STANFORD, Calif. – Five Stanford players have been named to the Football Writers Association of America 2013 All-America teams in an announcement made Wednesday afternoon. Senior left guard David Yankey and outside linebacker Trent Murphy earned first team honors while junior Ty Montgomery (kick returner), senior outside linebacker Shayne Skov and senior free safety Ed Reynolds earned second team honors.
With the selections, Yankey earns unanimous All-America status, having been named to every major All-America team. He is Stanford's eighth unanimous All-American. He was a consensus selection last season at left tackle. Murphy and Montgomery are consensus All-America picks. Montgomery is Stanford’s first return/all-purpose consensus All-American while Murphy is Stanford’s first consensus defensive player since 1974. All told, it marks the first time in program history that Stanford has had three consensus selections.
Stanford is the first team since Oklahoma (2003) with a consensus All-American on offense, defense and at kick returner.
This season marks the first time in the modern era that the FWAA has named a second team. The last time the FWAA named a second team was 1949.
Yankey, a senior offensive guard and consensus All-American in 2012, has led one of the best position groups in the country this season as the Stanford offensive line ranked fourth nationally for fewest tackles for loss allowed/game (3.69) and 16th nationally for fewest sacks allowed/game (1.15). Yankey also helped pave the way for Gaffney to rush for over 100 yards in nine games this season.
Murphy, a fifth-year senior outside linebacker, leads the nation in sacks with 14.0, 1.5 more than any other player. He also ranks sixth nationally with 1.7 tackles for loss/game, while his 21.5 tackles for loss are third most.
Murphy’s 14.0 sacks currently rank tied for fourth on Stanford’s single season list with Kailee Wong (1996) and Riall Johnson (1999). Murphy’s total is the most by a Stanford player since 2000 when Johnson tallied 15 sacks. Murphy had two or more sacks in five different games this season and recorded at least one sack in nine of 13 contests.
All said and done, the team co-captain has totaled 58 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, one interception returned 30 yards for a touchdown, six pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one blocked kick while helping lead the Cardinal to the 100th Rose Bowl Game against Michigan State on Jan. 1.
Montgomery, a junior wide receiver and kick returner, led the nation in kickoff return average, recording a 31.2 average through 13 games. He returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, including a 99-yard return on the opening kickoff against Washington and a 100-yard return at Utah. He also had a breakout season as a receiver with 937 yards and 10 touchdowns. He currently ranks ninth nationally in all-purpose yards/game (161.0).
Reynolds, a senior safety, helped Stanford’s staunch defense by limiting offenses’ aerial attacks. After leading the nation last year in interception return yards, opposing teams largely stayed away from Reynolds’ side of the field. He finished with five passes defended including one interception while ranking second on the team in solo tackles (49) and third in total tackles (77).
Skov earned Athlon’s Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honor as the catalyst behind Stanford’s defense, which many consider to be the most physical in the nation. Skov led the Pac-12 in tackles with exactly 100 including 56 solo efforts. He logged 10.0 for a loss, 4.5 sacks, 10 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and two recoveries. Like all big playmakers, Skov shined under the spotlight with 15 tackles and 1.5 sacks in a three-point win over Washington. He forced two fumbles and posted nine tackles against Oregon and epitomized the Stanford defense with his efforts during a goal-line stand against Arizona State in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game.
Stanford’s All-America Scorecard*
David Yankey, America Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News, Walter Camp, USA Today, ESPN, Athlon
Ty Montgomery, America Football Coaches Association, Sporting News, Walter Camp, USA Today, Athlon
Trent Murphy, America Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News, Walter Camp, USA Today, ESPN
Ed Reynolds, Athlon
Tyler Gaffney, USA Today
Trent Murphy, Associated Press, Athlon
Ty Montgomery, Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America
Ed Reynolds, Football Writers Association of America
Shayne Skov, Football Writers Association of America