Bryce Love has a tough road ahead as he prepares for April’s NFL Draft.
The former Stanford running back revealed Friday to Yahoo Sports that he tore an ACL in Stanford’s final regular-season game against Utah on Dec. 6. He did not play in Stanford’s Sun Bowl victory over Pittsburgh on Dec. 31 because he wanted to “focus on being completely healthy and prepared” for the draft.
Love has been rehabbing at the Andrews Institute and training at EXOS in Pensacola, Florida, after undergoing surgery Dec. 18 on his right knee. He revealed details of the injury “in an effort to be transparent for the pre-draft process,” the report notes.
News: Former Stanford tailback Bryce Love tells @YahooSports he tore his ACL in Stanford’s final game. He says he’s in rehab and on “path to recovery” for NFL Draft after Dr. James Andrews surgery. https://t.co/1qata7F8iK
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Love said he plans on attending the NFL combine in February, though he will be limited in his participation. He also said his goal of playing in the NFL remains the same, despite this setback.
“Obviously, there’s no such thing as an ideal injury, but I’m on the path to recovery, and my goal remains the same – getting drafted by an NFL team and being the ultimate professional,” Love told Yahoo Sports. “I’ll be back better than I’ve ever been.”
After rushing for 2,118 yards in his junior season, he finished second in the Heisman Trophy race behind Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield in 2017.
Love returned for his senior year to be with his teammates and because he wanted to finish his undergraduate degree with the hopes of becoming a pediatrician after his professional football career ends, Yahoo Sports notes. He finished his senior season with just 739 total yards as his yards per carry dropped from 8.1 to 4.5.