Jan. 16, 2004
2003 STANFORD FOOTBALL
The Final Report (Overall: 4-7, Pac-10: 2-6)
The Cardinal: Stanford finished the 2003 season with a 4-7 overall record and a 2-6 mark in the Pacific-10 Conference. The Cardinal won back-to-back games on two occasions, beating San Jose State and BYU to open the year and UCLA and Arizona State in consecutive home games in November. Stanford, which improved by two games over the previous year, faced six teams that participated in post-season bowl games, went 3-3 at Stanford Stadium and found themselves 4-4 and in the hunt for a bowl a game heading into the final weeks of the year.
All-Pac-10: The Cardinal placed four players on the All-Pac-10 Second Team and six players earned honorable mention recognition. Earning Second-Team All-Pac-10 honors were OT Kirk Chambers, FS Oshiomogho Atogwe, PR Luke Powell and P Eric Johnson. Honorable mention selections included MLB David Bergeron, OLB Jared Newberry, NT Babatunde Oshinowo, TE Brett Pierce, TE Alex Smith and CB Leigh Torrence.
Team Awards: Senior WR Luke Powell and junior FS Oshiomogho Atogwe were voted the 2003 Team Co-MVPs. Powell led the team in both receptions and punt returns and finished his career as one of Stanford's most productive offensive players. Atogwe led the team in tackles for the second straight season and was the team's most active defensive player. 2003 Stanford team awards included:
Academic All-Pac-10: Stanford dominated the Pac-10 All-Academic team with 25 selections, including eight First-Team, eight Second-Team and nine honorable mention selectons. The Cardinal more than doubled the number of All-Academic selections by any other conference member. Two Stanford players earned First-Team recognition for the second straight year: offensive tackle Kirk Chambers and linebacker Kevin Schimmelmann. The other First-Team selections included quarterback Kyle Matter, FB Cooper Blackhurst, WR Brandon Royster, NT Babatunde Oshinowo, MLB Brian Gaffney and CB Leigh Torrence. Earning Second-Team All-Academic were WR Greg Camarillo, WR Nick Sebes, OT Matt McClernan, DE Louis Hobson, NT Ian Shelswell, DE Will Svitek, MLB David Bergeron and OLB Mike Silva. Honorable mention selections were OG David Beall, OT Jon Cochran, RB Gerald Commissiong, RB J.R. Lemon, C Tim Mattran, PK Michael Sgroi, TE Alex Smith, OT Mike Sullivan and OG Josiah Vinson.
Academic All-Americans: Kirk Chambers was named First-Team District-8 Academic All-American while OLB Kevin Schimmelmann and NT Babatunde Oshinowo were named to the Second-Team. Chambers, also named First-Team Academic All-Pac-10, earned All-District Academic honors for the second consecutive season.
Freshman Awards: Redshirt freshman Trevor Hooper and Jeff Edwards and true freshman Mark Bradford earned post-season recognition in 2003. Bradford, who finished the year second on the team with 37 receptions for a team-leading 587 yards, and Hooper, who led the team with three interceptions while starting all 11 games at strong safety, were both honored by The Sporting News as Freshman First-Team All-Pac-10 selections and Freshman Third-Team All-Americans. Edwards, who started the first eight games of the season at right guard, was named First-Team Freshman All-Pac-10 by The Sporting News.
Senior Class Notes: Quarterback Chris Lewis finished his career among the school's top-10 in several passing categories. Lewis played in 30 games in his Stanford career, 19 as a starter, and completed 350-of-713 for 4,346 yards and 31 touchdowns. He concluded his career No. 7 in TD passes and pass attempts, No. 8 in passing yards and total offense (4,328 yards) and No. 9 in career completions. Luke Powell departs as one of the most productive offensive players in school history. He finished his career with 128 receptions for 2,080 yards, 16.3 average and 14 receiving TDs. He gained 3,061 yards in all-purpose running, including 878 as a punt returner. LT Kirk Chambers did what few players in Stanford history have accomplished - and that's to start every game in a four-year career. Chambers started 45 consecutive games for the Cardinal at left tackle from 1999-2003. Punter Eric Johnson set single season records for most punts (86) and most punting yards (3,687).
Team Notes: Stanford lost 13 seniors and one junior off the 2003 team, including six starters on offense and two on defense. Junior DT Amon Gordon departed the program a year early to make himself available for the NFL Draft. The only other defensive starter not returning in 2004 is DE Louis Hobson. Offensively, departing starters include QB Chris Lewis, FL Luke Powell, OT Kirk Chambers, OT Mike Sullivan, C Drew Caylor and TE Brett Pierce. Stanford led the Pac-10 in kickoff coverage (14.1 ypr). FS Oshiomogho Atogwe led the conference in fumbles forced (.55/gm) and recovered (.55/gm) and was fourth in the league in tackles per game (8.2).