Luck headlines impressive Stanford combine class


Luck headlines impressive Stanford combine class

This week, NFL hopefuls will take the field in Indianapolis to prove there mettle amongst some of the best college football players in the nation in the 2012 NFL scouting combine.
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Stanford University will be well represented with six invitees.

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Andrew LuckHometown: Houston, TX
High School: Stratford HS
Height Weight: 6-4 235
Position: QB
Age: 22

Andrew Luck is the two-time Heisman Trophy runner up, and he is the consensus No. 1 pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

His storied Stanford career places him high on the list of great Cardinal quarterbacks. He is the author of many school records, including most touchdown passes (82), most total offense (10,387 yards), most wins by a QB (31), highest winning percentage (.816) to name a few.

Luck's long list of personal awards is higlighted by twice being named to the College All-America Team. Other accolades include the 2011 Maxwell Award as Player of the Year, the 2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the 2011 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, 2011 Academic All-America of the Year, two-time Pac 1012 Offensive Player of the Year, three-time All Pac 1012 Team.

Last year, Luck led Stanford with career-highs in completions (288), passing yards (3,517), completion percentage (71.3), and touchdowns (37).

Chris OwusuHometown: Westlake Village, CA
High School: Oaks Christian School
Height Weight: 6-2 200
Position: WR

Chris Owusu is an athlete and talented wide receiver, but the return man has been plagued with injuries.

He was limited to seven games in 2010, and played in 10 games last year after suffering multiple concussions.

Owusu has 10 career receiving touchdowns and three career return touchdowns.

Coby FleenerHometown: Lemont, IL
High School: Joliet Catholic Academy
Height Weight: 6-6 244
Position: TE

Coby Fleener's combination of size, speed, strength and athleticism make him an attractive option at the tight end position.

Fleener is coming off his best collegiate season, snagging career-highs with 34 receptions, 667 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has 18 career scores.

Fleener missed the Senior Bowl with an injured foot, and is expected to miss the combine workouts. He will still participate in the medical testing and interview process.
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Jonathan MartinHometown: Los Angeles, CA
High School: Harvard-Westlake School
Height Weight: 6-6 304
Position: OT

Jonathan Martin is one of the top offensive tackles in the nation and is foregoing his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.

He was an Associated Press second-team All-American after last year -- his junior year of eligibility -- and a first-team All-Pac-10 selection his sophomore season.

Martin is nicknamed "The Moose," and has been since he was too big to play Pop Warner football in California back in the fifth grade.

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David DeCastroHometown: Bellevue, WA
High School: Bellevue HS
Height Weight: 6-5 310
Position: OG

David DeCastro was one of two returning starting lineman for the impressive Cardinal front (the other was Martin).

DeCastro is lauded as a smart and dependable player and he helped open holes for two of the highest single-season rushing totals in Stanford school history.

Delano HowellHometown: Newhall, CA
High School: Hart HS
Height Weight: 5-11 198
Position: SS

Howell began his career with Stanford as a running back in 2008, but shortly after was converted to strong safety, where he made 33 starts over the past three seasons.

Howell recorded 52 tackles in 10 games last season, but it wasn't his best year at Stanford.

In 2010, he tackled 60 ball carriers, recorded one sack, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, defended five passes and snagged five interceptions.

In his four-year career, Howell has 196 tackles, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, 12 passes defended and seven interceptions.

Hermanson scores 17, No. 22 Saint Mary's beats BYU 70-57


Hermanson scores 17, No. 22 Saint Mary's beats BYU 70-57

PROVO, Utah — Saint Mary's knows all about the raucous atmosphere at BYU. The Gaels hadn't won in Provo since 2013 and had only come out on top in three of their previous 12 trips.

Make it four out of 13.

Calvin Hermanson scored 17 points and No. 22 Saint Mary's cruised to a 70-57 victory over BYU on Saturday night, snapping a three-game road losing streak to its West Coast Conference rival.

"It's definitely one of the tougher places to play for us," Hermanson said. "Coming in here we know it's a huge crowd and we know they can get riled up on any 3-point shot or any run they make. We wanted to try to limit their runs and their big plays.

