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McCaffrey heads list of 15 Cardinal players on All-Pac-12 team

 

Fifteen Stanford student-athletes received All-Pac-12 Conference football accolades on Tuesday, including a conference-best seven first-team honorees.

First-team selections included record-setting sophomore running back and Heisman Trophy candidate Christian McCaffrey, senior offensive linemen Joshua Garnett and Kyle Murphy, junior tight end Austin Hooper, senior inside linebacker Blake Martinez, and senior defensive lineman Aziz Shittu. McCaffrey also was selected to the first team as a return specialist.

"He's done something that no one in the conference has done," Stanford coach David Shaw said of McCaffrey. "I'm happy for him."

Fifth-year senior quarterback Kevin Hogan and fifth-year senior cornerback Ronnie Harris were named to the second team.

Eight Cardinal garnered honorable mention. They include fifth-year senior linebacker Kevin Anderson, senior offensive linemen Johnny Caspers and Graham Shuler, sophomore fullback Daniel Marx, sophomore defensive lineman Solomon Thomas and senior placekicker Conrad Ukropina.

"It's awesome," Hogan said. "All the guys are deserving of their honors."

McCaffrey leads the nation in all-purpose yardage with a school-record 3,035, the third-most in NCAA history. He averages 252.92 yards/game.

McCaffrey ranks second in the conference and seventh nationally in rushing with 1,640 yards and averages 136.7 per contest, the seventh-best figure in FBS. He's also first in the Pac-12 and seventh nationally in kickoff returns at 29.7.

McCaffrey is one of three finalists for the Maxwell Award, presented to the top player in college football, the Doak Walker Award, given to the best running back in the country, and the Hornung Award, given to the nation's top all-around performer.

Garnett and Murphy have been the mainstays of a powerful offensive line that has helped spring McCaffrey. Stanford ranks second in the league in rushing, averaging 222.0 yards/game, and has allowed only 18 sacks, the second-lowest figure in the conference.

Garnett is one of the three finalists for the Outland Trophy presented to the top lineman in the nation.

Hooper also has excelled as a blocker and has caught 29 passes for 406 yards and six touchdowns, including a 10-yard scoring toss from Hogan in the fourth quarter of last Saturday night's 38-36 victory against fourth-ranked Notre Dame.

He is a finalist for the Mackey Award, given to the top tight end in the country.

Martinez tops the Pac-12 and ranks 14th nationally in tackles per game with 10.1. A team captain and leader, he has helped the young unit rank third in the conference in total defense, despite returning only two starters.

The powerful Shittu has rebounded from a knee injury last season to be a force up front. He has produced 40 tackles, a team-leading 9.0 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.

Hogan has had a sensational season. He ranks second in the Pac-12 and fifth nationally in passing efficiency, completing 185 of 177 attempts (68.3) for 2,500 yards and 23 touchdowns while throwing only seven interceptions.

Hogan is 34-10 as a starter, the most wins of any Stanford quarterback, and has the most victories of any active quarterback in the country. He is 14-6 against AP top 25 opponents and is the only quarterback in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards.

Harris was the lone returning starter in the Cardinal secondary. Despite missing the past two games, Harris has defensed 10 passes this season, tied for third in the Pac-12. Harris is a team captain and one of the vocal leaders on the squad.

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