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Name: Bryce Love 
College: Stanford     Number: 20
Height: 5-09   Weight: 196
Position: RB  Pos2: WR/KR  Class/Draft Year: Jr/2019
40 Low: 4.26
  40 Time: 4.36
   40 High: 4.46

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Rated number 2 out of 151 RB's     9999 / 1890 TOTAL
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Weight: 196

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  Bryce Love
Stanford
Running Back
5-9, 191, 4.43, #20
Wake Forest, N.C.
Wake Forest
7/8/1997


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  12/11/17 - 2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB Bryce Love, Jr., Stanford,...Love, a junior running back and Heisman finalist from Wake Forest, North Carolina, led the Pac-12 and all Power 5 running backs in rushing, averaging 164.4 yards/game. He's rushed for 100 or more yards in 11 games this season, tying a school record. His 12 runs of 50 or more yards are an FBS record. Love set a school single-season record with 301 yards on 25 carries (12.0 yards/rush) and three touchdowns vs. Arizona State. In the Pac-12 Championship Game, Love surpassed 2009 Heisman finalist Toby Gerhart and moved into second place on the school's single-season rushing list with 1,973 yards. With a bowl game remaining, he needs 47 yards to break the school record set by 2015 Heisman finalist Christian McCaffrey. -

12/07/17 - 2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Bryce Love, Stanford,...Love, a junior running back and Heisman finalist from Wake Forest, North Carolina, led the Pac-12 and all Power 5 running backs in rushing, averaging 164.4 yards/game. He's rushed for 100 or more yards in 11 games this season, tying a school record. His 12 runs of 50 or more yards are an FBS record. Love set a school single-season record with 301 yards on 25 carries (12.0 yards/rush) and three touchdowns vs. Arizona State. In the Pac-12 Championship Game, Love surpassed 2009 Heisman finalist Toby Gerhart and moved into second place on the school's single-season rushing list with 1,973 yards. -

12/07/17 - 2017 DOAK WALKER AWARD WINNER: Bryce Love, Stanford,...Junior running back and human biology major Bryce Love won the Doak Walker Award and was named Walter Camp First-Team All-America at the College Football Awards, held at the College Football Hall of Fame on Thursday. Love joins Toby Gerhart (2009) as the only Stanford players to win the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the top collegiate running back in the nation. Love leads all Power 5 running backs in rushing yards, rushing yards/game, yards/carry and runs of 20, 30, 40 and 50 yards. His 12 runs of 50 or more yards this year is an FBS record, and his 11 100-yard rushing performances leads the nation and has tied a school record.

In the Pac-12 Championship Game, Love surpassed Gerhart and moved into second place on the school's single-season rushing list with 1,973 yards this season. With a bowl game remaining, he needs 47 yards to break the school record set by McCaffrey in 2015. Love is also a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. The Heisman winner will be announced on Saturday evening on ESPN.


 Overview

  A one-year starter at Stanford, Love was stuck in Christian McCaffrey’s shadow his first two years on campus before emerging as one of college football’s best backs in 2017 with an astounding 8.3 yards per carry, setting a FBS record with 13 straight games with a 30+ yard rush.

He benefited from a strong, assignment sound offensive line, which provided gaping holes, but Love deserves credit for his patience, burst and trust in the play design to maximize those opportunities.

Although he runs low to the ground with better-than-expected strength and warrior toughness, Love’s durability will always be a concern due to his smaller frame. Ideally suited for a shared role in a NFL backfield, Love’s vision, speed and run anticipation are a deadly combination and if he performs well catching the ball during pre-draft workouts then he will be in high demand as a complimentary weapon.

BACKGROUND
A four-star running back recruit out of high school, Jonathan Bryce Love was a standout in football and track, posting 2,259 rushing yards and 38 touchdowns as a senior – was also the 2014 4x100 state champion and had offers to run track collegiately. He chose to focus exclusively on football and considered offers from several local schools, including North Carolina, N.C. State, East Carolina, Virginia Tech and Tennessee, but he ultimately committed to Stanford (4.5 GPA in high school).

