Stanford has not had a Heisman Trophy winner since 1970, when quarterback Jim Plunkett became the school’s only recipient of college football’s most prestigious award. Junior running back Bryce Love could be the second, and Stanford is going all out to try to make that happen.
— Stanford Football (@StanfordFball) October 17, 2017
“Bryce Love isn’t your prototypical running back,” according to #HeismanLove. “He’s in a category all his own.”
The Web site is full of statistics, video clips as well as a “What They’re Saying” section with quotes from Stanford coach David Shaw, Oregon coach Willie Taggart and others. There’s also an “About Bryce” section, with everything catered toward informing voters who haven’t gotten a chance to see Love much on TV.
My favorite tidbit on Stanford's #HeismanLove site: Bryce Love's HS GPA (4.5) was higher than his 40 time (4.3).
— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) October 17, 2017
Love leads FBS with 1,387 rushing yards, 293 more than any other player in the country. His 198.14 yards-per-game average puts him on pace for 2,576 yards over a 13-game season, just behind Barry Sanders’ record of 2,628 from 1988.
The Stanford single-season record is 2,019 yards, set by Christian McCaffrey in 2015 when he was runner-up to Alabama’s Derrick Henry for the Heisman. The Pac-12 record is 2,427, set by USC’s Marcus Allen in 1981.
OddsShark.com currently has Love as the co-favorite for the Heisman, with Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, at +140.