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  2022 LOU GROZA AWARD FINALIST (OUTSTANDING KICKER): Joshua Karty, Stanford,...Following a perfect 18-for-18 season on field goals, Stanford junior kicker Joshua Karty was named one of three finalists for the 2022 Lou Groza Award on Tuesday morning. The award is presented annually to the Collegiate Place-Kicker of the Year by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission and the Orange Bowl. Karty is joined by NC State's Christopher Dunn and Michigan's Jake Moody as the three finalists. Karty, a native of Burlington, N.C., went 18-of-18 on the year on field goal attempts, with 13 of those makes from 40-or-more yards. Karty was the only qualified kicker nationally with no misses on the year, and the only kicker with 13 makes of 40+ yards this season.

Dating back to 1996, Karty is just the fourth kicker with at least 18 makes to have a perfect season, and just the third kicker with 10+ makes from 40-or-more yards without a miss. He set the school record with a 61-yard field goal at Cal, and also had makes of 54 yards (vs. BYU) and 53 yards (at Oregon). No kicker nationally had more than three 50+-yard field goals with no misses. Karty's 61-yarder was five yards further than any other kicker this season. Karty was named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week four times in 2022 and a Lou Groza Award Star of the Week twice. For his career, Karty is 51-for-52 on PATs and 28-for-34 on field goals. His five career misses have come from 49, 51, 54, 55 and 58 yards. - Stanford Football


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  2022 WUERFFEL TROPHY FINALIST: Patrick Fields, Stanford,...For the second straight season, Stanford's fifth-year safety Patrick Fields has been named a finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy. Fields is joined by Florida State's Dillan Gibbons and Minnesota's Tanner Morgan as the three finalists. The winner will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 8. A two-time graduate at Oklahoma, Fields is studying for his master's in management science and engineering at Stanford. He was one of three finalists for the award last season at Oklahoma, which ultimately was received by Cardinal quarterback Isaiah Sanders. Fields has been active in the Stanford community since joining the Cardinal program from Oklahoma in January. He planned and executed a three-day mentorship and networking event prior to Juneteenth in his hometown of Tulsa, Okla. The event brought together high school and college students with black business owners, leaders and mentors, to teach the students about the college admissions process and financial resources available to them.

Fields raised the funds to make all events during the three days free to those who attended and hopes to give out academic scholarships through the event in the future. While at Oklahoma, Fields founded the Black Wall Street Scholarship, collaborating with the president of the OU National Black Alumni Association to establish an endowment with the purpose of providing scholarships for underrepresented and lower income students from inner-city Tulsa. In July of 2021, Fields founded and coordinated the Patrick Fields Back to School Bash and football camp for economically vulnerable elementary students in Tulsa. He is passionate about educating students, especially underrepresented students, about financial literacy, money management, credit and personal branding, and founded Town Business to do just that in Tulsa. Established in 2005, the Wuerffel Trophy honors college football players who serve others, celebrate their impact, and inspire greater service in the world. - Stanford Football


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  Stanford coach David Shaw resigned Saturday night after finishing his 12th season at his alma mater with a 36-25 loss to BYU that dropped the Cardinal to 3-9. Shaw, 50, led Stanford to five double-digit win seasons, with three Pac-12 titles and Rose Bowl appearances in his first six years as head coach. He finished with more wins than any coach in program history with a 96-54 record, and was considered one of the most respected coaches in the country. Shaw arrived unusually late to his postgame news conference and said his decision only came in the last few days. "A week ago, 10 days ago, I was gung-ho to be the person to lead us there, and over the last few days I realized it was time," Shaw said. "It was time for me to step aside, time for the next group to come in, and hopefully whoever they hire next wins more games than I do. That would be awesome." The falloff in recent years has been drastic. The Cardinal are 14-28 over the last four seasons as the program has struggled to keep up in a rapidly changing college football landscape with players transferring more freely and earning money for name, image and likeness.

