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Gaffney to pursue his dream

Tyler Gaffney against UCLA in 2011
Tyler Gaffney against UCLA in 2011Getty Images

It appears that running back/outfielder Tyler Gaffney may be leaving the Stanford football program.

The potential senior running back just completed his junior baseball season. The Cardinal outfielder was selected in the 24th round, number 736 overall, by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Friday, Gaffney announced via his social networking that he is ready to pursue his baseball dream.

“Stanford has been amazing. I can't say enough. Brotherhood on each team. But I’m going to pursue a dream. I CAN’T pass this up. Pirates baby,” Gaffney tweeted.

Players in the past have been able to play minor league baseball and still retain some college eligibility, so it is too soon to say he is gone from football. But it certainly does appear that Gaffney is going to chase that baseball dream now.

Gaffney hit .245 with 48 runs scored, two home runs, 17 RBI and eight stolen bases last year for the Cardinal.

Gaffney always offered great potential as a running back but he was behind Stepfan Taylor on the depth chart.

Gaffney has rushed 156 times in his three year Cardinal career for 791 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Even without Gaffney, the Cardinal running game should be in good shape with Taylor leading the way. Sophomore Anthony Wilkerson will be the expected backup. There is good depth their with spring super star Rickey Seale, redshirt freshman speedster Kelsey Young and an incoming runner named Barry Sanders Jr, among others.

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