Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and quarterback Kevin Hogan have been named candidates to a pair of prestigious preseason teams honoring the best college football players in the nation.
McCaffrey was named a candidate for the Doak Walker Award, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced Thursday. The award is given to the top college running back.
The award is named for SMU's three-time All-America running back Doak Walker. It is the only major collegiate award that requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification.
McCaffrey is one of 15 sophomores on the list of 69 student-athletes from around the country. No stranger to preseason honors, he has already been named to the Paul Hornung Award (most versatile) and Maxwell Award (player of the year) watch lists.
McCaffrey is poised to be one of Stanford's biggest assets on the offensive side. The Castle Rock, Colorado, native played in all 13 games as a freshman, totaling 796 all-purpose yards, including 300 yards on the ground and 251 yards through the air. McCaffrey is expected to see a significant increase in offensive touches from the 49 received during his first year on The Farm.
Toby Gerhart is Stanford's lone Doak Walker Award winner, capturing the honor following the 2009 season.
Meanwhile, Hogan was among 24 players named to the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award watch list. A subset of the Davey O'Brien National Selection Committee compiled the list of the nation's top college quarterbacks.
Hogan returns as Stanford's quarterback after starting 37 games over the past three seasons. He has taken the Cardinal to two Rose Bowls and was named the 2014 Foster Farms Bowl Offensive MVP to finish last year's campaign. The fifth-year senior from McLean, Va., has thrown for 6,518 yards in his career to go along with 48 passing touchdowns and another nine on the ground.
It is the second straight year Hogan has appeared on the preliminary list.
Incoming Stanford freshman forward Alanna Smith is set to begin competition at the FIBA U19 World Championship for Women, which begins Saturday in Chekhov, Russia.
Smith, who earned her spot on the Australian team following a May training camp, is the second of two Cardinal playing internationally in July. On Monday, rising junior Erica McCall led the United States to gold at the 2015 World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea, averaging 15.2 points on 59.7 percent shooting and 8.5 rebounds per game.
Australia's Under-19 squad qualified for this championship following its title at the 2014 FIBA Oceania U18 Championship for Women in Suva, Fiji. The Australians finished third at the 2013 edition of the biennial event held in Lithuania.
Smith led all competitors in scoring at the aforementioned FIBA Oceania U18 Championship for Women, averaging 21.0 points on 65.2 percent shooting to go along with 7.2 rebounds. In the 98-65 title game victory over New Zealand on December 6, the 6-foot-3 forward scored 21 points on 10-of-19 shooting and nabbed four steals.