Willie Taggart is no stranger to good running backs. The Oregon coach currently has one of the best backs in the nation in Royce Freeman. He’s also previously coached Marlon Mack at USF and Toby Gerhart at Stanford, among others.
However, Taggart has never coached a player that has started the season as well as Stanford RB Bryce Love. As the Ducks prepare to take on Love and the Cardinal, Taggart told reporters on Wednesday that he would “love to hate” Love, but that he can’t because Love is “so good.”
Taggart on Stanford RB Bryce Love, who comfortably leads FBS in rushing yards (1,240): "Man, I would love to hate the guy but he’s so good."
— Ryan Thorburn (@rgduckfootball) October 11, 2017
Through 6 games, Love has rushed for 1,240 yards and 9 TDs. He has also rushed for over 100 yards in every game this season and has had a rush go over 50 yards in 8 straight games. The junior is averaging an astonishing 10.51 yards per carry and 206.67 yards per game.
While Love has been spectacular, Oregon’s rushing defense is no slouch. The Ducks rank No. 2 in the Pac-12 in rushing defense and have only allowed 93.67 yards per game on the ground this season. Last season, Oregon ranked No. 11 in the Pac-12 in that category, allowing 246.5 yards per game on the ground.
Oregon travels to Stanford to take on the Cardinal at 8 p.m. PT on FOX Sports 1.
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