|Getting To Know David Lofton|
At Stanford: A fifth-year senior, David enters his final season at Stanford as one of the team's key players on defense ... Played in 19 games (10 starts) over the last two years of his career (2005-06) before suffering an injury that caused him to miss the final four games of his career and not start the two previous contests ... He has played three positions since his arrival from Plano, Texas, as one of the nation's top prep "athletes" ... David played quarterback as true freshman in 2002 and wide receiver in 2003 (caught two passes) ... He has played both free and strong safety the past two seasons ... He will be a key player for the Cardinal, both on and off the field, in 2006 ... He is the son of former Cardinal great and NFL Hall of Famer James Lofton, currently an assistant coach with the San Diego Chargers.
Career Game Highs: Total Tackles - 12, at SJSU (9/9/06) Solo - 7, vs. UC Davis (9/17/05) Ast - 9, at SJSU (9/9/06) Sack - 1.0, at Notre Dame (10/7/06) TFL - 1.0, twice FR - 1, at UCLA (9/30/06).
The 2006 Season: Seventh on the club with 47 tackles (23 solo, 24 assists) despite playing in just eight of 12 games and making only six starts due to injuries ... Lead the team with a career-best 12 stops at San Jose State (9/9/06), as well as 11 tackles, a season-high-tying six solos and his first career sack at Notre Dame (10/7/06) ... Made the first fumble recovery of his career at UCLA (9/30/06), while adding a season-high-tying six solo tackles.
Season Game Highs: Total Tackles - 12, at SJSU (9/9) Solo - 6, twice Ast - 9, at SJSU (9/9) Sack - 1.0, at Notre Dame (10/7/06) TFL - 1.0, at Notre Dame (10/7/06) FR - 1, at UCLA (9/30).
The 2005 Season: Saw his first extensive playing time as he started five games at free safety and played in all 11 ... Began the year as a backup to Trevor Hooper, but when Hooper went out with an injury in the season-opener, David was inserted into the starting lineup for the next five weeks ... Finished the year with 35 total tackles and one tackle-for-loss ... Had eight tackles in each of his first two starting assignments vs. UC Davis and Oregon ... Five tackles in the season opener at Navy ... Played a reserve role the final five games of the year.
The 2004 Season: Played his third position in three seasons as he was converted to a safety for the 2004 campaign ... He was a reserve free safety and special teams player ... Earned his first varsity letter ... Continued to improve and learn the safety position as the season progressed.
The 2003 Season: Converted to wide receiver during spring ... Saw limited action throughout the season ... Caught two balls for 10 yards in the season finale against Notre Dame.
The 2002 Season: Did not play in 2002 as a true freshman quarterback.
In High School: One of the top prep players in the state of Texas in 2001 ... Ranked by PrepStar as an All-Midlands player as an "athlete" ... All-Southwest selection by Tom Lemming's Report ... Starting quarterback for Plano West High School in 2001 ... Threw for over 1,700 yards, rushed for over 600 yards, accounted for 17 touchdowns and threw just two interceptions in his first season as the starting QB ... District 9-5A leader in passing and total offense ... First-Team All-Area as a senior and All-District as a junior and senior ... Rivals.com listed David among the state's Top 100 recruits and among the nation's top "athletes" ... Threw for 950 yards and 10 TDs as a junior ... Chosen to quarterback the East team in the inaugural Texas State All-Star Game in '01 ... Named a Gridiron Great following his senior season ... Academic All-State selection ... Four-year letterwinner in track (200 meters, 400, 4x100 relay, 4x400 relay).
Personal Information: Urban Studies major ... National Achievement Scholar finalist and National Merit Scholar Semifinalist ... His father, James, was one of the NFL's great wide receivers and a member of the Stanford football program from 1974-77 ... James was a 1977 First-Team All-Conference selection after leading the team with 53 receptions for 931 yards a school record 12 touchdown receptions, which still stands today ... He is still in the Cardinal record book in career TD receptions (16), career yards per catch (17.9), season receiving yards (931), single-game receptions (12) and single-game receiving yards (192) ... James went on to a successful 16-year NFL career (1978-93) with the Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Raiders, Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles ... He was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 2003 ... David gave his father's induction speech in Canton, Ohio, on August 3, 2003 ... James is also a member of the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame James is currently a wide receivers coach with the San Diego Chargers.
Getting To Know David Lofton
|I would describe myself as a person as:||Faithful and persistent|
|What people don't know about me is:||I was born in Hawaii|
|The reason I love football is:||How a group of guys work together towards a common goal|
|I pattern my play after:||Nobody ... I'm trying to define my own game|
|For me to improve as a person, I need to:||Focus on what is important in my life|
|My favorite pre-game ritual is:||Listening to music to get me hyped up|
|My greatest athletic moment is:||Yet to come|
|The biggest thrill in my life to date is:||Giving my Dad's NFL Hall of Fame induction speech|
|My favorite stadium in which to play is:||The new Stanford Stadium|
|The toughest player I have faced in college is:||Reggie Bush (USC)|
|A friend from another college football team is:||The Bosworth Twins from UCLA and Champ Davis from Iowa (all went to my high school)|
|The reason I chose Stanford University is:||It's one of the greatest places in the world|
|Since coming to Stanford, I have learned:||As much, if not more, outside of class as in the classroom|
|The best thing about Stanford is:||The laid-back environment|
|My favorite class at Stanford is:||Concepts and Analytic Skills for the Social Sector, taught by Michael Kieschnick|
|My least favorite class at Stanford is:||Econ 1: Intro to Economics|
|What sets Stanford apart from other college football programs:||Surrounded by powerhouse teams in every other sport|
|The sports team I followed when I was younger:||Buffalo Bills|
|The person I admire most is:||My Dad|
|Best book I have read:||A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines|
|Least Favorite Food:||Onions|
|Favorite TV Show:||Chappelle's Show|
|Favorite Actor:||Will Smith|
|Favorite Actress:||Halle Berry|
|My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be:||Returning an interception 109 yards to seal the victory and Pac-10 championship in the Big Game|
|Favorite musical group or performer:||Outkast|
|After my Stanford career, I'd like to be remembered as:||A part of the greatest defense in Stanford history|
|The best advice I ever received was:||See it through|
|The person who had the greatest influence on my life:||My Dad|
|The place I'd most like to visit:||Europe|
|The favorite place I've visited:||Hawaii|
|Hobbies:||Listening to music, playing video games|
|Ten years from now, I'd like to be:||Playing in the NFL|
|The one thing about college football I would change:||Put a playoff system in place of the BCS|
Last Updated: January 10, 2007