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All-American honors for Stanford's Garnett, McCaffrey


Senior offensive guard Joshua Garnett and sophomore running back Christian McCaffrey of the Pac-12 champion Stanford football team received more national recognition Wednesday as the pair received American Football Coaches Association All-America first-team nods.

For Garnett, it was his fifth first-team citation, making him the ninth unanimous All-American in Stanford history.

Five of the program's nine unanimous selections have come since 2009: Garnett (2015), David Yankey (2013), Zach Ertz (2012), David DeCastro (2011) and Toby Gerhart (2009).

Garnett, a human biology major from Puyallup, Wash., was named first team All-America by the Associated Press, Sporting News, AFCA and Walter Camp Football Foundation. Last week, he became the first Stanford player to win the Outland Trophy, presented to the top interior lineman in the country. On Tuesday, he earned Pac-12's Morris Trophy, becoming the fifth Cardinal player to secure the honor. Previous winners were defensive lineman Willie Howard (1999), and offensive linemen Kwame Harris (2002), David Yankey (2012) and Andrus Peat (2014).

McCaffrey, who finished second last week in the Heisman Trophy voting, was picked first team All-America by the Associated Press (all-purpose), AFCA (kick returner), Sporting News (running back) and American Football Coaches Association (running back). He was also tabbed second team All-America by the Walter Camp Football Foundation (running back and kick returner).

A native of Castle Rock, Colo., McCaffrey established an FBS record for single-season all-purpose yards with 3,496, breaking the old mark of 3,250 set by Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State in 1988.

McCaffrey, the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, also claimed the Paul Hornung Award given to the most versatile player in college football. Stanford fullback and linebacker Owen Marecic received the award in 2010.

In other Stanford football news:

The Cardinal released its 2016 schedule, which includes six home contests and two Friday affairs.

Stanford begins the season at home against first-time opponent Kansas State (Sept. 2) in a Friday matchup at Stanford Stadium.

After a bye week, Stanford plays host to USC (Sept. 17) to open Pac-12 Conference play before road trips to UCLA (Sept. 24) and a Friday tilt at Washington (Sept. 30).

Stanford will visit Notre Dame (Oct. 15) between home games against Washington State (Oct. 8) and Colorado (Oct. 22). The Colorado matchup will be the centerpiece of Stanford's Reunion Homecoming.

Road games at Arizona (Oct. 29) and Oregon (Nov. 12) sandwich a home game with Oregon State (Nov. 5).

The 119th edition of the Big Game will be contested at Cal on Nov. 19.

Rice (Nov. 26) will visit Stanford Stadium for the first time since 1964 to end the regular season.

The Pac-12 Championship Game will be contested Dec. 2.

Tickets for the 2016 football season are available online at

— Stanford Athletics

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