Sept. 3, 2012
Duke Blue Devils (1-0 0-0 Atlantic Coast)
September 8, 2012 7:30 p.m. (PT)
Stanford Stadium (50,000) Foster Field Stanford, Calif.
KZSU 90.1 FM
Television Live broadcast on Pac-12 Networks - Bay Area with Dave Flemming (play-by-play), Coy Wire (analyst) and Brooke Olzendam (sideline). Visit iwantpac12networks.com for television service provider information. Pac-12 Networks subscribers can watch a live stream on the Web and iPad via Pac-12 Now. Complete details available at Pac-12.com.
Radio Live coverage on Stanford's flagship station - KNBR 1050 AM - with Tim Roye (play-by-play), Todd Husak (analyst) and John Platz (sideline). All radio broadcasts begin one hour prior to kickoff with the Cardinal Tailgate Show and conclude with the post-game Cardinal Locker Room Report. The game can also be heard live on Stanford student radio KZSU 90.1 FM and at kzsulive.stanford.edu.
Live Stats Live in-game statistics will be provided through GameTracker via GoStanford.com
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Polls Stanford (25th - AP, 21st - USA Today) Duke (NR - AP, NR - USA Today)
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Inside the Huddle
Stanford opened the season last Friday with a 20-17 victory over San Jose State at Stanford Stadium. The Cardinal has won five straight season openers dating back to 2008 and own a record of 10-3 (.769) in its last 13 debuts.
Stanford put together a touchdown drive on its first possession against San Jose State by covering 81 yards on 13 plays, the second straight season the Cardinal began its opener with a scoring drive.
Senior running back and Doak Walker Award candidate Stepfan Taylor scored the game's first touchdown and rushed for 116 yards, his 14th career 100-yard game.
Senior nickel back Usua Amanam made his first collegiate start and recorded a game-high four tackles for loss and two sacks, both of which ranked third nationally in Week 1 of the 2012 FBS college football season. Amanam also recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter which set up Stanford's winning score.
Junior placekicker and Lou Groza Award candidate Jordan Williamson was 2-for-2 on field goals, both crucial in the 20-17 Stanford victory. His first field goal of 46 yards set a new career high and came on the final play of the first half. Williamson kicked the game-winning 20-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
The Stanford defense held San Jose State to 72 net yards rushing, the fourth straight game the Cardinal has allowed less than 100 yards rushing.
The season opener was also the first ever Friday night game played at Stanford Stadium.
The Cardinal faces Duke this Saturday in the second half of a home-and-home series. Stanford defeated Duke in Durham, N.C., 41-14, in 2011.
Stanford on Saturday seeks to start its season 2-0 for the third consecutive year. The Cardinal started 2011 with nine straight wins.
The Cardinal are 7-8 (.467) all-time against teams in the current Atlantic Coast Conference - Clemson (0-1), Duke (2-1), Georgia Tech (0-2), North Carolina (1-1), Boston College (2-2), Virginia Tech (1-0) and Wake Forest (1-1).
The Duke game is the second of Stanford's three regular season non-conference games in 2012, complementing the Pac-12's slate of nine conference matchups. Stanford will travel to Notre Dame Oct. 13.
Stanford next week will open conference play against USC (Sept. 15) at Stanford Stadium, the third straight home game to start the Cardinal's season.
Stanford is 24-3 (.889) in its last 27 home games dating back to the final home game of the 2007 season.
Following the 20-17 victory over San Jose State, Stanford is 10-9 (.526) in its last 19 games decided by a touchdown or less.
Over its last 26 home games, Stanford has scored 1,020 points (39.2) and allowed 561 points (21.6).
The Cardinal returns 48 letterwinners (28 offense, 27 defense, 3 specialists) and 15 starters (6 offense, 7 defense, 2 specialists) from last year's 11-2 Fiesta Bowl team.
