Stanford defensive end Henry Anderson and free safety Ed Reynolds are among a group of 42 players named to the 2013 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List, an award that is presented to the top defensive player in the country for his outstanding achievements both on and off the playing field.
The IMPACT portion of the award stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity, traits that the award recipient is to embody.
A 14-game starter a year ago, Anderson caught fire during Stanford's dramatic second half of the season. Starting in the game of the year Anderson collected 11.5 of his 13.0 tackles for a loss and 4.5 of his year's 5.5 sacks. The recipient of Stanford's Tommy Vardell Award, epitomizing excellence in both academics and academics, Anderson was a Pac-12 All-Academic first team honoree as well as a second team All-Pac-12 performer.
Anderson majors in political science and boasts a 3.50 GPA.
Reynolds established himself as one of the most electric defensive backs in the nation in 2012, leading the Cardinal with six interceptions (the most since Jim Kaffen in 1973.) Three of those interceptions went for touchdowns and his 301 interception return yards fell one yard shy of the NCAA record. Reynolds was selected to the Associated Press All-America third team and was an All-Pac-12 first teamer.
Reynolds majors in political science and boasts a 3.09 GPA.
Stanford joins six other schools to have multiple candidates from their ranks on the 2013 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List.
The Pac-12 Conference leads the way with 11 nominees, followed by the Big Ten, ACC and Big-12 with seven each and the SEC with five. The Mountain West has two nominees and the other three nominees come from football Independents.
There are 20 linebackers, 14 defensive backs and eight defensive linemen on the list.
Nicole Gibbs and Krista Hardebeck both extended their stays at the NCAA Singles Championship, winning second-round matches on Thursday and earning All-America status in the process.
The defending NCAA Singles champion, Gibbs defeated Michigan's Ronit Yurovsky 6-4, 6-4 while Hardebeck rallied for a 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory over VCU's Cindy Chala.
Gibbs is bidding to become Stanford's first repeat champion since Amber Liu in 2003-04.
In each of Hardebeck's last four wins, she has dropped the first set before winning the next two.
Meanwhile in doubles, both Cardinal doubles teams were eliminated. Ahn and Gibbs were upset by Tulsa's Isaura Enrique and Samantha Vickers 6-2, 6-4 while Stacey Tan and Ellen Tsay fell short against Florida's Lauren Embree and Sofie Oyen 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
Former Pepperdine University standout Kasey Crider has joined the Stanford women's volleyball staff for the upcoming 2013 season, head coach John Dunning announced today. Crider replaces Matt Hoffman, who will be an assistant coach at Wichita State this fall.
A two-time All-American, Crider comes to The Farm after serving the 2013 season as the volunteer assistant coach for the Pepperdine men's volleyball team. He was a setter for the Waves from 2008-11, and finished his career second all-time at with 3,989 assists. He also earned multiple All-MPSF honors during his career.
Stanford finished fifth at the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Women's National Championship, wrapping up the chase for the Gerald C. Miller Trophy Friday. The Cardinal rallied back from 10th-place on day one to secure the top-five showing among the 18-team field.
"I'm really proud of the ladies, and they sailed their best all year this week at the nationals," Stanford head coach John Vandemoer said. "That's all you can ask from your players. The whole team did a great job getting them ready for this regatta and it showed."
Dartmouth (203) finished first and St. Mary's (Md.) was second with 241 points. Cornel (267) was one point ahead of the Cardinal and Boston College, who had 268 points apiece. The tiebreaker went to fourth-place Boston College to cap off the three-day event.
Stanford, ranked 10th nationally heading into the championships, produced 157 points in the A-Division and 111 B-Division points.
The A-Division trio of Sarah Mace, Katie Riklin and Helena Scutt finished seventh overall. Molly McKinney and Natalie Urban were third in the B-Division.
The Cardinal moved into fifth place Thursday following a bounce-back performance with 106 points on the day, moving its points total to 216.
With just four races remaining, Stanford got the strong showing it needed to stay in the hunt.
Mace and Riklin tallied 55 points Thursday, an improvement over Wednesday's 66.
McKinney and Urban led Stanford's B-Division unit to 51 points on day two, bringing their total to 95.
Stanford got off to a relatively slow start on Wednesday and stood in 10th place overall with 110 points.
Stanford entered the race as one of nine finalists and joined the mix against nine teams advancing from Tuesday's semifinals.