STANFORD, Calif. (AP-Mod.) — Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft.
McCaffrey announced his decision on Wednesday, saying he has done everything he could in college and playing in the NFL has been his dream since childhood.
McCaffrey was the runner-up last season for the Heisman Trophy when he broke Barry Sanders' NCAA record for all-purpose yards in a season with 3,864. He rushed for 2,019 yards and eight scores, added 645 yards receiving and 1,200 yards on returns.
The running back was not as prolific this season as he was slowed in October by an injury. He still rushed for 1,596 yards and scored 16 touchdowns for the Cardinal.
He'll still be eligible for the Heisman Trophy this year, as he's one of three finalists, including Alabama running back Derrick Henry and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.
McCaffrey is the son of former Denver Bronco and three-time Super Bowl champion Ed McCaffrey, who played as a wide receiver in the NFL for 12 seaons.