Oct. 30, 2005
Date: November 5, 2005
Kickoff: 7:00 pm
Site: Los Angeles, CA
Television: Live, TBS (Ron Thulin, Charles Davis)
Radio: KNEW, 910 am (Ted Robinson, Bob Murphy)
Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm
Internet: www.gostanford.com (live audio, live stats)
The Series: USC leads 55-27-3
Last Meeting: USC 31, Stanford 28, Sept. 25, 2004 at Stanford
Series Notes: USC has won last three
Cardinal Travels to L.A. to Face No. 1 USC
Stanford (4-3, 3-2) will put its unbeaten road record on the line this Saturday when the Cardinal visits the Los Angeles Coliseum to face the No. 1 ranked and undefeated USC Trojans (8-0, 5-0) ... USC, of course, is the two-time defending national champion and winners of their last 30 games ... Stanford is coming off a 30-27 overtime loss to UCLA while the Trojans scored over 50 points for the second straight week and fourth time this season, beating visiting Washington State 55-13 ... Stanford is 3-0 on the road this season with victories at Navy, Washington State and Arizona ... Saturday will mark the Cardinal's second consecutive game vs. a top-10 and unbeaten team (last week's opponent, UCLA, entered the game 7-0 and ranked eighth in the nation) ... Stanford must win two of its final four games to become bowl eligible.
Trojans Put Winning Streaks on the Line vs. Cardinal
USC enters the game on Saturday with some impressive streaks: 30-game overall winning streak; 26 consecutive weeks at No. 1 in AP poll; 24-game winning streak at Los Angeles Coliseum; 20-game Pac-10 winning streak; 17-game Pac-10 home winning streak; 2-time AP National Champions
Stanford-USC Series Notes
In a series that dates back to 1905, the Trojans lead the Cardinal 55-27-3 ... Stanford and USC have met in football every year since 1925 (with the exception of WWII years 1943-45) ... USC has won the last three meetings with Stanford, including a come-from-behind 31-28 victory at Stanford Stadium last season ... Prior to USC's three-game winning streak, the Cardinal had won three straight from 1999-2001 ... Two of those wins - 1999 and '01 - came at the L.A. Coliseum ... From 1991-2001, Stanford was 6-5 against the Trojans ... The 1991 game, however, snapped Stanford's 15-game winless string against USC ... From 1976-90, the Cardinal was 0-14-1 against the Trojans ... Stanford was beaten 44-21 in its last visit to the Coliseum in 2003.
Stanford vs. the Top-10
Stanford's last win against a top-10 team was a 38-28 victory over No. 4 and unbeaten UCLA in 2001 ... The Cardinal, however, has lost eight straight to top-10 teams and is 3-9 vs. top-10 teams since the 2000 season ... A year ago, Stanford lost to No. 1 ranked USC and No. 4 California in the Big Game ... Stanford's three wins over top-10 teams since 2000 have come against No. 5 Texas in 2000 and No. 5 Oregon in 2001 along with the win over No. 4 UCLA in 2001 ... Stanford's game-by-game results vs. the top-10 since 2000:
Cardinal vs. the Nation's No. 1 Team
Stanford is 1-4-1 vs. the nation's No. 1 ranked team, including 0-3-1 vs. USC ... The Cardinal has met a top-ranked Trojan team on three occasions, including last year when USC came-from-behind to win 31-28 ... Stanford tied top-ranked USC in 1979 21-21 at the L.A. Coliseum and lost to the No. 1 Trojans 30-21 in 1972 and 30-0 in 1967 ... Stanford's last win over a No. 1 ranked team occurred in 1990 when the Cardinal went into South Bend and beat Notre Dame 36-31 ... In that game, "Touchdown" Tommy Vardell scored four TDs, including the game-winner with 36 seconds to play as Stanford overcame a 24-7 deficit to knock the Irish out of the top spot in the polls ... In 1979, Stanford came back from 21-0 to tie the Trojans at 21-21 ... Cardinal QB Turk Schonert threw touchdown passes to Mike Dotterer and Ken Margerum, and scored another on a 10-yard run with 4:33 to play to bring Stanford even at 21.
Cardinal-UCLA: Reviewing Last Week's Game
Stanford led 24-3 with 8:26 remaining before UCLA scored three straight touchdowns, the final one with 46 seconds remaining, to send the game into OT.
Michael Sgroi kicked a 42-yard field goal in overtime to give Stanford a 27-24 lead. UCLA came back to score the game-winning touchdown on a 23-yard pass from Drew Olson to Brand Breazell.
