As the first game of the season draws nearer, the Cardinal continues to attract national attention through its strong representation in the preseason college football award watch lists. Only a few days removed from five Cardinal players being named to the Bednarik and Maxwell watch lists, four more watch lists recognized nine more of the boys from The Farm.
John Mackey Award
Stanford can’t focus on postseason awards just yet with No. 17 UCLA and a potential Rose Bowl berth looming at Friday’s Pac-12 Championship game, but the No. 8 Cardinal received some more national recognition on Wednesday when senior tight end Zach Ertz and junior offensive tackle David Yankey were both named to the American Football Coaches Association All-American Team.
Redshirt junior tight end Zach Ertz was named one of eight semifinalists for the 2012 John Mackey Award, given annually to the most outstanding tight end in college football. Senior halfback Stepfan Taylor also made the cut as one of eight semifinalists for the 2012 Doak Walker Award, given annually to the most outstanding collegiate running back in the nation.