2012 numbers: Yankey helped pave the way for Stepfan Taylor’s 1,530 rushing yards -- which was the second highest total in school history. He was part of a unit that allowed a league-low 17 sacks during the regular season and 20 in 14 games and he yielded just one sack in 14 games.
Making the case for Yankey: Though his natural position is guard, he started 13 games last season at left tackle. However, at times during the year, he ended up playing four of the five spots on the line and even pitched in at tight end in some of Stanford’s overloaded formations. Playing out of position, Yankey was a consensus All-American, first-team all-conference and he earned the league’s Morris Trophy for top offensive lineman. The 6-5, 313-pounder from Georgia returns this year to his natural position inside where he’s considered one of the top pulling linemen in the nation. He headlines a Stanford offensive front that is regarded by many as tops in the country and will again be a key player in the Cardinal's rushing attack as they return to a by-committee approach following the departure of Taylor.