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Cardinal trio named to Walter Camp All-American team

Stanford's David Yankey, Trent Murphy and Ty Montgomery were named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America first team, as announced Thursday. Now in its 124th year, the All-America team is the nation's oldest.

The accolades are the latest in the Cardinal's recent flurry of nods from the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Zach Ertz was a first team Walter Camp All-American in 2012, joining David DeCastro (2011), Toby Gerhart (2009), Andrew Luck (2011) and Jonathan Martin (2011) as previous Cardinal to earn the honor. Chris Owusu was named to the second team in 2009.

Yankey, a senior offensive guard and consensus All-American in 2012, has led one of the best position groups in the country this season as the Stanford offensive line ranked fourth nationally for fewest tackles for loss allowed/game (3.69)and 16th nationally for fewest sacks allowed/game (1.15). Yankey also helped pave the way for Gaffney to rush for over 100 yards in nine games this season.

Murphy, a fifth-year senior outside linebacker, leads the nation in sacks with 14.0, 1.5 more than any other player. He also ranks sixth nationally with 1.7 tackles for loss/game while his 21.5 tackles for loss are third most.

Montgomery, a junior wide receiver and kick returner, led the nation in kickoff return average, recording a 31.2 average through 13 games. He returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, including a 99-yard return on the opening kickoff against Washington and a 100-yard return at Utah. He also had a breakout season as a receiver with 937 yards and 10 touchdowns. He currently ranks ninth nationally in all-purpose yards/game (161.0).

Walter Camp, "The Father of American Football," first selected an All-America team in 1889.

— Stanford Athletics

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