After having an outstanding junior season with the Stanford Cardinal, Bryce Love made a bold decision to return for his final year of eligibility. Unfortunately for the star tailback, it could drastically affect his stock for the NFL Draft.
Love was unstoppable in 2017 for Stanford, finishing with 2,151 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns. His production toward the end of the season made him a runner-up for the Heisman Trophy.
While it would’ve been understandable if the star running back wanted to forego his senior season to join the NFL, he decided to return for the chance to win at Stanford.
Injuries derailed the majority of his senior campaign, as Love totaled just 838 yards on the ground and six touchdowns.
There is no question that Love was looking forward to increasing his draft stock at the NFL combine, but it turns out that he won’t be able to because of a season-ending injury that occurred in Stanford’s final game against California.
Love tore his ACL and had to undergo surgery on Dec. 18 with Dr. James Andrews, per college football reporter Pete Thamel.
News: Former Stanford tailback Bryce Love tells @YahooSports he tore his ACL in Stanford's final game. He says he's in rehab and on "path to recovery" for NFL Draft after Dr. James Andrews surgery. https://t.co/1qata7F8iK
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) January 11, 2019
This is a very tragic ending to Love’s collegiate career, as he’ll have to spend months in rehab.
Just to put his toughness into context, the star tailback finished the game with 22 carries for 74 yards. As long as his long-term health isn’t in jeopardy, any NFL team would be fortunate to select him in the draft.