Stanford played 10 true freshmen in the season opener versus San Jose State. Seventeen total Cardinal players made their collegiate debut in the game.
Last Matchup Against Duke - Sept. 10, 2011
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Andrew Luck led No. 6 Stanford to yet another strong finish. What concerned the star quarterback was a slow-starting offense that could have placed the Cardinal in deep, early trouble against a more powerful opponent. Just not against Duke.
Luck matched a career high by throwing four touchdown passes in No. 6 Stanford's 44-14 rout of the Blue Devils on Saturday.
He was 20 of 28 for 290 yards with touchdown passes of 60 and 3 yards to Coby Fleener, 10 yards to Chris Owusu and 3 yards to Zach Ertz. The TDs helped Stanford (2-0) overcome an uneasy start, roll up 504 total yards and pull away for its 10th straight victory dating to last season.
Stanford never trailed, claimed a rare regular-season win on the East Coast and denied the Blue Devils (0-2) their first win against a ranked team since 1994.
Lee Butler returned an interception 76 yards for a touchdown to pull Duke to 10-7 late in the first half. Luck then led four straight touchdown drives to turn it into a rout before exiting one play into the fourth quarter.
Owusu finished with seven catches for 106 yards and Jeremy Stewart added a 30-yard touchdown run for the Cardinal, who were making their fifth regular-season trip east since 1997.
Stanford was 1-3 in its previous four visits East since 1997, though the Cardinal did rout Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl in January. Two years ago, they were beaten at Wake Forest in the first road start of Luck's career, a defeat that still rankles several upperclassmen.
The Sept. 8 matchup night marks the fourth meeting between the schools, with the Cardinal holding a 2-1 edge. The two programs first met in 1971 at Stanford Stadium with the Blue Devils winning, 9-3. Stanford went on to post a 9-3 record in 1971 and won the Pac-8 Conference Championship, capping the season by defeating Michigan in the Rose Bowl, 13-12.
Stanford and Duke met again in 1972 in Durham, N.C., with the Cardinal winning 10-6. The two teams did not play again until last season, when Stanford rolled to a 44-14 victory over the Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C. The Stanford defense limited Duke to 30 yards rushing and recorded six quarterback sacks.
Only one Stanford player roster hails from North Carolina: junior place kicker Ben Rhyne, who attended Charlotte Country Day School. Rhyne set school records as a prep for most field goals made (13), best field goal percentage (81.3), and most punting yardage (1,885). He also lettered in swimming and lacrosse. Rhyne notched one kickoff in the 2011 meeting against the Blue Devils.
Bernard Muir, Stanford's Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics, worked with Duke athletic director Kevin White at Notre Dame from 2004-2005. White was athletic director at Notre Dame at the time and Muir considers him a mentor.
Stanford is 7-8 (.467) against teams in the current ACC alignment with three-straight victories over ACC teams including Wake Forest (2010), Virginia Tech (2011 Orange Bowl) and Duke (2011).
Duke freshman WR Max McCaffrey is the son of Stanford and NFL WR great Ed McCaffrey and Stanford soccer alumna Lisa (née Sime) McCaffrey.
Series: Stanford leads, 2-1 (.667)
First meeting: 1971 at Stanford - Duke 9, Stanford 3
Last meeting: 2011 at Stanford - Stanford 44, Duke 14
Series streak: Stanford - W2 (2 of 3)
On This Date
Stanford has played only three games in school history on Sept. 8, and only once in Stanford Stadium prior to Saturday.
After a pair of road defeats in 1984 at Oklahoma (19-7) and 1979 at Tulane (33-10), Stanford kicked off the 2001 season behind fifth-year senior quarterback Randy Fasani and his four touchdown passes in a 38-22 victory over Boston College.
Be the First To Know
"Inside Stanford Sports with David Shaw" returns to the airwaves this season on the Cardinal's flagship station KNBR 1050 AM. The one-hour show kicks off at 8:00 p.m. (PT) and will be broadcast live from Gordon Biersch Palo Alto (640 Emerson Street).
