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Cardinal Travels To Rose Bowl To Take On Bruins
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 09/24/2006

Sept. 24, 2006

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2006 STANFORD FOOTBALL
Game #5 - Stanford (0-4, 0-2) at UCLA (2-1, 0-1)
September 30, Rose Bowl
Pasadena, CA., 7:15 pm, Fox Sports Net

GAME INFORMATION
Date: September 30, 2006
Kickoff: 7:15 pm
Site: Pasadena, 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: UCLA leads 42-31-3
Last Meeting: UCLA 30, Stanford 27 OT (10/29/05) at Stanford
Series Notes: UCLA won last four vs. Stanford in Rose Bowl

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Trip to The Rose Bowl to Face UCLA Up Next For Cardinal
Stanford (0-4, 0-2) will visit the Rose Bowl on Saturday, September 30 to face the UCLA Bruins (2-1, 0-1) as the Cardinal search for their first win of the season ... Stanford is coming off a 36-10 loss to Washington State while the Bruins suffered a 29-19 loss at Washington in their Pac-10 opener last Saturday ... The game will kickoff at 7:15 pm and will be televised to a national audience on Fox Sports Net ... A year ago, UCLA mounted a 21-point fourth quarter comeback to tie the game at 24-24 in regulation before beating the Cardinal 30-27 in overtime at Stanford Stadium ... Stanford has not won in the Rose Bowl since a 21-20 victory in 1996 ... Four of the last six games played in the Rose Bowl have been decided by four points or less.

Close Games in Rose Bowl Describe Stanford-UCLA History
While the Bruins lead the all-time series with Stanford 42-31-3, the two teams have a history of playing competitively against one another ... UCLA is 4-3 vs. the Cardinal the last seven games (1999-05) with each winning three times on its home turf and the Bruins winning last year's game at Stanford Stadium in overtime ... Since 1991, UCLA has won nine of the 15 games played against the Cardinal ... Stanford had won three straight at Stanford Stadium before losing last year ... In The Rose Bowl, the two teams have played very competitive games in the recent past ... In the last 12 games played between UCLA and Stanford in The Rose Bowl (1982-2004), eight of those games have been decided by five points or less, including six decided by a field goal or less ... UCLA, however, has won the last four games played in The Rose Bowl vs. the Cardinal (2004, 2002, 2000, 1998) ... Stanford's last win at The Rose Bowl was a 21-20 victory in 1996.

The 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 last week ... 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.

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 68-77 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 5-10 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.

A Look Back: UCLA 30, Stanford 27 (ot)
The Bruins came back from a 24-3 fourth quarter deficit, tied the score with 46 seconds remaining and won the game in overtime, 30-27... Stanford took a 24-3 lead with 8:26 to play after Nick Frank scored on a seven-yard touchdown run ... It took the Bruins just 1:22 to score the first of three fourth quarter TDs as it pulled to within 24-10 at the 7:04 mark ... UCLA used 34 seconds to drive 72 yards for its second touchdown on its next possession, this one coming on 31-yard pass from Drew Olsen to Joe Cowan, making the score 24-17 with 4:43 remaining ... UCLA got the ball back with 2:30 to play on its 34 yard line ... Maurice Drew scored the game-tying TD on a one-yard run with 46 seconds remaining, capping an eight play drive ... In overtime, the Cardinal scored three points on a 42-yard field goal by Michael Sgroi, but UCLA won the game on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Olsen to Brandon Breazell

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 ... Three 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. Washington State, Austin Yancy started at one WR spot ... In addition, the other three true freshman playing key roles are RB Toby Gerhart, 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 leading rusher with 201 yards and 44 carrries in four games (4.7 ypc) to go along with seven receptions for 50 yards ... Sherman has seven receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown while Yancy has caught seven balls for 96 yards ... Bulcke led the team in tackles vs. Navy in his starting debut as he accounted for 14 total tackles ... He has 17 for the season ... Both Fua and Griffin have played reserve roles on the defensive line the past four games ... Fua has 10 tackles while Griffin has added four.

Okwo Makes Presence Known on Defense
Senior linebacker Michael Okwo, forced to sit out the first two games of the year due to a hand injury, has made his presence known since returning to the starting lineup the past two games (vs. Navy, WSU) ... In those two games, Okwo has recorded a team-high 25 tackles, two tackles for loss and one forced fumble ... He set a new career high last week 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 ... 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.

