Page 2 of 2 Previous

Continued: Hartman: Wayzata alum part of Stanford's upset of Oregon

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 19, 2012 - 6:37 AM

A.J. Tarpley, a former Wayzata football star, played a big part in Stanford upsetting previously unbeaten Oregon on Saturday night with five tackles and a key interception in Eugene, Ore.

Tarpley, who wasn't recruited by the Gophers when Tim Brewster was coach and had little contact with the university except for a unofficial visit, played in all 13 games last year, including seven starts, as a redshirt freshman. The 6-2, 238-pound linebacker finished third on the team in tackles with 57.

This year, Tarpley -- one of six Minnesotans on the Cardinal roster -- has started eight of 11 games and is seventh on the team in tackles with 42. He also has 4 1/2 tackles for loss, one sack, and a forced fumble and fumble recovery.

"We rotated a little bit at the beginning of the year, but then I took over the starting job, I think, the third game," said Tarpley, who is doing well in the classroom too with a grade-point average better than 3.0 at one of the nation's top schools.

It's hard to understand how Tarpley -- who won a Class 5A title for Wayzata in 2008 and was the Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year in 2009 -- didn't get recruited by the Gophers.

"I had a couple unofficial visits but never got an offer, never was recruited by them. I didn't get many offers coming out," said Tarpley, ranked as the 62nd-best linebacker in the country while playing for Wayzata coach Brad Anderson, who continues to coach winning teams and develop Division I players. "It was mostly Central Florida, Kansas State and Stanford, they were the three that were the biggest in trying to recruit me."

Tarpley talked Sunday about how geared up the team was to go into Eugene in front of a one-sided crowd of 58,792 and hand top-ranked Oregon a 17-14 overtime defeat. The Ducks had averaged 54.8 points per game in starting the season 10-0.

"I mean, it was great. We came in there, to go into Autzen [Stadium] and play a great team like that, our defense held strong most of the game," Tarpley said. "Our offense got the touchdowns when we needed them and that's a huge win for us."

Oregon was a 20 1/2-point favorite to beat No. 14 Stanford. The Ducks had won 13 games in a row, the longest winning streak in the nation.

"We knew it coming in that we were the only people that believed we were going to win, the guys in that locker room, but that's all that mattered," Tarpley said. "We came in there with the mentality of us against the world and we wanted to prove a point to ourselves, to the nation, that we can be a great team. I think we did that."

Tarpley has played a huge role in the Cardinal's two biggest games. He had seven tackles, second on the team, in Stanford's 17-10 controversial loss at now-No. 1 Notre Dame earlier this season.

Also playing some for the Cardinal are two St. Thomas Academy products: Anthony Hayes, a sophomore defensive tackle, and Conor McFadden, a junior offensive lineman.

Offensive lineman Nick Davidson, the son of Vikings offensive line coach Jeff Davidson, is a freshman out of Eden Prairie who is being redshirted. The others on the Stanford roster from here are sophomore linebacker Torsten Rotto from Woodbury and sophomore kicker Spencer Summers from Minnehaha Academy.

Freshmen contribute

While there wasn't much of a silver lining to the Gophers' 38-14 loss at Nebraska on Saturday, it was encouraging to see some younger players step up when given an opportunity late in the game.

Coach Jerry Kill had made the decision to pull a number of starters once the game was out of hand and let some freshmen get more playing time on offense and defense.

That led to some nice production from true freshmen Andre McDonald at wide receiver and Alex Keith at defensive end.

McDonald finished with one reception for 26 yards in the fourth quarter, his longest reception on the season. He also drew a Cornhuskers pass interference penalty that set up MarQueis Gray's first touchdown run from 1 yard out.

Gray's second TD run, from 6 yards out, was set up by Keith's recovery of a Nebraska fumble, his first fumble recovery this season.

Jottings

• One thing in favor of the Vikings upsetting the Bears next Sunday is the fact that the Bears play in San Francisco on Monday night. Then they will have the long overnight flight back to Chicago, not getting back until Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, the Vikings will be coming off a bye week, will be well-rested and will no doubt get injured players such as Percy Harvin healthy.

