Christian McCaffrey focused on being more physical

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey is one of the most athletic and exciting players to watch in all of college football. He finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting last year and seems poised to have another big year for the Cardinal.

He is not, however, following a certain tradition the school has. Every year, current players work with Sports Performance Director Shannon Turley and take inspiration from the binder of an alumnus that has moved on to the NFL such as Andrew Luck or Richard Sherman.

McCaffrey is doing something different this year and he is working towards becoming one of the greatest players to ever step foot onto a Stanford field.

Christian is authoring his own binder,” Turley told ESPN. “He’s carving his own path. He’s unlike anybody we’ve ever had.”

To say that McCaffrey is unlike anybody college football has ever seen before is an understatement after he racked up nearly 4,000 all-purpose yards in 2015, something that had never been done before.

However, it certainly seems like McCaffrey is going to be playing a totally different level in 2016. Tulley talked about how he has been working on becoming more physical and it is certainly paying off.

“He’s substantially better than he was during his exact training period last year,” Turley said. “So despite all the runs, catches, punt returns, and kick returns, this guy is at a higher physical level than he was last year. You’re talking about a guy who’s leaner, faster, stronger, and more explosive now.”

Could you imagine a faster and more explosive Christian McCaffrey running around on the field this year? That is going to be bad news for any other team that faces off against him this year.

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