Former Spike Drafted by NFL

Published 05/11 2014 12:50AM

Updated 05/11 2014 12:53AM

STATE COLLEGE - 2012 State College Spikes outfielder Tyler Gaffney became the first Spikes alum ever drafted by a National Football League team on Saturday when the Carolina Panthers selected him in the sixth round as the 204th overall selection at the 2014 NFL Draft.
Gaffney’s selection came after he starred as the featured back at Stanford this past fall, helping the Cardinal earn the Pac-12 championship and a berth in the Rose Bowl. The San Diego, CA native was named a Doak Walker Award semifinalist and USA Today second-team All-American after rushing for 1709 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2013.

In between his junior and senior seasons of football, Gaffney manned the outfield for the Spikes after being selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 24th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft. The two-sport star earned a berth in the 2012 New York-Penn League All-Star Game after hitting .297 with a .483 on-base percentage and 10 runs batted in. Gaffney also displayed a hard-nosed playing style, smashing the Spikes record for times hit by pitch in a single season with a league-leading 20.

---Spikes Media Relations

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