Stanford's three-game winning streak came to an end.
J.R. Lemon, starting his first game of the season, scored two touchdowns on pass receptions of 13 and nine yards.
Nick Frank's seven-yard touchdown run with 8:26 to play gave Stanford a 24-3 lead. Frank led the team in rushing with 61 yards on 13 carries.
DE Julian Jenkins had nine tackles, including three sacks and three tackles for loss, and a forced fumble.
Head Coach Walt Harris
In eight seasons at Pitt, Walt 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 11 as a head coach ... His career record stands at 67-71, which includes a 52-44 record at Pitt, three years at UOP (1989-91), where the Tigers improved each season under Harris, and 4-3 at Stanford ... 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.
Harris, Carroll, Leland and UOP Connection
As a young assistant coach at the University of the Pacific, Walt Harris remembers the first player he signed to a letter-of-intent: a defensive back from Marin Junior College named Pete Carroll ... "Pete was a great player, and a great player to coach," says Harris ... Harris, who played at UOP in 1966-67 and was a graduate assistant coach in 1968 and '69, returned to UOP as a full-time coach in 1971, where he stayed through the 1973 season ... During the '71 and '72 seasons, Harris was the Tigers defensive backs coach and his star pupil was Carroll, who was a two-time All-Pacific Coast Conference free safety ... The defensive line coach those two years was Ted Leland, Stanford's current Director of Athletics and the man who hired Harris to coach the Cardinal (Leland also hired Harris as the head coach at UOP in 1989) ... Leland played for UOP in 1968 and '69, then worked on the staff at UOP as a graduate assistant and full-time coach from 1970-73 ... Harris was a graduate assistant coach in 1968 and '69 when Leland played on team ... After both Leland and Harris left UOP following the 1973 season, Carroll came on board as a G.A. for the next three years (1974-76) ... Harris earned his Bachelor's degree from UOP in 1966 and his Master's in 1969, Leland received his Bachelor's in 1970 and Master's in 1972 while Carroll earned a Bachelor's in '73 and Master's in '76.
Cardinal Assistant Son of Former USC Head Coach
First-year Stanford assistant coach Nathaniel Hackett is the son of former Trojan head coach Paul Hackett ... In fact, the younger Hackett was born in December, 1979 when his father was an assistant coach at USC working under John Robinson ... The senior Hackett was an assistant at USC for five years (1976-80) and was part of three Rose Bowl teams and one national championship team ... He became the Trojan's head coach in 1998 and was at the helm for three years (1998-00) ... The younger Hackett, a 2003 graduate of UC Davis, is in his third year at Stanford, first as a full-time assistant coach.
A Look Back: USC 31, Stanford 28, September 25, 2004
Stanford led 28-17 at the half after scoring three touchdowns in the second quarter, but the top-ranked Trojans scored two second half touchdowns and shut down the Cardinal offense in recording a 31-28 victory ...USC jumped on top 10-0, but three consecutive touchdowns put the Cardinal on top 21-10 ... Trent Edwards, who completed 23-of-33 for 254 yards and three TDs, threw a three-yard TD pass to Evan Moore and two-yard TD to TE Patrick Danahy, giving Stanford a 14-10 lead ... The Cardinal then called a fake field goal and holder Kyle Matter raced into the end zone from 11 yards out, stretching the Cardinal's lead to 21-10 ... The Trojans made is 21-17 on a 17-yard run by Reggie Bush with 52 seconds in the first half ... Stanford made it 28-17 moments later when J.R. Lemon, on a play that was supposed to run out the clock, broke free of Trojan tacklers and raced 82 yards to the end zone for a touchdown ... In the second half, however, it was all Trojans ... USC shut down the Cardinal offense and scored a third quarter TD on a one-yard run by Matt Leinart and a fourth period TD on a two-yard run by LenDale White with 6:15 left to secure the win
Fourth Quarter Finishes
Three of Stanford's wins this season have come in close games that have been decided in the fourth quarter ... A year ago, Stanford had three, three point games - and lost them all ... In 2005, the Cardinal has been able to make a defensive stand in each of those wins to preserve the victory ... The Cardinal led Navy 41-38 when the Midshipmen took over with 1:47 to play and a chance to win the game ... But, the Cardinal defense forced a sack and two incomplete passes before taking over on downs ... Against WSU, the Cardinal again led by three points when the Cougars took over with 1:01 left in the game ... An interception by Nick Sanchez gave the Cardinal the win ... Last week at Arizona, the Wildcats trailed 20-14 with 3:53 and the ball at midfield, but a Brandon Harrison interception ended UA's threat.
