Senior cornerback Stanley Wilson hit the gostanford.com chat room Thursday at 11:30 am, PT, for the second in a series of weekly chats with Cardinal football players throughout the 2004 season. The chat series is one element of a season-long series of in-depth, detailed and exclusive coverage of the 2004 Stanford Football team on the Cardinal Commitment page of gostanford.com. Other features on the page will include player reports, assistant coaching reports, a behind the scenes look at the Stanford Athletic department, press conferences, press releases, promotion and ticket information, and of course, Gameday Central every Saturday for all Stanford Football games.
This Thursday, fans will have the opportunity to chat with a key veteran member of the Stanford secondary in Wilson. The speedy fifth-year senior has emerged as one of the team's top cover men as a full-time starter at cornerback in the last two seasons, playing in all 22 games and starting 18. He has four career interceptions (the second most among active Stanford players) and 61 tackles.
As a junior in 2003, Wilson played in all 11 games (officially starting seven) as he joined Leigh Torrence and T.J. Rushing to make up a trio of starters. He totaled 27 tackles, six pass breakups and an interception, picking off a pass versus Washington State.
Wilson started all 11 games in his first year as a starter in 2002, intercepting a pair of passes, recording a team-high six pass breakups and making 32 tackles. He returned one of his two pickoffs for 35 yards against Arizona and also had an interception versus San Jose State. In addition, Wilson recorded a career-high seven tackles at Arizona State.
In 2001, he made his collegiate debut as a redshirt freshman. His highlight came when he recorded his first Stanford interception versus Arizona State in the second game of the season and returned it 17 yards.
Wilson has also been one of the top sprinters on the Stanford track and field team for the past four seasons (2001-04). He capped an outstanding collegiate track and field career in 2004 when he recorded a time of 10.46 in the 100 meters at the Pac-10 Championship to finish fifth rank him tied for third all-time in the event on The Farm. He was also fifth in the 100 meters at the 2004 NCAA Regionals to qualify for the NCAA's. In addition, he also anchored a Stanford 400 meter relay team in 2004 that broke a 26-year-old record with a time of 39.71 at the NCAA West Regionals and ran the third leg on a 1600 relay squad at the Pac-10 Championships that recorded the fourth-best time in school history (3:07.53).
Stanford will begin its 2004 football season by hosting San Jose State on Saturday, September 4 (7:00 pm, PT). The game will be televised live by KRON (Channel 4) and can also be heard on KNEW 910-AM and gostanford.com.
The Cardinal is currently preparing for the season-opener with preseason workouts taking place on the Football Practice Field adjacent to the Avery Aquatic Center. The workouts are scheduled for every day prior to the San Jose State game except August 28, and are free of charge and open to the public unless otherwise specified. The Cardinal normally hits the field at approximately 3:50 pm.
A native of Carson, California, Wilson prepped at Bishop Montgomery High School. He is the son of former Cincinnati Bengals and Oklahoma Sooners running back Stanley Wilson.
|Moderator: Stanley Wilson is here and ready to start his chat!|
|Scott (Thousand Oaks): What goals did you set for yourself prior to this season?|
|Stanley: I wanted to be a complete team leader and show the younger players what it takes to win. More personally, I want to be the most dominant corner in the Pac-10.|
|Charley (Daly City): Has it been a challenge for you to play two sports (Football and Track) while balancing your studies at Stanford?|
|Stanley: It has been challenging, but I love challenges. I have been playing two sports since I was in high school so it only took a little bit of adjustment. I just had to have good time management. Playing two sports keeps me focused on my studies.|
|Bobby (San Diego): I saw that your dad played in the NFL, what kind of influence has he had on your career?|
|Stanley: My dad's advice and influence have been invaluable. He has given me the knowledge and confidence it takes to succeed and be a great football player. He has shown me how to deal with adversity and overcome it all.|
|Katie (Danville): What game are you looking forward to the most this season?|
|Stanley: I am looking forward to playing Cal and Notre Dame. We lost to both of those teams last year, and I don't want end my senior year losing the axe or losing to Coach Willingham.|
|Big Ed (Denver): Stan the game of football requires very aggressive play, to the point of being nasty. Are you and your teammates up to the challenge. Good luck this season!|
|Stanley: I can not wait until every is able to see our defense's play. I believe we will be the most relentless, most aggressive, the best trained and skilled defense Stanford has seen in a while. I'm so excited because we have so much to prove and this our last chance to show what we can do.|
|Arlo (The City): Hey Stanley, Tell me about your partnership with the other experienced DB's in Stanford's secondary. Do you have a good partnership with Leigh Torrence? Thanks!|
|jen p (wash dc): y'all are playing four home games in the first five weeks -- do you think that will help you in the beginning or make it harder towards the end of the season?|
|nancy (belmont): Stanley, have you been watching the Olympics? What has been your favorite sport/event?|