Stanford sophomore running back Christian McCaffrey was named to the 2015 Paul Hornung Award Watch List, it was announced Monday. The Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse, is awarded annually to the most versatile player in major college football.
McCaffrey had a dazzling freshman year on The Farm, totaling 796 all-purpose yards, including 300 yards on the ground and 251 yards through the air. He played in all 13 games and is expected to see a significant increase in offensive touches from the 49 he received during his freshman campaign.
The Castle Rock, Colo., native was also a valuable return man for the 2014 Cardinal (8-5, 5-4 Pac-12) squad that finished its year with three consecutive wins (California, No. 9/10 UCLA, Maryland). McCaffrey returned nine punts for 154 yards (17.1 yards/return) and five kickoffs for 91 yards (18.2 yards/return), while picking up seven tackles (four solo) on coverage units.
Stanford's season opens Sept. 5 with a game at Northwestern on ESPN at 9 a.m.. The home slate starts a week later, Sept. 12, against University of Central Florida at 7:30 p.m. (PT) on Fox Sports 1.
The Louisville Sports Commission successfully launched the Paul Hornung Award in 2010 to honor its namesake and native son and to promote outstanding performances by versatile college football players who often go unnoticed. Owen Marecic of Stanford, a two-way starter and All-Pac-10 performer at fullback and linebacker, won the inaugural Paul Hornung Award in 2010.
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Season ticket holders are eligible to purchase individual game tickets for all 2015 home games starting Monday, July 13. Single-game tickets will be available to the public beginning Monday, Aug. 3, based on availability.
Stanford added to its 2016 recruiting class recently by getting commitments from two big prep standouts.
Mike Williams, a 6-1 1/2, 300-pound defensive tackle from All Saints Episcopal School in Ft. Worth, Texas, committed on July 3. The four-star recruit ranks No. 110 on the 2016 Scout 300 according to The Bootleg. He also is the No. 14 player at his position in the U.S. and No. 5 in Texas.
Stanford also picked up Nate Herbig, a 6-3, 335-pound center from St. Louis School in Hawaii. He's a three-star recruit and ranks No. 2 at his position in Hawaii and No. 12 in the U.S.