2. Christian McCaffrey – RB – Stanford:
McCaffrey had an incredible night on Saturday but will it be enough to close the gap?
Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Christian McCaffrey has had an absolutely incredible season for the Stanford Cardinal. So good in fact he broke Barry Sanders NCAA all-purpose yards mark on Saturday.
He also had the fourth highest single game all-purpose yardage mark against USC; totaling 461 yards.
He is an absolute stud and a threat to gain significant yardage every time he touches the ball. He’s a big reason Stanford were able to win the Pac 12 this season.
McCaffrey ended 2015 with 3,496 all-purpose yards. He had 1,847 yards on the ground with 8 touchdowns and 540 yards through the air with 5 more touchdowns. He also added 39 passing yards and 2 more touchdowns for good measure.
McCaffrey added over 1,000 kick return yards to the equation and that’s what gets him in this mix. Don’t get me wrong; I think kick returns are a vital part of the game, but I don’t think they should win you a Heisman Trophy.
I think people will be very impressed by all of his numbers, but in the end I think some of the old school voters will help a more traditional candidate win the award.
McCaffrey who is also a true sophomore should get a few more chances to claim a Heisman trophy, but I don’t think he’ll be looking to repeat next year.
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