As a true freshman reserve, Love was fourth on the running back depth chart and recorded 225 yards on 29 carries and two scores. He moved into the back-up role as a sophomore behind McCaffrey and finished second on the team with 783 rushing yards and three scores, earning All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention honors. With McCaffrey off to the NFL, Love became Stanford’s feature back and responded with a record-breaking season, rushing for 1,973 yards and 17 touchdowns, finishing as the runner-up for the Heisman trophy.


 Analysis

  STRENGTHS
Lightning quick feet to stop and redirect his momentum in a fluid motion. Instant accelerator once he has an opening, using his speed to eliminate pursuit angles. His wheels at the second level are the last thing safeties want to see with his ability to set up open-field moves and take it the distance – set the FBS-record with 12 runs of 50+ yards in a single season. Low center of gravity and maintains his speed at contact to keep his feet through tackle attempts.

Hits the hole with timing and tempo. Trusts the play design and shows outstanding patience to allow his blockers to do the dirty work. Looks to finish and competes like a much bigger back. Above average experience in pass protection and looks like mighty mouse, showing patience, technique and courage to body and slow down rushers. Father (Christopher) played football and ran track at South Carolina. No concerns about his heart or toughness, playing through various lower leg injuries in 2017. – Dane Brugler 12/12/2017

WEAKNESSES
Pint-sized for the position and lacks prototypical bone structure or growth potential. Runs through arm tackles, but doesn’t have the run power or bulk to consistently break head-on tackles, especially as an inside runner. Doesn’t have the lower-the-shoulder power for short-yardage.

Admirable job as a blocker, but his limited anchor strength can only do so much vs. NFL blitzers. Lacks the armor on his body to take required NFL punishment as a featured back. Unproven as a receiver out of the backfield (29 career receptions, but only six in 2017). Health and workload will need to be monitored, battling two ankle injuries much of 2017 – sprained his right ankle (Oct. 2017), missing the Oregon State game, and injured his left ankle (Nov. 2017), which hindered him down the stretch. – Dane Brugler 12/12/17


