June 5, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - The accolades continued to stream in Wednesday with the announcement of Phil Steele's preseason All-America football team, which featured five Stanford players including first-team selections David Yankey and Ed Reynolds. Trent Murphy was named to the second, Shayne Skov was a third-team choice and Jordan Richards landed on the fourth team.
The quintet also was named to Phil Steele's preseason All-Pac-12 team.
One of the most dominant and versatile offensive linemen in the nation, Yankey goes into his senior campaign as a preseason candidate for the Outland Trophy. Yankey will move to left guard in 2013 after starting 14 games at left tackle in 2012, where he was a Consensus All-America selection including first team by the American Football Coaches Association and Sporting News, and copped second-team honors by the Associated Press.
The 2012 Morris Trophy winner as the outstanding offensive lineman in the Pac-12, Yankey has started 27 career games and been an impact performer since his freshman season.
Comprising one of the best defensive secondaries in college football, Reynolds and Richards combined for nine interceptions in 2012. Richards, a junior strong safety, ranked third on the team in total tackles (68) while leading Stanford with 15 passes defended.
Reynolds, a preseason nominee for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, established himself as one of the finest at the free safety position during his junior campaign. The 2012 third team AP All-American led the Cardinal with six interceptions, three of which he returned for a touchdown to set a school record. Reynolds ranked first nationally with 301 interception return yards, one yard short of the NCAA single-season record set in 1974 by USC's Charles Phillips.
Murphy, an AP third team All-American and Butkus Award semifinalist was a frequent visitor in the backfield last season, when the senior outside linebacker led the Cardinal with 10.0 sacks and 18.0 TFL.
Skov returned to the lineup in 2012 after major knee surgery and returned to dominant form by season's end. Set to return for his fifth year with the Cardinal, Skov totaled a team-leading 82 tackles (43 solo) with 7.5 for loss and 2.5 sacks from the inside linebacker spot.
Stanford's season opens Sept. 7 with an 8 p.m. (PT) home game against a San Jose State team that won 11 games a year ago. The game will be televised nationally on Pac-12 Networks.
Season ticket holders will be able to purchase individual game tickets for all 2013 home games starting at 9 a.m. on June 24.
Single-game tickets go on sale Aug. 1 with availability based on remaining interest after season ticket sales, which are at an all-time high with over 30,000 already sold. Fans are encouraged to visit GoStanford.com to buy season tickets.-- #goStanford --