By Rick Eymer
Palo Alto Sports Online
Stanford senior linebacker Joe Hemschoot is gaining quite a following because of his play on special teams. This week he's making an appearance on the depth chart, as a backup to starting inside linebacker A.J. Tarpley.
Hemschoot could move into the rotation when No. 15 Washington (1-0, 4-0) and No. 5 Stanford (2-0, 4-0) get together Saturday night at Stanford Staddium for a Pac-12 Conference contest at 7:30 p.m.
Linebacker Blake Martinez remains sidelined for at least two more weeks and Hemschoot has earned his spot.
"Joe is a hitter," Stanford coach David Shaw said. "He's a contact football player. He helped our scout teams and I know a lot of guys hated him because he packs a punch."
Put junior wide receiver Ty Montgomery on that list. He's been up against Hemschoot.
"I don't want to get hit by that guy," Montgomery said. "It's not good."
Much of his reputation preceded him. Hemschoot's high school linebacker coach John Bacon, who played at Oregon, put together a highlight film to send to college coaches while he was at Lakewood High in Colorado.
"The first play you see makes you want to watch the whole film," Shaw said. "He went from one scholarship offer to many offers because of that film."
Hemschoot's highlight film can be seen here.
He's been named Special Teams Player of the Game twice already this season. He's played in 30 games, mostly on coverage teams, but he also has a fumble recovery and a tackle for a loss to his credit.
Hemschoot, also a top high school quarterback, received one offer -- from Division II Colorado School of Mines. That was until Bacon turned publicity director and helped grab the attention of several other programs.
"Joe stands out," Shaw said.
REMEMBERING LAST YEAR:
Stanford players don't want to call it revenge, tough there remains a sense of disappointment from last year's 17-13 loss to Washington.
Stanford did not score an offensive touchdown against the Huskies and were held to 65 yards on the ground.
"It's not an experience I want to have again," sophomore offensive lineman Andrus Peat said. "We didn't play to the standards we wanted to play. They came out with formations we weren't prepared for."
Shaw said the team is schematically the same offensively, with one major difference: quarterback Kevin Hogan.
"Kevin's mobility changes things," Stanford coach David Shaw said Tuesday. "He allows us to be a much more diverse offense. He can scramble for a couple of first downs."
Hogan has yet to lose as a starter. He threw for a career-high 286 yards and three touchdowns in a 55-17 victory over Washington State last weekend.
Senior quarterback David Olson received the opportunity to take the final snap in the win over the Cougars. "He was a walk-on four years ago and he had opportunities to play elsewhere," Shaw said. "He's a great practice player and he knows the program in and out. He earned the chance to take at least one snap on the field." . . . Shaw said he was "sad" to hear that USC coach Lane Kiffin was fired. "That's the worst part of the business," said Shaw, who also said his father and Kiffin's dad have known each other since the 1980s . . . Starting DE Henry Anderson (knee) is expected to get off crutches this week. Shaw said Anderson is still at least 3-4 weeks from returning.