McCaffrey named CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year

Junior running back and communication major CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY was named the 2016 Academic All-American of the Year by the College of Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Christian McCaffrey
Christian McCaffrey

McCaffrey has a 3.43 GPA and was also a first-team Academic All-America choice last year.

McCaffrey isn’t the only brainiac among Stanford athletes. This year, 24 Cardinal student-athletes were named to Pac-12 All-Academic teams. Stanford’s 24 outdistanced all Pac-12 schools.

McCaffrey joins running back Tommy Vardell (1991) and quarterback Andrew Luck (2011) as Cardinal football players who have earned the nation’s top academic honor. McCaffrey is the sixth Stanford player to earn multiple Academic All-America accolades and the first since wide receiver Justin Armour in 1993 and 1994.

CoSIDA began the distinguished Academic All-America program in 1952, and since then has honored thousands of student-athletes from sports across all divisions with the Academic All-America scholar-athlete honors.

McCaffrey was the 2015 Associated Press National Player of the Year and runner-up for the Heisman Trophy. He ranks second in school history with 6,987 career all-purpose yards (only 134 shy of Darrin Nelson’s school record) and stands third in the Stanford record books with 3,922 career rushing yards, according to CoSIDA.

Academic honors run in the McCaffrey family. McCaffrey’s father, Ed, was an Academic All-America first team choice with the Cardinal in 1990.