Egboh Leader Among Cardinal Defensive Lineman
While still not 100 percent after suffering a broken leg in last year's game at Washington State on October 8, junior Pannel Egboh is healthy enough to be Stanford's leader on the defensive line ... Egboh was a reserve the first three games of the 2005 campaign and was just inserted into the starting lineup in game four at Pullman ... But, on the second to last play of the game, Egboh suffered a broken leg that sidelined him for the remainder of the season ... He has come back in '06, however, to be the team's most consistent defensive lineman ... He has 19 tackles in four games, including 1.5 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks ... Egboh redshirted his true freshman season in '04 and played in '05 before his leg injury ... At 6-6 and 280 and with two more years of eligibity remaining after the '06 season, Egboh has a chance to become one of the top defensive lineman in the Pac-10.

Former Walk-Ons Making Strong Contributions in '06
Receivers Kelton Lynn and Michael Miller, along with place-kickers Aaron Zagory and Derek Belch have one thing in common: they are all former walk-ons who are making strong contributions to the Cardinal in 2006 ... Zagory, of course, is the team's starting place-kicker after beating out Belch in pre-season competition ... Zagory, a junior from Yellow Springs, Ohio, has scored 15 points thus far in '06 on six extra points and three field goals ... Belch is the team's kickoff specialist and backup place-kicker ... Lynn, in his third year at Stanford from Boulder, Colorado, and Miller, a fourth-year player from San Clemente, Calif., both recorded their first career receptions vs. Navy on Sept.16 and played extensively last week against Washington State, with Lynn earninng a starting assignment ... Lynn is currently tied for the team lead with 11 catches for 137 yards while Miller has caught three passes.

Second-Year Players Move Into Starting Lineup
Three players who redshirted their true freshman seasons a year ago have earned starting berths in their second year and playing key roles the Cardinal in 2006 ... LB Clinton Snyder, NT Ekom Udofia and TE Jim Dray were all true freshman a year ago, but now find themselves in starting roles ... Snyder had 11 tackles and forced two fumbles vs. Navy (Sept. 16) and came back with 10 tackles and a tackle for loss in last week's game against Washington State ... He is second on the team with 35 total tackles ... Udofia had a career high seven tackles against the Midshipmen while Dray had a career-high four receptions in the Navy game and is tied for second on the team with 10 catches in four games ...Two other second year players in key roles for the Cardinal this year are LB Will Powers, who started the season opener at Oregon, and DE Tom McAndrew.

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 at Stanford who later played in the Major Leagues ... Joe Borchard played football for the Cardinal in 1998-99 and was a first round pick by the Chicago White Sox in 2000 ... Chad Hutchinson was Stanford's starting QB in 1997-98 ... He later 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).

Experienced Offensive Line
Stanford's group of offensive linemen have combined to start 142 games ... Jeff Edwards leads the way with 30 starts, Ismail Simpson has 29, followed by Josiah Vinson and Jon Cochran with 24, Alex Fletcher with 15, Allen Smith with 11 and Tim Mattran with six. Player Notes

#5 - Trent Edwards, QB, 6-4, 220, SR., 4V
• Stanford's fifth-year quarterback who has played in 32 games over the past five seasons with 28 of those in a starting role, including all four this season • On the 2006 Davey O'Brien Watch List for an award that is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback • Became just the seventh player in Stanford history to record 5000 career passing yards when he reached the milestone versus Navy (9/16/06) • Ranks sixth on Stanford's career lists in pass completions (468) and attempts (829), as well as seventh in passing yards (5244), total offense (5477) and touchdown passes (36), and 10th in career completion percentage (.565, 468-829) • Has also added 233 career rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground • Threw a career-high four TD passes (all in the first half) in a 35-34 loss at San Jose State (9/9/06) • Earned several preseason accolades in 2006, including First Team (The Sporting News) and Second Team (Athlon, Steele's) All-Pac-10 honors, as well as an honorable mention All-American selection (Street & Smith's) • Has lost both of his career starts versus UCLA but did set career-bests in both completions (24) and attempts (46) during a 21-0 loss to the Bruins the last time the Cardinal traveled to the Rose Bowl on October 30, 2004 • Hails from nearby Los Gatos High School (Los Gatos, CA), where he led his team to a 26-0 record and back-to-back Central Coast Section Division III titles in his junior and senior seasons by combining for 5064 yards in the air during those two campaigns with 58 touchdown tosses and just seven interceptions • Ranks among NCAA leaders in completions per game (22nd, 18.75), total offense (34th, 228.3), total passing yards (28th, 842), passing yards per game (36th, 210.50), passing efficiency (47th, 132.9) and points responsible for (76th-T, 9.00/game)

