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McCaffrey Goes to Carolina Record-breaking running back drafted eighth overall

Posted May 1, 2017 by in

PHILADELPHIA – Junior running back Christian McCaffrey was selected by the Carolina Panthers with the eighth overall pick of the NFL Draft.

McCaffrey is the 25th first-round draft pick in program history. He is Stanford’s highest running back draft pick since 1992.

McCaffrey is the sixth first-round draft pick in as many seasons Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football David Shaw, and the only first-round running back. Shaw has also produced five first-round offensive players.

McCaffrey, the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year, led the nation in 2016 with 211.6 all-purpose yards/game and ranked fourth nationally with 145.7 rushing yards/game. His 2,327 all-purpose yards as a junior ranked second in Stanford history, only bested by his NCAA record of 3,864 set in 2015.

His 1,603 rushing yards this past season was tops in the Pac-12 and fourth-most in a single season in school history. Over the final five games of his college career, he averaged 198.2 yards on the ground and scored 12 combined touchdowns (rushing and receiving).

McCaffrey became Stanford’s first AP Player of the Year in 2015, the same season he was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, Rose Bowl Game Most Outstanding Offensive Player, consensus All-America, and Heisman Trophy finalist.

In 2015, McCaffrey was the only FBS player to lead his team in rushing and receiving yards, and won the Paul Hornung Award as the nation’s most versatile player.

McCaffrey’s father, Ed, was a third-round pick by the New York Giants in 1991.

— #GoStanford —


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