Hooper, Shuler named to national football watch lists


Stanford tight end Austin Hooper was named to the John Mackey Award preseason watch list and center Graham Shuler appeared on the Rimington Trophy list, as college football's watch list season continued Wednesday.

The Mackey Award is given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end. The award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee, with the winner announced Dec. 9 and then presented the honor live Dec. 10 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU.

The Rimington Trophy is presented to the nation's top center, as selected by the Rimington Trophy Committee. Finalists for the award will be announced Dec. 7 and the winner will be recognized Jan. 16 at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Neb.

Hooper enters his junior season as one of the top targets for quarterback Kevin Hogan, who was named to the Maxwell Award watch list Tuesday. The 6-4, 250-pound tight end was second on the team with 40 receptions and third with 499 yards while playing all 13 games in 2014. He was named All-Pac-12 second team and Scout Freshman All-America first team after sitting out his first season on The Farm.

Shuler, a senior from Franklin, Tenn., is on the Rimington Award watch list for the second straight season. He started every game a year ago, helping the offensive line to a No. 18 national ranking in tackles for loss allowed (4.62/game).

Men's swimming

Stanford was named a Scholar All-America Team by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.

The Cardinal ranked 18th nationally with a 3.36 team grade-point average, the best of any team in the Pac-12 Conference. Stanford was sixth at the 2015 NCAA Championships and boasted the highest GPA of any program that finished in the top 10.

Nearly 70 percent of all NCAA swimming and diving programs earned GPA's of 3.0 or higher during the spring, including 83 percent of all Division I schools.

The announcement came after the NCAA report on the Academic Progress Rate (APR) of Division I sports. That report showed that Division I men's and women's swimming and diving teams posted the second-highest APR among those sports with fifty or more teams.

Even more, 15 Cardinal student-athletes were named to the CSCAA's Scholar All-America team. That accolade was dealt to Bradley Christensen, Christian Brown, David Nolan, Gray Umbach, Jeff Garnier, Liam Egan, Max Williamson, Ryan Arata, Thomas Stephens, Christopher Pickard (honorable mention), Daniel Le (honorable mention), James Yoder (honorable mention), Justin Buck (honorable mention), Sean Duggan (honorable mention) and Tarek Abdelghany (honorable mention).

— Stanford Athletics

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