How Christian McCaffrey’s Biggest Supporters Lost Him the Heisman

January 29, 2016

By Ben Leonard It’s a sunny day in Pasadena, right out of a postcard. Behind the Rose Bowl, the cragged, rocky San Gabriel mountains loom, the backdrop to Christian McCaffrey’s stage. It’s not one he particularly enjoys — the quiet sophomore meekly smiles when the roar of Stanford fans sends him off the field and into the locker room before the game. He keeps his head and electric blue eyes…

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Rose Bowl Caps “What Could Have Been” Season For McCaffrey, Cardinal

January 2, 2016

By Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard You know who Christian McCaffrey is now, Iowa? Also to you, Cole Fisher. Want to take this back? Iowa LB Cole Fisher also says he doesn’t expect Stanford’s offensive line or @IamJoshG to be all that much better than what he’s seen. — Do-Hyoung Park (@dohyoungpark) December 28, 2015 With its dominant 45-16 win the 102nd Rose Bowl Game, McCaffrey and Stanford showed the nation…

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Christian McCaffrey Was Robbed

December 12, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard We all kind of knew it was coming, but there was nothing we could do to stop it. Christian McCaffrey had his Heisman trophy stolen right from his hands. The culprit (surprise, surprise): the almighty SEC. Numbers-wise, he arguably had the best season in college football history — breaking the legendary Barry Sanders’ all-purpose yards record — but it just wasn’t enough to prevent him…

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Stanford Rides McCaffrey to Pac-12 Championship, Rose Bowl

December 5, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard What’s that sweet smell? That’s right, you’re smelling roses.  Christian McCaffrey literally did everything — running, throwing, and catching a touchdown while breaking Barry Sanders’ single-season all-purpose yards record, carrying Stanford to a 41-22 victory over USC in the Pac-12 title game that will send them to Pasadena, and McCaffrey to New York. His 461 all-purpose yards had the crowd chanting “Heis-man! Heis-man!” after the…

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The Quiet Brilliance of Kevin Hogan

November 29, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard STANFORD, Calif. — Right after winning one of the biggest games of his life, the ever even-keeled Kevin Hogan didn’t let the moment get to him. The sea of Stanford students had made the field a sea of Cardinal, but it didn’t even seem to let his emotions affect him after his last game at Stanford Stadium. When his head coach David Shaw spoke with him…

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Stanford’s Not-So-Inconceivable Path to the Playoff

November 21, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard For those of you who wrote off Stanford’s playoff hopes after their heartbreaking loss against Oregon on Saturday (myself included): it’s not over yet! And I’m not just being a homer. As the highest ranked two-loss team, the committee really values Stanford. It’s hard to blame them: the loss against Northwestern is a distant memory, and they had several chances to put away Oregon. That’s…

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McCaffrey Does It All As Stanford Rolls Past Buffaloes

November 7, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard You’ve been given the power to pick between two running backs to start your college football program: Christian McCaffrey and Ralphie, Colorado’s living, breathing buffalo. After Saturday, the choice has become harder than you might think. The Buffalo might have the *slight* size advantage and would be a little harder to bring down. But given Ralphie’s lack of opposable thumbs and rocket arm, I think…

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McCaffrey’s Record-Setting Night Helps Stanford Dismantle #18 UCLA

October 15, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard If you didn’t think Stanford was back on the national radar yet, you now have no choice but to concede it — the Cardinal is back. Christian McCaffrey’s record-setting night put him on the early short list of invitees to New York, Francis Owusu made the catch of the year, and the defense stifled Josh Rosen’s Bruins in an utterly dominant 55-36 win over #18 UCLA. McCaffrey…

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Stanford Cruises Past Injury-Ravaged Arizona

October 3, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard The Arizona Wildcats were declawed on Saturday, missing key pieces like linebacker Scooby Wright and quarterback Anu Solomon. With the Wildcats vulnerable, the 18th-ranked Cardinal didn’t miss their chance, thoroughly dispatching the overmatched Wildcats in a 55-17 victory. Stanford only punted once, and didn’t come until 11:41 left in the fourth quarter with Keller Chryst at the helm, scoring on every other drive. The nation’s…

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Former Stanford Standout Skov Makes 49ers’ Final 53

September 5, 2015

Follow @joe_lami By: Joe Lami Shayne Skov was among the 53 that made the final roster for the San Francisco 49ers, which was announced on Saturday. It’s especially sweet because of the struggles the former Stanford star linebacker has gone through over the past two years.  After going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft, mostly due to an ACL tear his senior season at Stanford, Skov signed with the 49ers…

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