Bryce Love

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Bryce Love
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Love during his tenure with Stanford (2018)
No. 23 – Washington Redskins
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1997-07-08) July 8, 1997 (age 22)
Raleigh, North Carolina
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Wake Forest (NC)
College:Stanford
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 4 / Pick: 112
Career history
Roster status:Reserve/non-football injury
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Jonathan Bryce Love (born July 8, 1997) is an American football running back for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Stanford, and was drafted by the Redskins in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. In his youth, he was also a sprinter specializing in the 200 metres and 400 metres, earning USA Track & Field Youth Athlete of the Year honors in 2009.[1][2]

High school career[edit]

A native of Wake Forest, North Carolina, Love attended Wake Forest-Rolesville High School. In addition to track, he competed in football and drew comparisons to Keith Marshall.[3] At the combine of the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, Love ran an electronically timed 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash.[4]

A track athlete from an early age, Love attended the 2009 USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships, setting national record times of 11.64 in the 100m, 23.37 in the 200m and 50.75 in the 400m dash. It was the first time a boy from the midget age group (11–12 years old) has set three national records in one year. Love was named USA Track & Field Youth Athlete of the Year 2009.[1] Soon after, Love set new records in the 13–14 yrs group at a meet in Hoschton, Georgia. He ran 10.73 in the 100 and 21.83 in the 200 on consecutive days.[citation needed] As a football player, he was rated as a four star player coming out of high school. He chose Stanford over several other schools, including North Carolina and Virginia Tech.

College career[edit]

Regarded as a four-star recruit by ESPN, Love was ranked as the No. 18 running back prospect of the class of 2015.[5] He chose Stanford over Virginia Tech and Tennessee.

In the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Love backed up Christian McCaffrey, a first-round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft. Love accumulated 1,009 rushing yards in these two seasons.

2017 season[edit]

Love had a break-out season in 2017 with 2,118 rushing yards. Love was second in the nation in rushing yards and in rushing yards per game. Love reached the 1,000-yard rushing mark in just the fifth game of the season. He had back-to-back games with over 250 rushing yards, making him only the second Pac-12 player to accomplish this (along with Reggie Bush). He ran for a school-record 301 yards in a game. Love ran for at least 100 yards in twelve of his thirteen games, leading all running backs in the nation.

Love won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's best running back.[6] He won the Lombardi Award for 2017.[7] He was a unanimous first team All American. The Pac-12 named Love its Offensive Player of the Year. Love also was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team. Like McCaffrey in 2015, Love was the runner-up for the 2017 Heisman Trophy.[8]

2018 season[edit]

In his senior season, Love was one of the team captains. He was put on several preseason All-American lists as well as preseason award watch lists. He missed some time due to injury, but managed to finish the year with 739 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns.[9] At the end of the season, he earned Pac-12 honorable mention. He graduated with a degree in human biology in June 2019.[10]

Statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving
Att Yards Avg TD Rec Yards Avg TD
2015 Stanford 14 29 225 7.8 2 15 250 16.7 1
2016 Stanford 12 111 783 7.1 3 8 83 10.4 1
2017 Stanford 13 263 2,118 8.1 19 6 33 5.5 0
2018 Stanford 10 166 739 4.5 6 20 99 5.0 0
Career 49 569 3,865 6.8 30 49 465 9.5 2

Notable achievements[edit]

  • Unanimous First Team All American
  • Doak Walker Award Winner
  • Walter Camp Player of the Year Finalist
  • Maxwell Award Finalist
  • Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year
  • First Team All Pac-12
  • Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week (October 1, 2017)
  • Maxwell Award Player of the Week (October 3, 2017)
  • Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week, three times (September 25, 2017, October 2, 2017, November 13, 2017)
  • FBS record for most 50+ yard runs in a season — 13
  • Stanford record for rushing yards in a season (2,118 in 2017)
  • Stanford record for rushing yards in a game (301 yards vs. Arizona State, 2017)
  • Stanford record for rushing yards per attempt, career (7.8 yds/att)
  • Stanford record for games with 100 rushing yards, season (12 in 2017)
  • Stanford record for consecutive games with 100 rushing yards (9 games, tied with Christian McCaffrey)

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 8 78 in
(1.75 m)
200 lb
(91 kg)
29 38 in
(0.75 m)
9 18 in
(0.23 m)
18 reps
All values from NFL Combine[11]

Prior to the draft, Love suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his final college game which lead to a concern amongst teams. He ultimately was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round, 112th overall, of the 2019 NFL Draft.[12] He signed his rookie contract with the team on May 9, 2019.[13] He was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list before the start of the season on August 31, 2019.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Love named USATF Youth Athlete of the Year". USATF.com. November 23, 2009.
  2. ^ FitzGerald, Tom (October 5, 2017). "Stanford's Bryce Love". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 7, 2017.
  3. ^ Spiewak, Stephen (September 11, 2012). "Bryce Love: The next Keith Marshall?". maxpreps.com. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  4. ^ Morris, Ron (September 20, 2017). "Christian McCaffrey who? A former Wake Forest football star redefines the word speed". Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  5. ^ Bryce Love - Football Recruiting - Player Profiles - ESPN
  6. ^ Pedersen, Brian. "Stanford RB Bryce Love wins Doak Walker Award". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  7. ^ "Love wins Lombardi as nation's best player". ESPN.com. January 28, 2018. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  8. ^ "2017 Heisman Trophy Voting". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  9. ^ "30 in 30: Stanford RB Bryce Love". News 4 Buffalo. April 1, 2019. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  10. ^ Roling, Chris. "Redskins' Bryce Love graduates from Stanford". Redskins Wire. USA Today. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  11. ^ "Jonathan Love Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  12. ^ Stackpole, Kyle (April 27, 2019). "Redskins Select Running Back Bryce Love". Redskins.com. Retrieved May 11, 2019.
  13. ^ Stackpole, Kyle (May 9, 2019). "Redskins Sign Eight Members of 2019 Draft Class". Redskins.com. Retrieved May 9, 2019.

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Jordan Hasay
USA Track & Field Youth Athlete of the Year
2009
Succeeded by
Trevor Barron