Turnover Tale: No Turnovers Last Three Games
Stanford is 4-1 this season when it wins the turnover battle and 0-2 when it loses ... In its four wins over Navy, Washington State, Arizona and Arizona State, Stanford is plus-9 while in its three loses, the Cardinal is even in the turnover column ... Stanford has committed one turnover in its four wins and seven in its three loses ... Stanford has not committed a turnover in its last four games while causing 10 by its opponents ... In the Cardinal's 20-16 win over Arizona on Oct. 15, Stanford forced five Wildcat turnovers while committing none ... The Cardinal scored 13 of its 20 points vs. Arizona off turnovers ... Stanford currently ranks first in the Pac-10 and fifth in the nation in turnover margin (plus 1.29 per game).
Road Warriors: Stanford Perfect on the Road
The Cardinal is a perfect 3-0 on the road in 2005 ... Stanford has beaten Navy, Washington State and Arizona on the road in front of loud, hostile crowds ... At home, the Cardinal has lost to UC Davis and Oregon and beaten Arizona State ... Stanford has won three straight road games - and two Pac-10 road games on successive weekends - for the first time since it won four straight in 1995.
Stanford has Third Toughest Schedule According to NCAA
Stanford's 2005 schedule is currently ranked the third toughest in the nation, according to the NCAA (rankings based on opponent's won-loss record in 2005) ... The Cardinal's final four games, which includes two top-10 teams and three in the top-25, is ranked third in the nation ... Stanford's remaining schedule includes top-ranked USC (8-0), No. 9 Notre Dame (5-2) and No. 21 Cal (6-2) along with Oregon State (4-4) ... Stanford's four remaining opponents have an aggregate record of 23-8, a winning percentage of .742 ... Two of the four games against the top-25 teams will be played at Stanford Stadium: Nov. 19 vs. Cal and Nov. 26 vs. Notre Dame ... Stanford must play at No. 1 USC on Nov. 5.
Final Season in Original Stanford Stadium
Stanford Stadium, built in 1921, has served as home of the Cardinal football program for the past 83 years ... This season, however, will mark the final year in the original Stadium before a major renovation begins immediately following the Cardinal's season finale vs. Notre Dame on November 26, 2005 ... The Cardinal will play six home games in Stanford Stadium this season and moments after the season finale against the Fighting Irish, the process will begin on an $85-90 million renovation project ... See page 6 of this press release for more details on the Stadium renovation project.
Noting Quarterback Trent Edwards
Fourth-year senior Trent Edwards continues to make his mark as one of the top quarterbacks in the Pacific-10 Conference ... He has been the driving force on the Cardinal offense in 2005, both with his passing and running skills ... He has started 20 games and played in 24 in his Cardinal career ... He has started all seven games this season, but was limited to just two series in the second game of the year vs. UC Davis due to injury ... Edwards has completed 110-of-171 for 1,267 yards and 12 touchdowns this year ... Throughout his career, he has thrown for 3,735 yards and 25 touchdowns while completing 335-of-612 passes ... Against eighth-ranked UCLA, Edwards completed his first 10 passes and finished 18-of-25 for 169 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions ... In Stanford's win over Arizona State, he established a career high by throwing for 303 yards on 19-of-27 with three touchdowns and no interceptions ... He turned in one of his finest performances as a Cardinal against WSU (Oct. 8) as he threw for 257 yards on 19-of-28 passing and rushed for an additional 92 yards on 12 carries ... He equalled his career-best by throwing three touchdown passes, with no interceptions, in leading Stanford to a 24-14 win at WSU ... He was named the team's starting quarterback on August 28 after an intense competition with junior T.C. Ostrander ... Edwards, who has one more year of eligibility remaining after the 2005 season, completed 21-of-33 against Navy in the season opener for 235 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions ... ... Trent came to Stanford as one of the nation's most highly sought-after prep quarterbacks from nearby Los Gatos High School in 2002 and, after sitting out his true freshman season, he earned a starting role during the 2003 and '04 campaigns ... He was the team's starter a year ago over the first nine games before an injury forced him to miss the final two ... He threw for 1,732 yards and nine touchdowns in 2004 while completing 149-of-274 (.544) ... Missed the final two games of the year vs. Oregon State and California ... He began the year by completing 14-of-22 for 187 yards and two touchdowns in Stanford's 43-3 win over San Jose State ... He came back the next week to throw for a career-high 297 yards and three touchdowns in the Cardinal's win over BYU ... Edwards was impressive in game three vs. top-ranked USC as he engineered two long drives in the first half and finished the game completing 23-of-35 for 183 yards and two TDs ... He had seven touchdown passes and just one interception through the first three games of the year ... In game four, he was equally effective in Stanford's 27-13 win over Washington as he completed 23-of-33 for 254 yards ... He set career high marks by completing 24 passes and attempting 46 at the Rose Bowl vs. UCLA ... Injuries forced him from game seven against Oregon and game nine against Arizona State. Game-by-Game with Edwards in 2003
Last Four Games for Edwards: 12 TDs, No Interceptions
Consider the last four games for Trent Edwards, in which the Cardinal has won three: 72-of-106 (.679) for 866 yards, 12 touchdowns and no interceptions along with 38 rushes for 133 yards ... Edwards currently has a streak of 111 consecutive passes without an interception ... He has thrown just two interceptions this season, both coming in game three vs. Oregon ... In the last four, however, Edwards has led the Cardinal offense in both rushing and passing ... He ran for 92 yards and threw for 257 and three touchdowns in Stanford's win at WSU and threw for a career-high 303 yards in the Cardinal's victory over ASU.
