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Stanford Cardinal star Bryce Love won’t play on Saturday against UC Davis due to an undisclosed injury.
Head coach David Shaw made the announcement on Tuesday, per ESPN.com’s Kyle Bonagura.
Love suffered the injury at some point during Saturday’s 17-3 victory over USC. He had 136 rushing yards and one touchdown on 22 carries.
This isn’t the first time the 5’10”, 196-pound running back has been hit by the injury bug. He missed a game in 2017 because of an ankle injury, but he was able to return the next week and play in the final six games of the season.
Love proved last year that he is one of the most dynamic playmakers in the nation. He had a breakout season as a junior, piling up 1,973 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground. Had it not been for the ankle injury, he likely would have eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark—and he would have had a better argument for the top individual award.
Even having missed a game, Love finished second in the 2017 Heisman Trophy voting.
There’s no question that Stanford isn’t the same team without Love. He ran for 151.8 yards per game last season and averaged 8.3 yards per carry. In the game he was sidelined, the Cardinal ran for 81 yards on 27 carries (3.0 yards per carry) and had to rally for a 15-14 victory—against a 1-6 Oregon State squad.
Cameron Scarlett turned into the feature back in the Oregon State game, and Bonagura noted the senior will likely be the first in line to receive the bulk of the carries with Love out of action.