• The Gophers' most recent bowl game was the 2009 Insight Bowl, a 14-13 loss to Iowa State in Tempe, Ariz. There is a reasonable chance the two schools will end up playing each other again in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston.

• Kurt Rambis, the former Timberwolves coach who worked 11 years for Phil Jackson with the Lakers, reported on ESPN that Jackson was so sure he was going to be the Lakers coach instead of Mike D'Antoni that Jackson had called Rambis and other former assistant coaches to be ready to go to work as Lakers assistants on Monday. Rambis also spent time criticizing the team's owners for not hiring Jackson, who he said was ready to take the job.

• Umpire Fred Bryan of Minneapolis, field judge Jon Lucivansky of Rochester, field judge Dave Meslow of Mahtomedi, line judge Jeff Seeman of Chanhassen and line judge Michael Spanier of Sartell are local officials who work in the NFL. In Division I, the group includes Mike Cannon of Hutchinson, Rick Kruger of Edina, Matt Kukar of White Bear Lake and Steve Thielen of Burnsville. Kukar is the son of former longtime NFL official Bernie Kukar. Meslow is the son of Bob Meslow, a retired official who is the statewide supervisor of officials for the Minnesota State High School League.

• It's interesting to look at nbadraft.net and their projections for the 2013 NBA draft. There are three Minnesota-born players projected in the first round: Gophers forward Trevor Mbakwe, South Dakota State guard Nate Walters and -- projecting to be drafted before either of those two -- Alec Brown out of Wisconsin-Green Bay. A 7-1 center who played at Winona, Brown averaged 13.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game as a sophomore for the Phoenix last season.

• Gophers baseball coach John Anderson, assistant Rob Fornasiere and more than 30 players laid sod at the new Siebert Field on Nov. 10. The plan is to have the ballpark ready for opening day on April 5 against Ohio State.

Sid Hartman can be heard weekdays on 830-AM at 6:40, 7:40 and 8:40 a.m. and on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. • shartman@startribune.com

  • related content

  • A.J. Tarpley (17)

