After Christian McCaffrey's record-setting performance against UCLA last week, he has suddenly vaulted into the football conscience of fans and media alike. Earlier this week ESPN.com placed him on its mid-season All-America list, along with teammates Josh Garnett and Blake Martinez. McCaffrey has also found his way into some Heisman Trophy conversations, and if he can keep doing what he's doing, it won't be a surprise if he's one of the finalists for that award in December.
McCaffrey has excelled in his primary role as running back, becoming just the fifth Stanford player to rush for more than 100 yards in four straight games and breaking the all-time single game record with 243 yards rushing against the Bruins, but he's doing so much more than that. In addition to his 844 yards rushing, which is second in the Pac-12, McCaffrey leads the world in all-purpose yardage. In fact, if he keeps up his current blistering pace of 253 yards per game, he'll shatter the NCAA record of 3,250 yards set by his teammate's father, Barry Sanders.
For the rest of the season, near the upper right-hand corner of this page, I'll be tracking McCaffrey's yardage and updating what he'll need to average to break the Stanford, Pac-12, and NCAA records. Feel free to copy the data and paste it into an email to your local Heisman Trophy voter. I'm sure he or she will appreciate the extra information.