User ID
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Betting Tools

Gaffney makes surprise return to Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Almost a week after signing day, Stanford might have landed its biggest addition heading into next season.

The school announced Monday that Tyler Gaffney is leaving professional baseball to make a surprise return to the football team. After a year of playing in the minors for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Gaffney will rejoin the Cardinal for the second half of spring practices when he enrolls in classes again April 1.

``As I have grown and matured over the past year, I have come to realize how much I missed my football family at Stanford and how much I missed the game of football,'' Gaffney said in a statement.

Gaffney called it the ``ideal time'' to return to Stanford, which won the Pac-12 Conference and Rose Bowl last season. He said he wanted to finish his degree, double majoring in sociology and psychology, and explore his football potential.

The two-sport player also thanked the Pirates for the opportunity that ``permitted me to grow and mature in character.''

``With the benefit of this experience, I will continue to learn about myself and follow the path where my truth will lead me,'' he said.

Gaffney's return should help alleviate the loss of starting running back Stepfan Taylor.

In his junior season, Gaffney ran for 449 yards (6.1 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns and had 79 yards receiving for another TD as Taylor's backup. He also was the primary ball carrier in the Cardinal's wildcat formation, which coach David Shaw didn't use much last season.

The Pirates drafted Gaffney in the 24th round last year. The outfielder batted .297 with a .483 on-base percentage for Class-A affiliate State College Spikes.

Gaffney is the second Stanford player to spurn the Pirates recently. Pittsburgh drafted pitcher Mark Appel eighth overall last year. But Appel was the only unsigned player among 31 first-round picks last year, turning down the Pirates' $3.8 million offer in the first year of new restrictions designed to slow draft spending. He is a senior at Stanford now.

Gaffney, a San Diego native, hasn't played college football since Stanford's overtime loss to Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 2, 2012. While his signing with the Pirates ended his college baseball eligibility, he still maintained his final year of college football eligibility.

Gaffney will compete with Anthony Wilkerson, Remound Wright, Ricky Seale and Barry Sanders for playing time next season.

``I'm very proud of Tyler Gaffney making the decision to come back and finish his degree, while also rejoining the football team,'' Shaw said. ``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.''

The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2016
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

ASA: Big Ten Report - Week 8
Williams: ACC Report - Week 8
Marshall: Tech Trends - Week 8
Williams: Big 12 Report - Week 8
Williams: Pac-12 Report - Week 8
Huskers got hot after '15 loss to Purdue
NW looks to keep streak going vs. IU
PSU confident they can hang with Bucks
K-State, Texas meet for old-school game
Why Buy Picks From
NCAAFB College Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NCAA FB Hot Streaks
17-7 L24 G-Plays, 62% +945 TY
4-2 Sat., 25-12 L37, 9-4 G-Plays
4-1 Last Sat., 8-2 This Month
26-8 L34 Totals, 32-13 L4 Sat.
4 Wins in a Row, 7-3 L10 Totals
6-2 L2 Saturdays, 12-6 L18 Picks
+1,439 CFB Over/Unders TY
7-3 G-Plays, 60% +705 Overall
2-0 Last Night, 3-0 L3 G-Plays
16-8 L24 College Totals
3-0 L3, 9-5 G-Plays TY
2-0 Last Friday, 8-2 L10 G-Plays
4-0 L4 Guaranteed Plays
2-0 Yesterday, 5-1 L6 Streak
4-1 Last 5 CFB Guarantees
NCAA FB College Football Expert Picks - South Florida Bulls at Temple Owls
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kyle Hunter + 955
Scott Rickenbach + 945
Michael Black + 705
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Christian Alexander + 295
Kevin Rogers + 275
Scott Pritchard + 190
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Scott Rickenbach 62 %
Michael Black 60 %
Kyle Hunter 58 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Scott Rickenbach + 835
The Gold Sheet + 470
Michael Black + 375
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
NeiltheGreek + 1439
Kyle Hunter + 1180
Micah Roberts + 622
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Scott Rickenbach + 390
Bruce Marshall + 81
John Fisher + 80
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership