Stanford football's Christian McCaffrey finishes second in 2015 Heisman Trophy race
Alabama running back Derrick Henry was named the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner on Saturday in New York, while Stanford standout Christian McCaffrey finished second in the voting.
McCaffrey finished behind Henry despite breaking Barry Sanders' 27-year-old NCAA single-season all-purpose yardage record with 3,496 total yards this year so far. Henry led the nation with 1,986 rushing yards and totaled 23 touchdowns.
Derrick Henry 1,832 points, Christian McCaffrey 1,539 points, Deshaun Watson 1,165 points, Baker Mayfield 334 points
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) December 13, 2015
Henry was a gracious winner once his name was announced at the Downtown Athletic Club in Manhattan, tipping his cap to McCaffrey and Watson.
"It's been an honor just to be here and be with these guys," Henry said. "Christian and Deshaun, man, keep at it. God is with y'all and y'all had a successful season. I'm sure I'll see y'all again."
McCaffrey got to enjoy the Heisman ceremony experience with his family including his father, Ed, who put together a 13-year NFL career at wide receiver. The Cardinal workhorse finished second in the nation with 1,847 rushing yards this year while adding 540 receiving yards and 1,109 more through the return game. Not to mention he went 2-of-3 for 39 yards and two touchdowns as a passer.
Still, it wasn't enough for McCaffrey to join legendary quarterback Jim Plunkett (1970) as a Heisman Trophy winner for Stanford. Then again, McCaffrey's only a sophomore so he'll be back again next year.
So, for the fourth time in seven years a Stanford player has finished runner-up in the Heisman. (Gerhart in 2009, Luck in '10, '11)
— Ashley Adamson (@AdamsonAshley) December 13, 2015
McCaffrey and the Cardinal still have plenty to play for this season. On New Year's Day, No. 6 Stanford will face No. 5 Iowa in a high-profile Rose Bowl matchup in Pasadena.