 2017 Season

  Doak Walker Award winner
• Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year
• Unanimous All-America
• 10th in Stanford history
• Fifth under head coach David Shaw
• AFCA All-America first team
• AP All-America first team
• Walter Camp All-America first team
• The Sporting News All-America first team
• FWAA All-America first team
• USA Today All-America first team
• CBS Sports All-America first team
• The All-American All-America first team
• SI.com All-America first team
• Phil Steele All-America first team
• All-Pac-12 first team
• AP All-Pac-12 first team
• Phil Steele All-Pac-12 first team
• Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention
• Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 25)
• Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 2)
• Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week (Nov. 13)
• Rose Bowl Game Player of the Week (Sept. 25)
• Rose Bowl Game Player of the Week (Oct. 2)
• Walter Camp Football Foundation Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 2)
• Athlon Sports Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 2)
• Maxwell Award Player of the Week (Oct. 2)
• Heisman Trophy finalist
• Walter Camp Player of the Year finalist
• Maxwell Award finalist
• Sporting News midseason All-America
• USA Today midseason All-America
• ESPN.com midseason All-America
• CBSsports.com midseason All-America
• AP midseason All-America
• First among Power 5 conference running backs:
• Rushing yards - 1,973
• Rushing yards/game - 164.4
• Rushing yards/attempt - 8.3 [FBS record, min. 215 att.]
• 100-yard rushing games - 11
• 20-yard rushes - 28
• 30-yard rushes - 23
• 40-yard rushes - 14
• 50-yard rushes - 12 [FBS record]
• 60-yard rushes - 7
• Consecutive games with a 30-yard rush - 13 [FBS record]
• Consecutive games with a 50-yard rush - 11 (Nov. 26, 2016 - Nov. 4, 2017) [FBS record]
• Consecutive games with a touchdown - 12 (Nov. 26, 2016 - Nov. 18, 2017)
• Consecutive games with a rushing touchdown - 11 (Aug. 26 - Nov. 18, 2017)
• 180 yards rushing and one touchdown on 13 carries (13.8 yards/rush) vs. Rice
• 160 yards rushing and one touchdown on 17 carries (9.4 yards/rush) at USC
• 184 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 13 carries (14.2 yards/rush) at San Diego State
• 263 yards rushing on 30 carries, 69-yard touchdown vs. UCLA
• Third-most single-game rushing yards in school history
• School-record 301 rushing yards on 25 carries (12.0 yards/rush), three touchdowns vs. Arizona State
• Eighth-best single-game rushing total in Pac-12 history
• 175 yards rushing after contact
• 1,088 rushing yards through five games are fourth-most by any player in FBS history
• Garrett Wolfe (1,181 in 2006), Marcus Allen (1,136 in 1981), Byron Hanspard (1,112 in 1996)
• More rushing yards (1,088) than 111 FBS teams through five games
• 11th running back in FBS history to gain 1,000 yards in his team's first five games
• Others include Marcus Allen, Barry Sanders, Ricky Williams and Leonard Fournette
• Fastest Stanford running back to gain 1,000 yards rushing (fifth game, 87 carries)
• Previous Stanford record holder Christian McCaffrey gained 1,000th rushing yard in eighth game of 2015 (163rd carry)
• 12th running back in Stanford history with at least 2,000 career rushing yards
• 217.6 rushing yards/game through five games were more than 100 FBS teams, including 14 of AP Top 25
• 11 longest runs through five games totaled 591 yards
• Only one other Power 5 player had more than 591 rushing yards through Sept. 30 (Oregon’s Royce Freeman - 592)
• 542 yards rushing after contact through five games would have ranked seventh nationally for total rushing yards
• 564 combined yards rushing against UCLA and Arizona State, third-most over two-game stretch in Pac-12 history
• Second game with 250 or more rushing yards, equaling total of rest of FBS players
• Joined USC's Reggie Bush as only Pac-12 players ever with 250 or more rushing yards in consecutive games
• 152 yards rushing on 20 attempts and one touchdown at Utah
• 68-yard rushing touchdown
• 147 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 17 attempts vs. Oregon
• 115 yards rushing and two touchdowns on five carries in the first 4:23 of the game
• Tied school record with ninth consecutive 100-yard outing
• 5-yard rushing touchdown
• 67-yard touchdown
• Ninth straight game with rushing touchdown of 50 or more yards
• Only one second-half rushing attempt
• 52-yard touchdown run at Washington State
• FBS-record 10th consecutive game with 50-yard rush
• 10th consecutive game with a rush of 50 yards or more
• 9.6 yards/rush ranked first among Heisman-winning running backs through eight games
• 166 yards on 30 attempts vs. Washington
• Three rushing touchdowns
• Washington allowed only three rushing touchdowns entering game
• Washington entered game with nation's top defense
• 30th rushing attempt yielded 35 yards
• 101 yards rushing and one touchdown vs. Cal
• Ninth 100-yard rushing performance in 10 games
• Set FBS single-season record with 11th run of 50 yards or longer
• Did not play final 11:43
• 125 yards rushing vs. Notre Dame
• Finished regular season with 1,848 yards rushing
• 10th 100-yard rushing performance
• FBS-record 13th consecutive game with at least one 30-yard rush
• 125 yards rushing on 22 attempts vs. USC (Pac-12 Championship Game)
• 52-yard rush
• One rushing touchdown


