GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02: Stepfan Taylor #33 of the Stanford Cardinal looks on against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The SB Nation Preseason All-Americans were announced and Stanford's Chase Thomas and Stepfan Taylor were among those mentioned after strong junior seasons.
Stanford's Chase Thomas and Stepfan Taylor were listed among the honorable mentions on SB Nation's Preseason All-Americans list at their respective positions. Thomas, a linebacker, and Taylor, a running back, are two of the returning stars on the first team to follow the highly successful Andrew Luck regime.
Thomas is a monster on the outside. He was a Sporting News All-American and All-Pac 12 first team selection as a junior last season after recording 52 tackles, 8.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss.
Taylor is looking to build upon a strong junior season that saw his Pac-12 and national stature grow. After securing a second team All-Pac 12 selection following a season where he collected 1,330 yards on 242 carries, Taylor is a strong candidate for the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back.
Both players will look to keep Stanford on the national scene post-Luck.
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