“You can say he had the best year in the history of college football.”
-Stanford head coach David Shaw
You won’t find any argument to Coach Shaw’s quote here. A graduate of the Football University camp system, two-time FBU Youth All-American, and 2014 U.S. Army All-American, the 200-pound sophomore from Stanford had arguably the best season in the history of college football at any level and at any time.
Runner-up in the voting for the Heisman Trophy and winner of the AP College Football Player of the Year, it is difficult to qualify McCaffrey as a running back. More aligned with his skillset would be: pure football beast. He ran for 1,847 yards (second-most in the nation behind Heisman-winner Derrick Henry) and eight touchdowns, caught a team-best 41 passes for 540 yards and four scores, and averaged 28.9 yards per kickoff return with another score. He also threw two touchdown passes.
Add it all up, and McCaffrey set the all-time NCAA record for all-purpose yards with 3,496 this season, breaking the mark of 3,250 set by Oklahoma State’s Barry Sanders in 1988. Of note, McCaffrey had fewer total touches when he passed Sanders’ record.
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