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Cleveland 23 4th Qtr 0:31
Atlanta 24
Tennessee 17 4th Qtr 8:56
Philadelphia 40
Detroit 9 4th Qtr 4:06
New England 27
Green Bay 24 FINAL
Minnesota 21
Jacksonville 3 4th Qtr 0:00
Indianapolis 23
Cincinnati 22 4th Qtr 0:00
Houston 13
Tampa Bay 13 4th Qtr 3:12
Chicago 21
Arizona 3:05 PM
Seattle
St. Louis 3:05 PM
San Diego
Miami 3:25 PM
Denver
Washington 3:25 PM
San Francisco
Dallas 7:30 PM
NY Giants
NY Jets 11/24/14 6:00 PM
Buffalo
Baltimore 11/24/14 7:30 PM
New Orleans
Chicago 11/27/14 11:30 AM
Detroit
Philadelphia 11/27/14 3:30 PM
Dallas
Seattle 11/27/14 7:30 PM
San Francisco
LA Clippers 5:00 PM
Memphis
Portland 5:00 PM
Boston
Charlotte 5:00 PM
Miami
Golden State 6:00 PM
Oklahoma City
Denver 8:30 PM
LA Lakers
St. Louis 3:30 PM
Winnipeg
Montreal 6:00 PM
NY Rangers
Arizona 7:00 PM
Anaheim
Chicago 8:30 PM
Vancouver
Coll of Charleston 61 FINAL
George Mason 60
Massachusetts 75 FINAL
Florida State 69
Youngstown St 76 FINAL
UNC Greensboro 67
Wofford 64 FINAL
Sam Houston St 53
Ark-Pine Bluff 43 FINAL
Central Mich 75
Southern Ill 67 FINAL
Ill-Chicago 60
Drexel 61 FINAL
Cornell 59
American Univ 51 FINAL
Morehead State 46
CS-Northridge 71 1st OT 4:30
Ark-Little Rock 71
Bethune-Cookman 65 FINAL
Central Conn St 60
Columbia 54 FINAL
Lehigh 44
Texas A&M 64 FINAL
New Mexico 51
TX A&M-CC 62 FINAL
Saint Louis 56
Merchant Marine 54 FINAL
Stony Brook 89
South Dakota 51 2nd Half 6:58
Fairfield 57
Longwood 38 2nd Half 6:37
Eastern Mich 65
Providence 49 2nd Half 11:29
Notre Dame 52
Jackson State 21 2nd Half
UAB 27
Coppin State 30 2nd Half 16:26
Denver 36
Northwestern St 30 2nd Half 20:00
Oklahoma 50
Catawba 29 2nd Half
Radford 41
Newman 33 2nd Half
Wichita State 67
Yale 13 1st Half 7:04
Kent State 22
St Katherine 3:00 PM
UC Riverside
NC Central 0 1st Half 18:25
Creighton 0
South Florida 3:00 PM
NC State
USC 1 1st Half 18:50
Penn State 0
Nichols College 3:05 PM
Holy Cross
Dayton 3:30 PM
Boston College
Wagner 3:30 PM
Hofstra
Towson 3:30 PM
Monmouth
UMKC 3:30 PM
Samford
NC A&T 4:00 PM
Bradley
Eastern Ill 4:00 PM
Cincinnati
Fla Atlantic 4:00 PM
Georgia
Presbyterian 4:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
St Francis-NY 4:00 PM
Rutgers
Binghamton 4:30 PM
Navy
USC Upstate 5:00 PM
UCF
UMass Lowell 5:00 PM
Fordham
Montana State 5:00 PM
Kentucky
Iona 5:00 PM
North Texas
Gardner-Webb 5:00 PM
Seton Hall
Akron 5:30 PM
South Carolina
Connecticut 5:30 PM
West Virginia
Hood College 6:00 PM
Howard
Sacred Heart 6:00 PM
Ohio State
Tennessee St 6:00 PM
Vanderbilt
Delaware 6:00 PM
CS-Bakersfield
Mercer 7:00 PM
Colorado State
SD Christian 7:00 PM
Loyola Marymount
Northern Ariz 7:00 PM
Ole Miss
Manhattan 7:00 PM
Northeastern
Pacific 7:00 PM
Washington
Miami-Florida 8:00 PM
Charlotte
Old Dominion 8:00 PM
Illinois State
UC Irvine 8:00 PM
St Marys-CA
Long Beach State 9:00 PM
UCLA
Montana 9:30 PM
Seattle
Char Southern 9 FINAL
(8) Georgia 55
South Alabama 12 FINAL
So Carolina 37
Rutgers 3 FINAL
(10) Michigan State 45
(22) Minnesota 28 FINAL
Nebraska 24
Northwestern 38 FINAL
Purdue 14
(19) Marshall 23 FINAL
UAB 18
Kansas 7 FINAL
(20) Oklahoma 44
Indiana 27 FINAL
(7) Ohio State 42
Penn State 14 FINAL
Illinois 16
(16) Eastern Ky 3 FINAL
