Family Affair: Dylan McCaffrey Joins His Dad and the UNC Bears

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A gaggle of students cheering during a football game. (uncbears.com)

The University of Northern Colorado will have yet another McCaffrey joining its football program. Dylan McCaffrey, son of head coach Ed McCaffrey and brother of wide receiver coach Max McCaffrey, will be joining the team as a graduate transfer from the University of Michigan.

McCaffrey did not get much playing time for the Wolverines, appearing in 13 games over three seasons with the team. In those appearances, McCaffrey threw for 242 yards, three touchdowns and racked up 166 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown. McCaffrey opted out of the 2020 season.

McCaffrey’s arrival seems to have given yet another shot in the arm to a program looking to turn around its culture and get back to winning ways. First-year defensive end Nick Norris was thrilled about the announcement of McCaffrey’s decision to transfer to UNC.

“Man, I thought it was awesome,” said Norris “I’m really excited to work with him.”

Norris also went on to talk about how McCaffrey can help bring positive change to the culture of the UNC football program.

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“I think it’s going to change the momentum of our program in so many ways,” said Norris.

First-year outside linebacker Vincent King saw Dylan McCaffrey’s talent first-hand when he attended a football camp hosted by Ed McCaffrey when he was middle school.

“There was a trash can or a tire in the back corner of the endzone and he just dropped back to like the fifty and just threw it up … and just perfectly threw it in,” King said. “Everyone was just standing there in awe, like this kid in high school just nailed that trash can like that.”

With natural arm talent like that, it’s no wonder that he is receiving all this praise from his future teammates.

Because McCaffrey is transferring from a Football Bowl Subdivision to a Football Championship Subdivision program he will be immediately eligible to play. He has two years of eligibility left.  

  McCaffrey is a familiar face in the world of Colorado high school football, as he helped Valor Christian High School to four straight 5A state championship game appearances, winning three.

Coming out of high school, McCaffrey was the 117th overall recruit in the country, according to ESPN, and was ranked 6th among quarterbacks. To say that Dylan McCaffrey comes from an athletic family is an understatement. His father, Ed McCaffrey, was a 13-year veteran in the NFL, winning three Super Bowls, two of which came with the Denver Broncos. His mother Lisa was also a soccer player at Stanford and two of his brothers, Christian and Max, have experience in the NFL. 

A transfer of this magnitude can only mean things are on the upswing for the Bears. While there may be a lot of uncertainty this season, it is certain that this will be a team to watch in the Big Sky Conference.

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