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Scouting Stanford

10/24/2011

Under first-year head coach David Shaw, Stanford is riding the nation’s longest winning streak -- a school-record 15 in a row, including the last 10 by a national record 25 points or more -- after its 65-21 home demolition over No. 22 Washington this past Saturday. Its 7-0 start this year is the school’s best since 1951 and its six-game road winning streak is its best since 1991-92.

The Cardinal is in the Pac-12’s Top 3 in most every offensive statistical category and in the league’s Top 5 in every defensive ranking. Nationally, Stanford’s offense is second in scoring offense (48.6 points per game, first in Pac-12), third in passing efficiency (180.1, first in Pac-12), ninth in total offense (504.1 yards per game, second in Pac-12), 17th in rushing offense (219.4, second in Pac-12) and 25th in passing offense (284.7, seventh in Pac-12).

Junior QB Andrew Luck (145-of-202, 71.8%, 1,888 yds, 20 TD, 3 int in 2011, plus 16 carries, 83 yds, 5.2 avg, 1 TD and 1 rec, 13 yds, 13.0 avg), the 2010 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year, is fifth nationally in passing efficiency (180.0, first in Pac-12). Stanford’s winningest quarterback ever (27 wins), he stands third on the school’s career charts for passing yards (7,801), touchdown passes (65) and total offense (8691).

Luck’s top targets are senior WR Chris Owusu (30 rec, 349 yds, 11.6 avg, 2 TD in 2011, plus 4 KOR, 98 yds, 24.5 avg), senior WR Griff Whalen (24 rec, 345 yds, 14.4 avg, 1 TD in 2011), sophomore TE Zach Ertz (22 rec, 308 yds, 14.0 avg, 3 TD in 2011) and senior TE Coby Fleener (17 rec, 384 yds, 22.6 avg, 7 TD in 2011).

Junior RB Stepfan Taylor (111 carries, 697 yds, 6.3 avg, 6 TD in 2011), who has 11 100-yard rushing games in his career and is seventh on Stanford’s career rushing list (2,137 yards), carries the running game.

The Cardinal offensive line, anchored by junior OG David DeCastro (a 2010 All-Pac-12 first teamer), has surrendered just two sacks as Stanford is ranked first nationally in sacks allowed (0.3, first in Pac-12).

Stanford’s defense is third nationally in rushing defense (75.6, first in Pac-12), fourth in scoring defense (12.6, first in Pac-12) and 18th in total defense (314.1, first in Pac-12), plus fourth in sacks (3.6, first in Pac-12), fifth in tackles for loss (8.1, first in Pac-12) and 15th in turnover margin (+0.9, second in Pac-12).

Among the Cardinal’s top defenders are a quartet of seniors in CB Johnson Bademosi (31 tackles, 0.5 for loss, 5 dfl, 2 FF in 2011), SS Michael Thomas (33 tac, 3 for loss, 1 sack, 2 int, 4 dfl, 1 FR in 2011) and Delano Howell (25 tac, 4 dfl in 2011) and LB Max Bergen (27 tac, 3 for loss, 1.5 sack, 1 BLK in 2011), plus junior LB Chase Thomas (31 tac, 10 for loss, 5.5 sack, 3 FF in 2011), who is tied for 17th nationally in tackles for loss (1.43, tied for first in Pac-12) and tied for 18th in sacks (0.8, second in Pac-12). Even

Stanford’s special teams rank high nationally—ie. ninth in kickoff returns (26.1, first in Pac-12) -- thanks to freshman WR Ty Montgomery (10 kickoff returns, 325 yds, 32.5 avg, 1 TD in 2011, plus 2 rec, 13 yds, 6.5 avg) and junior WR Drew Terrell (12 punt returns, 148 yds, 12.3 avg in 2011, plus 1 KOR, 10 yds, 10.0 avg and 4 rec, 26 yds, 6.5 avg, 1 TD), who is 12th nationally in punt returns (12.3, second in Pac-12). Redshirt freshman PK Jordan Williamson (41-of-43 PAT, 11-of-12 FG in 2011) is 11th nationally in scoring (10.6, first in Pac- 12) and tied for 18th in field goals (1.6, tied for second in Pac-12).

- courtesy USC Sports Information