 2016 Season

  All-Pac-12 honorable mention
• Set single-season record with Christian McCaffrey as top rushing tandem (2,386 yards) in school history
• Third in school history with 7.05 yards/carry
• Ninth in Pac-12 in rushing yards/game (65.2)
• 12 games played (missed opener vs. Kansas State due to injury)
• 111 rushes for 783 yards and three touchdowns
• Eight catches for 83 yards and one touchdown
• Five kick returns for 47 yards
• 51 yards on 11 carries vs. USC
• 51 yards on five carries (10.2 yards/carry) at UCLA
• One carry for three yards, one catch for five yards at Washington
• Two catches for 14 yards, and five rushing yards vs. Washington State
• Game-high 161 all-purpose yards, 130 rushing yards on 23 carries (5.6 yards/carry), game-winning seven-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion at Notre Dame
• 24 yards on three carries (8.0 yards/carry) and five receiving yards vs. Colorado
• 78 yards on 12 carries (6.5 yards/carry) at Arizona
• 89 yards and one touchdown on nine carries (9.9 yards/carry) vs. Oregon State
• Five carries for 82 yards (16.4 yards/carry) at Oregon
• 10 carries for 43 yards at Cal
• Seven carries for 111 yards (15.9 yards/carry) and one touchdown vs. Rice
• 21 carries for 119 rushing yards, one catch for 49 yards and a touchdown vs. North Carolina (Sun Bowl)


 2015 Season

  14 games played
• 29 carries for 226 yards and two touchdowns
• 15 catches for 250 yards and one touchdown
• 498 all-purpose yards
• 35.6 all-purpose yards/game
• Career debut at Northwestern
• Two catches for 135 yards, 93-yard touchdown catch vs. UCF
• One catch for 21 yards at USC
• Five rushes for 40 yards vs. Arizona
• Two catches for 28 yards vs. Washington
• Two catches for 25 yards at Washington State
• Three rushes for 58 yards, 47-yard touchdown run at Colorado
• Two rushes for 56 yards, 48-yard touchdown run vs. Cal
• Three rushes for 33 yards vs. Notre Dame
• Two rushes for 13 yards vs. USC (Pac-12 Championship Game)
• One rush and one reception vs. Iowa (Rose Bowl)


 High School

  • Prepped at Wake Forest (N.C.) under head coach Reggie Lucas
• Four varsity letters in football, three in track and field
• Four-star recruit by Scout, Rivals, ESPN and PrepStar
• Nation’s sixth-best all-purpose back by Rivals, 11th by 247Sports
• Nation’s 18th-best running back by ESPN, 21st by PrepStar, 39th by Scout
• North Carolina’s sixth-best recruit by Rivals, eighth by ESPN and PrepStar, 10th by Scout, 20th by 247Sports
• 6,425 career all-purpose yards
• 5,372 career rushing yards, 71 touchdowns, 114.3 yards/game, 10.5 yard/rush
• 20 career receptions for 475 yards and seven touchdowns
• 37.9 yards/kickoff return on 12 career returns
• 2,259 rushing yards and 38 touchdowns as a senior
• Led team to pair of regional titles
• 2014 all-state
• 2014 all-conference
• 2014 North Carolina Shrine Bowl
• 2014 4x100 state champion
• 2009 USATF Youth Athlete of the Year
• USATF 11-12 year-old boys national record holder in 100m (11.64), 200m (23.37) and 400m (50.75)
• USATF 13-14 year-old boys national record holder in 100m (10.73) and 200m (21.83)
• 2014 Cap 8 Conference MVP
• 2014 Wake Forest Stallion Award
• 2013 U.S. Army All-Combine
• 2013 Cap 8 all-conference first team
• National Achievers Honors Society
• National Honor Society
• National Beta Club
• Distributive Education Clubs of America
• Cap 8 Academic All-Conference
• Watkins Award finalist
• Time Warner Scholar Athlete
• Raleigh Athletic Association Scholar Athlete


 Personal

  Born in Raleigh, N.C.
• Full name is Jonathan Bryce Love
• Son of Christopher and Angela Love
• Father played football and ran track at South Carolina
• One brother, Chris
• Uncle, Reggie, played football at North Carolina
• Enjoys video games and reading
• Majoring in human biology


