DeCastro, C. Thomas, Fleener SN All-Americans

The honors keep rolling in for Stanford Football players in 2011. After all the well-deserved attention Andrew Luck has received, it is great to see college football fans reminded about the talent that had Andrew's back this year! Three Cardinal non-QBs received first-team All-American honors from the Sporting News. Congrats to Chase, David and Coby on their well-earned national recognition!

DeCastro, Chase Thomas and Fleener Named Sporting News All-Americans

Stanford's three selections second only to Alabama's four


STANFORD, Calif. -- Three Stanford players – right guard David DeCastro, outside linebacker Chase Thomas and tight end Coby Fleener – have been named to the Sporting News All-America team, which was released on Thursday.


Stanford's three selections were tied with LSU and ranked second only to Alabama's four on the Sporting News All-America squad. By conference, the SEC had nine representatives, followed by the Pac-12 and Big Ten with five and the Big 12 with four.


With the selection of Thomas and Fleener, Stanford has had five players earn spots on NCAA-recognized All-America teams, which include the Walter Camp Football Foundation, American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, along with Sporting News.


It's the most All-America selections ever turned out by the Stanford program in one season, topping the 1973 squad, which produced four All-Americans in Mike Boryla, Pat Donavan, Rod Garcia and Roger Stillwell.


By being named to the Sporting News squad, DeCastro has earned the distinction of being a unanimous All-America selection, having already landed spots on the Walter Camp, AFCA, FWAA and AP squads. He is Stanford's second unanimous All-American in the last three years, following Toby Gerhart in 2009.


Fleener is the first tight end in Stanford history to earn All-America recognition. The fifth-year senior grabbed 32 passes for 648 yards and a team-high 10 touchdowns, which topped all FBS tight ends. He averaged 20.2 yards per catch, which currently ranks second on Stanford's all-time single season list. His 18 career touchdowns rank fifth all-time.


Thomas finished fourth on the team in total tackles with 51 and led the Pac-12 in tackles-for-loss per game (1.46; 73 total) and finished second in sacks-per-game (0.71; 8.5 total). He was also credited with five forced fumbles, which ranked second in the conference and tied for eighth nationally.


Thomas keyed a defensive unit that led the Pac-12 in five categories while ranking second in three others.


He is the first Stanford linebacker to earn All-America honors since Ron George in 1992.


Robert Griffin III of Baylor was named Sporting News Player of the Year.


Sporting News All-American Team


QB -- Robert Griffin III, Jr., Baylor

RB -- Trent Richardson, Jr., Alabama

RB -- Montee Ball, Jr., Wisconsin

OL -- David DeCastro, Jr., Stanford

OL -- Barrett Jones, Jr., Alabama

OL -- Nate Potter, Sr., Boise State

OL -- Will Blackwell, Sr., LSU

OL -- David Molk, Sr., Michigan

WR -- Robert Woods, Soph., USC

WR -- Justin Blackmon, Jr., Oklahoma State

TE -- Coby Fleener, Sr., Stanford

K -- Randy Bullock, Sr., Texas A&M

KR -- Tyler Lockett, Fr., Kansas State



DL -- Whitney Mercilus, Jr., Illinois

DL -- Jerel Worthy, Jr., Michigan State

DL -- Devon Still, Sr., Penn State

DL -- Melvin Ingram, Sr., South Carolina

LB -- Courtney Upshaw, Sr., Alabama

LB -- Luke Kuechly, Jr., Boston College

LB -- Chase Thomas, Jr., Stanford

CB -- Tyrann Mathieu, Soph., LSU

CB -- Morris Claiborne, Jr., LSU

S -- T.J. McDonald, Jr., USC

S -- Mark Barron, Sr., Alabama

P -- Ryan Allen, Jr., Louisiana Tech

PR -- Joe Adams, Sr., Arkansas

 Thanks to Stanford Athletics Media Relations for the above information

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