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Stanford Cardinal Recieves Help From Tyler Gaffney

Chris Morrison-USA TODAY Sports

After taking a year off to try his hand in minor league baseball, running back Tyler Gaffney returns to the Stanford Cardinal sidelines to give them some more help in the backfield.

You might be saying, why is this such a big deal that an old running back is coming back? Well, because of the graduation of running back Stepfan Taylor, the addition of Gaffney will be a huge boost at a position looking for an answer.

Taylor was a gem for the Cardinal as he rushed for over 1,000 yards three times in his collegiate career. He leaves Stanford as one of the most accomplished players and one of the top running backs in school history.

Gaffney returns to the team as one of the top options for starting running back for the 2013 season and head coach David Shaw is extremely pleased to have him back:

“I’m very proud of Tyler Gaffney making the decision to come back and finish his degree, while also rejoining the football team. Tyler’s first three years at Stanford, he contributed to a lot of big games and a lot of big wins. He will join a talented and diverse group of running backs, which as a unit we believe is as good as any in the nation.”

There is no doubt that the Cardinal backfield is talented, but they are also young and unproven. With Gaffney back, he will add experience and proven production that gives the Cardinal a leg up.

Gaffney rushed for 449 yards and seven touchdowns in his junior year at Stanford.

This is a big addition for the Cardinal moving forward.