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  Tyler Gaffney
Tyler Gaffney
Player Profile

San Diego, CA

High School:
Cathedral Catholic

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 221



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Defense emerges with 40-34 win at Stanford Stadium


Open Practice Report: Big Plays, Big Defense on Display for Cardinal

Hogan, Crower Impress; Gardner Leads Defense


Stanford Football Celebrates Read Across America Day with Local Schools

As part of the Read Across America program, members of the Stanford football team celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss on Friday with students from local elementary schools.


Cardinal Set to Begin Spring Practices

Center and left tackle highlight position battles; competition and development for 15 practices kicks off Feb. 25


Tyler Gaffney Returns for Senior Season

Cardinal's second-leading RB from 2011 coming back for his Stanford degree and 2013 football season


Stanford vs. Notre Dame Football

Stanford vs. Notre Dame


Stanford vs. Cal - 114th Big Game

Stanford vs. Cal - 114th Big Game


Stanford vs. Oregon - Staff Gallery

Stanford vs. Oregon - Staff Gallery


Stanford at Oregon State - Nov. 5, 2011

Stanford at Oregon State - Nov. 5, 2011


Stanford vs. USC

Stanford vs. USC

Feature Stories: 9/27/11 in Associated Press |

AT STANFORD: After 2012 hiatus with professional baseball, returns to Stanford in 2013 for his senior season and completion of his degree...natural athlete who has appeared in 35 games in his first three seasons at Stanford...has averaged 5.1 yards per carry (791 yards in 156 attempts) for his career...has rushed for 12 career touchdowns, including a career-high seven as a junior in 2011...also has 17 career receptions for 178 yards (10.5) including three touchdowns.

2011 (JUNIOR): Combined talents with Stepfan Taylor, Anthony Wilkerson and Jeremy Stewart to form one of the deepest stables of running backs in the Pac-12 Conference...totaled 449 yards on 74 carries (6.1) and seven touchdowns in 13 games...also had 12 receptions for 79 yards and one touchdown...ranked second to Taylor in rushing average and touchdowns...rushed for touchdowns in seven of 13 games during the season...carried nine times for 61 yards and one touchdown against Colorado...capped off a 14-play, 84-yard scoring drive with a one-yard run at the 2:03 mark of the third...exploded for a career-high 117 yards on nine carries and a touchdown against Washington, helping the Cardinal amass a school-record 446 yards on the ground...combined with Taylor (138) to become the 10th Stanford running back duo to rush for 100 yards in the same game...performance ignited a six-game stretch in which he totaled 310 yards on 44 carries (7.0)... finished with 36 hard-fought yards on seven carries at USC...scored the game's first touchdown on a 10-yard reception from Luck...carried a career-high 12 times for 56 yards at Oregon State...contributed 31 yards in four carries vs. Oregon...rushed for his sixth TD of the season with 6:07 left in the fourth period...finished with 40 yards on six carries and a TD against Cal in the Big Game...netted 30 yards on six carries and to go along with two receptions for 17 yards against Notre Dame...had four carries for four yards against Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl...also caught a pass for a 16-yard gain.

2010 (SOPHOMORE): Appeared in 10 of 13 games, missing three contests with injury...rushed for 255 yards on 60 carries (4.2) and four touchdowns...rushing yardage ranked third among running backs behind Stepfan Taylor (1,137) and Anthony Wilkerson (408) and fourth overall (Andrew Luck 453)...carried 25 times for 152 yards and three touchdowns over the first four games of the season against Sacramento State (8-33), UCLA (8-28), Wake Forest (7-76) and Notre Dame (2-15)...was sidelined for the Oregon, USC and Washington State games before returning for duty at Washington...was one of five Stanford running backs to carry the ball against Sacramento State...rushed eight times for 33 yards and one touchdown at the 1:28 mark of the third quarter...rushed for two second quarter touchdowns in Stanford's 68-17 victory over Wake Forest...also broke loose on runs of 19, 22 and 32 yards...carried 13 times for 50 yards and one touchdown in Stanford's 41-0 victory in Seattle...scored on a three yard run at the 8:38 mark of the second quarter...had six touches for 15 yards at Arizona...saw limited action the next two weekends at Arizona State (2-3) and California (4- -2) before bouncing back with an eight-carry, 27-yard effort against Oregon State...also caught two passes for 55 yards out of the backfield against the Beavers...was on the receiving end of Andrew Luck's single-season record 28th touchdown pass...caught the ball in the right flat and raced 52 yards for the touchdown...carried twice for 10 yards in the Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech.

