Stanford sophomore Christian McCaffrey has been named to a very elite group for the Heisman Trophy.
The record-breaking running back and Academic All-American was named one of three finalists for the award presented to the best college football player in the country, joined by junior running back Derrick Henry of Alabama and sophomore quarterback Deshaun Watson of Clemson.
"It's been a dream," McCaffrey said. "To be put in that conversation is extremely humbling."
The winner will be announced Saturday at 5 p.m. PT in New York City and the ceremony will be televised live on ESPN.
"We figured this would happen," Stanford coach David Shaw said of McCaffrey being named a finalist. "He gained more yards than anybody who has ever played. That's something you can't dance around. It's not just a really good year, it's a historic year."
McCaffrey has done it all for the Cardinal. He leads the FBS in all-purpose yards and broke Barry Sanders' 27-year-old NCAA single-season record on Saturday by collecting 461 against No. 24 USC while leading Stanford to the Pac-12 title. He now has 3,496 and averages a nation-best 268.9 yards/game.
The Castle Rock, Colo., native is the fourth Stanford player to be invited to the Heisman Trophy ceremony since 2009, when running back Toby Gerhart finished second behind running back Mark Ingram of Alabama by 28 points, the closest voting in the history of the award. In 2010 and 2011, Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck placed second to quarterback Cam Newton of Auburn and quarterback Robert Griffin of Baylor, respectively.
Quarterback Jim Plunkett captured Stanford's only Heisman Trophy in 1970. He led the team to a Pacific-8 Conference title and engineered a 27-17 upset over previously unbeaten Ohio State in the Rose Bowl.
McCaffrey, the Pac-12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year, is also a finalist for the Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year award, the Maxwell Award presented to the top player in the nation, the Doak Walker Award for the best running back, and the Hornung Award for the most versatile player.
Meanwhile, Shaw was named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award. It marks the third time during his five-year tenure as Stanford head coach that he has been honored.
The winner will be announced December 16.
Shaw led Stanford to its third Pac-12 Conference title in the past four years on Saturday night by beating USC, 41-22. The Cardinal (11-2, 8-1 Pac-12) will face Iowa (12-1, 8-0 Big Ten) in the 102nd Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Jan. 1.
A native of San Diego and a Stanford alum, Shaw has compiled a 53-14 record on The Farm. He has recorded 11 or more victories four times.
Last week, Shaw shared Pac-12 Coach of the Year accolades with Mike Leach of Washington State. He previously won the award in 2011 and 2012. Shaw was a Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year Finalist in 2012, and was AFCA Regional Coach of the Year in 2011, 2013 and 2015.