From ESPN on Thursday night’s Stanford 56 – UCLA 35 football game:
Player of the game: [Stanford running back Christian] McCaffrey. He’s obviously a Heisman Trophy candidate, and — given the statistical evidence — one can make the argument that he should be the early leader for the award. His Thursday line looked like this: 25 carries, 243 yards, 9.7 yards per carry, four touchdowns, 369 all-purpose yards. There’s nary a moment when McCaffrey is not on the field — he even had a 96-yard kickoff return in this one — and he now leads the nation in all-purpose yardage. McCaffrey’s 369 all-purpose yards were the most of any FBS player in a single game this season.
Last season when McCaffrey was a true freshman, I blogged about him:
P.S., Perhaps unsurprisingly given Stanford’s history, the Stanford website pays a lot of attention to its athletes’ breeding:
• Full name is Christian Jackson McCaffrey
• Son of Ed and Lisa McCaffrey
• Mother played soccer at Stanford (1987-90)
• Father played football at Stanford (1986-1991) and professionally for the New York Giants (1991-94), San Francisco 49ers (1994) and Denver Broncos (1994-2003)
• Three brothers: Max, Dylan and Luke
• Max plays receiver at Duke
• Grandfather, David Sime, ran track at Duke
• 1960 silver medalist in 100-yard dash at 1960 Summer Olympics
• 1956 world record holder in 100-yard dash
• Aunt, Sherrie Sime Giusto, played tennis at Virginia (1979-1983)
• Uncle, Scott Sime, played football and wrestled at Duke (1982-1986)
• Aunt, Monica McCaffrey Check, played basketball at Georgetown (1987-1991)
• Uncle, Bill McCaffrey, played basketball at Duke (1990-1991) and Vanderbilt (1992-1994)
• Uncle, Mike McCaffrey, played basketball at Husson College (1995-1999)
Okay, as a commenter points out, in the grand Stanford tradition of David Starr Jordan, Lewis Terman, Fred Terman, and William Shockley, from Stanford.scout.com in 2013:
His bloodline directed him toward Palo Alto, too. While Ed McCaffrey was spectacular on the football field, Christian’s mother, Lisa, was a soccer player on The Farm.
“That’s why Ed and I got together,” she told Sports Illustrated in 1998. “So we could breed fast white guys.”
McCaffrey is starring ahead of another Stanford running back with a pretty good pedigree himself, Barry Sanders Jr.
Here’s McCaffrey’s high school highlights recruiting video:
From FoxSports today:
On his various trips to camps and all-star combines in high school, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey found out what it’s like to be stereotyped. “A lot of times I got confused for a kicker,” said the then 5-foot-10, 180ish-pound running back. “And I’ve been compared to every white player in the NFL.”
Watching from the stands, his mother, Lisa, heard the skepticism firsthand from the other parents.
“They’d laugh at him,” she said. “Or I’d hear after, ‘We thought your son was going to suck.’”
If only those dismissive parents knew the bloodlines of the kid they were dissing.