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Bryce Love | Running Back

Team: Stanford Cardinal
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 202

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Recent News's Dane Brugler writes that Stanford senior RB Bryce Love has "an instant accelerator."
"His wheels at the second level are the last thing safeties want to see with his ability to set up open-field moves," Brugler notes. "Love trusts the play design and shows outstanding patience to allow the blockers to do their job." He also refers to the 5-foot-10, 196-pounder as a "might mouse in protection." The Stanford standout's durability will be something to monitor this season, as he was consistently hobbled by an ankle injury last year. He toughed it out through that to spectacular statistical effect, but for evaluating purposes, we'd like to see a clean, healthy campaign upcoming. Jul 21 - 3:39 PM
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Stanford senior RB Bryce Love is among the players named to the Maxwell Award watch list.

No surprise here, as Love is considered one of the front-runners for several awards coming into the year, including the Heisman Trophy. Other star players on the list include Washington's Myles Gaskin, Houston's Ed Oliver, Missouri's Drew Lock and Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor. The entire list of players on the watch list can be viewed in the link below.
Jul 16 - 12:00 PM

Stanford senior RB Bryce Love forced 76 missed tackles on carries last season.

Pro Football Focus passing along the statistic. Those 76 missed tackles are tops among returning Pac-12 backs, with Love being trailed by Utah's Zack Moss (64) and Washington's Myles Gaskin (44). The 5-foot-10, 196-pound Stanford standout not only has the ability to run around you, he'll run through you if need be, averaging 4.28 yards after contact in 2017. Love racked up 2,112 rushing yards and a hearty 19 touchdowns last season.
Jul 7 - 11:28 AM

In a poll of ESPN college football analysts, four of seven tagged Stanford senior RB Bryce Love as the best running back in the country.

The outliers in this little poll were Adam Rittenberg and Tom VanHaaren -- both of whom pointed to Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor as their best in show -- and Alex Scarborough, who opted in with Oklahoma's Rodney Anderson. All three of these fantastic backs are going to be in the Heisman conversation this year assuming health, with Love currently viewed as the front-runner to take home the honor.
Jul 5 - 11:53 AM

Stanford senior RB Bryce Love averaged 4.28 yards after contact last season.

Love (5'10/184) is most well known for his bolt-of-lightning touchdown gallops, but he's also a tough runner who does not shy away from contact. Per Pro Football Focus, those 4.28 yards averaged after contact were good for ninth-most in the FBS among returning backs. So long as he can maintain his health -- he dealt with a nagging ankle injury throughout the 2017 campaign -- he'll be on the short list of Heisman candidates this fall. Love rushed for 2,112 yards and 19 touchdowns last season.
Jun 23 - 1:52 PM's Daniel Jeremiah compared Stanford senior RB Bryce Love to Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Jacquizz Rodgers.

Jeremiah explained, "Both guys lack ideal measurables, but they have natural instincts, toughness and a ton of production. Love has a little more top speed than Rodgers, but they both possess outstanding quickness. I don't see Love becoming a heavy-workload back at the next level, but he should have a long, successful NFL career as a complementary back." This seems like a really underwhelming comparison for the 2017 Heisman runner-up and the odds-on favorite in 2018 due to how Rodgers turned out in the NFL. Eliminating Rodgers' pedestrian tenure in the NFL and solely looking at him as a prospect makes the comparison slightly more palatable.
Jun 15 - 12:02 PM

In their latest odds for the Heisman Trophy, Westgate Superbook has Stanford senior RB Bryce Love listed as the favorite at 5/1.

Love is followed by Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor (7/1), Georgia QB Jake Fromm (10/1), Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa (10/1), Oregon QB Justin Herbert (14/1) and Arizona QB Khalil Tate (14/1). The likes of Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham and Georgia RB D'Andre Swift can be had at 20/1. If you're looking for a long, long shot, Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence is drawing 100/1 odds.
Jun 9 - 11:11 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Stanford senior RB Bryce Love as his top tailback in his way-too-early 2019 draft board.

Love is ranked 10th, and he's one of two running backs on Kiper's list; joining Oklahoma's Rodney Anderson. Love put up monster numbers -- even when he wasn't healthy -- but some don't seem terribly sold on the 5-foot-10, 184-pound tailback as a first-round pick. Kiper doesn't seem to be one of those people. As Kiper summarizes: " year after Christian McCaffrey averaged 6.3 yards per carry and caught 37 passes on his way to the top 10 of the draft, all Love did was average 8.1 yards per carry last season. What he will want to do more is catch passes, because he's slippery in space."
Source: ESPN
May 11 - 7:59 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay projects Stanford senior RB Bryce Love to go to the Raiders with the 18th pick in his way-too-early 2019 mock draft.

