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Previewing the Cardinal: Tight Ends
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 08/17/2012

Aug. 17, 2012

STANFORD, Calif. - There may be only one position on the football field which requires an individual to possess the body of Charles Atlas, the feet of a mongoose and the hands of Midas. That position would be none other than the tight end.

A pair of tight ends makes up two of Stanford's top three returning receivers for 2012 in senior Zach Ertz (27 catches, 364 yards, four touchdowns in 2011) and classmate Levine Toilolo (25 catches, 343 yards and six touchdowns in 2011).

One of the premier tight ends in the Pac-12 Conference who combines size, strength and toughness with sure hands, Ertz is a prototypical tight end who has caught 43 passes for 533 yards and nine touchdowns over his first two seasons of action. Saving some of his best performances for the postseason, Ertz has caught six passes and a pair of touchdowns in as many BCS bowl appearances.

Recently named to the watch list for the John Mackey Award, which is awarded annually to the nation's most outstanding tight end, Toilolo was a 2011 Pac-12 honorable mention all-conference performer and his six touchdown catches ranked second among Stanford receivers only behind Coby Fleener's 10. Toilolo snagged four passes for a career-high 102 yards last season at Arizona.

Having been mentored by Fleener, Toilolo and Ertz for the past two seasons, junior Davis Dudchock is competing for an increased role in 2012. Dudchock saw action in seven games as a reserve tight end in 2011 and still seeks his first collegiate catch.


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