Dec. 11, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - Junior offensive tackle/guard David Yankey was today announced as a recipient of the 2012 Morris Trophy for the Outstanding Lineman in the Pac-12 Conference. Yankey is joined by defensive tackle Will Sutton of Arizona State as winners for the 33rd annual Morris Trophy.
The Morris Trophy is a unique award given to the outstanding offensive and defensive linemen in the Pac-12 Conference. What makes the award unique is the selection procedure, which has the starting offensive linemen in the Conference voting for the defensive winner and vice versa. It is truly a players' award.
"This is a great honor bestowed upon David because it was selected by the players of the Pac-12 Conference," said Stanford run game coordinator / offensive line coach Mike Bloomgren. "This award lends further credence to our belief that David is the most dominant and versatile offensive lineman in the conference and in the nation.
"David Yankey is a physically dominant player whose versatility has had a huge impact for Stanford this year," Bloomgren added. "We have had the comfort starting and playing him at left tackle to protect the quarterback's blind side in every passing situation, but we also couldn't pass up the opportunity to put him at guard and watch the best pulling offensive lineman in the country."
Yankey has played four out of the five offensive line positions for Stanford this year, plus tight end. In 2011 he started all 13 games at left guard before being moved to the Cardinal's starting left tackle spot this fall.
Leading the way for an offensive line that returned only 37 combined starts from a year ago - 103rd among FBS schools - Yankey has graded at 86 percent this season and allowed one sack.
The Stanford offensive line allowed a conference-low 17 sacks in the regular season and protected two first-year starting quarterbacks, while paving the way for senior Stepfan Taylor to rush for the second-most yards in school history (1,442).
Yankey was voted All-Pac-12 first team by the conference's coaches, while he has been selected as a first-team All-American to date by the American Football Coaches Association and Sporting News. The Associated Press today named him a second-team All-American.
Yankey and Sutton will be presented their awards at a luncheon at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle on Jan. 17, 2013.
Stanford (11-2) today conducted its first Rose Bowl practice, exactly three weeks before the 2012 Pac-12 Conference Champions will face Wisconsin in the 99th Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO on Jan. 1 (1:30 p.m. PT). The Cardinal's 13th all-time Rose Bowl Game will be nationally televised on ESPN.