2013 Pac-12 Media Day Preview: Stanford Cardinal
David Shaw, 3rd Year (23-4, 23-4 Career)
Named Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the second time in two seasons as the Stanford head coach, only the second coach to earn the honor in consecutive seasons since the award’s inception in 1975...Led the Cardinal to a 12-2 record, its first Pac-12 Championship in 13 years and a third consecutive BCS bowl appearance with a trip to the Rose Bowl...Recorded first bowl victory as a head coach with a 20-14 win over Wisconsin...Only one of four individuals to lead team to back-to-back BCS bowls in first two seasons as a college head coach...Became just the ninth major college head coach to post 11 or more wins in his first season...A 1995 Stanford graduate, was appointed the Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football on January 13, 2011, becoming the 34th head coach in Stanford history...The fifth alum to hold the position of head football coach.
David Yankey, OL, 6-5, 311, SR
Started all 14 games for the Cardinal as a junior in 2012, anchoring an offensive line that allowed a Conference-low 17 sacks (1.42 per game) during the regular season and paved the way for a ground attack that averaged 174.3 yards per game…A first team All-Pac-12 selection and a consensus All-American, played four of the five positions on the offensive line and lined up at tight end last season…Was an All-Pac-12 honorable mention performer as a sophomore in 2011, starting all 13 games at left guard….The Cardinal tied for the seventh-fewest sacks allowed in the nation with 11….In 2010, became the first Stanford freshman offensive lineman to play in a game since 2000.
Shayne Skov, LB, 6-3, 244, RS SR
Has already earned numerous preseason honors including being named to the Preseason All-America second team, as well as the Bednarik Award and Bronko Nagurski Award watch lists...A two-time All-Pac-12 honorable mention award recipient, started 13 games as a redshirt junior in 2012 after missing the season opener...led the Cardinal in tackles with 81 (43 solo)...Registered nine tackles for loss for 27 yards and 2.5 sacks...Suffered a season-ending knee injury three games in to 2011...As a sophomore in 2010, led the team in tackles (84, 54 solo) and finished with 7.5 sacks,10.5 tackles for loss, five pass breakups, one fumble recovery, and two forced fumbles...Earned a starting linebacker spot halfway through freshman campaign in 2009, ending the season as team’s third leading tackler with 62 stops (33 solo).