By Joseph Beyda
Senior wide receiver Devon Cajuste announced on Wednesday that he would return to Stanford for a fifth season.
The Cardinal’s second-leading receiver made his decision public on Twitter the day after the team’s dominant 45-21 win over Maryland in the Foster Farms Bowl, in which he scored a pair of touchdowns.
I have decided that I am both proud and excited to spend one more season as a student-athlete at Stanford. Lets do it! #StanU
— Devon Cajuste (@speedracer13193) December 31, 2014
Cajuste caught more touchdowns (six) than any other Stanford player in 2014, and his 557 receiving yards were second only to the 604 posted by classmate Ty Montgomery.
He came to Stanford in 2011 as a three-star recruit and one of the first players from New York City to make his way to the Farm in decades. After redshirting as a freshman, Cajuste recorded his first career catch in 2012 before breaking onto the scene as Stanford’s second-leading receiver as a junior.
On a 2013 Cardinal offense that had lost three tight ends to the two previous NFL drafts, the muscular, 6-foot-4 Cajuste became Stanford’s primary threat in the intermediate-to-deep passing game. Often creating a mismatch when he lined up as a slot receiver, Cajuste set a school record in 2013 for yards per catch (22.9). In the Pac-12 Championship Game against Arizona State, Cajuste racked up 120 receiving yards — on just two catches.
Cajuste’s production dipped somewhat as a senior, primarily due to the emergence of Stanford’s three sophomore tight ends and the team’s overall struggles on offense. But he still took over games from time to time, catching three touchdown passes against Army and posting the only 100-yard receiving game for a Stanford player all season at Oregon.
Cajuste missed two games in 2014: the Cardinal’s season-opening win against UC Davis, for violating team rules; and Stanford’s 26-10 loss at ASU, due to an injury (suspected to be a concussion) sustained the previous week.