Stanford offensive line Nate Herbig, who graduated from Saint Louis seven months ago, was named to the ESPN.com true freshman All-America team on Monday.
In the write-up, ESPN’s Tom Luginbill writes, “A tough, physical player in a scheme that freshman often struggle to be tough enough to succeed, Herbig found a way to make it work at left guard.”
Herbig started the last five games of the season for the Cardinal, who went 5-0. Listed at 6-foot-4 and 350 pounds, Herbig became just the second Stanford true freshman to start on the offensive line since 2000.
He forced a fumble in his first career start against Arizona and Stanford rushed for 365 yards in his second start against Oregon State and 357 yards in his fourth start against California. Both are top-10 rushing performances in school history.
Stanford will play North Carolina in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 30. It’s one of 21 bowls this season featuring at least one player who graduated from a Hawaii high school.