Stanford Preview

The Stanford Cardinal, 3-0 on the road this year, return home to Palo Alto this weekend for their conference tilt against the Sun Devils. Arizona State head coach Dirk Koetter is still looking for his first win in the state of California since his arrival in Tempe.


2005 Record: 3-2 (2-1 Pac-10)
Head Coach: Walt Harris, 1st Year
Offensive Coordinator: Tom Freeman
Defensive Coordinator: Tom Hayes

On paper, this game marks a golden opportunity for Koetter to attain that elusive first win. However, ASU has seemingly gone in the opposite direction as the Cardinal in the last few weeks. The Devils come in on a two game losing streak, while Stanford is riding a two game win streak. Credit skipper Walt Harris for regaining the focus of his team after an embarrassing early season loss to UC Davis.


RB Anthony Kimble (So)
FB Nick Frank (Jr)
QB Trent Edwards (Jr)
TE Matt Traverso (Sr)
LT Allen Smith (So)
LG Josiah Vinson (Sr)
C Tim Mattran (Sr)
RG Alex Fletcher (So)
RT Jon Cochran (Sr)
WR Mark Bradford (Jr)
WR Gerren Crochet (Sr)

Signal-caller Trent Edwards is the proverbial glue of the Cardinal offense. A dual threat, Edwards has the ability to either move the chains with his arm or feet. The junior is averaging 159 passing yards per game and has completed 73 of his 119 attempts through the air. Edwards has thrown for 7 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Backing him up is an able sophomore, TC Ostrander, who cut his teeth last season in the wake of an Edwards injury. Ostrander is 7 of 18 and 1 interception this year.

The Cardinal backfield is a little bit different this year as opposed to last. Converted wide receiver Anthony Kimble has carved out a starting role this year and leads the ground attack with 222 yards and 1 score. Supplementing Kimble's 44 yard per game average is junior Jason Evans, who brings in a 33 yard average. With both backs and Edwards in the backfield, Stanford relies more on establishing a ground game by committee rather than a solo back moving the chains.

Both of the aforementioned running backs, as well as fullback Nick Frank, are also prominently featured in the passing game. Kimble and Evans have combined for 21 catches and 1 touchdown. Frank has caught 11 balls and hit pay dirt on one of those. Edwards? undoubted number one target in the air is junior receiver Mark Bradford. His 18 catches and 3 touchdowns lead the team. Bradford is averaging about 45 yards in each game. Gerren Crochet is another option in the passing game. The senior has 11 catches on the year. Senior Justin McCullum has 8 catches and 1 touchdown. The Cardinal passing offense doesn't involve the tight end as much as some other Pac-10 teams but senior Matt Traverso is capable of making the catch, if thrown to.


DE Julian Jenkins (Sr)
NT Babatunde Oshinowo (Sr)
DE Gustav Rydstedt (So)
LB Udeme Udofia (Jr)
LB Kevin Schimmelman (Sr)
LB Michael Okwo (Jr)
LB Jon Alston (Sr)
SS Brandon Harrison (Jr)
FS David Lofton (Sr)
CB T.J. Rushing (Sr)
CB Nick Sanchez (Jr)

Walt Harris has kept the 3-4 defensive alignment on The Farm. Nose tackle Babatunde Oshinowo leads the charge up front with 21 tackles and a forced fumble. Flanking him at one of the end spots is Julian Jenkins. The senior has notched 19 tackles and 1 sack. Gustav Rydstedt, a sophomore, moved into a starting role when senior Casey Carroll went down with an injury. Rystedt has 3 tackles. Pannel Egboh is a key reserve off the bench and has recorded 15 stops and 1 sack. Sophomore Chris Horn has also made the most of his time off the bench with 4 of his 6 tackles going for a loss, as well as 2 sacks.

Stanford has a nice group of linebackers to work with. Seniors Kevin Schimmelman and Jon Alston are among the best in the Pac-10. Schimmelman leads the team in tackles with 40. Alston brings in a 30 tackle total and has forced 2 fumbles. Both linebackers provide a pass rush and have combined for 7 sacks in 5 games. Juniors Michael Okwo and Udeme Udofia can aid in pass coverage and have each recorded an interception. Both have a combined 33 tackles. Junior Mike Silva has 27 stops and 1 forced fumble. Seniors Timi Wusu and Michael Craven are available reserves, combining for 18 tackles.

Strong safety Brandon Harrison and corner T.J. Rushing lead the Cardinal secondary. Harrison has 29 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 3 pass break-ups. Rushing is the most experienced corner and notched an interception to go along with his 21 tackles. At the other corner spot is Nick Sanchez. The junior has a secondary leading tackle total of 32, along with 2 takeaways. Free safety David Lofton comes in with 25 stops. Sophomore Tim Sims and senior Calvin Armstrong, 4 tackles each, round out the depth at corner. Sophomore Peter Griffin and junior Trevor Hooper can play at safety. Griffin has 8 tackles to go along with Hooper's 5.


K Michael Sgroi (Sr)
P Jay Ottovegio (Jr)
KR / PR T.J. Rushing (Sr)
PR David Marrero (Jr)

Kicker Michael Sgroi is 8 of 13 in field goal attempts this year, with his longest coming from 48 yards out. The senior has had 3 kicks blocked so far. Punter Jay Ottovegio has had the fortune of better protection in front of him on his 31 punts this season. Ottovegio is averaging slightly over 41 yards per punt and has placed 1/3 of his kicks inside the 20 yard line.

Cornerback TJ Rushing can return both punts and his kicks, although he excels more on kickoff returns. Rushing has taken it to the house already on one kick and is averaging almost 34 yards on each kick return. Reserve running back David Marrero hasn't had much success returning punts this season with an average of just under 3 yards per return.

Sun Devil Source Top Stories