STANFORD, Calif. – The Sporting News 2013 preseason all-conference and All-America teams have been released with Stanford garnering four sports on the All-Pac-12 team and two on the All-America team.
Trent Murphy and Shayne Skov earned preseason All-Pac-12 honors at linebacker. Ed Reynolds was also tabbed all-conference and All-America alongside David Yankey, who has been named to every preseason All-America team and continued to receive accolades with mention by The Sporting News.
Stanford’s defense led the Pac-12 in numerous categories last year, leading the way in total defense, rushing defense, sacks and scoring defense. Seven players from that unit are back, including Skov, the team’s emotional leader. He totaled 82 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss despite not being 100 percent after recovering from a knee injury.
Reynolds, one of 42 preseason nominees for the Lott IMPACT Award, had a huge 2012 season after recovering from a knee injury. A third-team Associated Press All-American, Reynolds led the Cardinal with six interceptions, three of which he returned for a touchdown to set a school record. Reynolds also returned a pick in the Pac-12 Championship game to the one-yard line as he ranked first nationally with 301 interception return yards, one yard short of the NCAA single-season record (Charles Phillips - USC, 1974).
Yankey is one of the most dominant and versatile offensive linemen in the nation and is a preseason candidate for the Outland Trophy. He moves to left guard in 2013 after starting 14 games at left tackle in 2012, where he was a consensus All-American, selected to the first team by the American Football Coaches Association and Sporting News, with 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.
Murphy’s 10 sacks for the Cardinal were the most since 2004 at Stanford and his 18 tackles for loss were the most since 2000. Like Skov, Reynolds and Yankey Murphy’s name appears on every major award watch list for players at his position.
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.
Single-game tickets go on sale Aug. 1 with limited availability for many games. Stanford sold out its season ticket allotment with over 33,000.