Florida 52
TX-San Antonio 7 FINAL
Western Ky 45
SMU 7 FINAL
UCF 53
Tulsa 28 FINAL
Houston 38
Virginia Tech 3 FINAL
Wake Forest 6
Washington St 31 FINAL
(13) Arizona State 52
Louisiana Tech 27 FINAL
Old Dominion 30
Western Mich 32 FINAL
Central Mich 20
New Mexico 20 FINAL
(21) Colorado State 58
Eastern Mich 30 FINAL
Ball State 45
Appalachian St 35 FINAL
Louisiana 16
(12) Arizona 42 FINAL
Utah 10
FIU 14 FINAL
North Texas 17
(18) Ole Miss 0 FINAL
Arkansas 30
(24) Louisville 31 FINAL
Notre Dame 28
Maryland 23 FINAL
Michigan 16
Texas Tech 34 FINAL
Iowa State 31
(14) Wisconsin 26 FINAL
Iowa 24
Syracuse 7 FINAL
Pittsburgh 30
Boston College 17 FINAL
(1) Florida State 20
Georgia State 0 FINAL
(23) Clemson 28
Tulane 6 FINAL
East Carolina 34
Stanford 38 FINAL
California 17
Western Carolina 14 FINAL
(2) Alabama 48
ULM 30 FINAL
New Mexico St 17
So Florida 20 FINAL
Memphis 31
Colorado 10 FINAL
(3) Oregon 44
Fla Atlantic 34 FINAL
Middle Tennessee 35
Samford 7 FINAL
(15) Auburn 31
Miami-Florida 13 FINAL
Virginia 30
Vanderbilt 0 FINAL
(4) Miss State 51
(17) Missouri 29 FINAL
Tennessee 21
Oklahoma State 28 FINAL
(5) Baylor 49
USC 20 FINAL
(9) UCLA 38
Cincinnati 41 FINAL
Connecticut 0
(25) Boise State 63 FINAL
Wyoming 14
Oregon State 13 FINAL
Washington 37
Fresno State 40 FINAL
Nevada 20
UNLV 35 FINAL
Hawaii 37
Ohio U 11/25/14 6:00 PM
Miami-Ohio
LSU 11/27/14 6:30 PM
Texas A&M
(6) TCU 11/27/14 6:30 PM
Texas
Northern Ill 11/28/14 10:00 AM
Western Mich
Nebraska 11/28/14 11:00 AM
Iowa
Western Ky 11/28/14 11:00 AM
(19) Marshall
UCF 11/28/14 11:00 AM
So Florida
Houston 11/28/14 11:00 AM
SMU
Akron 11/28/14 12:00 PM
Kent State
Ball State 11/28/14 12:00 PM
Bowling Green
Buffalo 11/28/14 12:00 PM
Massachusetts
Toledo 11/28/14 12:00 PM
Eastern Mich
Arkansas 11/28/14 1:30 PM
(17) Missouri
Navy 11/28/14 2:00 PM
South Alabama
(13) Arizona State 11/28/14 2:30 PM
(12) Arizona
Stanford 11/28/14 2:30 PM
(9) UCLA
(21) Colorado State 11/28/14 2:30 PM
Air Force
Virginia 11/28/14 7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
East Carolina 11/28/14 7:30 PM
Tulsa
North Texas 11/29/14 11:00 AM
TX-San Antonio
Old Dominion 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Fla Atlantic
(16) Georgia Tech 11/29/14 11:00 AM
(8) Georgia
Kentucky 11/29/14 11:00 AM
(24) Louisville
So Carolina 11/29/14 11:00 AM
(23) Clemson
West Virginia 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Iowa State
Rice 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Louisiana Tech
Michigan 11/29/14 11:00 AM
(7) Ohio State
Purdue 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Indiana
Illinois 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Northwestern
Cincinnati 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Temple
NC State 11/29/14 11:30 AM
North Carolina
Syracuse 11/29/14 11:30 AM
Boston College
Louisiana 11/29/14 11:30 AM
Troy
Utah 11/29/14 12:00 PM
Colorado
Texas State 11/29/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Idaho 11/29/14 1:00 PM
Appalachian St
Wyoming 11/29/14 2:00 PM
New Mexico
New Mexico St 11/29/14 2:00 PM
Arkansas State
UAB 11/29/14 2:30 PM
Southern Miss
(4) Miss State 11/29/14 2:30 PM
(18) Ole Miss
Notre Dame 11/29/14 2:30 PM
USC
