PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Six Stanford football players earned mention in the first watch lists of the 2014 season. Four – Henry Anderson, Alex Carter, Jordan Richards and A.J. Tarpley – were named to the watch list for the Bednarik Award while two players – Kevin Hogan and Ty Montgomery – were named to the Maxwell Award Watch List.
Stanford leads all college football with its four selections to the Bednarik list.
The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995. Chuck Bednarik, former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of '69 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of '67.
The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell, has been given to America's College Player of the Year since 1937. Maxwell’s contributions to the game of football were extensive, including as a player, a sportswriter and an official.
Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced Nov. 3, while the three finalists for each award will be unveiled Nov. 24. The winners of the 2014 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 11. The formal presentations of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala in Atlantic City on March 6, 2015.
The watch list candidates have been chosen by the Maxwell Football Club's selection committee, which analyzes both past performance and future potential. The Club reserves the right to make additions and deletions to these lists as the 2014 season unfolds. All members of the Maxwell Football Club, NCAA sports information directors, FBS head coaches and selected national media are eligible to vote for the awards.
Anderson, a two-time All-Pac-12 selection, was limited to eight games during 2013 due to a leg injury but still earned all-league honors. The political science major and 2013 Pac-12 All-Academic team honoree, had his breakout campaign in 2012 where he logged 16 tackles for a loss from his defensive end position.
Carter, a junior psychology major, has earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention honors in each of his first two seasons since assuming a starting role at cornerback for the last eight games of his freshman season. Last year Carter all 13 games that he played in and registered a team-high seven pass breakups.
Tarpley has started 32 career games at inside linebacker and is regarded as one of Stanford’s most underrated players. Award organizations have taken notice. He finished second on the Cardinal defense with 93 tackles in 2013 (52 solo) while playing opposite of All-Americans Shayne Skov and Trent Murphy.
Richards’ name has been in the news frequently in the offseason with the hard-hitting strong safety earning Capitol One Academic All-America honors as well as preseason All-America accolades from Athlon as well as a spot on the Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list. The Folsom, Calif. native is a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic and honorable mention pick. Last year he logged 69 tackles with four coming for a loss, three interceptions and three pass breakups.
This year marks the second on the Maxwell preseason list for Hogan, a multi-faceted quarterback who ran for the third-highest single season yardage by a Stanford quarterback last season (355 yards). Through the air Hogan attempted just 295 passes but completed 180 of them (61 percent) en route to 2,630 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Hogan is 16-3 as a starter and 10-1 against nationally-ranked opponents.
Montgomery is likely to dot all eligible preseason watch lists after the speedy wide receiver and kickoff returner finished second nationally in kickoff return average (30.3) in 2013. Montgomery was the only player on a BCS conference team with two kickoff returns for a touchdown. He finished ninth nationally in all-purpose yards (157.7/game) in 2013, with 2,208 all-purpose yards. The team’s leading pass catcher in 13 of its 14 games of 2013, Montgomery caught 61 passes for 958 yards (15.7 yards per reception) with 10 touchdowns. He was earlier named preseason All-American at specialist by Athlon.
Stanford’s season opens Aug. 30 with a 1 p.m. (PT) home game against UC Davis on Pac-12 Networks. The Cardinal plays its first three games at home with USC visiting the Stadium Sept. 6 (12:30 p.m., ABC) and Army visiting Sept. 13 (2 p.m., Pac-12 Net).
Season ticket holders are eligible to purchase individual game tickets for all 2014 home games starting July 8-9. Single-game tickets go on sale July 21 with a special online-only promotion code through Stanford’s Facebook and @GoStanford Twitter account. All tickets are on sale starting July 22.
Fans are encouraged to visit GoStanford.com to buy season tickets.