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Stage Set for Cardinal Season Opener With San Jose State
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 08/27/2012

Aug. 27, 2012

No. 21/18 Stanford Cardinal (0-0 • 0-0 Pac-12)
San Jose State Spartans (0-0 • 0-0 Western Athletic)
August 31, 2012 • 7:00 p.m. (PT)
Stanford Stadium (50,000) • Foster Field • Stanford, Calif.

Game Coverage
Gametracker
KNBR 1050 AM
KZSU 90.1 FM
Gameday Central
pac 12 networks
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Game Notes: Stanford
San Jose State
Depth Chart | Media Guide

Television • Live national broadcast on Pac-12 Networks with Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Glenn Parker (analyst) and Ryan Nece (sidelines). 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 Dave Flemming (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 KZSU 90.1 FM and at kzsulive.stanford.edu.

Live Stats • Live in-game statistics will be provided through GameTracker via GoStanford.com

Tickets • Stanford Athletics Ticket Office • GoStanford.com • 1.800.STANFORD

Polls • Stanford (21st - AP, 18th - USA Today) • San Jose State (NR - AP, NR - USA Today)

On the Web • GoStanford.com • Pac-12.com • SJSUspartans.com • WACsports.com

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Inside the Huddle
• Stanford will open the 2012 season against San Jose State at 7:00 p.m. (PT) Friday, Aug. 31.
• The season-opening contest will be the first ever Friday night game at Stanford Stadium.
• Dating back the program's first season in 1892, this is just the third football game played by Stanford in the month of August. The last two came in 2008 (vs. Oregon State - W, 36-28) and 1992 (vs. Texas A&M in Anaheim, Calif. - L, 10-7).
• The San Jose State game marks the first of three straight home affairs for the Cardinal to open the season.
• Duke (Sept. 8) pays a visit to Stanford before the Cardinal open Pac-12 Conference play with USC (Sept. 15).
• Stanford is 23-3 (.885) in its last 26 home games dating back to the final home game of the 2007 season.
• Stanford is 9-3 (.750) in its last 12 season openers and has won four straight season debuts dating back to the 2008 campaign.
• 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.

The Last Meeting
San Jose State
3
#7 Stanford
57
September 3, 2011
Stanford, Calif.
Shaw Era Begins with 57-3 Victory
Andrew Luck said he wasn't the first to think of it - too many teammates suggested it first. But Luck felt giving the game ball to coach David Shaw after his head-coaching debut was the obvious thing to do. "As much as we wanted to win," Luck said, "We really wanted to win for him." Stanford's 57-3 season-opening victory over San Jose State at Stanford Stadium seemed to justify the Cardinal's No. 7 preseason ranking and in some way seemed to prove that the football program will be fine in Shaw's hands.

Last Matchup Against San Jose State - Sept. 3, 2011
• The 57-3 Stanford victory as was David Shaw's first career game - and win - as a head coach.
• The 57 points in an opener were the most since 1969 when Stanford scored 63 against San Jose State.
• The three points allowed were the fewest points allowed in a season-opener since a 43-3 win over San Jose State in 2004.
• It was the 11th time in last 27 games dating back to 2009 that Stanford had scored 40 or more points.

Series Notes
• The season-opening matchup has been tabbed "The Bill Walsh Legacy Game" in honor of the late Stanford coach and San Jose State player whose profound impact on football is felt especially in the Bay Area. Walsh was an assistant coach at Stanford (1963-65), twice the head coach (1977-78, 1992-94) and a special assistant to the athletic director/interim athletic director (2004-07, 2005-06). At the 1992 press conference for his return to coach at Stanford, the formerly retired San Francisco 49ers three-time Super Bowl champion coach quoted Joseph Campbell and pronounced, "This is my bliss."
• In a series that dates back to 1900, Stanford leads the all-time series with San Jose State, 50-14-1 (.777). The Cardinal has won eight out of the last nine meetings, including the last meeting between the two schools, a 57-3 victory at Stanford Stadium in what was the first game of Stanford head coach David Shaw's tenure on the Farm.
• The Spartans' last win in the series came in 2006, as San Jose State posted a 35-34 victory at Spartan Stadium.
• Stanford has played San Jose State (65) more times than any other non-conference opponent, ahead of Santa Clara (35) and Notre Dame (26).
• Stanford is 19-1 (.950) all-time in season openers against San Jose State, with the only defeat coming in a 35-23 decision during the 1998 campaign.
• Stanford's last two Rose Bowl teams each suffered defeats to San Jose State: 1971 (13-12) and 1999 (44-39).