The radio show features Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football and head coach David Shaw and several standout Stanford players each month, hosted by current Cardinal radio analyst and former Rose Bowl quarterback Todd Husak. Mark your calendar for all five shows this fall: Monday, Aug. 27 - 8:00 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 - 8:00 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 - 8:00 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12 - 8:00 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 - 8:00 p.m.
Fans in attendance for the radio show at Gordon Biersch will enjoy 10 percent off their purchases and can receive Stanford merchandise prizes given away during commercial breaks. Fans in attendance will also have a chance to register to win a round-trip ticket on American Airlines - ticket winner will be announced during final broadcast on Dec. 3 (winner must be present to win).
Fans unable to make it to the Palo Alto live broadcast can tune their radio to 1050 AM in the Bay Area or visit KNBR.com and click the "1050 AM Listen Live" button.
In the new era of Pac-12 Conference scheduling, Stanford plays two non-Saturday games in 2012. The Cardinal opened the season Aug. 31 (Friday) at home versus San Jose State; after a bye in week four, Stanford plays at Washington Sept. 27 (Thursday).
After Duke pays a visit to Stanford Stadium on Sept. 8 (Pac-12 Networks), the Cardinal will open Pac-12 Conference play against USC on Sept. 15 (FOX).
Stanford and rival Cal will play the 115th edition of the Big Game in an unprecedented October setting when the Cardinal travels to Berkeley on Oct. 20.
The Cardinal will travel as a conference foe for the first time to Boulder, Colo., to face Colorado on Nov. 3. Stanford last played at Colorado in a 1990 non-conference affair.
For the second straight season, Stanford will miss Arizona State and Utah in the Pac-12 Conference's interdivision rotation. The Cardinal will face both opponents for home-and-home matchups in 2013-14.
Other dates include games against Arizona (Oct. 6), Washington State (Oct. 27) and Oregon State (Nov. 10). Stanford's road schedule will also take the Cardinal to Notre Dame (Oct. 13), Oregon (Nov. 17) and UCLA (Nov. 24).
The second annual Pac-12 Championship game will be played on the campus of the division winner with the best overall conference record.
Stanford is ranked 21st in the USA Today Sports Coaches' poll (Sept. 4).
The Cardinal is ranked 25th in the Associated Press Top 25 (Sept. 4), marking the 33rd straight week Stanford has been ranked among the AP's Top 25. The streak is tied for the ninth longest in the nation, dating back to Sept. 5, 2010. Prior to the AP preseason poll, the Cardinal had been ranked 23 consecutive weeks among its top 10.
Stanford has been ranked in the preseason AP poll 16 times, while the Cardinal appeared in a program-best 43 straight weekly polls from 1969-72.
Stanford finished the 2011 season ranked No. 7 in both the AP and USA Today Coaches' polls, marking the second straight season the Cardinal had finished inside the top 10 after being ranked No. 4 at the conclusion of the 2010 season.
Media Picks Stanford Second in Pac-12 North
Stanford was picked to finish second in the Pac-12 North Division in a poll of conference media members. The prediction would equal where Stanford finished a year ago when it lost the head-to-head tiebreaker with Oregon.
Stanford received five first-place votes in the North Division, but was picked behind Oregon which received 117. The Ducks amassed 732 points to 533 for Stanford. Washington was picked third in the division with 503 points, followed by California (382), Washington State (228) and Oregon State (205).
USC was tabbed to win the Pac-12 South and received 117 of 120 first-place votes. The Trojans were also tabbed to win the Pac-12 Championship Game, receiving 102 of 123 votes.
The media poll has correctly selected the conference champion in 28 of 51 previous polls, including 11 of the last 12. Historically, the media has not been great at selecting Stanford's outcome, although it did correctly slot Stanford second in 2011.
