Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sports Briefs: AP Names Stanford Rb Mccaffrey Player of the Year

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sports Briefs: AP Names Stanford Rb Mccaffrey Player of the Year

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AP NAMES STANFORD RB MCCAFFREY PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey is The Associated Press college football player of the year, becoming the first non-Heisman Trophy winner to earn the honor in six years.

McCaffrey was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy to Derrick Henry, but received 29 of 60 votes from the AP Top 25 media panel to edge the Alabama running back.

Henry received 16 votes and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson was third with 11. Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield each received two votes.

AKRON WINS POTATO BOWL: Robert Stein made three field goals and Jatavis Brown led a smothering defense as Akron earned its first victory in a bowl, a 23-21 over Utah State on Tuesday in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl at Boise, Idaho.

Stein, who became the school's career scoring leader with 268 points, connected from 29, 33 and 46 yards, and was selected the game's MVP. …

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