"The second half was pretty unbelievable how quiet the crowd was. It felt great for us."

With two games remaining on the regular-season schedule, the Gaels (24-3, 14-2) clinched a second-place finish in the conference standings behind top-ranked and undefeated Gonzaga.

Saint Mary's controlled the game most of the night, riding its staunch defense on one end and running efficient offense on the other. The Gaels were able to get to the rim consistently, but also knocked down 10 3-pointers.

BYU (19-10, 10-6) shot 39.7 percent from the field and connected on four 3s.

Evan Fitzner had 15 points for Saint Mary's, including 11 in the second half.

"We didn't turn the ball over and we shot the ball well," Gaels coach Randy Bennett said, "and were able to get some separation and then it made it tough on them. We kind of just wore them out after that.

"We're a little different team with Fitzner out there. He spaces the floor," Bennett added. "We just play a little different with Fitzner out there versus Jock (Landale). It's nice to have a Plan A and Plan B."

Saint Mary's took a 41-30 lead into halftime thanks to Hermanson's hot shooting and plenty of that trademark defense. The Gaels began the day ranked second in the nation in scoring defense, then held the Cougars to 37.9 percent shooting from the field in the first 20 minutes.

Saint Mary's shot 57.1 percent at the other end, including a 3-for-4 effort from Hermanson from behind the arc.

"I feel like we're better than we showed tonight," BYU guard TJ Haws said. "That team made a lot of runs on us. Tough defensive and offensive team. Very poised and disciplined.

"I want our team to just fight. When they punch us in the face, I want us to punch them right back."

BYU kept Landale under control in the half — and in foul trouble throughout — but Saint Mary's scored 22 of its 41 first-half points in the paint.

Eric Mika had 18 points for BYU, and Yoeli Childs added 13.

"The key to the game was that they were comfortable the entire time in our gym," BYU coach Dave Rose said. "That's on us. We need to be ahead. We need to get them to speed up a little bit because they're a little bit uncomfortable.

"But the game went pretty much exactly how they wanted it to go and we couldn't flip it. We couldn't get on top."


Saint Mary's: The Gaels will be the No. 2 seed in the WCC tournament. No. 1 Gonzaga secured the regular-season title Saturday with a win over Pacific. An early December defeat to UT-Arlington is the Gaels' only bad loss this season, with the other two coming against Gonzaga.

BYU: The Cougars likely needed a win against the No. 22 team in the country to make an argument for the NCAA Tournament off their regular-season credentials. BYU has lost all three games against ranked opponents by double digits, including to Saint Mary's twice, and doesn't have a signature win. The Cougars get one last chance against Gonzaga next Saturday.


No. 22 Saint Mary's might find itself moving up a bit after No. 17 Florida State and No. 21 South Carolina lost on Saturday.


Saint Mary's: Travel to face Pepperdine on Thursday.

BYU: Play at Portland on Thursday.

Pickens, Travis rally Stanford past rival Cal for upset win


Pickens, Travis rally Stanford past rival Cal for upset win


STANFORD -- Dorian Pickens scored 23 points, Reid Travis had 19 with nine rebounds and Stanford held on to beat California 73-68 on Friday night.

Marcus Allen added 11 points for the Cardinal, who overcame an early 12-point deficit to beat their cross-bay rivals for the 21st time in the last 24 meetings between the two teams at Maples Pavilion.

Stanford (13-13, 5-9 Pac-12) won for only the second time in seven games and split the season series with California.

Pickens had nine points, including a pair of 3-pointers, as part of a 20-5 run in the second half when the Cardinal pulled away.

After California closed within 62-56 on Grant Mullins' 3-pointer with 4:54 remaining, Allen made two free throws and Pickens scored on a jumper from the free-throw line as he was falling backward onto the court.

Jabari Bird scored 23 points and set a career-high with seven 3s for the Golden Bears (18-8, 9-5). Ivan Rabb added 16 points and 13 rebounds after being slowed by foul trouble in the first half.