Series: Stanford leads, 50-14-1 (.777)
First meeting: 1900 at San Jose State - Stanford 35, San Jose State 0
Last meeting: 2011 at Stanford - Stanford 57, San Jose State 3
Last San Jose State win: 2006 at San Jose State - Stanford 34, San Jose State 35
Series streak: Stanford - W4 (8 of last 9)

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Be the First To Know
• "Inside Stanford Sports with David Shaw" returns to the airwaves on Monday (Aug. 27) 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.

• The first edition of "Inside Stanford Sports" this Monday will bring all three of the Cardinal's tri-captains to the microphone: fifth-year senior center Sam Schwartzstein, senior running back Stepfan Taylor and fifth-year senior outside linebacker Chase Thomas.

• Fans in attendance for the radio show at Gordon Biersch will enjoy 10 percent off their purchases, and they 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.

The Schedule
• In the new era of Pac-12 Conference scheduling, Stanford plays two non-Saturday games in 2012. The Cardinal opens 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.

The Polls
• Stanford is ranked 18th in the first USA Today Sports Coaches' poll (Aug. 3).

• The Cardinal is ranked 21st in The Associated Press Top 25 (Aug. 18), marking the 32nd 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.

Cardinal Rising
• Stanford has compiled a 31-8 (.795) record over the last three seasons, finishing 8-5 in 2009, 12-1 in 2010 and 11-2 last season. The Cardinal's 31 wins rank second only to Oregon's 34 among Pac-12 teams during this stretch while its .795 winning percentage ranks eighth among all FBS teams.

• Stanford is one of just six teams in the nation that has compiled 23 or more wins over the last two seasons, along with Boise State (24), TCU (24), Oregon (24), LSU (24) and Oklahoma State (23). The Cardinal's .885 winning percentage over the last two seasons is tied for fifth-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 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.

Tri-Captains 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.

Offensive Personnel
• 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.

• Other key offensive personnel returning to the fold include running back Anthony Wilkerson (56-282; 3 TDs), tight end Zach Ertz (27-346; 4 TDs) and wide receiver Ty Montgomery (24-350; 2 TDs).

• 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).

Defensive Personnel
• 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).

• Stanford will also look to replace the services of long snapper Andrew Fowler and backup place kicker Eric Whitaker, who made 4 of 5 field goal attempts last season.

Quarterbacks
• Stanford lists seven quarterbacks on its roster as the Cardinal plans for life without Andrew Luck, the 2012 Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year and Maxwell Award winner who helped elevate the program to national elite status during his career.

• A two-time Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and twice runner-up for the Heisman Trophy, Luck concluded his brilliant career ranked first all-time in touchdown passes (82), completion percentage (.687), passing efficiency (162.76) and total offense (10,387). He quarterbacked Stanford to a cumulative 31-7 (.816) career record in his 38 career starts, including an 8-3 (.727) mark against top 25 competition.

• Seniors Josh Nunes and Robbie Picazo, along with junior Brett Nottingham, are the only quarterbacks on the roster with game experience. Nottingham saw action in six games last season as Luck's understudy and completed five of eight passes for 78 yards and one touchdown.

• Named the starting quarterback for the 2012 season opener, Nunes did not see action last season, but did appear in four games as a redshirt freshman in 2010. Picazzo saw his first game action last season, making an appearance against San Jose State.

• Sophomores Evan Crower, Kevin Hogan and junior David Olson, along with freshman Dallas Lloyd, who signed with Stanford in 2010 before going on a two-year church mission, round out the list of quarterbacks on the roster.

Running Backs/Fullbacks
• Stanford returns its three leading rushers from a year ago who accounted for the third-highest rushing total (2,738 yards) in school history, including senior Stepfan Taylor, a second-team All-Pac-12 performer in 2011 who averaged 102.3 yards a game in compiling his second straight 1,000-yard campaign.

