Tyler Gaffney has decided to return to Stanford to play football for his senior year and earn his degree after giving pro baseball a try, the school announced Monday.
"This is the ideal time for me to return to the Farm and complete the work toward my degree," Gaffney said in a statement. "As a freshman at Stanford in 2009, I had three goals: play football and baseball and receive my degree. Two of the three have been accomplished; I eagerly look forward to completing the third."
Gaffney, who was with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, is pursuing a double major of sociology and psychology.
The former San Diego star last played football for the Cardinal in 2011 when he served as a backup to running back Stepfan Taylor.
Gaffney's return should help alleviate the loss of Taylor.
"As I have grown and matured over the past year, I have come to realize how much I missed my football family at Stanford and how much I missed the game," he said.
In his junior season, Gaffney rushed for a career-high 449 yards (6.1 yards per carry). He scored seven touchdowns and had 79 receiving yards as Taylor's backup.
"Tyler's first three years at Stanford, he contributed to a lot of big games and a lot of big wins," coach David Shaw said in a statement. "He will join a talented and diverse group of running backs."
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