Edwards in the Stanford Record Book
Career Passing Yards - 5085, 7th (Guy Benjamin, 6th, 5946, 1974-77)
Career TD Passes - 35, 7th (John Paye, 6th, 38, 1983-86)
Career Completions - 454, 7th (Todd Husak, 6th, 465, 1996-99)
Career Total Offense - 5339, 7th (Guy Benjamin, 6th, 5765, 1974-77)
Career Pass Attempts - 806, 7th (Guy Benjamin, 6th, 808, 1974-77)
Career Completion Percentage - .563 (454-806), 10th (Brian Johnson, 9th, .568, 1987-89)
Season Completion Percentage - .627, #10 (2005)

#78 - Jon Cochran, OL, 6-6, 315, SR., 4V
• Has made his first four career starts at right guard in the team's first three games this season after picking up 20 previous starts at tackle to total 24 starts in his career

#83 - Jim Dray, TE, 6-5, 240, SO., 1V
• Has moved into the team's top tight end spot, catching 10 passes for 85 yards and his first career touchdown when Trent Edwards found him for a 19-yard scoring strike at San Jose State

#91 - Pannel Egboh, DE, 6-6, 280, JR., 2V
• Has 19 tackles (first among defensive linemen) in the team's first four games • Had half of the team's first sack of 2006 against Navy (9/16/06)

#70 - Jeff Edwards, OT, 6-6, 300, SR., 4V
• Has started 30 games at three different positions on the offensive line during his four seasons of action on The Farm, including all four games in 2006 at right tackle

#60 - Alex Fletcher, C/OG, 6-3, 300, JR., 2V
• Earned 2006 Preseason First-Team All-Pac-10 honors from Phil Steele's College Football Magazine as well as a Second-Team selection by The Sporting News • Has started all 15 games possible over the last two years on the offensive line with eight starts at right guard and seven at center, including each of the team's first four contests in the middle of the line this season • Had a tremendous freshman campaign in 2005 when he was named a First Team Frosh All-American by Scout.com, while adding First Team Freshman All-Pac-10 and honorable mention All-American selections from The Sporting News • The team's only lineman to start all 11 contests in 2005

#7 - Toby Gerhart, RB, 6-1, 228, FR., HS
• Leads Stanford with 201 rushing yards and a 4.6 per carry average on 44 rushes • Stanford's leading rusher in each of his first three collegiate games at Oregon (9/2/06, 16-55) and San Jose State (9/9/06, 13-82), and versus Navy (9-40) • Has Stanford's longest run of the campaign when he broke 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 • A two-sport athlete who is also expected to play for the Stanford Baseball squad

#23 - Brandon Harrison, CB/S, 6-2, 215, SR., 3V
• Has started 25 of the team's last 26 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 made all three of his starts this season at cornerback after starting all 22 games the previous two seasons at strong safety • Has played in 36 of 37 possible games in his career • Stanford's active career lead with four interceptions, while sharing Stanford's active lead in tackles (150) • Third on the team with 32 tackles (#6 Pac-10), while adding one of the club's six fumble recoveries of the season versus Navy (9/16/06) and one of three Cardinal pass breakups • Has five career tackles versus UCLA

#24 - Trevor Hooper, S, 6-1, 205, SR., 4V
• Leads the club with 37 tackles (#3 Pac-10) • Had back-to-back double-digit tackle contests in the first two games of 2006 with a career-high 12 in the season-opener versus Oregon (9/2/06) and 10 at San Jose State (9/9/06), while getting in at least seven in all four contests • Shares Stanford's active career tackle lead (150) • Has played in 32 career games, making 21 starts • Had a huge redshirt freshman year in 2003 when he started all 11 games and led the team with three interceptions, while finishing fifth on the club with 60 tackles • Made his first career interception in a 21-14 victory over UCLA (11/1/03) and returned it 33 yards in a game in which he also had five tackles, a tackle-for-loss and half of a sack • 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

#95 - Chris Horn, DE, 6-5, 270, SR., 3V
• Had a career-high six tackles in his most recent game versus Washington State (9/23/06), including the team's first solo sack of the season • Leads the team with 1.5 sacks (-9 yards) and also has won of the club's seven forced fumbles

