Dec. 1, 2006
Five Cardinal freshman were named to The Sporting News' Pac-10 All-Freshman team. Stnford had more players on the All-Freshman team than any other school in the conference. WR Richard Sherman, TE Jim Dray and OT Chris Marinelli were named to the offensive squad while NT Ekom Udofia and LB Clinton Snyder were named to the defensive squad.
The team includes both true freshman and redshirt freshman. For Stanford, only Sherman was a true freshman whle Dray, Marinelli, Udofia and Snyder are all redshirt freshman.
Sherman is Stanford's leading receiver with 28 catches for 500 yards (17.9) and two touchdowns. He has played in all 11 games in 2006, starting four. Dray has been the team's starting tight end for the past 10 games. He is tied for third on the team with 17 receptions for 154 yards and one touchdown. Marinelli moved into the starting spot at right tackle midway through the season.
On defense, Snyder has started 10 of 11 games at linebacker and is among the Pac-10 leaders in tackles with 80. He is 10th in the Pac-10 in tackles per game at 7.3 and tied for second in forced fumbles at 0.27 per game. Udofia has started all 11 games at nose tackle this season. He has registered 39 tackles and recovered two fumbles.
SPORTING NEWS 2006 PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
* denotes redshirt
WR Richard Sherman, Stanford
WR Chris McGaha, Arizona State
TE Jim Dray, Stanford*
L (T) Ben Ossai, Washington*
L (T) Aleksey Lanis, UCLA*
L (C) Kenny Alfred, Washington State*
L (T) Eben Britton, Arizona*
L (T) Chris Marinelli, Stanford*
QB Sean Canfield, Oregon State*
RB Emmanuel Moody, USC
RB C.J. Gable, USC
L (E) Dexter Davis, Arizona State*
L (E) Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Washington*
L (NG) Ekom Udofia, Stanford*
LB Reggie Carter, UCLA*
LB Travis Goethel, Arizona State
LB Clinton Snyder, Stanford*
DB (FS) Taylor Mays, USC
DB (CB) Syd'Quan Thompson, Cal*
DB (CB) Jarius Byrd, Oregon*
DB (CB) Alterraun Verner, UCLA
DB (CB) Walter Thurmond, Oregon*
P Kyle Loomis, Oregon State
KR C.J. Gable, USC
OFFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Emmanuel Moody, RB, USC
DEFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Taylor Mays, FS, USC