The season of Stanford's most recent Rose Bowl appearance, 1999, the Cardinal was picked to finish eighth. In the 51 years of the conference media poll, Stanford has never been picked first, but has played in three Rose Bowls during that span.
Stanford has compiled a 32-8 (.800) record over the last three-plus seasons, finishing 8-5 in 2009, 12-1 in 2010 and 11-2 last season. The Cardinal's 32 wins rank second only to Oregon's 35 among Pac-12 teams during this stretch while its .800 winning percentage ranks eighth among all FBS teams.
Stanford is one of just six teams in the nation that has compiled 24 or more wins over the last two-plus seasons, along with LSU (25), Oregon (25), Boise State (24), TCU (24) and Oklahoma State (24). The Cardinal's .885 winning percentage since 2010 is tied for third-best among FBS teams during that stretch.
The Cardinal has also posted a 22-5 record in Pac-12 Conference play over the last three-plus seasons, which ranks second only to Oregon's 25-2 mark. Prior to its 8-5 finish in 2009, the Cardinal suffered through seven straight losing seasons, compiling a 25-55 record from 2002-08.
Captains to Lead the Cardinal
Fifth-year senior center Sam Schwartzstein, senior running back Stepfan Taylor and fifth-year senior outside linebacker Chase Thomas have been named tri-captains for the 2012 season, as voted by their teammates. A fourth game captain each week will represent the special teams. Fifth-year senior outside linebacker Alex Debniak was a game captain versus San Jose State.
Stanford welcomes back 28 letterwinners, including six starters, to an offensive unit that scored a school-record 561 points and averaged 43.2 points a game a year ago, which ranked seventh in the nation. Stanford ranked eighth nationally in total offense (489.3), 18th in rushing offense (210.6), 22nd in passing offense (278.6), fifth in passing efficiency (169.46) and 10th in first downs per game (25.0) in 2011.
The returning starters include senior running back Stepfan Taylor (242 rushes; 1,330 yards; 10 TDs), fullback Ryan Hewitt (10 rushes; 35 yards; 0 TDs), tight end Levine Toilolo (25-343; 6 TDs), right tackle Cameron Fleming (honorable mention All-Pac-12), left guard David Yankey (honorable mention All-Pac-12) and center Sam Schwartzstein.
Key losses include quarterback Heisman runner-up Andrew Luck (Walter Camp Football Foundation and Maxwell Award National Player of the Year), right guard David DeCastro (unanimous All-American), left tackle Jonathan Martin (AFCA and Walter Camp All-American), tight end Coby Fleener (Sporting News All-American; 34-667; 10 TDs), wide receivers Griff Whalen (56-749; 4 TDs) and Chris Owusu (35-376; 2 TDs) and running backs Jeremy Stewart (55-257; 9 TDs) and Tyler Gaffney (74-449; 7 TDs).
Stanford returns 27 letterwinners, including seven starters, to a defensive unit that ranked in the top two of six conference defensive categories, including rushing defense (1st; 84.4), third-down conversion defense (1st; 31.1), scoring defense (2nd; 21.9), total defense (2nd; 337.6), sacks-per-game (2nd; 3.00) and opponent first downs (2nd; 17.5).
Stanford finished third nationally in rushing defense, sixth in third down conversion defense (31.0; 51-164) and 11th in sacks per game (3.00).
The Cardinal returns three of its top five tacklers from a year ago including senior outside linebacker Chase Thomas, who earned Sporting News All-America honors after totaling 52 tackles and 8.5 sacks among his 17.5 tackles for loss, inside linebackers Jarek Lancaster (team-high 70 tackles) and A.J. Tarpley (57 tackles; 2 forced fumbles).
Outside linebacker Trent Murphy (25-15-40) also returns to a deep linebacker unit that includes inside linebacker Shayne Skov, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third game of the season at Arizona.
