There’s is no doubt that Stanford RB Bryce Love is establishing himself as a legitimate Heisman Trophy contender. Through 6 games, Love has been the most dynamic player in college football.
While the Cardinal are only 4-2 on the season, Love is dominating the competition in ways that few running backs ever have. On the season, Love leads the country with 1,240 rushing yards and also has 9 TDs. He is averaging 10.51 yards per carry and has gained over 100 yards in 8 straight games. Perhaps more impressively, Love has had a rush of 50 yards or longer in 8 straight games.
Yahoo! Sports handed out midseason awards on Wednesday and they named Love the co-favorite along with Penn State’s dynamic RB Saquon Barkley for the Heisman Trophy.
Here is Yahoo! Sports’ Nick Bromberg on why he chose Love over Barkley:
Bryce Love, Stanford. I totally understand picking Barkley over Love because of Barkley’s contributions in the passing game and the kick-return game. But damn, there’s a guy on a Power Five team averaging over 10 yards a carry through the first half of the season. And his team has played two top-25 teams and a third that was ranked at the time. It’s got to be Love.
Of course, not everyone in the country has been able to see Love play. Stanford has played a ton of late games this season, meaning the east coast isn’t getting a good chance to see perhaps the best player in the country.
This is nothing new for Stanford. Cardinal players have finished second in the Heisman voting 4 times in over the past decade. Who knows if Toby Gerhart, Andrew Luck or Christian McCaffrey would have won the Heisman had the Cardinal played more day games.
Stanford will host Oregon in another late kickoff on Saturday at 8 p.m. on FOX Sports 1.
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