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Stanford's McCaffrey earns Pac-12 special teams honor

 

Heisman Trophy candidate Christian McCaffrey of Stanford has been named Pac-12 Conference Special Teams Player of the Week, it was announced Monday.

The sophomore returned three kickoffs for 148 yards, including a 98-yarder for a touchdown against Cal on Saturday to spark Stanford to a 35-22 victory in the 118th Big Game and clinch its third North Division title in four years. He ranks third nationally in kickoff returns with a 31.3 average.

A native of Castle Rock, Colo., McCaffrey extended his school record by rushing for more than 100 yards for the ninth consecutive game (192) and established a Stanford record for all-purpose yards with 389. McCaffrey leads the country in all-purpose yards (2,807) and ranks second in rushing (1,546).

McCaffrey passed the single-season all-purpose yardage totals of Reggie Bush, Marcus Allen and Mike Rozier from their Heisman-winning years. McCaffrey's performance this past weekend also earned him the Walter Camp National Player of the Week honor.

Stanford (9-2), ranked 13th in the latest AP poll, concludes its regular season schedule by playing host to fourth-ranked Notre Dame (10-1) at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Stanford Stadium.

— Stanford Athletics

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