Fleming is the third Cardinal to forgo a fifth season of eligibility to pursue a professional career, joining David Yankey and Ed Reynolds, both of whom made known similar plans prior to the Jan. 15 deadline for draft-eligible underclassmen to petition for early entry for the NFLDraft.
"I want to thank my coaches, teammates and the Stanford family for a spectacular four years at a wonderful university," Fleming said. "I would also like to give special thanks to the professors in the aeronautics and astronautics department."
Fleming is set to graduate this spring with a degree in aeronautics and astronautics.
Fleming started at right tackle in each of Stanford’s 14 games during the 2013 season, helping pave the way for the Cardinal to rush for a school-record 2,904 yards. Fleming was an All-Pac-12 second team performer while also earning all-conference nods from the Sporting News.
Fleming and the Stanford offensive line ranked seventh nationally for fewest tackles for loss allowed/game (4.14) and 11th nationally for fewest sacks allowed/game (1.14). Fleming opened plenty of gaps for running back Tyler Gaffney to rush for over 100 yards in nine games. Stanford’s offensive line was whistled for just three holding calls all year.
Stanford (11-3 overall, 7-2 Pac-12) enjoyed a fourth consecutive BCS appearance to cap off the 2013 campaign, making the Cardinal just one of five programs to accomplish that feat in the era. The Cardinal finished the season ranked 11th in the final AP poll, following its 24-20 setback against No. 3 Michigan State on Jan. 1 in the 100th Rose Bowl Game.
Ticket demand for Stanford football is at an all-time high as fans packed Stanford Stadium throughout the 2013 regular season, selling out both season tickets and the entire seven-game home campaign for the first time in program history.
With ticket shortages for marquee games - including the last two Rose Bowl Games serving as a backdrop - fans are reminded that the only guaranteed method of securing bowl tickets is through season tickets. Stanford season ticket holders will be provided first priority to purchase 2014 postseason and bowl tickets. Those renewals will begin later this month with details available at GoStanford.com.
Aug. 30 (Sat.) UC Davis
Sept. 6 (Sat.) USC
Sept. 13 (Sat.) Army
Sept. 27 (Sat.) at Washington
Oct. 4 (Sat.) at Notre Dame
Oct. 10 (Fri.) Washington State
Oct. 18 (Sat.) at Arizona State
Oct. 25 (Sat.) Oregon State (Reunion Homecoming)
Nov. 1 (Sat.) at Oregon
Nov. 15 (Sat.) Utah
Nov. 22 (Sat.) at Cal
Nov. 28 (Fri.) at UCLA