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McCaffrey finishes second in the Heisman Award voting


Stanford sophomore running back Christian McCaffrey joined John Elway, Toby Gerhart and Andrew Luck as Heisman Award runnerups Saturday when he finished second in the voting to Alabama running back Derrick Henry in a televised announcement in New York.

Jim Plunkett remains Stanford's only Heisman Trophy winner.

McCaffrey received 1,539 points, with 290 first-place votes. Henry finished with 1,832 points and 378 first-place votes. Clemson quarterback DeShaun Watson was third with 1,165 points.

McCaffrey finished first in the Far West region, but Henry, who led the nation in rushing yards this year, won the other five regions.

Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield was fourth, followed by Navy's Keenan Reynolds and LSU's Leonard Fournette.

McCaffrey finished second in the nation in rushing with 1,847 yards. He set the NCAA record for all-purpose yards with 3,496, adding 1,109 return yards and 540 receiving yards. He also threw a touchdown pass.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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Posted by Katie
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 13, 2015 at 7:35 am

Maybe next year he can take it.

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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 13, 2015 at 11:43 am

Congratulations to Christian for a great season and well-deserved accolades from writers around the country! I thought that he deserved the Heisman, but all three finalists seem to be good guys with tremendous athletic abilities. Christian is just 19-years-old and he has at least another year or two in which he could nominated again.

I feel good about Stanford's prospects next year. Even though Kevin Hogan is moving on, Keller Chryst is a tremendously talented QB who I think can and will surprise many people next season.

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Posted by Julie armitano
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Dec 14, 2015 at 11:16 am

Christen is a great player.
He can make it next year.
Stanford has a great player.
May be next year.

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Posted by McCaffrey#1
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 14, 2015 at 11:43 am

McCaffrey is in good company with former runner ups, who seem to have better careers than the majority of winners. Although he was most deserving, he had unlucky game times that fell after most of the voters had gone to bed (highlight reels just don't do someone like Stanford's #5 justice.) There couldn't be a better role model for collegiate athletes than McCaffrey, which would have been the best reason for him to win the Heisman. Other than that, he doesn't need an award by a commercialized group like the Heisman Trust. Is it just me or were any of the rest of you turned off by that lengthy, commercial presentation on Saturday night? Once again I saw three young, amazing, college players being used to make millions for a group that gave them little more than a stress filled night; with one winner getting a room at the Heisman frat house and a pretty trophy. Not to take anything away from McCaffrey being nominated as the finest player in the nation, but it seems like a sham of a process. Uninformed voters, an over-hyped award, benefitting an organization that makes millions on the night under the guise of a charity. I can't even find how much money the Heisman Trust donates each year, but I see they make over $25mil.

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Posted by Trophy or no Trophy
a resident of South of Midtown
on Dec 14, 2015 at 3:31 pm

My young son thinks McAffrey's the bomb! That's all that matters. He's his hero.

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Posted by bobd
a resident of Menlo Park
on Dec 15, 2015 at 9:52 am

I share the sentiments of McCaffrey#1. To a person, I and my friends believed that it was a foregone conclusion that McCaffrey would not win the Heismann - not because he was not the most exciting football player to watch and to play the game this season, but for at least two to four other reasons - all of which were substantiated. McCaffrey should know that in the minds and hearts of many of us we believe him to be the best and wish him the best for continued success in all his endeavors. He made Stanford football fun and exciting to watch. Go Stanford in Pasadena!

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 16, 2015 at 9:43 pm

We should resurrect the Pop Warner Award, given 1950 to 2004 to the outstanding senior year footballer on Pacific Coast by the Palo Club, in time to give it potentially to Wild-Caf in 2017.

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