Oh this would be fun. Love is one of two running backs that McShay projects to go in the first round in 2018, with Oklahoma's Rodney Anderson (30th to the Steelers) being the other. The 2017 Heisman Trophy finalist would be the replacement for heir apparent to Marshawn Lynch, who will be a free agent after this year. As McShay notes: "The diminutive (5-10, 186) running back played through an ankle injury and finished second in the Heisman voting, compiling 2,118 rushing yards on the season (second in the nation)."
Source: ESPN
May 4 - 7:34 PM

Stanford redshirt senior RB Bryce Love was awarded the Lombardi Award on Saturday.

Love beat out six other finalists to win the award, which was open to skill-position players for the first time. The Stanford tailback also won the Doak Walker Award as the season's top running back after rushing for 19 touchdowns and 2,112 yards for the Pac-12 North champions. Love currently is also currently the betting favorite to win the 2018 Heisman Trophy, so this may not be the last trophy he takes home this calendar year.
Jan 28 - 12:47 PM

Bovada listed Stanford redshirt senior RB Bryce Love as the 2018 Heisman Trophy front-runner with 7/1 odds.

Love was a Heisman finalist for the 2017 season, missing out on the award to Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield. Following him up on Bovada for the 2018 award are Wisconsin RB Johnathan Taylor (8/1), Arizona QB Khalil Tate (9/1) and Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa (10/1). A sleeper for you? FSU RB Cam Akers, who set the freshman rushing record with the Seminoles this past season and lands at 22/1 on the Heisman odds board at this early juncture. For reference's sake, those odds are lower than the ones set for Oregon QB Justin Herbert and Clemson QB Kelly Bryant (both 15/1).
Jan 23 - 2:30 PM

Stanford redshirt junior RB Bryce Love will return to school for his final season of eligibility.

Love's production in 2017 was absolutely ridiculous, recording 2,118 yards and 19 touchdowns after picking up for the departed Christian McCaffrey. His rate of producing 20-plus yard runs, behind an outstanding offensive line, seemed otherworldly. We all will get to see another year of it. The 2018 running back class still looks great.
Source: SF Gate
Jan 16 - 8:55 AM

Stanford redshirt junior RB Bryce Love has yet to announce his decision as to whether or not he'll declare for the 2018 Draft.

The deadline to enter is January 15, and to quote Judge Snails: "Well, we're waiting." Love (5'10/184) isn't one for drawing attention, and perhaps the fact that we've heard nothing from the junior Heisman finalist tells us what we need to know. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline tweets that he heard at Shrine Game practices that Love's father was telling people he would be coming back for his senior season. It's possible we may not hear anything from him, but until we get the official list, we'll be on pins and needles.
Jan 16 - 12:26 AM

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller passes along that "people at Stanford think [redshirt junior RB] Bryce Love will stay in school and not declare for the draft."

Love (5'10/184) is one of the few big draft-eligible players yet to announce his intentions. We'll find out soon enough one way or another -- today (Monday) is the deadline for underclassmen to declare. Love's return to Stanford would not only shift some draft boards, it would be an obvious boon for the Cardinal, particularly given that conference foe Washington is returning a number of draft-eligible pieces for the 2018 season. Love rushed for a Stanford-record 2,118 yards and 19 touchdowns during the 2017 campaign.
Jan 15 - 1:11 PM

Stanford redshirt junior RB Bryce Love rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries in Thursday's 39-37 loss to TCU in the Alamo Bowl.

Freshly-adorned Doak Walker winner Love put in a 15-yard touchdown run to open the game's scoring midway through the first quarter. That was just the table-setter for what was to come, as the 5-foot-10, 184-pounder later broke through for one his patented long bolts to glory, this one coming from 69 yards out early in the third quarter. He could have had an even bigger game, but suffered a thumb injury -- one which ESPN says required stitches -- in the fourth quarter which required an extended stay in the medical tent. Love finishes the season having rushed for a Stanford-record 2,118 yards and 19 touchdowns, breaking Christian McCaffrey's record set just three seasons ago. Should he declare for the draft, he's a tough back with speed to burn, stellar vision and an underrated strength component to his game. Size and a lack of experience as a pass-catcher could potentially cause some NFL teams to shy off, but he's likely an early Day 2 selection at worst, one with late Day 1 upside.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 12:37:00 AM