Edwards Rushing Performance Among Best Ever for QB
Trent Edwards was a running threat against Washington State as he was credited with 12 carries for 92 yards while leading the team in rushing against the Cougars ... Edwards, who entered the game with a net of (-10) yards on the ground after three games, gained 103 yards, but lost 11 on two sacks ... He fell just shy of becoming only the second Cardinal quarterback in the modern era (since WWII) to rush for over 100 yards in a game ... The only other Stanford quarterback to rush for over 100 in a game was Don Bunce vs. Washington State in 1969 (13 carries, 129 yards) ... Edwards has been Stanford's leading rusher over the past four games as he has carried 38 times for 133 yards ... He has rushed for a net of 123 yards this season ... The school record for season rushing yards by a quarterback is 248 set in 1971 by Bunce.
Edwards in the Cardinal Record Book
Trent Edwards has moved into the Cardinal record in total offense (3,867 yards) and TD passes (25) and is nearing the top-10 in every other passing category ... Edwards' 3,867 yards in total offense passed QB Mike Boryla (3,786 in 1970-73) for 10th place all-time on The Farm ... Edwards also tied Randy Fasani (1998-2001) and Mike Cordova (1973-76) for 10th place with 25 career TD passes ... Edwards needs three pass completions, 27 pass attempts and 347 yards passing to move into the all-time top-10 in those categories.
Offensive Output vs. WSU Best Since 2002
Stanford's rushing and total offense output at Washington State (Oct. 8) were the best on The Farm since the 2002 season ... The Cardinal gained 475 yards in total offense against the Cougars, the most by a Stanford offense since it gained 563 yards against San Jose State on September 24, 2002 ... The Cardinal rushed for 218 yards in Pullman, the most by a Stanford offense since it gained 239 at Arizona State on September 28, 2002.
Bradford's Performance vs. ASU No. 10 All-Time
Junior Mark Bradford turned in one of the finest games for a wide receiver in Stanford history vs. Arizona State when he recorded nine catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns ... Bradford, who leads the team with 29 catches for 431 yards and five touchdowns, hauled in TD receptions from Trent Edwards from 32 and 31 yards out against the Sun Devils ... His 185 receiving yards against ASU is the 10th highest single game total in school history ... Bradford, from Fremont High School in Los Angeles, has 100 career receptions for 1,500 yards (15.0 ypc) and nine TDs ... He had four career receiving touchdowns entering the 2005 campaign and he already has five through seven games.
Schimmelmann Finalist for "Draddy Award"
Senior ILB Kevin Schimmelmann has been named a semifinalist for the "Draddy Award," better known as the Academic Heisman ... He is a three-time First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 selection who is currently working a Master's degree in Sociology and a Bachelor's degree in Economics ... The Draddy Award is one of college football's most sought after and competitive awards ... It recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership.
