Stanford tight ends Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo announced they were foregoing their final year at Stanford to make themselves available to the NFL draft. Both released a statement through the Stanford Sports Information Department.
Ertz, an All-American, led the Cardinal in receiving this season with 69 receptions for 898 yards and six touchdowns.
Toilolo caught 24 passes for 393 yards and four touchdowns.
To my friends and family in the Stanford community:
In light of achieving our collective dream of winning the Rose Bowl Game, it is difficult to imagine not playing side-by-side with my Stanford brothers for another season. However, after returning home and talking to my family, coaches and advisors and conducting a thorough analysis of the situation, I have decided to forego my final year of eligibility at Stanford University.
It has been a dream of mine to play in the NFL for as long as I can remember, and I would not be in this position without my coaches, professors and everyone associated with the University. It has been a true honor to play for such an incredible program, and I'm proud to be graduating with a bachelor of science degree in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University in June.
Finally, from the bottom of my heart: I love my team and thank you all for every memory on and off the field. I will certainly be cheering loudest when we win the National Championship next year!
Zach Ertz, #86
After much thought, prayer, and discussion with my family, I have decided to forego my senior season of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft. It has been a tremendous honor to be a part of this team and University for the past four years. Academics are a great priority for a Stanford man, and I take great pride in being on track to graduate from Stanford University in June.
I would like to thank all of the coaches and staff who have shaped me as both a person and a player, allowing me to be in this position. Writing this brief sentiment has caused me to realize how much I will truly miss this extraordinary University, and more importantly the people here - including the professors, students and fans. I will forever cherish the memories I have made with my friends and teammates, and I thank you all for making my time here special.
To all of my teammates, I wish you all the best of luck next season, and I look forward to being able to cheer for you guys during the National Championship Game!