STANFORD, Calif. – Four Stanford student-athletes were named to Sports Illustrated’s preseason All-American team, released Thursday by the publication.
Senior free safety Ed Reynolds and senior offensive guard David Yankey were named to the first team while fifth-year inside linebacker Shayne Skov and fifth-year senior outside linebacker Trent Murphy earned second-team nods.
The three defenders will help anchor a Stanford unit that 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).
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.
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.
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.
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