Valor Christian all-purpose star Christian McCaffrey was named Colorado’s Gatorade Player of the Year Thursday morning, according to theDenver Post. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.
McCaffrey, son of former Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey, certainly filled those requirements.
“The issue with Christian is just how many different things that he can do,” Valor Christian coach Brent Vieselmeyer told the Denver Post Wednesday.
As a junior, McCaffrey rushed for 1,264 yards scoring 22 touchdowns. He also had 14 receiving touchdowns, 3 return touchdowns and one defensive touchdown.
Academically, McCaffrey has a 3.36 GPA, and has already received several scholarship offers from several schools, including highly-regarded academic institutions Stanford, where his father attended, and Duke.
By winning the Colorado player of the year award, McCaffrey becomes a finalist for the national player of the year award as well.
Valor Christian plays for the class 5A state championship against Cherokee Trail on Saturday.