#6 - David Lofton, S, 6-4, 220, SR., 4V
• Tied for fourth on the club with 25 tackles, including a team game-high and career-best 12 stops at San Jose State (9/9/06) • Has played three different positions -- quarterback, safety and wide receiver -- during his Stanford career but seems to have found a home at safety, playing in all 14 games with eight starts (including all four this year) at the position over the last two seasons • Son of former Stanford and NFL great James Lofton, who is currently a wide receivers coach with the San Diego Chargers • Gave his father's induction speech into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on August 3, 2003

#26 - Anthony Kimble, RB, 6-1, 200, JR., 2V
• Stanford's leading rusher for the first time this season in his most recent game versus Washington State (9/23/06), rushing for 40 yards on 11 carries • Has started the team's first four games at running back and is the club's second leading rusher with 134 yards on 36 carries while adding one of the team's two rushing touchdowns • Posted the first Stanford touchdown at the new Stanford Stadium when he scored on a two-yard run with 11:58 to go in the fourth quarter versus Navy (9/16/06) • Ran for a season-high 53 yards on a season-high 14 carries at San Jose State (9/9/06) • Did not play versus UCLA (10/29/05) last season • Converted to running back in the spring of 2005 after coming to Stanford as one of the nation's highly sought-after prep receivers

#86 - Kelton Lynn, WR, 6-2, 190, JR., 2V
• Has led the club in both receptions and receiving yards in each of the last two games, posting career-bests of six catches and 72 receiving yards versus Navy (9/16/06) before catching five balls for 65 yards and his first career touchdown in his first career start against Washington State (9/23/06) • Co-leads Stanford with 11 receptions, while ranking second with 137 receiving yards • A walk-on receiver

#44 - Pat Maynor, LB, 6-2, 215, JR., 2V
• Has 22 tackles, including a carer-best nine at San Jose State (9/9/06), and has started three of four games at linebacker after playing in all 11 games off the bench primarily on special teams in 2005 • Has one of the team's three pass breakups and half a tackle-for-loss

#55 - Michael Okwo, LB, 6-0, 225, SR., 3V
• Has 25 tackles in the last two games versus Navy (9/16/06) and Washington State (9/23/06), setting career-highs in both games first with 10 against the Midshipmen and then 15 versus the Cougars (the most by a Stanford player this season) • Had missed the team's first two games of the season due to a broken right thumb suffered during preseason training camp • Tied for fourth on the club with his 25 tackles, while adding 2.0 tackles-for-loss and a forced fumble (versus WSU, 9/23/06) • 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 111 career tackles with 12.5 for a loss and 2.0 sacks, as well as forced fumble, a fumble recovery and two blocked kicks • Has just two career tackles in three games versus UCLA

#27 - Jay Ottovegio, P, 6-0, 195, SR., 3V
• Earned 2006 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 148 punts in his career for 6054 yards and a 40.9 average • Averaging a career-low 40.2 yards per punt in 2006 but had his best game of the season in his most recent contest versus Washington State (9/23/06) when he averaged 43.4 yards per punt including a season-best-tying 47-yarder • Has landed 46 career punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line and had 16 go for 50 or more yards • Has averaged 40.8 or more yards in 20 of 26 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 • Has been forced to punt 15 times in the last two seasons versus UCLA, punting eight times for a 40.1 average against the Bruins in 2004 and on seven occasions for a 37.4 average in 2005 • Had a punt blocked for the first time in his career in his most recent game versus Washington State (9/23/06)

#79 - Ismail Simpson, OG, 6-4, 305, SR., 4V
• Has played in all 37 possible games over the past four seasons with 29 starts, including the first three contests this year before coming off the bench against Washington State (9/23/06) • Started all 22 games in 2003 and 2004 at left guard, before adding four starts last season

#14 - Tim Sims, CB, 5-11, 190, SR., 3V
• Has 21 tackles with 12 solos (fourth on the club), while contributing 1.5 tackles-for-loss (-3 yards), a fumble recovery and a pass breakup • Had a career-high six tackles to go with a tackle-for-loss, fumble recovery and pass breakup in his most recent game versus Washington State (9/23/06)

#67 - Allen Smith, OT, 6-4, 300, JR., 2V
• Has started 12 straight contests and played in 15 in a row • Named to the Pac-10's All-Freshman squad and was also an honorable mention Freshman All-American selection by Scout.com as a redshirt rookie in 2005

