Heisman Trophy Candidate 2016: Christian McCaffrey

Christian McCaffrey is a nineteen year old sophomore running back for Stanford University and an athlete who gets attention for the stellar performances he produces just about every time he sets foot on the gridiron.

McCaffrey plays as a running back for Stanford

McCaffrey plays as a running back for Stanford

This dazzling young performer who was born June 7, 1996 in Castle Rock, Colorado has eye-opening athletic ability that enabled him to excel in three varsity sports while in high school. McCaffrey played basketball, track and field and, most importantly, football.

He stood out in every athletic endeavor and once ran second in the hundred yard dash, finishing the sprint in near world-class time of 10.75 seconds, a remarkable accomplishment for a high school athlete.

And yet, Christian McCaffrey produced a stunning array of statistics as a varsity football player. He broke many state records while a student at Valor Christian High School. Among his long list of career on-field accomplishments were all of the following.

McCaffrey scored an amazing one hundred forty one touchdowns, accumulated eight thousand eight hundred forty-five all-purpose yards, caught forty seven passes for touchdowns, set a single season record for all-purpose yards of three thousand thirty-two yards and, because he performed so well, was named the Gatorade Football Player of the Year for Colorado in 2012 and again in 2013.

This young mean is no ordinary, run-of-the-mill athlete. He is special, a game-changer because of his blazing speed, his football IQ and his remarkable athleticism. Cited by Rivals.com as a Four Star Prospect, McCaffrey chose Stanford University over several other universities that were willing to give him a scholarship.

Last year, in 2014, the true freshman had a supporting role and was eased slowly into the lineup. He managed to rush for three hundred yards on just forty-two carries and also caught seventeen passes for two hundred fifty-one yards in very limited playing time.

Importantly, this dynamic young performer was named starting running back in this, the 2015-2016 Season and he has been a prolific producer.

In fact, McCaffrey rushed for a school record 243 yards and scored 4 touchdowns in a recent battle with UCLA. Stanford won that game by a score of 56-35, enabling it to hold onto its top 20 national ranking.

Midway through this season, Christian McCaffrey has already accounted for one thousand fifteen hundred eighteen all purpose yards, a number that places him first nationally in that category. More impressively, he is averaging two hundred fifty-three yards per game in offense.

It is no wonder that this improving player is being talked about as a possible winner of the Heisman Trophy. His on-field performances mark him as a truly special player and a future star in the National Football League (NFL).

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