Nov. 29, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. -
Center Chase Beeler and fullback/linebacker Owen Marecic have been named to the American Football Coaches' All-America team, which was released on Monday.
Beeler has anchored a Stanford offensive line that has allowed the second fewest sacks in the nation while help paving the way for a young Cardinal rushing attack which has averaged 211.0 yards on the ground this season. Beeler's presence has also allowed quarterback Andrew Luck compiled the seventh highest passing efficiency rating in the country at 166.10.
Marecic, who starts on both sides of the ball at fullback and linebacker, was named to the AFCA All-America team as the all-purpose player. The senior from Tigard, Ore., widely regarded as the best blocking fullback in the nation, has carried 20 times for 42 yards and four touchdowns this season. Marecic also ranks as Stanford's sixth leading tackler with 45 total stops, including 4.5 tackles-for-loss and two interceptions.
Stanford is one of four schools to have more than one player represented on the AFCA All-America squad, along with Auburn, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin.
The Cardinal, ranked fifth in this week's AP poll and fourth in the latest BCS standings, finished its regular season with an 11-1 record and a 8-1 conference mark.
2010 AFCA All-America Team (FBS)
WR - Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
WR - Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina
TE - Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin
OL - Lee Ziemba, Auburn
OL - Rodney Hudson, Florida State
C - Chase Beeler, Stanford
OL - Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State
OL - Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
QB - Cam Newton, Auburn
RB - Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State
RB - LaMichael James, Oregon
DL - Da"Qoun Bowers, Clemson
DL - Adrian Clayburn, Iowa
DL - Jabaal Sheard, Pittsburgh
DL - Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
LB - Luke Kuechly, Boston College
LB - Greg Jones, Michigan State
LB - Tank Carter, TCU
DB - Reggie Lambert, Air Force
DB - Patrick Peterson, LSU
DB - Prince Amukamara, Nebraska
DB - Quinton Carter, Oklahoma
P - Kyle Martens, Rice
PK - Will Snyderwine, Duke
AP - Owen Marecic