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A Star RB Announced He Won't Play In His Team's Bowl Game

A general view of an empty Stanford Stadium.

PALO ALTO, CA - OCTOBER 25: Stanford Stadium awaits the next game after the Stanford Cardinal defeated the Oregon State Beavers 38-14 on October 25, 2014 at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Stanford running back Bryce Love will not be on the field when the Cardinal take on Pitt in the Sun Bowl, he announced moments ago.

Love confirmed he will not play in the upcoming bowl game and instead will focus on getting healthy and preparing for the 2019 NFL Draft. Love has been slowed this season by an ankle injury, though he did manage to play in 10 of his team's 12 games.

Despite the ankle issue, Love rushed for a team-high 739 yards and six touchdowns. Backups Trevor Speights and Cameron Scarlet should now see an increase in touches in the Cardinal bowl game.

Love elected to return to Stanford for his senior season despite a monster 2017 campaign. He rushed for 2,118 yards and 19 touchdowns last fall and was pegged as an early-round pick in last April's draft had he come out early.

"Stanford taught me how to commit myself to excellence, and in turn has shaped me into a greater Love," Love wrote today.

Stanford will face Pitt in the Sun Bowl on New Year's Eve in El Paso.

Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. ET on CBS.