Dec. 10, 2012
Stanford is one of five schools to land two players on the Sporting News' 2012 All-America Team, joined by Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Texas A&M.
Sporting News since 1934 has selected an All-America team and is one of the five such squads recognized officially by the NCAA. To date, three of the five All-America teams for 2012 have been named.
Ertz has all three All-America honors already in hand, including American Football Coaches Association and Walter Camp Football Foundation, and has earned the title of consensus All-American. Yankey has been named twice among the three All-America teams to date. The Associated Press and Football Writers Association of America teams are still to be announced.
Ertz leads all FBS tight ends this year with 66 receptions and 837 receiving yards, both school records at the position. The 6-foot-6 senior is one reception and 97 yards away from breaking into Stanford's all-time top 10 in each category among all pass catchers. Ertz has led Stanford in receiving in seven of 13 games this season. He caught a career-high 11 passes including the game-tying touchdown at top-ranked Oregon to send the game to overtime, while he hauled in the Cardinal's game-winning touchdowns against both No. 2 USC and No. 13 Oregon State.
Yankey has been the nation's most versatile lineman this season, playing well at four out of the five offensive line positions plus tight end. The 6-foot-5 junior has started all 13 games at left tackle for a Stanford offensive line that has paved the way for six 200-plus yard rushing performances and protected two first-year starting quarterbacks with just 1.54 sacks per game. Yankey has graded at 86 percent this season and allowed one sack.
Sporting News' 2012 All-America Team
QB Johnny Manziel (Fr.) Texas A&M
RB Kenjon Barner (Sr.) Oregon
RB Ka'Deem Carey (So.) Arizona
WR Marqise Lee (So.) USC
WR Terrance Williams (Sr.) Baylor
TE Zach Ertz (Sr.) Stanford
OL Jonathan Cooper (Sr.) North Carolina
OL Luke Joeckel (Jr.) Texas A&M
OL Barrett Jones (Sr.) Alabama
OL Chance Warmack (Sr.) Alabama
OL David Yankey (Jr.) Stanford
DE Jadeveon Clowney (So.) South Carolina
DE Bjoern Werner (Jr.) Florida State
DT Sharrif Floyd (Jr.) Florida
DT Will Sutton (Jr.) Arizona State
LB Jarvis Jones (Jr.) Georgia
LB C.J. Mosley (Jr.) Alabama
LB Manti Te'o (Sr.) Notre Dame
CB Dee Milliner (Jr.) Alabama
CB Jordan Poyer (Sr.) Oregon State
S Matt Elam (Jr.) Florida
S Phillip Thomas (Sr.) Fresno State
K Caleb Sturgis (Sr.) Florida State
KR Dri Archer (Jr.) Kent State
P Ryan Allen (Sr.) Louisiana Tech
PR Venric Mark (Jr.) Northwestern