Schimmelmann Among League Leaders in Tackles
Three-year letter-winner and two-year starter Kevin Schimmelmann is sixth in the Pac-10 in tackles per game at 8.9 ... The fifth-year senior has registered 62 total tackles this season ... He has also recorded four tackles for loss, three pass break ups, two quarterback sacks, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble ... In the season opener at Navy, he had 12 tackles, one sack and 1.5 tackles for loss ... In game two vs. UC Davis, Schimmelmann had 10 tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery ... He scored a touchdown against the Aggies after he sacked QB Jon Grant in the end zone and recovered the fumble for Stanford's first TD of the game ... He added 10 tackles in Stanford's win over Arizona State and 12 vs. eighth-ranked UCLA ... He was leading the Cardinal in tackles last season when an injury forced him to miss the final two games of the year ... In nine games, he had 58 tackles, three tackles for loss, a quarterback sack and interception ... In 2003, he played in all 11 games and started six, finishing with 49 tackles and eight tackles for loss as an outside linebacker ... Schimmelmann, a three-time First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 selection, has played in 35 games and started 20 for Stanford since 2002 ... Throughout his career on The Farm, Schimmelmann has played four positions, including inside and outside linebacker and free and strong safety
Stanford's Starting Nose Tackle: Babatunde Oluwasegun Temitope Oluwakorede Adisa Oshinowo, Jr.
NT Babatunde Oshinowo, a two-time Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection, is one of the top defensive lineman in the Pac-10 Conference ... A native of Naperville, Ill., Oshinowo is of Nigerian decent and his full name is Babatunde Oluwasegun Temitope Oluwakorede Adisa Oshinowo, Jr. ... He entered the 2005 season as a First-Team preseason all-conference pick and ranked among the top defensive lineman in the nation ... In the season opener against Navy, Oshinowo recorded eight tackles and one tackle for loss ... He had five tackles in Stanford's win at Washington State and four tackles and a pass deflection at Arizona the following week ... Against Arizona State on Oct. 22, he had a career day by recording nine tackles, including four tackles for loss and three quarterback sacks ... For his efforts, he was named the Pacific-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week ... A 6-2, 320-pounder, he has started 29 straight games for the Cardinal (2003-05) and played in all 40 in his Stanford career (2002-05) ... He is tops among Cardinal lineman with 124 career tackles, 25.0 tackles for loss and 14.0 sacks ... Oshinowo, a two-time First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 selection the last two years, is a co-term student working on his Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Electrical Engineering.
Jenkins Among Top Defensive Lineman in Pac-10
Senior defensive end Julian Jenkins, recognized as one of the best in the Pacific-10 Conference, began his final season on The Farm in the season opener at Navy by recording eight tackles in Stanford's win at Navy ... In the last two games - vs. ASU and UCLA - Jenkins has accounted for 15 tackles, including five tackles for loss, four sacks and a forced fumble... He had nine tackles, a forced fumble, three sacks and three tackles for loss vs. UCLA ... The week before vs. Arizona State, he had six tackles, including two tackles for loss and one sack ... Jenkins, who has record 114 career tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss and 15 sacks, has appeared in 38 games and started 19 since playing as a true freshman in 2002 ... A 6-4, 275-pounder from Atlanta, Ga., Jenkins continues to be one of the team leaders both on and off the field ... He was named First-Team preseason All-Pac-10 and rated among the top defensive lineman in the country heading into the 2005 campaign.
Lemon Joins Elite List of 1,000-Yard Rushers
Fifth-year senior J.R. Lemon, who did not play the first three games due to injury, has rushed for 1,082 yards and scored 15 TDs in his Cardinal career ... Lemon received his first starting assignment of the 2005 campaign last Saturday vs. UCLA and rushed for 53 yards while leading the team with six catches for 50 yards and two touchdowns, his first two receiving TDs of his career ... Lemon is tied for ninth all-time at Stanford with 13 rushing touchdowns.
Alston Named One of Nation's Top Outside Linebackers
Senior outside linebacker Jon Alston entered his fifth season on The Farm as one of the top defensive players in the Pac-10 and in the nation ... At 6-2, 220, Alston is Stanford's best pass rushing threat in the Cardinal's 3-4 defense ... He was the only player in the Pac-10 to be among the top six in the conference in sacks (fourth with 9.5), forced fumbles (tied for fifth with three) and tackles for loss (sixth with 14.0) ... A three-year letter-winner, Alston has recorded 148 total tackles, 19.5 sacks and 27 tackles for loss in his career and has received pre-season All-America recognition in 2005 ... In his last four games, Alston has accounted for 24 tackles, five tackles for loss, four quarterback sacks, one pass break up and two forced fumbles ... In Stanford's win at Washington State, he had eight tackles, one quarterback sack, tackle for loss and pass break up ... Against Arizona (Oct. 15), he had nine tackles, including three sacks, four tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.