#20 - Clinton Snyder, LB, 6-4, 230, SO., 1V
• Second on the club with 32 tackles (#4 Pac-10), while leading the team with a pair of forced fumbles (both vs. Navy, 9/16/06) and the club's only interception (at San Jose State, 9/9/06) • Had double-digit tackles in each of his last two contests with a career-high 11 (also a career-high nine solo) versus Navy (9/16/06) when he also forced a pair of fumbles and 10 more along with a tackle-for-loss against Washington State (9/23/06) • 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, his interception and half a tackle-for-loss at San Jose State (9/9/06)

#54 - Ekom Udofia, NT, 6-2, 310, SO., 1V
• Leads the team with a pair of fumble recoveries, getting one both at Oregon (9/2/06) and versus Washington State (9/23/06) • Had a career-best seven tackles versus Navy (9/16/06)

#90 - Udeme Udofia, LB, 6-4, 240, SR., 3V
• Sixth on the club with 23 tackles, while adding one forced and one recovered fumble • Has set career-bests for tackles in each of his last three games, most recently with nine against Washington State (9/23/06) when he also added a forced fumble and a recovered fumble • Had a promising campaign in 2005 with 36 tackles, including 5.0 for a loss to rank tied for sixth on the team and one sack, as well as an interception and a forced fumble • Had four tackles with a career-high 2.0 tackles-for-loss versus UCLA last season and one tackle in his 2004 debut against the Bruins

#11 - Aaron Zagory, PK, 6-0, 170, JR., 1V
• 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 • Leads the club in scoring with 15 points • 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 three of his five field goal attempts, including each of his last two • A walk-on placekicker who had not seen action in a college football game until this season

Notebook

• Stanford had 16 starters returning in 2006, including 10 on offense and six on defense ... Injuries have hit the Cardinal hard thus far in '06 ... Of the 10 returning starters on offense, six 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 two games and possibly the rest of the season), WR Evan Moore (out last week and possibly a few more weeks), TE Matt Traverso (played sparingly in '06) and OG Josiah Vinson (slowed early in the year due to injury) ... Defensively, LB Michael Okwo missed the first two games of the year, LB Mike Silva has been slowed by injury the past two games, CB Nick Sanchez has missed two games and CB Brandon Harrison has missed one game.

• Stanford has three of the top six tacklers in the Pac-10 ... S Trevor Hooper is third in the league (9.25 tpg), LB Clinton Snyder (8.75) is fourth and CB Brandon Harrison is tied for sixth (8.0) .

• WR Mark Bradford opened the 2006 campaign with a nine-reception, 108-yard performance at Oregon ... Against San Jose State on September 9, however, Bradford was forced from the game in the first quarter due to injury ... It was later revealed that Bradford tore ligaments in his foot and will be lost for several weeks and possibly the rest of the season.

Nick Frank, a three-year letter-winner and the team's starting fullback in 2005 and '06, announced on September 15 that he will retire from football due to a cervical spine condition ... Frank moved to fullback prior to the '05 season after two years as a defensive lineman ... He started all 11 games at fullback in 2005 and the first two in 2006 ... Throughout his career, Frank played in 34 of 35 games, 21 as a defensive lineman and 13 as the team's starting fullback ... Frank's departure moved senior Emeka Nnoli into the starting lineup.

• Stanford's leading rusher is true freshman Toby Gerhart (201 yards) and its leading receiver is junior Kelton Lynn (11 receptions), a walk-on from Boulder, Colo.

• Stanford is the least penalized team in the Pac-10 ... The Cardinal is number one in the league in fewest penalties (13), fewest penalty yards (89) and fewest penalty yards per game (22.2).

• This week, Stanford is ranked as having the 10th toughest schedule in the nation, and toughest in the Pac-10 ... The Cardinal, which played the second toughest schedule in the nation last year according to the NCAA, still has tough road games at Notre Dame, Arizona State, Cal, Washington and UCLA

• After 22 consecutive starts at strong safety in 2004 and 2005, senior Brandon Harrison has made the transition to cornerback in 2006 ... Harrison, from Baton Rouge, Louisianna, has accounted for 32 tackles, one tackle for loss and one pass break up through three games ... He had 10 tackles and one fumble recovery against Navy.

• The brother duo of sophomore Ekom and senior Udeme Udofia became the first set brothers to start in the same game at Stanford since Dave and Mike Wyman in 1983 ... Ekom is the Cardinal's starter at nose tackle, while Udeme is in his second year as a starter at linebacker.

• Stanford will play a 12-game regular season schedule for the first time in school history ... During the 2002 and 2003 seasons, when most of Division I teams in college football played 12 regular season games, the Cardinal played 11.

• 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.


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