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"The offseason after a runner-up finish in the Heisman Trophy balloting is over for Christian McCaffrey. [...] it’s back to work for Stanford’s incomparable tailback, who as a sophomore not only broke the school rushing record with 2,019 yards but also erased one of college football’s most impressive records by compiling 3,864 all-purpose yards. “It’s always great to be back on the football field and play football rather than running and lifting all the time,” he told reporters Monday after practice as the Cardinal began preparations to defend their Pac-12 and Rose Bowl championships. “It’s time to play football,” McCaffrey said. Ever since he arrived on the Farm, other players and coaches have marveled at his grueling conditioning regimen. While acknowledging that McCaffrey is now a national figure, Shaw is trying to protect him from what could be a media onslaught. In addition to knowing his role, McCaffrey is keen on", www.sfgate.com
"Last season’s opening loss at Northwestern still gnaws at Stanford. The 16-6 defeat in Evanston, Ill., was the Cardinal’s first opening loss in eight years. In an effort to forestall another opening letdown this year, head coach David Shaw will tinker with the preseason practice schedule and taper off somewhat in the final week before the Kansas State game Sept. 2 at Stanford Stadium. Adopting the usual secrecy of a college football head coach, he wouldn’t get into many specifics but said, for one thing, he would “back off the last two-a-day” practice before the opener. The Wildcats won their first five games last year and finished 10-3 after a one-sided loss to Tennessee in the Outback Bowl. [...] Hogan threw three touchdown passes, including a 93-yarder on a screen to Bryce Love, in a 31-7 win. [...] Stanford is ranked seventh in the USA Today coaches’ poll, its highest preseason ranking since 2013. The Associated Press’ first media", www.sfgate.com