 
 Draft Scout Player News
01/16/18 - Heisman Trophy runner-up Bryce Love will return to Stanford for his senior season. His father, Christopher Love, told multiple outlets of his son's decision late Monday night. The San Francisco Chronicle wrote that "the junior tailback didn't make his decision until the last possible minute Monday night, the deadline for entering the NFL draft." The younger Love finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting behind Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield. Love did pick up his fair share of honors, however. He claimed the Doak Walker Award as the top running back in the FBS and Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year honors after rushing for 2,118 yards with an FBS-best 8.1 yards per carry. He also tied for fifth in rushing touchdowns with 19. Love reportedly set those totals while nursing an ankle injury through the final six games of the season. - The Sports Xchange
12/11/17 - 2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB Bryce Love, Jr., Stanford,...Love, a junior running back and Heisman finalist from Wake Forest, North Carolina, led the Pac-12 and all Power 5 running backs in rushing, averaging 164.4 yards/game. He's rushed for 100 or more yards in 11 games this season, tying a school record. His 12 runs of 50 or more yards are an FBS record. Love set a school single-season record with 301 yards on 25 carries (12.0 yards/rush) and three touchdowns vs. Arizona State. In the Pac-12 Championship Game, Love surpassed 2009 Heisman finalist Toby Gerhart and moved into second place on the school's single-season rushing list with 1,973 yards. With a bowl game remaining, he needs 47 yards to break the school record set by 2015 Heisman finalist Christian McCaffrey. - Stanford Football
12/07/17 - 2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Bryce Love, Stanford,...Love, a junior running back and Heisman finalist from Wake Forest, North Carolina, led the Pac-12 and all Power 5 running backs in rushing, averaging 164.4 yards/game. He's rushed for 100 or more yards in 11 games this season, tying a school record. His 12 runs of 50 or more yards are an FBS record. Love set a school single-season record with 301 yards on 25 carries (12.0 yards/rush) and three touchdowns vs. Arizona State. In the Pac-12 Championship Game, Love surpassed 2009 Heisman finalist Toby Gerhart and moved into second place on the school's single-season rushing list with 1,973 yards. - Stanford Football
12/07/17 - 2017 DOAK WALKER AWARD WINNER: Bryce Love, Stanford,...Junior running back and human biology major Bryce Love won the Doak Walker Award and was named Walter Camp First-Team All-America at the College Football Awards, held at the College Football Hall of Fame on Thursday. Love joins Toby Gerhart (2009) as the only Stanford players to win the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the top collegiate running back in the nation. Love leads all Power 5 running backs in rushing yards, rushing yards/game, yards/carry and runs of 20, 30, 40 and 50 yards. His 12 runs of 50 or more yards this year is an FBS record, and his 11 100-yard rushing performances leads the nation and has tied a school record.

In the Pac-12 Championship Game, Love surpassed Gerhart and moved into second place on the school's single-season rushing list with 1,973 yards this season. With a bowl game remaining, he needs 47 yards to break the school record set by McCaffrey in 2015. Love is also a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. The Heisman winner will be announced on Saturday evening on ESPN. For more on Love's Heisman resume, visit BryceLove20.com. - Stanford Football

12/05/17 - Dec 5 Stock Report, A look at NFL prospects who helped themselves over championship weekend: Bryce Love, RB, Stanford, JR. (5-9, 191, 4.43, #20)...For the second time this season, Stanford fell short against USC, but it wasn't because the Cardinal didn't get enough from their star running back. Love managed a modest (for his standards) 125 rushing yards and one touchdown on 22 carries, but his performance was notable because he clearly isn't at full health, dealing with ankle issues, and yet he battled through the pain to help give his team a chance at the Pac-12 title.

He averaged 5.7 yards per carry against the Trojans and with a 52-yard scamper in the third quarter, the junior added to his FBS-record with his 12th run of the season of 50-plus yards. Love has been playing through injuries since the beginning of November and even at an estimated 75 percent healthy, he was still dynamic in his cuts with the speed to shoot through holes and attack the second level. At 200-ish pounds, NFL teams will question his build and long-term durability at the position, but no one who has watched Love in the past month will ever question his heart and toughness -- two attributes that pair nicely with his explosive running style and speed. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com


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