• Taylor's 1,330 yards as a junior was the second-highest single-season total in school history, trailing only Toby Gerhart's record-setting 1,871 yards in 2009. Taylor enters 2012 ranked fourth on Stanford's career lists for rushing yards (2,770) and is third in rushing touchdowns (27). Taylor capped off his 2011 season by rushing for a career-high 177 yards and two touchdowns against Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl.

• Stanford's depth at running back will be provided by junior Anthony Wilkerson (56-282; 3 TDs), along with a talented and deep pool of backs including juniors Jackson Cummings and Ricky Seale, sophomores Remound Wright and Kelsey Young and freshman Barry Sanders.

• Seniors Ryan Hewitt (10-35; 7 TDs) and Geoff Meinken (12-90), junior Lee Ward and sophomore Patrick Skov round out the list of fullbacks on the roster. One of the most versatile players in college football, Hewitt is Stanford's leading returning receiver (34-282; 5 TDs) and earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors last season.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
• A fullback and two tight ends make up Stanford's top three returning receivers for 2012, as the Cardinal will look to offset the losses of Griff Whalen (56-749; 4 TDs), Chris Owusu (35-376; 2 TDs) and Coby Fleener (34-667; 10 TDs).

• Despite the graduation loss of Fleener as the #1 tight end selected in the 2012 NFL Draft, seniors Zach Ertz (27-346; 4 TDs) and Levine Toilolo (25-343; 6 TDs) return and make up the most talented tight end tandem in college football. Stanford last year played 54 percent of its offensive snaps with two or three tight ends.

• Sophomore Ty Montgomery figures to take on a leading role this season after totaling 24 receptions for 350 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games (four starts) as a freshman.

• Seniors Drew Terrell (8-81; 1 TD) and Jamal-Rashad Patterson (3-38) along with senior Sam Knapp (0-0) and junior Keanu Nelson (0-0) are the only other wide receivers on the roster with game experience.

• Sophomores Devon Cajuste, Jordan Pratt and Rollins Stallworth will look to make an impact with junior Jeff Trojan and freshmen Conner Crane (Lantana, TX/John H. Guyer HS), Dontonio Jordan (Hickory Creek, TX/Lake Dallas HS), Michael Rector (Gig Harbor, WA/Bellarmine Prep) and Kodi Whitfield (Los Angeles/Loyola HS).

Offensive Line
•Stanford returns three starters to its offensive line in fifth-year center Sam Schwartzstein, junior left guard David Yankey and junior right tackle Cameron Fleming, but must replace the All-America talents of right guard David DeCastro and left tackle Jonathan Martin. DeCastro and Martin combined to make 76 starts in their careers.

•Schwartzstein, Yankey and Fleming gelled well as first-year starters a year ago, as Stanford's offensive line allowed the seventh fewest sacks (tie) in the nation while paving the way for a ground game to total the third-highest rushing total (2,736 yards) in school history.

• Seniors Kevin Danser and Khalil Wilkes along with junior Cole Underwood are the only other players on the roster with game experience.

• Stanford's line depth was buoyed with the signing of five-star prospects Joshua Garnett (Puyallup, WA/Puyallup HS), Kyle Murphy (San Clemente, CA/San Clemente HS) and Andrus Peat (Chandler, AZ/Corona del Sol HS), three players who figure to play a prominent role in this unit for years to come.

• Depth on the offensive line takes on a new meaning at Stanford, with the Cardinal playing six or seven linemen together on the field for a quarter of its offensive snaps a year ago.

Defensive Line
• Senior end Ben Gardner (23-12-35) and senior defensive tackle Terrence Stephens (6-5-11) return to a defensive line that looks to offset the loss of three-year starter Matt Masifilo (12-22-24; 8.0 TFL).

• Last season, this unit played a key role in Stanford finishing third nationally in rushing defense (84.4), sixth in third down conversion defense (31.0) and 11th in sacks per game (3.00).

• In his first season as a starter, Gardner earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors after finishing the year with 35 tackles, including 4.5 sacks among his 10.0 tackles-for-loss. Stephens started eight games as a junior.

• Senior Josh Mauro and sophomores Kevin Anderson and Charlie Hopkins look to replace Masifilo and provide depth at defensive end behind Gardner, while junior David Parry and sophomore Anthony Hayes will look for increased playing time at tackle.

