STANFORD, Calif. – Three former Stanford football student-athletes have signed NFL undrafted free agent contracts with five more earning invitations to minicamp tryouts.
Those signing undrafted free agent contracts include Ryan Hewitt (Cincinnati Bengals), Josh Mauro (Pittsburgh Steelers) and Shayne Skov (San Francisco 49ers), with minicamp tryout opportunities extended to Devon Carrington (Pittsburgh Steelers), Kevin Danser (Tennessee Titans), Jarek Lancaster (Oakland Raiders), Anthony Wilkerson (Indianapolis Colts) and Khalil Wilkes (San Diego Chargers).
Stanford had a record-tying six former players selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, tying the mark previously set in 1972, 1975, 1985 and 2005.
Stanford led all Pac-12 teams with its six draft selections. UCLA (5) and Oregon (4) followed with the conference seeing 34 selections in all.
It marked the fifth straight year that Stanford had at least three players drafted. Stanford’s 2014 class finished their Cardinal careers with four straight BCS bowl games and a 32-2 record at Stanford Stadium.
Carrington played 14 games at defensive back as a senior. He recorded 33 tackles (21 solo) and four pass breakups. The safety tallied five solo tackles and two pass breakups against Arizona State, and six tackles in games against both Washington State and UCLA.
As a junior, Carrington played in 14 games as a reserve safety. He finished with 33 tackles (21 solo) and four pass breakups.
A five-game starter as a sophomore - three at strong safety and two at free safety - he saw action in 12 games during the 2011 season. Carrington totaled 30 tackles, three pass breakups and two fumble recoveries. He saw action in seven games as a freshman.
The American studies major came to The Farm from Chandler, Ariz.
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Danser played 14 games at right guard for one of the nation’s top offensive lines as a fifth-year senior.
He started the 2013 season on the Outland Trophy watch list and finished as an All-Pac-12 honorable mention, Pac-12 All-Academic second team and Phil Steele All-Pac-12 second team selection. He was also invited to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
As a senior in 2012, Danser was named All-Pac-12 second team and Pac-12 All-Academic second team. He started all 14 games at right guard as a leader on the offensive line. During the season, he helped protect two first-year starting quarterbacks with 1.43 sacks allowed/game and paved the way for 174.3 yards/game rushing.
Danser saw time as a reserve on the offensive line as a junior and played in 12 of 13 games.
As a sophomore, he saw reserve duty in six games, logging minutes against Sacramento State, Wake Forest, Washington State, Washington, Cal and Oregon State.
The Saratoga, Calif., product leaves Stanford with a degree in biomechanical engineering.
Hewitt played in 13 games at fullback and on special teams as a fifth-year senior in 2013, tallying eight yards on five carries and 46 yards on nine receptions.
Stanford’s Team Technician Award winner capped off his career on The Farm with an invite to the Senior Bowl.
As a senior, Hewitt played in 12 games with seven starts and was named All-Pac-12 honorable mention. He finished the season with 32 yards rushing and one touchdown on 12 attempts and 14 catches for 129 yards and one touchdown. Hewitt amassed 11 receptions for 110 yards and one touchdown in the final five games of the season.
Pursuing an opportunity with the Cincinnati Bengals!! Excited to compete, earn a spot, and win some ball games!— Ryan Hewitt (@Huey_85) May 11, 2014
He acted as the primary blocking fullback for Stepfan Taylor’s record-setting 1,530 yards rushing in 2012.
Hewitt was Stanford’s third leading receiver in 2011, catching 34 passes for 282 yards and five touchdowns as a junior, including 18 catches for 134 yards over the last five games. He added 10 carries for 35 yards rushing on the season and earned the Frank Rehm Award.
As a sophomore, Hewitt played in all 13 games as a reserve fullback and tight end, tallying receptions against Wake Forest (10 yards) and Arizona (six yards).
Hewitt will leave Stanford with a degree in science, technology and society.
A psychology major from Helotes, Texas, Lancaster played in 14 games as a reserve linebacker and on special teams as a fifth-year senior. He recorded 25 tackles (16 solo), 1.0 tackle for loss, 1.0 sack, and one forced fumble, including three solo tackles and one sack at Arizona State in the Pac-12 Championship Game. He earned Stanford’s Outstanding Special Teams Player Award (Phil Moffat Award).
As a senior, Lancaster played in 14 games in a backup defensive role. He also started on four special teams units. He finished the season with 36 tackles (23 solo), 3.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks. A co-recipient of the Phil Moffat Special Teams Award, Lancaster tallied a season-high 10 tackles (seven solo) against Duke.
God is Great! Getting a shot at the Raiders rookie minicamp. Now it is time to ball so hard these people want to sign me! #hungry— Jarek Lancaster (@jwreck35) May 11, 2014
He started the last 10 games of the 2011 season as a junior, filling in for an injured Shayne Skov. He amassed a team-high 70 tackles, adding 3.5 sacks, 7.0 tackles for loss, three pass breakups and one fumble recovery. He recorded back-to-back 10-tackle efforts against Washington and USC.
As a sophomore, Lancaster saw action in all 13 games, mostly on special teams. He posted 15 tackles (10 solo) on the season.
