Stanford Preview

It's Homecoming time for Arizona State this Saturday and some home cooking is just what the proverbial doctor ordered. Entering with a three-game losing streak, the Sun Devils look to get back on track against a winless Stanford squad. The Cardinal have won two of the last three meetings against ASU.

STANFORD CARDINAL
2006 Record: 0-7, 0-4 Pac-10
Head Coach: Walt Harris


Last Week: Stanford fell to Arizona 20-7 at home

OFFENSE
*Projected Starters

WR Austin Yancy, Fr.
LT Allen Smith, Jr.
LG Josiah Vinson, Sr.
C Alex Fletcher, Jr.
RG Ismail Simpson, Sr.
RT Chris Marinelli, So.
TE Jim Dray, So.
QB T.C. Ostrander, Sr.
RB Anthony Kimble, Jr.
FB Emeka Nnoli, Sr.
WR Kelton Lynn, Jr.

Senior signal-caller Trent Edwards is out for the year, which is bad news for an already sputtering offense averaging just 11.4 points per game, last in the Pac-10. T.C. Ostrander steps in with experience behind Edwards over the last few seasons. The senior has thrown for five touchdowns and 3 interceptions in his career. This season, Ostrander has completed 14 of his 27 passes for no scores and one interception. Edwards' injury has boosted redshirt freshman Tavita Pritchard up the depth chart to backup Ostrander now.

With the top two receivers, Evan Moore and Mark Bradford, out with injuries, the Cardinal receiving corps is relatively young and short on experience. Junior Kelton Lynn is the team leader in receptions with 18. Lynn has two touchdowns and is averaging 35.4 yards per game. Freshman Austin Yancy has caught 12 passes this season but has yet to score. Another freshman, Richard Sherman, has 1 touchdown in his first 11 catches. Tight end Jim Dray will also figure into the Stanford passing game. The sophomore has 15 receptions and one score on the year.

Stanford's run game is averaging just over 71 yards per game this season. Junior Anthony Kimble has shared carries with freshman Toby Gerhart. Kimble has gained 207 yards and 1 touchdown on 57 carries while Gerhart's 263 yards leads the team in rushing. Kimble's longest run of the season went for 13 yards.

DEFENSE
*Projected Starters

DE Chris Horn, Sr.
NT Ekom Udofia, So.
DE Pannel Egboh, Jr.
LB Will Powers, So.
LB Pat Maynor, Jr.
LB Michael Okwo, Sr.
LB Clinton Snyder, So.
S Brandon Harrison, Sr.
S Trevor Hooper, Sr.
CB Wopamo Osaisai, Jr.
CB Tim Sims, Sr.

The Cardinal employ a 3-4 defensive front that has given up an average of 262 rushing yards a game this season. Defensive end Pannel Egboh leads all defensive linemen with 31 tackles and half a sack. The lack of a pass rush has hurt the Cardinal all year long as only a total of 5 sacks have been registered among the defense. At the other end spot, Chris Horn has 1.5 sacks. Valley product Ekom Udofia has notched 24 tackles inside at nose tackle.

Despite missing two games this season, linebacker Michael Okwo leads the team in tackles with 61 stops. The senior is the catalyst for a defense that is last in the Pac-10 is scoring defense, allowing an average of 34 points per game. Sophomores Clinton Snyder and Will Powers have combined for 69 stops and an interception on the outside. Junior Pat Maynor has contributed 30 tackles and one pass break up. Experienced senior and brother to defensive lineman Ekom, Udeme Udofia will see action off the bench. The linebacker has a fumble recovery to go along with his 24 tackles

The senior safety tandem of Trevor Hooper and Brandon Harrison returns for a final installment this season. Hooper and Harrison have combined for 107 tackles and two interceptions. Junior cornerback Wapamo Osaisai made his second collegiate start last week against Arizona and intercepted a Wildcat pass and returned it for a 72 yard touchdown, the lone Stanford score of the game. Tim Sims, a senior, has collected 4.5 tackles for loss and 3 pass break ups. Senior Nick Sanchez will also get some snaps at corner as the top reserve.

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK Aaron Zagory, Jr.
P Jay Ottovegio, Sr.
KR Jason Evans, Sr.
Ray Jones, Jr.
Anthony Kimble, Jr.
PR Chris Hobbs, So.

Kicker Aaron Zagory has converted on 4 of his 7 field goal attempts. The junior is just 2 of 5 on attempts of 30 yards or more, including 1 blocked kick. Punter Jay Ottovegio has been busy most of the season, punting 32 times for just under 1300 yards. The senior has a consistent leg and is averaging 40.5 yards per punt. Ottovegio has placed 7 of his punts inside the 20-yard line but, like Zagory, has had one blocked.

The Cardinal special teams have lacked a big playmaker this season in the return game. The running back trio of Jason Evans, Ray Jones, and Anthony Kimble handle the kick return duties. Evans is averaging 21.7 yards on 6 returns while Jones and Kimble bring in a 16.0 and 13.5 yard average respectively. Cornerback Chris Hobbs has fielded 6 punts for a 4.8 yard average.

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