Stanford football receives additional All-America honors

Senior left guard David Yankey became a unanimous All-America Wednesday when he was named to the Football Writers Association team. Outside linebacker Trent Murphy earned first team honors while junior Ty Montgomery (kick returner), senior outside linebacker Shayne Skov and senior free safety Ed Reynolds earned second team honors.

Meanwhile, Cardinal coach David Shaw is among five finalists for the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award, as announced by the American Heart Association.

Shaw is joined by David Bailiff (Rice), Art Briles (Baylor), Mark Dantonio (Michigan State) and Gus Malzahn (Auburn) with the winner being selected Jan. 15.

Shaw guided Stanford to a second straight Pac-12 championship, with the Cardinal set to play Michigan State in the 100th Rose Bowl Game.

Stanford (11-2) has defeated six nationally-ranked teams this season, which is tops in the nation. The Cardinal is ranked fifth in the final BCS standings and will look for its third 12-win season over the last four campaigns.

Stanford is the only team at the FBS level to win at least 11 games in each of the last four years.

The 28th annual event on Wednesday, January 15 in Houston, Texas will bring together the nation's top performing college coaches and sports enthusiasts to raise funds for heart disease in the name of Paul "Bear" Bryant.

Murphy and Montgomery are also consensus All-America picks.

Yankey, Murphy and Montgomery were also named to the American Football Coaches Association team on Wednesday.

Montgomery became Stanford's first return-all-purpose consensus All-American while Murphy is Stanford's first consensus defensive player since 1974.

The Cardinal had three consensus selections in the same season for the first time in program history.

Yankey, a senior offensive guard and consensus All-American in 2012, has led one of the best position groups in the country this season.

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. He also ranks sixth with 1.7 tackles for loss/game, while his 21 1/2 tackles for loss ranks third.

Murphy's sack total is the most by a Stanford player since 2000 when Riall Johnson had 15. Murphy had two or more sacks in five different games this season and recorded at least one sack in nine of 13 contests.

Montgomery led the nation in kickoff return average, recording a 31.2 average. 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).

Reynolds, a senior safety, helped Stanford's defense by limiting offenses' aerial attacks.

After leading the nation last year in interception return yards, opposing teams largely stayed away from Reynolds' side of the field.

He finished with five passes defended including one interception while ranking second on the team in solo tackles (49) and third in total tackles (77).

Skov earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honor for his defensive efforts. He led the Pac-12 in tackles with 100, including 56 solo, 10 for a loss, 4 1/2 sacks, 10 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and two recoveries.

The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.

The All-America team also included Yankey on its first team. Reynolds (defense) and Montgomery (special teams) were also named first team.

Murphy was named to the second team while Tyler Gaffney and Skov were third-team picks.

Palo Alto grad Davante Adams (Fresno State), who leads the nation in receptions and receiving touchdowns, was named to the third team offense.

Adams was named to Sports Blog Nation's first team All-America.

Track and field

Stanford's NCAA 400-meter hurdles champion Kori Carter is one of three women's finalists for The Bowerman Trophy, signifying collegiate track and field's outstanding performer. It will be awarded today at a ceremony at the J.W. Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes hotel.

Carter will be joined by Arizona high jumper Brigetta Barrett and Clemson hurdler Brianna Rollins.

Carter turned professional after the NCAA meet, giving up her senior season of eligibility, but she remains at Stanford to complete her degree and continues to be coached by Cardinal associate head coach Jody Stewart.

Here are Carter's top honors during the 2013 season:

NCAA Division I outdoor 400 hurdles champion

Pac-12 400 hurdles champion

Pac-12 100 hurdles champion

Collegiate 400 hurdles record

NCAA Division I runner-up: 100 hurdles

First team All-America in 400 hurdles

First team All-America in 100 hurdles

Pac-12 Women's Track Athlete of the Year

— Stanford Athletics


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