Stanford running back Bryce Love went from Heisman hopeful to future hopeful when he suffered an ACL tear in Stanford’s final game in December. Now he’s a Redskin, who made Love a fourth-round selection Saturday, the 112th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Love rushed for 2,118 yards as a junior in 2017. Even before the injury, Love (59, 200 pounds) came nowhere near that production last season, rushing for 739 yards. He averaged 8.1 yards a carry as a junior, 4.5 yards as a senior.
There’s little question the Redskins hope – and believe – Love can regain the strength and explosiveness that made him a first-team All-American in 2017 and second in the Heisman voting (behind Baker Mayfield). Love did win the Doak Walker Award (best college running back) and was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year.
Earlier this month, Love told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network that doctors told him his knee is progressing well enough for him to participate in an NFL training camp and preseason games. “ACLs just aren’t what they used to be,” he said.
Here is new #Redskins RB Bryce Love telling me “ACLs just aren’t what they used to be” on RapSheet + Friends: https://t.co/WNLbjQIKMH … Some teams believe he’ll play in 2020, not 2019. Washington won’t rush him.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 27, 2019
Adrian Peterson led the Redskins in rushing last season with 1,042 yards on 251 carries.
Bryce isn’t the only Redskins running back recovering from an ACL injury. Derrius Guice, a second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft (59th overall) out of LSU, suffered a torn ACL in the team’s first preseason game.