Bryce Love

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Bryce Love
Stanford Cardinal – No. 20
PositionRunning back
MajorHuman Biology
Career history
Bowl games
High schoolWake Forest (NC)
Personal information
Born: (1997-07-08) July 8, 1997 (age 21)
Raleigh, North Carolina
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight203 lb (92 kg)
Career highlights and awards

Jonathan Bryce Love (born July 8, 1997) is an American football player for the Stanford Cardinal. In his youth, he was also an outstanding 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 phenom from an early age, Love posted a remarkable 2009 Track & Field season which culminated at the 2009 USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships. Love set national record-breaking 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]

Two years later, 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.

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, an All American running back and first-round NFL draft choice. 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. He won the Lombardi Award for 2017. 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.

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 6 rushing touchdowns. At the end of the season, he was named A Pac-12 honorable mention.


Season Rushing Receiving
Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • Unanimous First Team All American
  • Doak Walker Award Winner
  • Heisman Trophy Runner-up
  • 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)


  1. ^ a b "Love named USATF Youth Athlete of the Year". 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?". 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

External links[edit]

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