National football honors for Stanford's Garnett, McCaffrey


Sophomore running back Christian McCaffrey and senior guard Joshua Garnett received national honors Thursday night at the Home Depot College Football Awards dinner held at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Ga.

Garnett became the school's first winner of the Outland Trophy, presented to the most outstanding interior lineman in the country. Garnett was a dominant run blocker and pass protector as he spearheaded an offensive line that helped McCaffrey rush for a school-record 1,847 yards, the second-most in the country. A team captain, Garnett has 104 pancakes in 13 games this year and has helped Stanford lead the nation in time of possession.

Garnett was also a Walter Camp All-America first-team honoree, while McCaffrey received a pair of second-team awards as a running back and kick returner.

One of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy, McCaffrey was a finalist for the Walter Camp Award and Maxwell Award as the college player of the year, as well as the Doak Walker Award presented to the nation's premier running back. McCaffrey produced one of the finest seasons in college football history by amassing an FBS-record 3,496 all-purpose yards, breaking a long-standing mark set by Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State in 1988.

With one game remaining against Iowa in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, McCaffrey has accounted for eight touchdowns rushing, four receiving, one on a kickoff return and has thrown for two. He is the only player in FBS to lead his team in rushing and receiving yards.

— Stanford Athletics

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