One former Cardinal football player moved onto an NFL roster while another was waived from a roster on Tuesday as the San Diego Chargers signed defensive end/linebacker Thomas Keiser off of their practice squad and the San Francisco 49ers waived fullback Owen Marecic.
Sunday was a big day for Stanford’s big guys around the NFL. Coby Fleener ’11 caught four passes for 69 yards and a touchdown, Zach Ertz ’13 snagged two passes for 58 yards, Jim Dray ’10 grabbed five passes for 31 yards and Levine Toilolo ’13 recorded his first NFL reception for a 4-yard gain in an eventful week for former Stanford tight ends.
As the NFL regular season kicks off tonight, an eventful summer and preseason for former Stanford players concludes. After the final cuts, 20 former Stanford players made a 53-man roster across 14 different NFL franchises, including four players with Indianapolis and two each with Seattle, Arizona and Cincinnati. In addition, four players (Thomas Keiser, Matthew Masifilo, Chris Owusu and Michael Thomas) were cut but now currently reside on practice squads.
It gets harder every single year. The end of the school year means it’s time to say goodbye to another class of Stanford student-athletes.
The Daily is proud to announce its upcoming book, “Rags to Roses: The Rise of Stanford Football,” by Joseph Beyda, George Chen and Sam Fisher.
Stanford football’s “Mr. Do Everything” is going to have to do even more this season. Redshirt junior fullback Ryan Hewitt more than earned that label from head coach David Shaw in 2011. He blocked dominantly for the one of the nation’s top 20 rushing attacks, pounded the ball forward in short-yardage situations and averaged three receptions a game out of the backfield.
Undrafted & Underrated: Stanford WR Griff Whalen works to join his best friend, Andrew Luck, on the Colts’ roster
A shortened version of this story appeared in The New York Times’ college sports blog The Quad and in The Daily print edition today.
“With the first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select Andrew Luck, quarterback, Stanford…”
Luck strides across the Radio City Music Hall stage in a dark-blue suit and a tie with lilac and lavender stripes, his normally shaggy hair groomed for the occasion. He bear-hugs the league commissioner and flashes a goofy smile for the rows of cameras.
Back at Stanford, in the Rains apartment he shares with Luck, Griff Whalen is also beaming. Staring at the 36-inch TV in the corner of their living room, he watches as the kid from Houston that he’s known since freshman year, talks to Deion Sanders on ESPN.