MGo love not enough - McCaffrey wins Paul Hornung Award

Submitted by Yo_Blue on December 9th, 2015 at 8:46 AM

Christian McCaffrey is the 2015 Paul Hornung Award winner.

They don't show the voter results, but Jabrill Peppers had a substantial lead near the midnight voting deadline (Christian McCaffrey was a distant, distant third).  The fan vote accounted for 1/17th of the final voting, so it didn't mean much other than providing us a chance to show our MGo love.

Look for Peppers to be in the mix next year.


Candor for Sale

December 9th, 2015 at 8:52 AM ^

So the fan vote meant NOTHING???

If the Hornung award is for high-level, versatile players, doesn't get much more versatile than McCaffrey. His Pac-12 Championship game performance was ridiculous.

Jabrill will likely be up for this every year.

Everyone Murders

December 9th, 2015 at 8:56 AM ^

McCaffery is a phenomenal player, with feet reminscent of Barry Sanders's.  He is a game-changer, and rises to the occasion in big games.  #noFredJackson4reelz

You could make a strong case for Peppers, but I'm fine with this result.  As long as it didn't go to Johnny Consonant out of Ole MIss, my outrage level is low.

And really, doesn't this just mean that Stanford marshalled its bots a bit better than Michigan did.  Losing to Ole Miss on a bot-battle would be like losing to MSU in a solar car race. 


December 9th, 2015 at 9:02 AM ^

Nothing to do with bots... Peppers won the fan vote but the 16 "real" voters selected McCaffrey.  I can't argue with the results.  With the extremely low level of fan support for McCaffrey, it highlights the "don't give a damn" attitude of the Stanford fans.

Everyone Murders

December 9th, 2015 at 9:10 AM ^

YOU tell me how I'm supposed to throw in a shot at MSU's solar car program if the Hornung Award result wasn't a result of the bot battle.  Where's my hook now?

I'm waiting ... .

(Fair point.  I'd not seen much of McCaffrey before his last two games, but he was really impressive against good competition.)


December 9th, 2015 at 9:09 AM ^

McCaffrey has 1847 rushing yards with 8 TDs, 540 receiving yards with 4 TDs, 1042 kickoff return yards with 1 TD, 67 punt return yards, and 39 passing yards with 2 TDs. That's a pretty versatile year I think.


December 9th, 2015 at 9:13 AM ^

Maybe, unlikely, this can be used as a recruiting pitch for when were battling it out head-to-head with Stanford. McCaffrey, a Heisman candidate and one of the more explosive and productive players their school has ever seen and the fan base still doesnt give enough of a shit to get him even remotely close in the voting process.

That poll was the ultimate click bait though. I was not aware the voting accounted for only 1 of 17 votes. Either ax the poll or knock down the amount of people given a vote.


December 9th, 2015 at 9:13 AM ^

Christian broke Barry's all-purpose record (with Barry watching most of those games live -- just an interesting sidenote) and scored TDs five different ways.

No question at all that he deserved that award.


December 9th, 2015 at 9:31 AM ^

If Pop Warner, Bill Walsh, Jim Harbaugh, David Shaw, Jim Plunkett, John Elway, Andrew Luck, Ernie Nevers, Christian McCaffrey, a total of 34 All-Americans, 1 Heisman, 2 national championships, 15 Rose Bowl appearances, rivalries with Cal, USC, Notre Dame and Oregon, and a current top 10 program, aren't enough reasons to get you excited about college football, then I don't know what is.


December 9th, 2015 at 9:51 AM ^

Eh we got 4 1st team all big ten picks and JD just received 1st team All-America. Plus everyone up for an award was a junior and is coming back. We cool, just gonna clean up next year. I'd put the over under on 1st team All Americans next year at 2.5 and national awards at 1.5

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December 9th, 2015 at 9:45 AM ^

Yeah, I am a huge fan of McCaffrey and really hope we land his brother in the 2017 recruiting class. It is very hard to argue against him winning this award, BUT Jabrill plays all of the same positions he does on Special Teams and Offense (QB, WR, RB) AND STARTS ON DEFENSE. So while McCaffrey is very very deserving of this award.. I think Jabrill deserves it just as much. It's too bad they couldn't both win.


December 9th, 2015 at 9:46 AM ^

I will say this - I was impressed with the lack of fan attention being given to McCaffrey on the fan vote because it seemed like Stanford fans either didn't know or didn't really care about the poll. Granted, this was for 1/17th of the total vote, but even the chance to show confidence in their player didn't get them to a computer for the most part. 

That being said, it's hard to make an argument for Christian McCaffrey not winning this particular award. Other than play somewhere on the defense, he pretty much does it all and is rather productive when doing it. 

Mr. Yost

December 9th, 2015 at 10:10 AM ^

I wish someone would've made this clear ahead of time...

That was a lot of time waste and silly threads that meant nothing if our votes really didn't matter.

I'm pretty sure if we all knew that it was 1/17th, people wouldn't have been trying to remind us to vote every day and folks wouldn't have been voting for different devices.

I demand this Hornung committee give us an explanation.