2009 (FRESHMAN): Appeared in 12 games as a true freshman...finished with 87 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown...picked up 19 of his 20 yards against San Jose State on one run in the fourth quarter...carried six times for a season-high 23 yards against No. 24 Washington on Oct. 26...also had one reception for 17 yards...had one, 22-yard reception at Arizona...matched his season high with six carries against Arizona State...carried one time for 21 yards against California...majoring in sociology.

BASEBALL: Three-year starting outfielder for the top-25 Cardinal baseball team...twice named honorable mention All-Pac-10, starting the majority of his freshman season in right field and in left field as a sophomore and junior. Also played center...twice named all-regional tournament at the Fullerton Regional in 2010 and 2011, hitting lead off home runs in both games of the 2010 regional...had a .301 career average over 161 games with 132 career runs and 76 career RBIs...hit .328 as a freshman with 42 runs and 24 RBIs, before hitting .327 in 54 games as a sophomore with 42 runs and a team-high 29 walks...hit .245 in 54 games as a junior with 48 runs and a team-high 17 HBPs and 29 walks (second on team) for a .390 on-base percentage...had a 24-game hit streak over two seasons in 2011 and 2012.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, Calif....played for head coach Sean Doyle...listed as the top fullback prospect in the nation by SuperPrep Magazine...PrepStar All-American was ranked third by and fourth by rushed for 5,547 yards and caught 46 passes for 730 yards and totaled 99 touchdowns during his four-year varsity career... named Cal-Hi Sports "Mr. Football" in California after rushing for a San Diego Section-record 2,866 yards on 295 carries (9.7 ypc) with 48 rushing touchdowns as a senior...also caught 26 passes for 428 yards and eight touchdowns...his 56 total touchdowns equaled the fourth-best single-season total in state history...had four or more rushing touchdowns in seven games during his senior campaign, capped-off by a seven-TD, 228-yard rushing performance against Scripps Ranch...turned in one of the most impressive single-game performances in state history in Cathedral's 37-34 victory over St. Mary's of Stockton in the CIF Division II state title game...rushed for 337 yards and four touchdowns as the Dons capped a perfect 14-0 season with their first state title...banner junior season netted 1,552 yards and 24 rushing touchdowns to go along with 20 receptions for 302 yards and five more TDs... CIF San Diego Section record holder for most points scored in a career (598), most points in a season (336), single-season rushing yards (2,866), single-season rushing TDs (48), most TDs in one game (7)...ranks second all-time in CIF San Diego annals for career rushing yards (5,547) the state's most-decorated players following his senior season...Cal-Hi Sports first team all-state offensive selection for medium schools...earned Division II All-State Player of the Year honors in addition to being named to its medium schools first team All-America list...SuperPrep Far West Offensive Player of the Year...also earned Player of the Year honors...ESPN EA Sports first team All-American as a multi-purpose selection...also named player of the year in Southern California by Diego Hall of Champions 49th annual Breitbard All-CIF Offensive Player of the Year...named All-Eastern League Offensive Player of the Year...KUSI Silver Pigskin Award-winner...selected to the North County Times All-North County team...San Diego Union-Tribune's Offensive Player of the Year...National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete of the Year...earned All-Eastern League Offensive Player of the Year honors and San Diego Union-Tribune All-San Diego Section first team honors as a junior...also lettered in baseball and basketball...batted .504 with 12 home runs as a junior...parents are Gene and Tiffani Gaffney...has one younger brother...father played baseball at the University of San Diego from 1981-82...born in San Diego, Calif. ...full name is Tyler Mitchell Gaffney...pursuing a double major of sociology and psychology.


Career Highs
Rushing Attempts: 13 at Washington, 2010
Rushing Yards: 117 vs. Washington, 2011
Rushing Touchdowns: 2 vs. Wake Forest, 2010
Long: 34 vs. Washington, 2011

Receptions: 2, four times; last vs. Notre Dame, 2011
Receiving Yards: 55 vs. Oregon State, 2010
TD Receptions: 1, twice; last at USC, 2011
Long: 52 vs. Oregon State, 2010