Players to Watch
(Note: class reflects eligibility and not academic progress, with players who have used a redshirt indicated by "R")
|PK||Mike Biselli||5'10"||195#||Senior (R)|
Biselli burst onto the scene with his first team
all-conference sophomore season in 1999, hitting every FG within
40 yards and 14 of 17 overall, including a 52-yarder. Those
numbers slipped in 2000 as Mike had to punt as well, but he
should return to form in 2001 with Eric Johnson stepping up to
the punting duties. Yet another instance where the punting
performance can materially impact many other pieces of this team.
|QB||Randy Fasani||6'4"||235#||Senior (R)|
Few question his athletic abilities and potential, but his
experience and health have thus far been his shortcomings.
Fasani was the clear starter last season, but injuries kept him
out for all or part of five games. Still he put up 1400
yards and 11 TDs passing, including several memorable long range
bombs on the run. His scrambles produce yards on the ground
as well, totaling better than 5.0 yards in gains per carry.
Arguably the biggest pure threat of any quarterback in the West.
The most heralded offensive lineman to come to the Farm since
Bob Whitfield, Kwame was the only true freshman to letter in
2000. His long but quick body has shown enough ability and
potential that starting offensive line has been reworked around
him at RT. "Special K" excels in pass blocking with
great technique and motion, but has a clear need to improve pass
blocking. The move to the right side of the line plus improvement
I saw in spring ball have me realistically optimistic that he can
be an honors candidate this year. Kwame plus Heitmann sure makes
for a solid right side to protect Randy.
The starting right guard at the Farm for every game of the
last two seasons, Eric is the most seasoned and rounded talent on
an offensive line returning all five starters from 2000.
Heitmann has been all-conference the last two years and is an
all-American candidate in this his senior season. He sat almost
all contact this spring to be very careful to let his shoulder
heal after off-season surgery, but there is no concern about his
health this summer or fall.
|DT||Matt Leonard||6'4"||290#||Junior (R)|
Leonard has yet to live up to his billing coming to Stanford,
but this junior season looks to be his coming out party.
Leonard came on strong at the end of 2000 to start five games at
nose tackle, registering 6 tackles for loss and 2 sacks.
More impressive though, was his incredible off-season work.
Leonard trimmed down into remarkable shape and was an incredible
terror throughout spring practices. With the level of improvement
I saw from Matt and Trey Freeman this spring, I no longer have
concerns about replacing Willie's physical presence in the
|FB||Casey Moore||6'2"||240#||Junior (R)|
This do-it-all fullback combines a thick body with surprising
speed and soft hands, a package unmatched in the Pac-10. He
has averaged 5.7 yards per carry and 11.8 yards per reception in
his first two years at Stanford, scoring 11 TDs in the air and on
the ground. His famous highlight reel 94-yd TD run in 1999
demonstrated his big play potential and speed, as he not only
outran the Cal defensive backs... he pulled away from
|WR/PR||Luke Powell||5'8"||165#||Sophomore (R)|
Powell somewhat quietly put up some very gaudy numbers in his
redshirt freshman season last year, totalling 502 yards receiving
at an incredible 28 yards per reception. His explosive
speed and elusive moves after the catch have yielded big plays
already, including 4 catches better than 60 yards and 6 over 30
yards. He got a few cracks at punt return duties his
freshman year as well, and recorded a 51-yard TD return
there. Luke is in many ways looking an awful lot like Troy
Walters on the field. Much more than stature, Luke has an
exceptionally high receiver IQ to use his body and timing to beat
defenders in the air. The only thing that held Luke back in
special teams return duties last year was injury. He is clearly
the present and future of a reborn Stanford return threat.
It's been some time since Stanford has turned heads in the
defensive backfield, but Tank Williams should do that this
year. He is a sculpted hard-hitting machine recently timed
by NFL scouts at 4.43 seconds in the 40. Started all 11
games last year at free safety, earning 2nd team all-conference
honors with 3 INTs and 3 tackles for loss. In his last game
(Big Game), Tank recorded a career high 11 tackles. Watch
|ILB||Coy Wire||6'1"||215#||Senior (R)|
Coy was moved to ILB only last fall, but quickly demonstrated
a world of talent. He finished in the top ten in the
conference in total tackles (88), tackles for loss (14) and sacks
(8), still learning the position as the season progressed.
Coy flies around the field and hits like a bullet train. He
is also a fiery emotional player that leads the defense and draws
very favorable comparisons with the likes of Dat Nguyen and Adam
Newcomers to Watch
|ILB||Amon Gordon||6'4"||280#||Freshman (R)|
Amon has a freakish frame, speed and hard hitting knack.
Injury forced him to take a medical redshirt last year, and he
again was sidelined this past spring. But the moments he
has shown on the practice field verify every bit of his hype out
of high school, and may have him unseat some veteran linebackers
to play and possibly start alongside Coy Wire. With Anthony
Gabriel moved to OLB in an effort to replace Riall, the
opportunity is clearly there.
|WR||Teyo Johnson||6'7"||256#||Freshman (R)|
Teyo is well known around the conference for his remarkable
play as a true freshman forward on the top-rated Stanford
basketball team, and his amazing athletic displays underscore his
potential on the gridiron. Size, speed and quick-stop lateral
quickness. Teyo came to Stanford to play quarterback, but
two veterans in Randy Fasani and Chris Lewis ahead of him at that
position led to his switch to receiver in the final week of
spring football. All he did was shock the Farm with his
athletic displays, capped off by two leaping touchdowns in the
Spring Game, including a Hail Mary grab at the final gun. I fully
believe that if Diedrick can find ways to get the ball into
Teyo's hands, defenders will have a nightmarish time catching and
stopping him in the open field. Another reason to expect a big
impact from Teyo is that he is moving into a position of great
need at receiver, where he should have ample opportunity to