Stanford is 3-16 in Pac-12 play the past two seasons, including consecutive losses to rival California. "There are a lot of people that think this program is down. That's what our record says," Shaw said. "But I look at the components. I look at the people here, the support that I'm hearing coming from our athletic director, from our university president, the people that are behind the scenes. We're not that far away." Shaw, a California native who played receiver for Stanford in the early 1990s, replaced Jim Harbaugh as head coach in 2011. He had been offensive coordinator for Harbaugh from 2007-10. Shaw spent nine seasons as an NFL assistant before joining Harbaugh's staff at the University of San Diego and then following him to Stanford. - AP College Football


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  NOV 21 PAC-12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Joshua Karty, Jr., PK, Stanford (Burlington, N.C.),...Made 61-yard field goal as time expired, setting a new school record. Field goal was 5 yards longer than any other field goal made at the FBS level this season...2nd longest field goal in Pac-12 history (Jason Hanson, WSU, 62-yarder in 1991) and longest in a conference game. 61 yards is a Big Game record and tied for 6th longest in FBS since at least 1996...16-for-16 on the season on field goals with 12 makes of 40+ yards...Becomes 4th player in conference history to win Special Teams Player of the Week 4 times in the same season joining Utah's Matt Gay in 2018, Arizona State's Zane Gonzalez in 2016 (Lou Groza Award winner that season) and Cal's Doug Brien in 1991...Also nominated: Camden Lewis, K, Oregon; Dario Longhetto, PK, California; Luke Loecher, P, Oregon State; Tyler Loop, K, Arizona. - Pac-12 Football

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  Joshua Karty's 61-yard field goal for Stanford against California was the longest in the nation this season and enhanced his resume for the Lou Groza Award. Karty's field goal was his second of the game and came on the last play of a 27-20 loss. The Groza Award semifinalist is 16 for 16 on field goals this season and 24 of 29 for his career. His only misses in two years as the Cardinal kicker have been from 49 yards and longer. Arkansas State's Dominic Zvada kicked a 56-yarder against Texas State on Saturday that is the nation's second-longest. - AP College Football

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  For the second time this season, Stanford must do without its leading rusher. First, it was E.J. Smith. This time, it's Casey Filkins. Head coach David Shaw announced Tuesday that Filkins "will be out a significant portion" of the season, "if not the rest of the year." Filkins has run for 478 yards on 122 carries (3.9 average). The junior suffered an arm injury at the end of a 23-yard run late in the third quarter of the Cardinal's 15-14 win over Arizona State on Saturday. The Sun Devils' Khoury Bethley was flagged for a late hit out of bounds on the play. Smith rushed for 206 yards in two games before he was sidelined for the rest of the season with an undisclosed injury. Though Stanford now is down its top two running backs, Shaw expressed optimism that the Cardinal can overcome those losses. - San Francisco Chronicle

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  OCT 24 PAC-12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Joshua Karty, Jr., K, Stanford (Burlington, N.C.),...Career-high 5 field goals tied school record (John Hopkins at Cal, 1990; Nate Whitaker at Notre Dame, 2010). 5 field goals made was tied for the most in the country this season (3 times) and the 5 attempts was the most in the Pac-12 on the year.His makes on Saturday were from: 44, 36, 44, 36, 47 yards. Has scored 25 of Stanford's 31 points the last 2 weeks (both wins). 12-for-12 on the season for FG and 18-of-18 on PAT. Leads the conference in made field goals/ Karty is the only kicker in the Pac-12, and 1 of just 6 nationally, with at least 10 made field goals and no misses. 3rd time in the last 4 weeks Karty has won this award. First Pac-12 player to win this award 3 times in the same season since Utah's Matt Gay did it 4 times in 2018. First Stanford player to earn this honor 3 times in the same season since the award was created in 1987. Also nominated: Anthony Gould, WR/PR, Oregon State; Nicholas Barr-Mira, K, UCLA. - Pac-12 Football

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  Joshua Karty kicked five field goals, lifting Stanford to a come-from-behind, 15-14 win over Arizona State on Saturday afternoon. Karty's five field goals tied the all-time single-game record for the Cardinal (3-4, 1-4 Pac-12), who snapped a school-record 10-game conference losing streak. Stanford had not won a game against a Pac-12 opponent since it beat Oregon 31-24 on Oct. 2, 2021. The decisive field goal came with 6:28 remaining in the fourth quarter. Karty converted from 47 yards, matching his second-longest attempt of the season. Named the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week twice in the last three games, Karty has not missed a kick this season, making all 12 of his field goal attempts. The Sun Devils (2-5, 1-3) have not won at Stanford Stadium since 2007, dropping four straight on the road to the Cardinal in that span.

