Thursday, December 22, 2011
Gaffney weighing football/baseball options
By Kevin Gemmell
Stanford running back Tyler Gaffney said he isn't rushing to make any decisions regarding his future as a two-sport athlete.
"I love playing two sports," he said. "I want to play two sports as long as I can."
But eventually, he's going to have to chose between football and baseball.
The junior outfielder from San Diego will be eligible for the first-year player draft in June. He'll likely get plenty of exposure since the Cardinal are No. 3 in the preseason rankings.
He's coming off a sophomore year in which he hit .327 with 35 RBIs, three home runs and led the team in slugging percentage (.472) and on-base percentage (.422). He also scored 42 times, hit 10 doubles, five triples and drew a team-high 29 walks.
On the gridiron, Gaffney rushed for 445 yards on 70 carries (6.4 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns as part of Stanford's four-headed rushing attack. The Cardinal have a Wildcat package tailored specifically for him and he's also caught 11 balls for 63 yards and a score.
If he has a big year and his draft stock jumps into the high rounds, he said there is a chance he could pass on returning to school for his senior season.
"It would have to be top tier," Gaffney said. "I would have to be a fool where I have to turn it down."
Depending on which draft services you look at, Gaffney is currently slotted anywhere between the eighth and 15th round. If that were the case, you'll probably see Gaffney in shoulder pads next season.
"It would take a good amount for me not to come back next year," he said. "... There are no more Bo Jacksons in the world. The two professional sports thing isn't really going to happen. In the next year or two I'm going to have to make a decision. Wherever my best opportunity is, that's what I'm going to chose."