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Stanford's Christian McCaffrey wins Paul Hornung Award

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Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey won't be going home empty-handed this year, even if he doesn't win the Heisman Trophy.

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McCaffrey was announced Wednesday as the winner of the Paul Hornung Award, which goes to the most versatile player in major college football.

The sophomore, one of the three finalists for the Heisman, broke Barry Sanders' 27-year-old record for all-purpose yardage in a single season. A dynamic rusher, pass-catcher and kick returner, McCaffrey topped Sanders' mark (3,250) on Saturday in the Cardinal's Pac-12 Championship Game win over USC. He has 3,496 all-purpose yards this season (1,847 rushing, 540 receiving and 1,109 as a returner).

"I am beyond blessed and humbled to be named the Paul Hornung Award winner," McCaffrey said in a statement. "To be mentioned in the same breath with the award's previous winners and Mr. Hornung, one of most versatile players ever to play the sport, is incredible. This honor is a testament to all the efforts and support of my teammates, coaches, staff and the entire Stanford football program."

Previous winners of the award include Shaq Thompson (2014) and Odell Beckham, Jr., (2013).


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There were three other finalists for the 2015 Hornung Award -- USC's Adoree' Jackson, Ole Miss' Robert Nkemdiche and Michigan's Jabrill Peppers.

McCaffrey has already been selected as the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year. In addition to being a Heisman finalist along with Alabama running back Derrick Henry and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, McCaffrey is also a finalist for the Doak Walker Award (top RB), Maxwell Award (top player) and Walter Camp Award (top player).

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