Arizona State's Emory Jones was 15 of 25 passing but Stanford's pass defense, which entered Saturday ranked second in the conference surrendering 212.3 yards per game, held Arizona State to 227 receiving yards. The Sun Devils led 14-6 after Elijhah Badger caught a 39-yard touchdown pass a minute into the second quarter. Badger made six catches for a career-best 118 yards. Stanford had not allowed its opponent to score in the first quarter in its last two games against Oregon State and Notre Dame. But the Sun Devils ended the streak when Xazavian Valladay running for a 15-yard touchdown. Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee, who completed 33 of his 57 attempted passes for 320 yards, has been held without a touchdown in back-to-back games after recording multiple in each of Stanford's first five games. - Stanford/AP College Football


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  OCT 17 PAC-12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Joshua Karty, Jr., K, Stanford (Burlington, N.C.),...3-for-3 (43-43-45) in a two-point win at Notre Dame (just Stanford's 5th-ever win at ND Stadium)...Has not missed inside 48 yards in his Stanford career...3 attempts and makes matches his career high and Karty accounted for 10 of Stanford's 16 points Saturday (3 made FG, 1 PAT)...Also led the kickoff unit for the Cardinal, totaling 4 kickoffs for 4 touchbacks...17-for-17 this season (PAT), 7-7 this season (FG)- 1 of only 2 Pac-12 kickers with a perfect mark when kicking field goals...2nd time this season Karty has won this award...First Stanford player to win this award multiple times in the same season since KR Chris Owusu in 2009 and first Stanford place kicker to do it since Mike Biselli in 1999...Also nominated: Luke Loecher, P, Oregon State; Cole Becker, PK, Colorado; Kyle Ostendorp, P, Arizona. - Pac-12 Football

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  OCT 17 PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jonathan McGill, Sr., S, Stanford (Coppell, Texas),...Four tackles (one for loss), a fumble recovery and the game-sealing pass breakup. The fumble recovery is McGill's 2nd career, last came in the 2019 season...Second straight game Stanford has not allowed any points in the first quarter. Notre Dame was scoreless until the 6:22 mark of the third quarter, its longest scoreless streak to start a game since Oct. 2, 2021 vs. Cincinnati...6th time in the Stanford-Notre Dame series (dating back to 1925) that Notre Dame has been held to 14 or less points...First time winning this award and the first Stanford player to be named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week since Kyu Blu Kelly in Week 2 of 2021...Also nominated: Jaydon Grant, DB, Oregon State; Josh Chandler-Semedo, ILB, Colorado; R.J. Hubert, S, Utah; DJ Warnell Jr., S, Arizona. - Pac-12 Football

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  Tanner McKee passed for 288 yards, Casey Filkins scored a touchdown and Joshua Karty kicked three field goals as Stanford ended an 11-game losing streak against FBS opponents, beating Notre Dame 16-14 on Saturday night. The Cardinal (2-4), who blew a two-touchdown lead against Oregon State a week earlier, put the game away when Stanford safety Jonathan McGill broke up a pass by Drew Pyne on fourth-and-7 from the Notre Dame 25-yard line with 1:04 left. It was Stanford's first win against an FBS opponent since beating then-No. 3 Oregon 31-24 in overtime on Oct. 2, 2021. After the game, the Cardinal ran to the end of the field where their fans were and celebrated. It's the second embarrassing home loss of the season for the Irish (3-3). The Irish were beaten 26-21 by Marshall in the second game of the season, but had won three straight since. The Irish offense couldn't get much going against a Stanford defense that entered the game 111th in scoring defense, giving up 32.6 points a game.

