Stanford has a dozen honored on All-Pac-12 team


Twelve Stanford student-athletes covering 13 positions have been named to the All-Pac-12 Conference football team in an announcement made by the league office Tuesday evening.

Three players earned first-team honors, another four claimed second-team honors and five more earned honorable-mention status in voting conducted by the league's head coaches.

The three first-team performers included junior left tackle Andrus Peat, senior strong safety Jordan Richards and fifth-year senior defensive lineman Henry Anderson. Peat was a second-team selection last season while Richards and Anderson were honorable-mention choices in 2013.

Named to the second team were sophomore tight end Austin Hooper, junior right tackle Kyle Murphy, fifth-year senior inside linebacker A.J. Tarpley and senior return specialist Ty Montgomery.

The selection marked Montgomery's second among the conference's top return men. Montgomery was a first-team choice last year and also the national return specialist of the year. Hooper and Murphy enjoyed their first selections to the all-conference team while Tarpley was honorable mention in 2013.

Five student-athletes earned honorable mention including senior outside linebacker Kevin Anderson, junior cornerback Alex Carter, junior free safety Zach Hoffpauir, junior inside linebacker Blake Martinez, fifth-year senior defensive tackle David Parry and Montgomery at wide receiver.

Peat is regarded as one of the top offensive linemen in the nation. Named to every preseason All-America team, the psychology major anchors the Cardinal line in protecting quarterback Kevin Hogan. Opposing teams have recorded just 22 sacks in 12 games against the Cardinal, the top mark in the Pac-12.

Henry Anderson leads Stanford with 14.0 tackles for loss. His 7.5 sacks and nine quarterback hurries are also tops on the team. All told, Anderson has 62 total tackles (40 solo) on the season.

Richards, a National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete, leads Stanford in solo tackles (52), interceptions (3) and forced fumbles (3). He has 76 total tackles through 12 games in 2014.

Montgomery leads Stanford with 61 receptions and ranks among the national leaders in punt return average (19.8) and kick return average (25.2). He is the NCAA's active leader in combined kickoff and punt return yards.

Hooper is second on the team in receptions with 35, two of which have gone for touchdowns.

Tarpley has put together another solid season at linebacker where he ranks second on the team with 77 tackles.

Among the honorable mention picks, Kevin Anderson has 49 tackles including 10.5 for a loss and 4.5 sacks; Martinez leads the Cardinal with 96 tackles (49 solo); Carter leads the Cardinal with nine passes defended to go with 39 tackles (32 solo); Hoffpauir has seen his playing time increase exponentially in the latter half of the season with 42 tackles and five pass breakups; and Parry, a former walk-on, checks in with 30 tackles, 7.5 for a loss including 4.5 sacks.

— Stanford Athletics

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