Notre Dame vs Stanford

Irish.Eyes looks at this weekend's match-up between Notre Dame and Stanford.

 Notre Dame vs. Stanford
Fighting Irish   Cardinal
Saturday, November 24th
Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto, Calif.
3:30 EST


  On Offense:

 Offense '07 Rank Per Game ND Defense '07 Rank Per Game
Rushing Offense # 106 103.90 Rushing Defense # 96 197.27
Pass Offense # 64 218.80 Pass Defense # 3 162.45
Pass Eff. # 107 108.37 Pass Eff. # 33 116.04
Total Offense # 106 322.70 Total Defense # 44 359.73
Scoring Offense # 104 20.10 Scoring Defense # 82 30.09


Anticipated Depth Chart.

  Quarterback ATT-COMP-YRD TDs/INTs Comp %
  Tavita Pritchard, So. 82-161-967 4/7 50.9
  T.C. Ostrander, Sr. 109-197-1,221 6/3 55.3

Tavita Pritchard (6-4, 200 pounds) and T.C. Ostrander (6-3, 215 pounds) have split the starts since te beginning of the season, but Pritchard is the future and he'll likely get the start against Notre Dame. He has a strong arm and he can make plays with his feet, although he isn't a runner. Ostrander has a lot more experience than Pritchard, and does a very good job of managing an offense. He's has the ability to put up a lot of points in a hurry. 

  Running Back Hgt/Wgt Rushes-Yards
  Jeremy Stewart, Fr. 5-9, 185  68-219, 2 TDs
  Tyrone McGraw, Fr. 5-9, 185  56-259, 2 TDs

Neither Stewart or McGraw are very  big runners. Both have very good speed and can hit the big one at any time. Nonetheless, they aren't going to do much damage inside, so it is a little easier to defend the edge, which will allow the Irish to limit the damage. Stewart has four receptions for seven yards, while McGraw has five receptions for 44 yards

  Fullback Hgt/Wgt Rushes-Yards
  Owen Marecic, Fr. 6-1, 235  5-6, 0 TDs
  Josh Catron, So. 6-0, 236  - - -

Marecic won't be used in either the running game or the passing game (three catches for 19 yards). Although he doesn't have great size, he'll do more blocking than anything else.

  Wide Receiver Hgt/Wgt Stats
  Evan Moore, Sr. 6-7, 236  34 rcpts/437 yds/1 TDs
  Mark Bradford, Sr. 6-2, 215  39 rcpts/447 yds/4 TD
  Richard Sherman, So. 6-3, 195  38 rcpts/646 yds/4 TD

Mark Bradford will be playing on Sunday's. Bradford is a big-play wide receiver despite the lack of big-plays this season. Bradford has great speed and he understands the game. He can work underneath or god deep. Moore is a huge wide receiver, that can make plays all over the field. He has a solid shot at playing in the NFL as well. Despite his lack of touchdowns, he can be dominant. Sherman gained a lot of experience last season when the Cardinal receiving corps was hit by the injury bug. Sherman turned out to to be a big-play receiver. He is extremely athletic and he has the ability to get deep. The recceivers are eaily the most talented part of the Cardinal squad.

  Tight End Hgt/Wgt Stats
  Austin Gunder, Jr. 6-5, 255  7 rcpts/74 yds/1 TDs
  Ben Ladner, So. 6-3, 250  23 rcpts/162 yds/1 TD

Austin Gunder and Ladner are solid blockers, Both have worked their way through the depth to get most of the snaps at tight end. Ladner is a former full back,

  Offensive Line Hgt/Wgt Experience
  LT Ben Muth, Jr. 6-6, 301  Starts
  LG Mikal Brewer, Sr. 6-3, 297  Starts
  C Tim Mattran, Sr. 6-5, 298  17 Starts
  RG Alex Fletcher, Jr. 6-3, 295  32 Starts
  RT Chris Marinelli, So. 6-7, 304  17 Starts

The Stanford offensive line is having the same trouble Notre Dame's line is having, consistency. While Notre Dame's line was inexperienced to start the season, the Cardinal offensive line are starting several seasoned veterans.  They are only averaging 2.9 yards per rush and they've allowed 42 sacks on the year. Fletcher and Brewer are probably the best prospects. While Marinelli has a chance to develop into a very good lineman.

 On Defense:

 Defense '07 Rank Per Game ND Offense '07 Rank Per Game
Rushing Defense # 81 180.70 Rushing Offense #116 71.45
Pass Defense # 107 274.60 Pass Offense #111 164.36
Pass Eff. # 103 143.27 Pass Eff. #114 104.65
Total Defense # 106 455.30 Total Offense #119 235.82
Scoring Defense #84 30.50 Scoring Offense #117 16.00

Anticipated Depth Chart. 

  Defensive Line Hgt/Wgt Stats
  DE Pannel Egboh, Jr. 6-6, 275  44 tackles/11 TFL
  DT Levirt Griffin, So. 6-4, 270  18 tackles/2.5  TFL
  NT Chris Horn, Sr. 6-5, 273  23 tackles/3.5  TFL
  DE Udeme Udofia, Sr.. 6-4, 252  26 tackles/6.5  TFL

The defensive front is just allowing too many yards on the ground. Opposing teams are averaging 4.3 yards per carry and 180 yards on the ground per game. Egboh is fifth on the team in tackles, but he's only sacked the quarterback four times. At the other end is Udofia. He has only started two game this season, but he has played a lot throughout the season. He has 4.5 sacks on the season.

Griffin and Horn are a little light to play the interior. The Cardinal doesn't have much depth here, so these two don't get much rest.

  Linebackers Hgt/Wgt  Stats
  WLB Pat Maynor, Jr. 6-2, 217  80 tackles/13  TFL
  MLB Clinton Snyder, So. 6-4, 230   84 tackles/9  TFL
  SAM Chike Amajoyi, Fr. 6-0, 233   35 tackles/7  TFL

Snyder is second on the team in tackles and tackles for loss. Maynor is third on the team in tackles and leads the team in tackles for loss with 13. He also has six sacks which also leads the team. Amajoyi has only started five games, and is struggling to make an impact, although he does have seven tackles for negative yardage.

  Defensive Backs Hgt/Wgt  Stats
  CB Tim Sims, Sr. 5-11, 191  29 tackles/ 1 INTs
  CB Kris Evans So. 6-0, 188  28 tackles/ 0 INTs
  FS Austin Yancy, So. 6-4, 215  44 tackles/ 1 INTs
  SS Bo McNally, So. 6-2, 208  93 tackles/ 2 INTs

This Cardinal secondary has struggled all season, but they're a very younger groups. This unit just hasn't made enough plays on the ball, with only four interceptions. McNally leads the team in tackles. Yancy is a converted wide receiver, so he is learning on the job. Sims has the most experience as the lone starting senior, but he only has five starts on the season. Top Stories