The play that introduced Zach Ertz to most of the country, a 37-yard touchdown catch for Stanford's winning score against Southern California, has a fitting name.
The route requires fancy footwork to fake inside, then out, then back inside, and in this case involved slipping between defensive backs after the catch and diving into the end zone. The play, called ''Trojan,'' also had been designed for an undersized slot receiver - not a 6-foot-6, 252-pound tight end with a basketball background.
''The only tight end I've been around that can run that route is Todd Heap,'' said Stanford coach David Shaw, referring to the Baltimore Ravens' first-round pick in 2001, now with the Arizona Cardinals. ''Just as far as him being able to have that body control, the quickness and the agility. That route is usually for a 6-foot, 180-pound receiver that can make that triple move.''
In the absence of Coby Fleener this season, Ertz has gone from a two-sport star at Monte Vista High School in San ...