Stanford Preview 2006 - Offense
Preview 2006 - Cardinal Offense
What you need to know ...
The offense was awful last year with no rushing attack and
not enough of a passing game. The problem was the offensive line
that gave up way too many sacks and didn't adjust to the new
coaching staff. If experience counts for anything, things should
be far better with seven players with starting experience
returning up front and, technically, 11 returning starters to
the offense. The biggest boost will be in the passing game where
6-7 Evan Moore returns after injuring his hip early last year to
join Mark Bradford to form a deadly 1-2 punch. Trent Edwards
needs to be a senior playmaker and the type of quarterback who
can carry the team on his back considering the team's average
stable of running backs.
Passing: Trent Edwards
168-268, 1,934 yds, 17 TD, 7 INT
Rushing: Jason Evans
72 carries, 248 yds, 1 TD
Receiving: Mark Bradford
37 catches, 609 yds, 6 TD
Star of the offense: Senior QB Trent Edwards
Wide receiver depth, running back
Player that has to step up and become a star: Junior RB
Unsung star on the rise:
Sophomore RB Xxavier Carter
Best pro prospect: Senior WR Evan Moore
Top three all-star candidates: 1) Edwards, 2) Moore, 3)
WR Mark Bradford
Strength of the offense: Quarterback, offensive line
Weakness of the offense:
It's time for Trent Edwards to emerge as a special player
who can carry the team to wins. One of the school's biggest
recruits over the last several years, Edwards has had a good
career, but not a great one. He showed signs of becoming a star
last season and grew into the role of team leader, and now it
should all come together with a big final season and a push to
become an NFL draft darling if he can stay healthy. T.C.
Ostrander is an experienced and reliable number two quarterback.
Garrett Moore and Tavita Pritchard need some meaningful
experience going into next year when Edwards and Ostrander
The key to the unit: Trent Edwards' health. T.C.
Ostrander can run the offense, but Stanford doesn't have a
chance at a big year unless Edwards is under center.
Quarterback Rating: 8
- Trent Edwards, Sr. - 168-268, 63%, 1,934 yds, 17 TD, 7
INT, 84 carries, 153 yds
Back for his fourth year in the mix, Edwards has had a solid
career getting better and better by cutting down on his
interceptions and cranking up his efficiency. He only had one
really bad game last season, but that was against USC. Now he
should be one of the Pac 10's best quarterbacks with his
combination of size, experience and running skills. While he
won't be Vince Young, he's a threat to take off for a few yards
here and there. He has to stay healthy and make more big plays
down the field for the offense to be more successful.
- T.C. Ostrander, Sr. - 39-67, 529 yd, 1 TD, 1 INT
The 6-3 Ostrander has gotten plenty of work over the last few
years seeing the most time when Trent Edwards was hurt
throughout 2004. He's not a special passer and he's not going to
run, but he's an experienced backup who showed he can step in
and be effective like he was last year going 11 for 15 against
- Garrett Moore, Jr.
Moore is a good sized athlete who walked on and should be in the
hunt for the starting job next year. He's a good runner who will
spend the year learning and getting more practice reps.
- Tavita Pritchard, Soph.
The coaching staff needs him to emerge as a viable threat to T.C.
Ostrander for the number two job. He's 6-4 with a great
arm and a world of ability, but he still needs practice
experience and time.
Were the running backs awful or was it the line or was it
the offense? Stanford ran for 1,016 yards and a mere eight
touchdowns averaging 2.6 yards per carry with the longest run by
a running back a mere 28 yards. There's plenty of returning
experience with Anthony Kimble and Jason Evans decent enough to
produce far more this year now that they know the system.
Nick Frank is a solid powerback who should be the short
The key to the unit: Get more big plays and find a
back who can crank out more than four yards a carry.
Running Back Rating: 5.5
- Anthony Kimble, Jr. - 66 carries, 264 yds, 3.7 ypc, 14
catches, 145 yds, 2 TD
Kimble started the first six games of last year before getting
banged up and being phased out over the second half of the year.
He finished second on the team with a mere 244 yards with a high
game of 77 yards against Washington State. He also led the way
with 3.7 yards per carry. He's a former wide receiver with good
size, speed and hands, and now he has to produce and break off
more big runs.
- Fullback Nick Frank, Sr. - 42 carries, 134 yds, 3.2 ypc, 3 TD,
17 catches, 127 yds, 7.5 ypc
The former nose tackle turned into a bruising fullback and a
decent short yardage runner leading the tam with three
touchdowns. He was a bit raw and still needs a little more work,
but he showed he can be a key piece to the offense. He was
tremendous powering the ball against UCLA running 13 times for
61 yards and a score.
- Xxavier Carter, Soph.
Carter is big with enough speed and quickness to get in the mix. He was a tip high school sprinter in Texas and
needs to show off some wheels early on.
- Jason Evans, Sr. - 72 carries, 248 yds, 3.4 ypc, 1 TD, 18
catches, 135 yds
Evans went from being an unproductive reserve with -4 yards over
his first two years to the team's leading rusher. Granted, he
only ran for 248 yards and a touchdown, but his steady
production from the 6-10 carries a game he'll get will give the
Cardinal a decent rotation.