Senior defensive end Ben Gardner (second team All-Pac-12; 23-12-35; 4.5 sacks) and senior defensive tackle Terrence Stephens (6-5-11) return to a defensive line that loses three-year starter Matt Masifilo (12-22-34).
The secondary returns only left cornerback Terrence Brown (32-11-43; 1 interception) to its starting fold following the graduations of free safety Michael Thomas (All-Pac-12 honorable mention; 41-25-66; 3 interceptions), strong safety Delano Howell (first team All-Pac-12; 38-14-52) and right cornerback Johnson Bademosi (36-12-48).
Special Teams Personnel
Stanford looks to offset the loss of punter David Green (41.7 in 2011) with fifth-year senior Daniel Zychlinski, who started the first 10 games of the 2010 season at punter. Zychlinski has 34 career punts for an average of 40.5 yards per punt.
Junior Jordan Williamson returns to handle the placekicking duties, after making 13 of 19 of his attempts as a Lou Groza Award semifinalist last season.
Stanford returns its top two return specialists from last year in senior Drew Terrell (18-216; 12.0 PR), an honorable mention All-Pac-12 performer in 2012, and sophomore Ty Montgomery (27-680; 25.2 KOR).
One of the top running backs in the Pac-12 Conference and a preseason candidate for the Doak Walker Award, Stepfan Taylor figures prominently on many of Stanford's career lists in his senior season. He ranks fourth on Stanford's all-time career rushing list with 2,886 yards, needing 54 yards to catch Brad Muster for third place and 1,147 more to tie Darrin Nelson for first place. His 28 career rushing touchdowns are third all-time on the Farm, and Taylor needs nine more to tie Tommy Vardell (1988-91) for second all-time.
Taylor's 14 100-yard games rank third on Stanford's all-time career list behind only Toby Gerhart (20) and Nelson (16).
Taylor possesses the second and third best single-season rushing marks in school history. His sophomore (1,137) and junior (1,330) seasons rank ahead of Gerhart's junior season (1,136) and behind Gerhart's senior season (1,871).
Taylor finished last season with 1,330 yards on 242 carries (5.5) and averaged 102.3 yards per game, which ranked fourth in the Pac-12 and 21st nationally. He is one of six Stanford backs to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season and just the third back to accomplish the feat in consecutive seasons, joining Nelson (1977-78) and Gerhart (2008-09).
Stanford has recorded four of the school's top five single-season rushing marks over the last four seasons. In 2009, the Cardinal ran for a school-record 2,837 yards behind Heisman Trophy finalist Toby Gerhart. In 2010, the Cardinal finished with 2,779 yards on the ground, which ranks as the second best mark in school history.
Last season, Stanford finished with 2,738 yards -- good for third all-time. The Cardinal rushed for a school-record 446 yards in the Oct. 22 contest versus Washington.
Of Stanford's 935 plays from scrimmage last season, 55.4 percent (518) were rushing plays while 44.6 (417) were pass attempts. Since 2009, Stanford has rushed the ball on 59.8 percent of of its offensive plays (1,589-2,657).
Behind Enemy Lines
Stanford's defense finished 11th in the nation in sacks (3.0) last season and 28th in tackles for loss (6.85). In the season opener versus San Jose State, the Cardinal notched 10 tackles for loss - best in the Pac-12 and 11th in the nation. Stanford was led by senior nickel back Usua Amanam (4.0) and fifth-year senior outside linebacker Chase Thomas (2.0). Six different Cardinal players recorded tackles for loss in the game.
The Stanford Trees
Stanford's tight end tandem of Zach Ertz (27-346-4) and Levine Toilolo (25-343-6) combined to catch 52 passes for 689 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. The duo combined for five receptions and 39 yards in the season opener versus San Jose State.
Last season, tight ends accounted for more than half (20 of 38) of Stanford's touchdown receptions, with Coby Fleener leading the team with 10 TD grabs.
