Nov. 17, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. -- -
A total of 12 Stanford football players earned spots on the Pacific-12 Conference's All-Academic team, including quarterback Andrew Luck and linebacker Brent Etiz, who earned first team honors.
Luck, who carries a 3.48 cumulative grade point average as an architectural design major, has quarterbacked Stanford to a 9-1 record and a No. 8 ranking in the Associated Press Top 25 poll heading into Saturday's game against Cal. He has thrown 29 touchdown passes this season and needs just three more strikes to tie his own single-season record set last year. With 74 career touchdown passes, he is also three touchdown passes shy of equaling John Elway's career record of 77.
Etiz, an economics major with a 3.52 grade point average, has been utilized mostly on special teams this season, in addition to seeing time as a backup linebacker. He has been credited with four solo tackles and one forced fumble in his five appearances.
Landing spots on the second team were right guard David DeCastro and cornerback Johnson Bademosi. DeCastro, a management science and engineering major who carries a 3.10 grade point average, anchors one of the top offensive lines in the nation that has allowed just seven sacks all season while paving the way for the Cardinal running game to average 215.1 yards per game on the ground.
Bademosi, a history major with a 3.05 grade point average, ranks fifth on the team in total tackles with 42. He has made 23 career starts in the secondary, second only to Delano Howell's 29.
Earning honorable mention honors were defensive end Henry Anderson (3.16; undeclared), tight end Coby Fleener (3.10; science, technology and society), long snapper Andrew Fowler (3.52; art history), punter David Green (31.4; science, technology and society), defensive end Matt Masifilo (3.06; mechanical engineering), linebacker Shayne Skov (3.03; management science and engineering), wide receiver Griff Whalen (3.29; product design) and kicker Jordan Williamson (3.14; undeclared).
To be eligible for selection to the all-academic team, a student-athlete must have maintained a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and be either a starter or significant substitute.
Stanford will be back in action this Saturday, as it plays host to California in the 114th Big Game. Kickoff is set for 7:15 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN.