Stanford Cardinal running back Tyler Gaffney will forgo his final year of football eligibility to pursue a career in professional baseball. Gaffney was second on the team in rushing in 2011– to senior Stepfan Taylor– with 449 yards and 10 touchdowns and promised to be an integral part of David Shaw‘s offensive scheme this fall.
Gaffney was used in many situations as a Wildcat quarterback in 2011, taking direct snaps from center and picking up large chunks of yardage beyond the line of scrimmage due to the same athletic ability which has allowed him to be successful on the diamond.
This past season, Gaffney batted .245 with two homers and 17 runs batted in and 48 runs scored in a total of 54 games. Over his career with the Cardinal the speedy outfielder hit .301, and was drafted in this summer’s MLB First-Year Player Draft in the 24th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Gaffney’s departure will likely open up additional opportunity for Anthony Wilkerson who was third on the team in rushing in 2011, with 289 yards and three touchdowns. Wilkerson was injured in spring practice and could see competition as well from both sophomore Ricky Seale and redshirt freshman Reymound Wright who both had impressive spring practice sessions according to reports.
Following the baseball season, Gaffney will return to Stanford to complete his degree in sociology.
Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.
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