Christian McCaffrey didn’t take home the Heisman Trophy last month, but he sure looked the part in Stanford’s convincing 45-16 win over Iowa. The explosive Stanford back saved his best performance for the team’s bowl game, as McCaffrey totaled 368 all-purpose yards.
On Stanford’s first offensive snap, McCaffrey warned the Hawkeyes that it would be a long game. The second year back caught a short pass from quarterback Kevin Hogan and took it 75 yards for a touchdown. Up 7-0 only 11 seconds into the game, McCaffrey and the Cardinal never let up.
A relative non-factor in his freshman season, McCaffrey’s impressive performance against one of the nation’s top defenses caps off an unexpected burst onto the scene. Set to play one more season due to NFL Draft regulations, he has emerged as an intriguing prospect for scouts.
At around 6-feet, 200 lbs., McCaffrey’s build resembles Wes Welker more than Adrian Peterson. He doesn’t have the size or strength of Ezekiel Elliot, Derrick Henry or Leonard Fournette, but his blinding speed and quickness has more than made up for his slender frame.
Leading the FBS in all-purpose yards this past season, McCaffrey is following in the footsteps of former Pac-12 home run hitting running backs Reggie Bush and LaMichael James. Playing his high school football in Colorado, McCaffrey was overlooked due to questions about the level of the competition he faced. With his incredible performances against UCLA, Notre Dame, Oregon, USC (twice), and now Iowa, Christian has proven that his productivity doesn’t waver against the best of the best.
As the most perfectly utilized weapon in college football, McCaffrey’s NFL worth is clearly evident with his ability to run, catch and return kicks. The sophomore will look to further improve his draft stock next season, and has left Heisman voters wondering whether they wrongly anointed Derrick Henry the trophy.
Source: The Washington Post