(10) Michigan State 11/29/14 2:30 PM
Penn State
(22) Minnesota 11/29/14 2:30 PM
(14) Wisconsin
(5) Baylor 11/29/14 2:30 PM
Texas Tech
Florida 11/29/14 2:30 PM
(1) Florida State
Rutgers 11/29/14 2:30 PM
Maryland
San Jose St 11/29/14 2:30 PM
San Diego St
Tennessee 11/29/14 3:00 PM
Vanderbilt
Kansas 11/29/14 3:00 PM
(11) Kansas State
Connecticut 11/29/14 3:00 PM
Memphis
BYU 11/29/14 3:30 PM
California
ULM 11/29/14 5:00 PM
Ga Southern
Middle Tennessee 11/29/14 6:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
Hawaii 11/29/14 6:00 PM
Fresno State
Wake Forest 11/29/14 6:00 PM
Duke
Pittsburgh 11/29/14 6:00 PM
Miami-Florida
(15) Auburn 11/29/14 6:45 PM
(2) Alabama
(3) Oregon 11/29/14 7:00 PM
Oregon State
Utah State 11/29/14 9:15 PM
(25) Boise State
Washington 11/29/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
Nevada 11/29/14 9:30 PM
UNLV
New England 2 FINAL
Red Bull New York 1
Seattle 4:00 PM
Los Angeles
Montreal 24 3:11
Hamilton 37
Edmonton 3:30 PM
Calgary
Alabama 58 FINAL
Temple 51
Massachusetts 46 FINAL
Florida State 74
Creighton 60 FINAL
(1) Connecticut 96
Bryant 79 FINAL
Boston College 90
Robert Morris 84 FINAL
UMBC 60
Sacred Heart 59 FINAL
Maine 58
Virginia Tech 72 FINAL
Providence 69
Coll of Charleston 61 FINAL
George Mason 71
Hartford 59 FINAL
Lafayette 74
William & Mary 75 1st OT
High Point 75
Western Ill 88 FINAL
Florida Atlantic 90
Pittsburgh 64 FINAL
James Madison 80
Toledo 48 FINAL
(24) Purdue 66
Western Mich 47 FINAL
Michigan 74
Cleveland State 73 FINAL
FIU 65
San Diego State 38 FINAL
(2) South Carolina 89
Mount St Marys 62 FINAL
Davidson 67
IUPUI 45 FINAL
(15) Michigan State 64
Illinois State 49 FINAL
Colorado State 70
Incarnate Word 49 FINAL
Indiana 85
Cincinnati 54 FINAL
Iowa State 85
Furman 69 FINAL
Clemson 79
VA Commonwealth 86 FINAL
Ohio State 96
Marquette 51 FINAL
(7) Duke 83
Bethune-Cookman 42 FINAL
East Carolina 71
Coppin State 54 FINAL
Wake Forest 65
(24) Georgia 64 FINAL
Georgia Tech 57
Ball State 56 FINAL
(12) Louisville 69
Auburn 51 FINAL
Virginia 66
Utah 43 FINAL
(16) Nebraska 66
Minnesota 29 2nd Half 20:00
Memphis 31
Georgetown 17 2nd Half
Kansas 26
Northwestern St 21 2nd Half 15:21
Arkansas 50
TX-San Antonio 33 2nd Half
Lamar 17
Southern Miss 37 2nd Half
McNeese State 24
Air Force 30 2nd Half
SIU-Edwardsville 49
IUPU-Ft Wayne 34 2nd Half
USC Upstate 35
Morgan State 29 2nd Half
Texas Tech 30
Western Ky 42 2nd Half
Miss State 39
Southern U 27 2nd Half
Illinois 27
Eastern Illinois 10 1st Half 5:46
North Texas 20
Alabama State 36 2nd Half
South Alabama 37
Wisconsin 38 2nd Half
Drake 43
Seattle 3:00 PM
Montana State
UC Santa Barbara 3:00 PM
Northern Ariz
Hofstra 3:00 PM
Norfolk State
Iona 3:00 PM
Pacific
Middle Tennessee 0 1st Half 20:00
Ole Miss 0
Portland 3:00 PM
Cal Poly
(10) Texas 3:00 PM
UCLA
Fresno State 4:00 PM
USC
Ave Maria 4:00 PM
Fla Gulf Coast
Holy Cross 4:00 PM
(3) Notre Dame
Chicago State 5:00 PM
Oakland
(11) North Carolina 5:00 PM
Oregon
Harvard 6:00 PM
Quinnipiac
Princeton 6:00 PM
American Univ
Missouri 8:30 PM
(14) California
Yale 9:30 PM
Washington
UNLV 10:59 PM
Hawaii

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Grade the Vikings offense

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close