Stanford RB McCaffrey to skip bowl, focus on draft

Stanford RB McCaffrey to skip bowl, focus on draft

Stanford RB McCaffrey to skip bowl, focus on draft

The standout running back announced he won't be playing in the bowl game against North Carolina on December 30 so he can start preparing for the National Football League draft in 2017.

For all the romanticism of "amateur" sports, I have yet to hear an argument against paying players that addresses where all the money should go. The Cardinal star will instead start prepping for the 2017 NFL Draft.

Many questioned McCaffrey's loyalty to his team after announcing his decision not to play in the Sun Bowl. His counting stats decreased from his breakout sophomore year, but he closed his Stanford career with five straight 100-yard outings to spearhead a five-game Cardinal winning streak to close out the regular season.

Despite leading the nation in all-purpose yards in the last two years, McCarffrey apparently hopes to improve his draft stock through training rather than showcasing his considerable talent one last time.

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Leonard Fournette of the LSU Tigers runs during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks this season. "He's done all you can do at the college football level".

The one point that Elliott could appreciate was that both players have dealt with injuries this past season, though Elliott still questioned the decisions.

McCaffrey and Fournette are taking an unusual step, but it may soon become commonplace. Love will preview the future of Stanford's running back position.

The Sun Bowl and the Citrus Bowl will be fine, and McCaffrey and Fournette will ensure that they'll be fine entering draft preparation.

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