Stanford Cardinal running back Christian McCaffrey enters the 2016 college football season as one of the favorites to claim the Heisman Trophy. However, last year’s breakout star may not have as big or diverse of a role as he did a season ago.
Stanford offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren is hoping to preserve his junior running back throughout the season, so there are currently plans to limit his touches and cut back on special teams work.
According to a Sports Illustrated profile, Bloomgren “aims for 20 to 24 carries a game” for McCaffrey.
While it may be a difficult decision to keep the team’s most productive, dynamic player off the field, it could prove to be beneficial in the long run if McCaffrey stays fresh during the latter part of the season.
Of course, McCaffrey probably is a fan of receiving less carries, since it will preserve his body and bring less wear and tear as he prepares to take his talents to the next level.
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