Cardinal Shuffle on the Offensive Line
Stanford entered the season with nine returning lettermen on the offensive line and all five starters from 2004 ... Through the first seven games of the 2005 campaign, Stanford's offensive line has seen seven starters and a shuffling of players at different positions ... At left tackle, Jeff Edwards started the first four games of the season, but sophomore Allen Smith has started the last three in place of Edwards ... Edwards has 23 career starts on The Farm ... Smith, who was impressive in Stanford's win at WSU, has started the past four games (vs. WSU at right tackle, vs. Arizona, ASU and UCLA at left tackle) and has proven himself to be one of the top, young offensive lineman in the conference ... At right tackle, senior Jon Cochran has started six of seven games and 20 in his career ... Fifth-year senior Brian Head (15 career starts) started the first two games of the year at center and was expected to be the team's starter in 2005 ... However, a series of injuries forced Head to announce on Oct. 13 that he is retiring from football ... That left Tim Mattran as the team's number one center ... Mattran is a former walk-on who has started the past five games ... At right guard, Alex Fletcher has started all seven games this season, but Ismail Simpson, who has started 22 games in his career, has been a key reserve ... Josiah Vinson has started all six games this year at left guard and 19 in his career.
Return Specialist Rushing No. 1 in Record Book
Senior T.J. Rushing, a First-Team All-Pac-10 selection as a kickoff return specialist last season, took his first kickoff return of the season and raced 93 yards for a touchdown in the Cardinal's season opening win at Navy, the second touchdown return of his career (99-yard return last year vs. BYU) ... He had two returns against the Mids for 127 yards - a 63.5 yards per return average ... In his career, Rushing has 41 kickoff returns for 1,138 yards and two touchdowns ... His 27.8 career kickoff return average currently places him tied for No. 1 in the Cardinal record book with Ron Inge (27.8, 1973-76) ... He is the seventh player in school history to amass 1,000 yards in kickoff return yards ... Last year, he led the conference and was sixth in the nation with a 28.4 yard average ... In 2005, Rushing has returned seven kicks for 235 yards and his 33.6 average ... In the last three games, however, teams have kicked away from Rushing and not allowed him to return a kick ... Rushing began returning punts for the first time in his career at WSU and has nine returns for 84 yards (9.3 avg) the past four games as the team's starter ... He is currently first in the Pac-10 and sixth in the nation in kickoff returns with a 30.4 yards per return average.
Sgroi Among All-Time Best Placekickers
Fifth-year senior placekicker Michael Sgroi has placed his name among the school's all-time best placekickers ... He has hit 11 field goals in seven games this season and his 43 career field goals places him fourth on the school's all-time list ... He is also seventh in scoring with 219 points ... Sgroi is six-of-eight from 40-49 yards out this season and has a season long of 48 yards, that coming in game two vs. UC Davis ... Sgroi is averaging 1.57 field goals per game and is currently ranked 21st in the nation and second in the Pacific-10 Conference ... He is also fifth all-time with 90 PATs ... Walt Harris called Sgroi the "difference maker" in Stanford's 41-38 win at Navy in the season opener ... That's because Sgroi hit two, fourth quarter field goals, from 40 and 47 yards out to help the Cardinal hold off Navy ... Sgroi, who made 16-of-24 field goals in 2004, has now made 41-of-66 in his career... Last season, Sgroi made 10 consecutive field goals, which tied for the third longest in school history ... Next up for Sgroi in the Cardinal record book is Mark Harmon (1981-84), who is third in the record book with 50 career field goals.
Former Defensive Tackle Frank Now No. 1 Fullback
Now in his third season on The Farm, Nick Frank, has transformed himself from backup defensive tackle to first team fullback ... He made his debut at fullback in Stanford's season opening win at Navy and was an integral part of the Cardinal offense ... He wound up scoring his first collegiate TD on a two-yard run ... He has 14 receptions for 113 yards and has carried the ball 33 times for 113 yards ...Frank had his biggest day rushing in Stanford's loss to UCLA as he led the team with 61 yards rushing on 13 carries while scoring one touchdown ... In 2003 and '04, Frank played in 21 of Stanford's 22 games at both nose and defensive tackle and tallied 17 total tackles, three tackles for loss and two quarterback sacks ... He was moved to fullback last spring and continued to climb up the depth chart until eventually landing at the No. 1 spot ... Frank, who plans to pursue a career in medicine, is Stanford's only player from New Orleans.