- Fullback Josh Catron, Soph.
A smallish fullback at 6-1 and 215 pounds, he'll have to battle
with 235-pound Emeka Nnoli and 265-pound Ben Ladner for time. He has to
learn how to be a good lead blocker, but he'll the former
linebacker will give the offense more options.
There's Mark Bradford, Evan Moore, and, uh, Mark Bradford
and Evan Moore. The 6-7 Moore has to return healthy from a hip
injury that cost him almost all of last year, while Bradford has
to be an even more dangerous number one target. There's no
experience whatsoever behind the top two, and there's not the
talent to challenge for one of the starting slots. Kelton Lynn has speed, and now
he has to show he can play.
The key to the unit: Evan Moore has to be healthy all
season long and third, fourth and fifth receivers must emerge.
Receiver Rating: 7
- Mark Bradford, Sr. - 37 catches, 309 yds, 16.5 ypc, 6
Bradford is a steady veteran with 108 career catches for 1,678
yards and ten touchdowns. He had a phenomenal 185-yard, two
touchdown day against Arizona State and was unstoppable against
Notre Dame and Oregon. He has deep play ability, but he's not
nearly as flashy as other Pac 10 receivers. Even so, he led the
team in yards per catch (among receivers with more than one
- Evan Moore, Sr. - 1 catch, 22 yds, 1 TD
The former Cardinal basketball player quit the team to
concentrate more on football, and then he got knocked out early
last year with a hip injury and never returned. When healthy
he's one of the nation's most dangerous receivers at 6-7 and 235
pounds with hoops hops and enough speed to be a deep threat. He
projects into an unstoppable NFL tight end, but he'll pose
serious matchup problems for one more year in the Pac 10.
- Tight end Patrick Danahy, Sr. - 6 catches, 49 yds. 8.2
Around for the program long enough to have a little bit of
experience, Danahy came out of spring ball as the starting tight
end. He has decent size and good enough hands to grow into a
receiver role. He has to improve as a blocker and be more
physical now that he'll see plenty of playing time.
- Michael Miller, Sr.
Miller started out his career as a running back before moving
over to receiver. He hasn't made any big plays yet. In fact, he
hasn't made any plays. However, he'll be the main backup early
on behind Evan Moore.
- Kelton Lynn, Jr.
The walk-on is a high school track star still trying to find his
spot in the rotation. He'll be the primary backup behind Mark
Bradford and needs to grow into a reliable target.
- Tight end Jim Dray, Soph.
While he hasn't seen the field yet, the 6-5, 230-pound sophomore
is due to become a key weapon as soon as he gets his feet wet.
He was a top tight end recruit a few years ago with all the
skills needed to grow into the team's best all-around tight end.
There's no excuse to not be better with seven players with
extensive starting experience and plenty of big options waiting in the
wings. After allowing 41 sacks and getting no push for the running game
in 2004, the experienced line allowed 42 sacks and was even worse in the
ground attack last year. Consistency and production are needed with no
one player starting every game last season. Injuries were a bit of a
problem, but most of all the line was just bad. There's hope with
tackles Allen Smith, Jon Cochran and Jeff Edwards sure to be better and
Alex Fletcher and Josiah Vinson too experienced to struggle on the
The key to the unit: All of the experience has to
finally turn into production.
Offensive Line Rating: 6
Jeff Edwards, Sr.
He started the first four games of last year at left tackle before
giving way to Jon Cochran. Pass protection has been his biggest problem,
but he has 26 career starts and can play either tackle spot.
- OG Alex Fletcher, Jr.
The versatile Fletcher opened the season at right guard and ended up at
center. He was one of the team's biggest recruits a few years ago, and
he needs to play like it to hold off Ismail Simpson and Matt McClernan.
- C Tim Mattran, Sr.
The former walk-on can play anywhere on the line and started most of
last season in the middle with mixed results. He has the size at 6-5 and
295 pounds and he has the experience. Now he has to be consistent.
- OG Josiah Vinson, Sr.
The 315-pound senior has been a regular on the line over the last three
seasons and was one of the team's steadiest performers last season at
left guard. He's a good athlete with the potential to be a great
all-around blocker considering his 23 starts of experience.
- OT Allen Smith. Jr.
Smith grew into one of the line's better players as last year went on.
The 300-pound junior took over at left tackle in the fourth game and got
progressively better. Expect him to become the line's best player very
Jon Cochran, Sr.
The 6-6, 310-pound senior is one of the team's biggest linemen and one
of the most experienced with 20 starts under his belt. He hasn't
progressed into the dominant pass blocker he was expected to become a
few seasons ago needing to stay healthy and consistent after splitting
the duties at right tackle last season.
- OG Ismail Simpson, Sr.
The 305-pound senior has more than his share of starting experience over
the years getting the call in 26 games. However, he had to battle for
time last year and will have to work to get back in the mix with the
more promising Josiah Vinson and Mikal Brewer pushing for the starting
job on the left side.