Hailing from Hurst, Texas, Mauro will leave The Farm with a degree in science, technology and society.
Mauro played in 13 games as a fifth-year senior, posting 51 tackles (33 solo), 12.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception. He landed on watch lists for the Ted Hendricks and Bednarik Awards and earned an invite to the East-West Shrine Game.
An integral cog in one of the most dominating defenses in the nation, Mauro was a Pac-12 honorable mention performer in 2013. His first career interception came against Arizona State with a 25-yard interception return. He also tallied two tackles and one sack in the contest.
As a senior, Mauro finished fifth on the team with 6.0 sacks. He finished the season with 19 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss and one fumble recovery.
Mauro played in all 13 games at reserve defensive end as a junior. He totaled four tackles (two solo) and 2.0 sacks. He saw action in nine games as a reserve defensive lineman in his sophomore season and finished with seven tackles (five solo).
Skov, a management science and engineering major from Guadalajara, Mexico, started 14 games at inside linebacker in 2013, recording a team-high 109 tackles (62 solo), 13.0 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.
His 354 career tackles are the sixth-best in Stanford history.
The team captain wrapped his Stanford football career with an invite to the Senior Bowl and was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award. The recipient of Stanford’s Jim Reynolds Award, Skov was tabbed Athlon Sports Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. He was also named to the All-Pac-12 first team, ESPN.com All-Pac-12, Athlon Sports All-Pac-12 first team, FWAA, SI.com, and Phil Steel All-America second team, Associated Press, CBSSports.com and Athlon Sports All-America third team.
He started the 2013 season on the Bednarik and Nagurski Award watch lists. ESPN.com ranked Skov as the 16th-best player in the Pac-12 in the preseason. He was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week following a team-high nine tackles (2.0 for loss) and two forced fumbles in the win over Oregon.
He recorded a team-high nine tackles (eight solo) against Arizona State in the Pac-12 Championship and nine tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and one forced fumble against Michigan State in the Rose Bowl.
Skov started 13 games as a senior, returning to action less than one year after a knee injury that knocked him out of most of the 2011 season. He tallied 80 tackles (43 solo), 9.0 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks. He earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention and was named to the Bednarik, Butkus and Nagurski Award watch lists.
Skov was tabbed Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week following a season-high 10 tackle (seven solo) performance at Oregon.
When it's all said and done the only person I can ever hold accountable for the results is myself. The only way I'll ever look at things— Gojira ゴジラ Skov (@ShayneSkov) May 12, 2014
He totaled nine tackles (seven solo) including two tackles for loss against UCLA in the 2012 Pac-12 Championship. Skov registered 19 tackles (12 solo), five tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in 2011 before being injured in the third week of the season at Arizona.
He was named All-Pac-10 honorable mention and Stanford’s most outstanding sophomore in 2010. Playing in 12 games, Skov finished the season as the team’s leading tackler with 84 tackles (50 solo), 10.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and five pass breakups.
He was the eighth best in the Pac-10 in tackles/game (7.64), racking up 30 in a three-game span and 46 over the final six games of the season.
As a freshman, Skov played in all 13 games and started the final seven contests at outside linebacker. The team’s third-leading tackler, he finished with 62 stops (33 solo), 3.0 tackles for loss and one pass breakup. He earned honorable mention from CollegeFootballNews.com and the Menlo-Atherton Award honoring the team’s top freshman.
Wilkerson played in all 14 games as a senior, rushing for 353 yards and two touchdowns on 84 carries. He added six catches for 45 yards, totaling 398 all-purpose yards. Wilkerson rushed for 57 yards on 10 carries at Arizona State in the Pac-12 Championship Game.
Wilkerson started the season being named to the preseason All-Pac-12 second team by Athlon Sports and fourth team by Phil Steele. He finished his Stanford football career with an invitation to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
Wilkerson played 12 games as the primary backup to Stepfan Taylor as a junior in 2012. He registered 224 yards and one touchdown on 50 carries, posting a season-high 48 rushing yards on 13 carries at UCLA.
As a sophomore, Wilkerson was the team’s third-leading rusher with 282 rushing yards and three scores on 56 carries.
Honored as Stanford’s most outstanding freshman in 2010, Wilkerson carried the ball 89 times for 408 rushing yards and three touchdowns. He added 47 yards on three catches with a season-long reception of 25 yards. He tallied a season-high 81 yards on 10 carries against Arizona, including a season-long 39-yard run.
Wilkerson is a communication major.
Wilkes started all 14 games at center as part of one of the nation’s top offensive lines.
The fifth-year senior ended the season on the All-Pac-12 second team and Phil Steele’s All-Pac-12 third team while earning an invite to the East-West Shrine Game.
Wilkes had his first career start at center against San Jose State and started each of the next 13 games while anchoring the offensive line.
As a senior in 2012, Wilkes was a full-time starter at left guard, playing in 14 games and starting in 12. He helped block for 174.3 yards rushing/game and was part of an offensive line which allowed just 1.43 sacks/game. Wilkes saw reserve duty in four games as a junior, making appearances against Duke, Colorado, Washington and Oregon State.
Wilkes will leave Stanford with a degree in science, technology and society.