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Stanford's Yankey says he'll enter the NFL Draft

Stanford left guard David Yankey has announced that he will enter the NFL Draft.

Yankey, a unanimous All-American in 2013 and consensus All-American in 2012, had the option of returning for a fifth year but is on track to graduate this spring with a degree in science, technology and society.

"I reached my decision following conversations with family and coaches, and am greatly looking forward to the next chapter in life," said Yankey, who returned to campus Sunday from the Walter Camp All-America weekend in New Haven, Conn. "The decision was not easy. I have loved my time at Stanford and am a proud member of Nerd Nation. I am humbled at the prospect of joining a long list of Stanford alumni currently playing in the NFL."

That active list of NFL players currently stands at 27, with several other Cardinal players already set for the 2014 draft including fellow All-Americans Trent Murphy, Shayne Skov and Tyler Gaffney.

A.J. Tarpley and Henry Anderson have announced that they will return to school to finish their eligibility.

"I want to thank everyone at Stanford for their unwavering support throughout my four years. Coming here was an incredible opportunity and everyone on campus -- from professors and coaches to support staff and fans -- have demonstrated why this place is so special."

Yankey is the eighth unanimous All-American at Stanford, having been named to every major All-America team at left guard in 2013. In 2012, he was a consensus selection at left tackle.

Yankey led one of the best position groups in the country this season as the Stanford offensive line ranked seventh nationally for fewest tackles for loss allowed/game (4.14) and 11th nationally for fewest sacks allowed/game (1.14). Yankey also helped pave the way for Gaffney to rush for over 100 yards in nine games this season. Stanford's offensive line was whistled for just three holding calls all year.

This season, Stanford became the first team since Oklahoma in 2003 with a consensus All-American on offense, defense (Murphy) and at kick returner (Ty Montgomery).

Stanford (11-3 overall, 7-2 Pac-12) enjoyed a fourth consecutive BCS appearance to cap off the 2013 campaign, making the Cardinal just one of five programs to accomplish that feat in the era. The Cardinal finished the season ranked 11th in the final AP poll, following its 24-20 setback against No. 3 Michigan State on Jan. 1 in the 100th Rose Bowl Game.

— Stanford Athletics

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