Bryce Love named Heisman Trophy finalist

Stanford football player Bryce Love
Bryce Love

Junior running back and human biology major BRYCE LOVE was named a Heisman Trophy finalist by the Heisman Trophy Trust on Monday, Dec. 4.

Love is one of three finalists, including Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Heisman winner will be announced Saturday evening on ESPN.

The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.

A native of Wake Forest, North Carolina, Love is the fifth Stanford finalist in the past nine seasons, and 10th overall. JIM PLUNKETT is Stanford’s only Heisman Trophy winner. He won in 1970.

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 tied a school record.

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 this season. With a bowl game remaining, he needs 47 yards to break the school record set by CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY in 2015.

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Love and the Cardinal (9-4) won the Pac-12 North Division and will face TCU (10-3) in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Dec. 28 in San Antonio, Texas. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. (PT), and ESPN will broadcast the game nationally.

Go Cardinal.