STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford placed 10 student-athletes on the Pac-12 Conference All-Academic football teams, commissioner Larry Scott announced Tuesday. Five were chosen to the first team and five more were on the second team, while 15 others were honorable mention selections.
Senior defensive lineman Henry Anderson, junior defensive back Jordan Richards and junior fullback Patrick Skov appeared on the first-team list for the second consecutive year, along with first-time picks Jordan Pratt and Ben Rhyne. Stanford’s five first-team members were the most of any program in the conference.
To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.
Anderson is a political science major with a 3.56 grade-point average. He has played in five games this season and missed six due to an injury. Anderson returned to the Cardinal defensive front to make eight tackles in the last three games, including five against Oregon. He also has 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack this season.
Richards, a public policy major, owns a 3.42 GPA. He has shined on one of the top defensive units in the country from the strong safety position. Richards leads Stanford with three interceptions and ranks fifth with 57 tackles, while starting all 11 games for the Cardinal.
Skov, who has a 3.39 grade-point average, is an international relations major. He has been an integral part of Stanford’s special teams, helping the kickoff return team rank first in the nation with a 27.2 yard/return average and coming up with three tackles in 2013. Last week, he read a fake punt and made a big hit to stop Cal on fourth down in the third quarter.
Pratt has a 3.84 GPA while majoring in atmosphere and energy engineering. He has been used primarily as a blocker to help Stanford’s ground game average 203.7 yards per contest this season. Pratt has also made eight catches for 87 yards.
Rhyne is on the list for the first time in his first full season as a starter. The engineering major with a 3.88 grade-point average is averaging 42.4 yards per punt, a mark that stands ninth all-time in Stanford’s single-season record book. He has boomed nine punts over 50 yards and has landed 15 inside the 20 while having only one fall for a touchback.
Earning second-team nods were sophomore offensive lineman Johnny Caspers (3.30 – business management), fifth-year senior offensive lineman Kevin Danser (3.12 – biomechanical engineering), senior defensive lineman David Parry (3.13 – political science), senior defensive back John Flacco (3.18 – engineering) and senior defensive back Ed Reynolds (3.14 – political science).
No. 8/10 Stanford plays host to No. 25/RV Notre Dame in its final regular season contest Nov. 30 at 4 p.m. (PT). The game will be broadcast nationally on Fox.
The Cardinal has clinched a berth in the Pac-12 Championship Game, where it will meet Arizona State on Dec. 7 at a site to be determined.
Patrick Skov, RB, Jr. – 3.39, International Relations
Jordan Pratt, WR, Jr. – 3.84 Engineering
Henry Anderson, DL, Sr. – 3.56, Political Science
Jordan Richards, DB, Jr. – 3.42, Public Policy
Ben Rhyne, P, Sr. – 3.88, Engineering
Johnny Caspers, OL, So. – 3.42, Undeclared
Kevin Danser, OL, RS Sr. – 3.12, Biomechanical Engineering
David Parry, DL, Sr. – 3.13, Political Science
John Flacco, DB, Sr. – 3.18, Engineering
Ed Reynolds, DB, Sr. – 3.14, Political Science
Usua Amanam, NB, Rs. Sr. – Energy Resource Engineering
Jackson Cummings, RB, Sr. – Science, Technology & Society
Davis Dudchock, TE, Sr. – Science, Technology & Society
Dallas Lloyd, QB, So. – Undeclared
Blake Lueders, OLB, Sr. – Management Science & Engineering
Blake Martinez, ILB, So. – Undeclared
Reed Miller, LS, So. – Undeclared
Michael Rector, WR, So. – Undeclared
Aziz Shittu, DE, So. – Undeclared
Rollins Stallworth, WR, Jr. – Management Science & Engineering
Jeff Trojan, WR, Sr. – Human Biology
Lee Ward, FB, Sr. – Science, Technology & Society
Kodi Whitfield, WR, So. – Undeclared
Jordan Williamson, K, Sr. – Psychology
David Yankey, OL, Sr. – Science, Technology & Society