Linebackers
• The deepest unit on the team, Stanford returns five players with starting experience to its linebacker corps, including first team All-Pac-12 selection and Sporting News All-American Chase Thomas.

• Thomas totaled 52 tackles and led the conference in tackles-for-loss (1.35; 17.5 total) while finishing second in sacks-per-game (0.65; 8.5 total). The outside linebacker was at the forefront of a pass rush that totaled 39 sacks on the year, its highest mark since 1999, when the team recorded a school-record 54 sacks during its Rose Bowl season.

• Senior Jarek Lancaster (44-26-70; 3.5 sacks) and junior A.J. Tarpley (28-29-57; 4.0 TFL) finished first and third, respectively, in tackles last season. Both players took on added responsibilities following the season-ending injury to Shayne Skov in week three and formed one of the conference's top inside tandems.

• Skov, the team's leading tackler in 2010, is expected to make a healthy return in 2012 and along with Lancaster, Tarpley and sophomore James Vaughters (6-5-11) will give Stanford plenty of options at inside linebacker.

• Senior Trent Murphy (25-15-40) returns to his outside linebacker position where he had 6.5 sacks among his 10.0 tackles-for-loss in his first season as a starter opposite Thomas.

• Fifth-year senior Alex Debniak (5-5-10) will push for playing time at outside linebacker alongside sophomore Kevin Anderson, while junior Joe Hemschoot (7-4-11) continues his rise among the inside linebackers.

• Stanford will also welcome the arrival of Noor Davis (Leesburg, FL/Leesburg HS), rated as the No. 2 outside linebacker prospect and 25th-best overall recruit in the nation by ESPNU.com.

The Secondary
• Stanford returns four players with starting experience to its secondary which will look to replace first-team All-Pac-12 strong safety Delano Howell and last year's second leading tackler, free safety Michael Thomas.

• Howell and Thomas combined to make 57 career starts over the last three seasons.

• Senior Terrence Brown (32-11-43) and juniors Devon Carrington (20-10-30) and Barry Browning (11-20-21) combined for 17 starts in the secondary last season, while sophomore Jordan Richards (15-16-31) made three starts as a freshman.

• Stanford will lean on the services of sophomore cornerback Wayne Lyons, who was limited to just two games last season after suffering a foot injury, and safety Ed Reynolds, who missed all of last season with a knee injury.

Alex Carter, Virginia's Gatorade High School Player of the Year who was listed as the fourth-best safety prospect in the nation last season; Zach Hoffpauir (Glendale, AZ/Centennial HS) and Drew Madhu (Tampa, FL/H.B. Plant HS) should compete for immediate playing time.

Taylor's Tale
• 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 heading into his senior season. He enters the season ranked fourth on Stanford's all-time career rushing list with 2,770 yards and needs 1,263 more to tie Darrin Nelson for first place. His 27 career rushing touchdowns are tied for third all-time with Brad Muster and needs 10 more to tie Tommy Vardell (1988-91) for second all-time.

• Taylor's 13 100-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).

Giddy Up
• 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).

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.

• 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 (Cleveland Browns), Konrad Reuland (San Francisco 49ers) and Alex Smith (Cleveland Browns).

Fifth-Year Seniors
• Stanford has five fifth-year seniors on its 2012 roster, including SS Harold Bernard, OLB Alex Debniak, C Sam Schwartzstein, OLB Chase Thomas and P Daniel Zychlinski.

Scoring Margins
• Of Stanford's last 14 wins dating back to the 2010 season, 11 have been by 25 points or more while its average margin of victory in its last 14 wins has been 28.8 points (403 total).

• Stanford's last 31 victories dating back to the 2009 season have come by a margin of 24.8 points (770 total) while its seven losses have come by a margin of 8.0 points (56 total).

• The Cardinal is 9-9 in its last 18 games decided by a touchdown or less.

The Home Record
• Stanford is 23-3 (.885) in its last 26 home games dating back to the final home contest of the 2007 season, with its only home losses coming against USC (2008), California (2009) and 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 40.0 points a game (1,000 total) over its last 25 home games while allowing just 21.7 (544 total).

Coaching Changes
• 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.

Frosh 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 lived up to expectations during training camp, with perhaps double digits who could see the field right away this season. Many of those will make their college debut this week against San Jose State on offense, defense and special teams.

• 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.


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