Six tight ends currently on NFL rosters were grown on "The Farm" - Jim Dray (Arizona Cardinals), Coby Fleener (Indianapolis Colts), Erik Lorig (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Evan Moore (Seattle Seahawks), Konrad Reuland (New York Jets) and Alex Smith (Cleveland Browns).
Of Stanford's last 15 wins dating back to the 2010 season, 11 have been by 25 points or more while its average margin of victory in its last 15 wins has been 27.1 points (406 total).
Stanford's last 32 victories dating back to the 2009 season have come by a margin of 24.2 points (773 total) while its seven losses have come by a margin of 8.0 points (56 total).
The Cardinal is 10-9 in its last 19 games decided by a touchdown or less.
The Home Record
Stanford is 24-3 (.889) in its last 27 home games dating back to the final home contest of the 2007 season, with its only home losses coming against No. 6 USC (2008), California (2009) and No. 6 Oregon (2011) during that stretch.
The Cardinal had won 11 straight home games at Stanford Stadium prior to its 53-30 loss to Oregon on Nov. 12 of last season.
Stanford is averaging 39.2 points a game (1,020 total) over its last 26 home games while allowing just 21.6 (561 total).
Stanford welcomes two new coaches to its staff in 2012, with Pete Alamar taking over the role as special teams coordinator and David Kotulski assuming the duties of inside linebackers coach.
Alamar served as special teams coordinator for the past two seasons at Fresno State and also spent seven seasons (2003-09) in the same capacity at California.
Running backs coach Mike Sanford has taken on additional responsibilities as recruiting coordinator.
Jason Tarver, who served as co-defensive coordinator with Derek Mason last season, was named defensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders while Brian Polian, who had served as special teams coordinator for two seasons, was named special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at Texas A&M.
In the Classroom
Stanford's football program received an Academic Progress Rating (APR) of 977 last spring, which was the highest rating in the Pac-12 Conference and a figure that ranked 13th nationally among Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) institutions.
Stanford had 65 players card a grade point average of 3.0 or better last spring quarter.
Stanford University requires its students to declare an undergraduate major before starting their junior year. Among the team's juniors and seniors, 18 different majors are represented. Fifteen Cardinal upperclassmen are engineering majors. Majors with three or more Cardinal scholar-athletes: biomechanical engineering, economics, management science & engineering, political science, psychology, and science, technology & society.
Cardinal Playbooks Go Digital
Stanford ushered in a new era with iPad playbooks for the 2012 season. With the start of the Cardinal's fall training camp, each Stanford player and coach received an iPad outfitted with a digital playbook powered by Denver-based partner PlayerLync.
Five professional teams in the NFL are currently equipped through the same partnership, and Stanford is proud to be the first in college football to take this leap forward in operational efficiency, cost reduction and environmental responsibility.
The voluminous paper playbooks which consumed trees, money and countless man-hours of production are now a thing of the past for Stanford. The training camp playbook, weekly game playbooks and daily notes are now all immediately published from the coaching staff to the players via unattended content synchronization, ensuring that Stanford's players have all the right information as soon as it is available. Documents and video are automatically pushed to each team member's iPad without their involvement.
How We Do It
The Cardinal Channel and Stanford Football this fall are producing a novel 15-episode video series running weekly throughout the season. "How We Do It" brings viewers inside the program, into the personal stories and immersed in the experiences of Stanford Football throughout the 2012 season.
Each episode of "How We Do It" is available online at youtube.com/StanfordAthletics.
Fresh Faces Time to Shine
The 2012 Stanford signing class that was ranked fifth nationally by Rivals.com and sixth-best by Scout.com has arrived on the Farm as freshmen. The offensive line class was hailed by some as the greatest in the history of college football. As a whole, the talent level of the class has lived up to expectations this fall. Ten true freshmen debuted against San Jose State, encompassing all three phases of the game on offense, defense and special teams: Alex Carter, Joshua Garnett, Zach Hoffpauir, Luke Kaumatule, Drew Madhu, Blake Martinez, Reed Miller, Kyle Murphy, Andrus Peat and Kodi Whitfield. The defensive backs (Carter, Hoffpauir, Madhu) and offensive linemen (Garnett, Murphy, Peat) lead the way in this talented freshman class.
