Christian McCaffrey will not play in the Sun Bowl, the junior running back announced Monday. McCaffrey will direct his focus and efforts toward training for the 2017 NFL Draft.
"We understand that this was a very difficult decision. For three years Christian has not only been a great player but a great teammate as well," Stanford coach David Shaw said. "We wish him great success at the next level, as we continue our preparation for the Sun Bowl."
Stanford makes its 28th all-time -- and school-record eighth straight -- bowl appearance Dec. 30 when it faces North Carolina in the Sun Bowl. It is the third meeting between the programs and first since 1998. The game will be broadcast on CBS with kickoff set for 11 a.m.