Notre Dame scored touchdowns on back-to-back possessions in the second half, but fumbled the ball away on their next possession. Stanford scored its lone touchdown on its first possession, driving 66 yards in eight plays, capped by a 2-yard run by Filkins. Karty then kicked field goals of 45, 43 and 43 yards. McKee was 26-of-38 passing for 288 yards and the Cardinal had a 385 yards to 311 yards advantage in total offense. Pyne was 13-of-27 passing for 151 yards for the Irish with a fumble. He threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Tobias Merriweather and Audric Estime had a 10-yard scoring run as Notre Dame overcame a 13-0 deficit to take a 14-13 lead, but couldn't hold on. It appeared the Irish might have a short field to work with when officials ruled McKee had fumbled, but the call was overturned when replay showed his knee was down. The Cardinal took a 16-14 lead on a 43-yard field goal by Karty with 10:20 left. The Irish were driving on their next possession, but Estime fumbled at the Stanford 25-yard line on a hit by Kendall Williamson and Jonathan McGill recovered at the 21. - Stanford/AP College Football


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  OCT 3 PAC-12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Joshua Karty, Jr., PK, Stanford (Burlington, N.C.),...2-for-2 field goals with career-long 53 yarder. 53-yarder was the longest field goal for Stanford since a 54-yarder in 2009....Also kicked off six times and allowed just three returns for 26 total yards...First Stanford player to win this award since Thomas Booker in November 2020 and first Stanford kicker to be honored since Jet Toner since Week 5 of the 2019 season...Also nominated: Denis Lynch, PK, USC; Camden Lewis, K, Oregon. - Pac-12 Football

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  09/27/22 - E.J. SmithJr/2024, Stanford + More +

  The Stanford football team received more unfortunate news on Tuesday. Stanford head coach David Shaw announced that junior running back E.J. Smith, the team's starter, is out for the season due to injury concerns. This news comes at the heels of other injury-related news for the Cardinal, including the retirement of senior guard Branson Bragg and injuries to senior tackles Myles Hinton and Walter Rouse. Hinton and Rouse remain questionable for Saturday's game against Oregon. "I know it's really disappointing for him," Shaw said about Smith. "Disappointing for the whole team. Think he's a special young man and a special football player and was just really coming into his own." Smith had a solid start to the season, accumulating 206 rushing yards and four touchdowns through two games before exiting the USC game early. He also added eight receptions for 63 yards receiving. It's believed that Smith got banged up during the USC game, but it's unclear where and when the injury took place. "We had him out at the beginning of the second half," Shaw said after the USC game. "You know, probably could've gone back out there, but we pulled the plug." - The Stanford Daily

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  TRACKING TOP DRAFT PROSPECTS - WEEK 2: 12. Tanner McKee, Jr, QB, Stanford, 6-5, 230, 1,...Faced with an athletic and aggressive USC defense, Tanner McKee actually looked better than the numbers on the stats sheet -- 20 of 35 for 220 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. His first interception was tipped at the line and on the second his receiver lost a jump-ball in the end zone. McKee ran eight times, not always by choice, for minus 15 yards. Previous week, No. 14: McKee threw two touchdown passes to Michael Wilson and Stanford routed FCS Colgate 41-10 in a season opener. McKee completed 22 of 27 for 308 yards, the two touchdowns and one interception. - Frank Cooney/NFL Draft Scout

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  Stanford coach David Shaw spends part of his offseason each year studying up for his side gig as a draft analyst so he knows very well what NFL teams are looking for in a quarterback. When the Cardinal (1-0) host No. 10 Southern California (1-0) on Saturday in the Pac-12 opener this season, Shaw sees a pair of potential NFL prospects in the Trojans' dynamic dual-threat quarterback Caleb Williams and his own more traditional passer, Tanner McKee. "I don't know that these aren't the top two quarterbacks in our conference going head to head," Shaw said. "As pure passers, they're both exceptional. As a runner, Tanner is underappreciated but at the same time Caleb is special there. You're talking about two guys, when you watch them play, you're looking at two NFL quarterbacks. It will be fun to watch." Williams was outstanding in his debut for the Trojans after following coach Lincoln Riley from Oklahoma to USC as a transfer this offseason.

Williams completed 19 of 22 passes against Rice for 249 yards and two TDs. He also ran for 68 yards on six carries. "He's a special kid and he can do it all," Riley said. "He can literally do it all. He can pass, he can paint your back porch, he can walk your dog, and he can run the ball. He's a great player." McKee was also sharp last week against lesser competition, going 22 for 37 for 308 yards and two TDs against FCS-level Colgate. McKee made his first career start last year against the Trojans when he threw for 234 yards and two TDs in a 42-28 win at the Los Angeles Coliseum, where he used to go as a kid cheering for USC. - AP College Football


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