volleyball), Vern Jones (Wrestling), Todd Lichti (Basketball), Duncan McColl (Football), John Moffet (Swimming), Alycia Moulton (Tennis), PattiSue Plummer (Track), Cathy Thaxton Tippett (Rowing) and Nancy White-Lippe (Field Hockey).
  • Stanford quarterback Todd Husak currently ranks tied for 15th in the nation in total offense at 293.00 yards per game ... The Cardinal also ranks 17th nationally in passing offense at 292.5 yards per game.
  • Ten different players have caught passes for Stanford in '98, and for seven of the 10 they are the first receptions of their collegiate careers ... The 10 different receivers in two games nearly matches the entire '97 season total of 12.
  • The Xerox Play of the Game in Saturday's contest with Arizona was Troy Walters' 67-yard reception from Todd Husak.

    Media Services

    Weekly Luncheon

    The Stanford Media Relations Office hosts a weekly football luncheon featuring head coach Tyrone Willingham and various players every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. in the ABC Conference Rooms of the Arrillaga Family Sports Center ... A teleconference with the opposing head coach will also take place.


    All practices are open to the media and fans unless otherwise noted ... Media credentials for field access are required and can be obtained by contacting the Media Relations Office ... Players and coaches will be available to the media for approximately 15 minutes following each practice.

    Willingham Availability

    Monday-Thursday of each game week, Head Coach Tyrone Willingham will be available for interviews between 2:45-3:15 pm ... Please contact the Media Relations Office at least 24 hours in advance of your needs with your specific request ... Out-of-town phone interviews will also be conducted during this time period.


    All Stanford football games are broadcast live on the internet ... The broadcasts can be accessed through the Stanford home page or at

    Stanford Football '98

    Fox Sports Bay Area will televise Stanford Football '98 each Sunday at 4:00 pm ... Each show will include comments and analysis from Cardinal head coach Tyrone Willingham as well as player features and interviews ... Brian Webber will host the show.

    Satellite Feed

    The Pacific-10 Conference weekly satellite feed will begin on Wednesday, September 9 and run through November 25 ... Satellite feeds are held each Wednesday from 11:00-11:30 am (pst) on Telstar 4, Transponder 20 (C-Band).

    1998 Stanford Football Depth Chart (as of September 13)

    WR   89  DeRonnie Pitts, Jr., 5-11, 195
         81  Dave Davis, So., 6-1, 180
         86  Tafiti Uso, So., 6-0, 190 

    LT 79 Jeff Cronshagen, Sr., 6-7, 300 76 Brian Donoghue, Sr., 6-6, 295 69 Greg Schindler, Fr., 6-6, 300

    LG 67 Joe Fairchild, Sr., 6-6, 300 60 Zack Quaccia, So., 6-4, 285 66 Matt Motherway, Sr., 6-3, 280

    C 73 Mike McLaughlin, Sr., 6-4, 305 60 Zack Quaccia, So., 6-4, 285 RG 63 Andrew Kroeker, Sr., 6-4, 300 75 Eric Heitmann, Fr., 6-5, 285 62 Jon Abendschein, Jr., 6-4, 290 RT 65 Geoff Wilson, Sr., 6-7, 300 68 Ben Garrison, So., 6-8, 275 64 Damion Tinsley, So., 6-4, 285

    TE 84 Russell Stewart, Jr., 6-5, 245 83 Matt Wright, So., 6-5, 250 / or 82 Steve Coughlin, Jr., 6-3, 255

    QB 7 Todd Husak, Jr., 6-3, 210 11 Joe Borchard, So., 6-4, 195 / or 12 Randy Fasani, So., 6-4, 235 RB 8 Juan-Carlos Lacey, Jr., 5-10, 195 22 Coy Wire, So., 6-0, 215 / or 34 Brian Allen, Fr., 5-10, 190 FB 36 Maxwell Stevenson, Sr., 5-11, 242 41 Byron Glaspie, Jr., 6-1, 238 25 Emory Brock, Jr., 5-11, 215

    FL 5 Troy Walters, Sr., 5-8, 170 86 Tafiti Uso, So., 6-0, 190 87 Ryan Fernandez, Fr., 5-11, 170

    Specialists PK 14 Kevin Miller, Sr, 9 Mike Biselli, So. P 14 Kevin Miller, Sr., 23 Sean Tolpinrud, So. KOR 5 Walters, 22 Wire, 34 B. Allen

    Defense OLB 2 Donnie Spragan, Sr., 6-4, 240 95 Brian Toner, Sr., 6-2, 240 52 Anthony Gabriel, So., 6-3, 230 DE 70 Sam Benner, Jr., 6-5, 270 92 Marcus Hoover, So., 6-4, 260 98 Matt Leonard, Fr., 6-4, 290

    DT 77 Willie Howard, Jr., 6-4, 290 71 Dorean Kass, Jr., 6-3, 270 96 Eric Toner, So., 6-5, 270

    NT 99 Andrew Currie, Sr., 6-4, 270 78 Travis Pfeifer, So., 6-4, 265 93 Trey Freeman, Fr., 6-3, 312

    DE 97 Riall Johnson, Jr., 6-3, 240 92 Marcus Hoover, So., 6-4, 260 98 Matt Leonard, Fr., 6-4, 290

    ILB 53 Sharcus Steen, Sr., 6-1, 235 51 Matt Friedrichs, So., 6-0, 230 55 Cooper Blackhurst, Fr., 6-4, 230

    ILB 90 Marc Stockbauer, Sr., 6-3, 235 50 Mike Burke, So., 6-1, 220 54 Chuks Amajor, Jr., 6-0, 230

    CB 29 Chris Johnson, Sr., 5-11, 185 47 Frank Primus, Sr., 5-11, 190 or 37 Brian Taylor, Fr., 6-0, 180 SS 10 Tim Smith, Sr., 6-4, 230 26 Aaron Focht, Jr., 5-10, 190 FS 24 Jamien McCullum, So., 6-0, 190 45 Simba Hodari, So., 6-1, 195 13 Tank Williams, Fr., 6-4, 205

    CB 42 Ruben Carter, So., 5-8, 170 47 Frank Primus, Sr., 5-11, 190 17 Chijioke Asomugha, Fr., 5-11, 185

    Holder 7 Todd Husak, Jr. Snapper 58 John Sande, Jr PR 5 Walters, Jr,; 89 Pitts, So.

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