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Athlon's All-America
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 06/23/2014

STANFORD, Calif. -- Athlon Sports has recognized three Stanford football players on its preseason All-America team, the publication announced Tuesday. 

Wide receiver and kick returner Ty Montgomery and junior left tackle Andrus Peat highlighted the list by appearing on the first team. Montgomery, a Dallas, Texas native, earned first team All-America honors at specialist and Peat, the former top national recruit out of Chandler, Ariz., earned first team honors at offensive tackle.

The duo was joined by strong safety Jordan Richards (Folsom, Calif.), who was a 2013 Capital One Academic All-American. Richards, a public policy major, garnered fourth team preseason honors from Athlon.  

Previously, Athlon predicted five Cardinal players will be All-Pac-12 First Team performers in 2014. The Cardinal also filled eight spots on the second-fourth teams. 

Recaping Athlon's preseason All-Pac-12 selections, Montgomery led the way with a first team nod at specialit and second team honors at wide receiver. A preseason All-American according to Phil Steele, Montgomery was joined on the All-Pac-12 first team by offensive linemen Josh Garnett and Peat, as well as defensive end Henry Anderson and Richards (at safety).

Peat and Garnett, along with third-team tackle Kyle Murphy, will anchor Stanford’s reloaded offensive line after the departure of NFL draft selections Cameron Fleming (New England, fourth round) and David Yankey (Minnesota, fifth round) and Tennessee Titans’ signee Kevin Danser. Running back Barry Sanders, a fourth-team pick, also represents the offense on Athlon’s projections.

Three members of the defense are on the second team, including tackle David Parry, linebacker A.J. Tarpley and corner back Alex Carter. Tarpley, the team’s second-leading tackler in 2013 (93) and Carter were both All-Pac-12 honorable mention selections a year ago, while Parry had 23 tackles (11 solo) and five for a loss.  Carter had 59 tackles and intercepted a pass against Arizona State as a sophomore.  

Veteran specialists Jordan Williamson and Ben Rhyne, both fifth-year seniors, appeared on the third and fourth teams, respectively. Rhyne, the reigning Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, was a Ray Guy Award candidate while averaging 42.9 yards per punt and registering a 3.88 cumulative GPA in 2013. Williamson made 18 of 22 field goals and 43 of 44 point-after attempts.

Athlon All-America Projections (full list)
First-Team Specialists
KR Ty Montgomery

First-Team Offense
T Andrus Peat

Fourth-Team Defense
S Jordan Richards

Athlon All-Pac-12 Projections (full list)

First-Team Offense
G Josh Garnett
T Andrus Peat

First-Team Defense
DE Henry Anderson
S Jordan Richards

First-Team Specialists
KR Ty Montgomery

Second-Team Offense
WR Ty Montgomery

Second-Team Defense
DT David Parry
LB A.J. Tarpley
CB Alex Carter

Third-Team Offense
T Kyle Murphy

Third-Team Specialists
K Jordan Williamson

Fourth-Team Offense
RB Barry Sanders

Fourth-Team Specialists
P Ben Rhyne



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