Four true freshman saw the field for the Cardinal in 2011. Six played in each of 2010 and 2009. Eight freshmen played right away in 2008.
Seven additional Stanford players made their collegiate debut in the 2012 season opener: sophomores Kevin Anderson, Brendon Austin, Ronnie Harris, Patrick Skov, Remound Wright and Kelsey Young, plus junior Dillon Bonnell.
Stanford and the NFL
The Cardinal coaching staff from top to bottom was molded in the National Football League:
David Shaw Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football / Head Coach (9 years) Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders, Baltimore Ravens
Derek Mason Associate Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Backs (3 years) Minnesota Vikings
Pep Hamilton Andrew Luck Director of Offense / Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks (10 years) Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears
Mike Bloomgren Running Game Coordinator / Offensive Line (4 years): New York Jets
Aaron Moorehead Offensive Assistant (5 years playing) Indianapolis Colts (Super Bowl XLI Champion)
Ron Lynn Director of Player Development (19 years) San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers
Mike Gleeson Video Director Mike Gleeson (8 years) New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons
Ryan Devlin Recruiting & Operations Assistant (1 year) Arizona Cardinals
Defensive Assistant Vavae Tata and Volunteer Assistant Harry Alderson participated in the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship for a summer with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, respectively.
Numerous current Cardinal players have NFL bloodlines:
Freshman CB Alex Carter's father Tom Carter played for the Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears and Cincinnati Bengals (1993-2001).
Freshman OT Nick Davidson's father Jeff Davidson played for the Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints (1990-94).
Freshman OLB Noor Davis' father Chris Davis played for the New York Giants (1987), and his uncle Andrew Tippet played for the New England Patriots (1982-93) and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Junior WR John Flacco's brother Joe Flacco is the Baltimore Ravens' starting QB.
Freshman OG Joshua Garnett's father Scott Garnett played for the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills (1984-85, '87).
Freshman WR Dontonio Jordan's uncle James Rouse played for the Chicago Bears (1990-91).
Sophomore CB Wayne Lyons' cousin Frank Sanders played for the Arizona Cardinals and Baltimore Ravens (1995-2003).
Sophomore OT/OG Brian Moran's father Matt Moran played for the Kansas City Chiefs (1986).
Freshman FS Josiah Paye's brother John Paye played for the San Francisco 49ers (1987-88).
Freshman OT Andrus Peat's father Todd Peat played for the St. Louis / Phoenix Cardinals and Los Angeles Raiders (1987-90, '92-'93).
Sophomore C Kevin Reihner's father George Reihner played for the Houston Oiilers (1977-79, '82).
Junior FS Ed Reynolds' father Ed Reynolds played for the New England Patriots and New York Giants (1983-92).
Freshman RB Barry Sanders' father Barry Sanders played for the Detroit Lions (1989-98) and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Junior RB Ricky Seale's father Sam Seale played for the Los Angeles Raiders, San Diego Chargers and Los Angeles Rams (1984-93).
Senior TE Levine Toilolo's three uncles played in the NFL: Dan Saleaumua for the Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks (1987-98); Edwin Mulitalo for the Baltimore Ravens and Detroit Lions (1999-2008); and Joe Salave'a for the Tennessee Oilers/Titans, San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins (1998-2001, 2003-06).
Sophomore ILB James Vaughters' cousin Oliver (Jay) Johnson played for the Philadelphia Eagles (1969-70).
Freshman WR Kodi Whitfield's father Bob Whitfield played for the Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants (1992-2006).