Love: No Regrets About Coming Back For Senior Season

Bryce Love tore his ACL in Stanford's regular-season finale last year

Tiki and Tierney
March 13, 2019 - 6:58 pm

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After rushing for 2,118 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior in 2017, Bryce Love elected to return to Stanford for his senior year. 

Well, he tore his ACL against Cal in December.

Any regrets about not going pro last year?

“There was no regrets or anything,” Love said on Tiki & Tierney. “At the end of the day, I feel like I’m a better player for the experiences that I had my senior year. The beauty of it is (knee injuries) aren’t what they used to be. I’ll be back from it 100 percent, and I’ll be a better player from it. I’m excited to get after it.”

Love, 21, finished second to Baker Mayfield in Heisman voting in 2017. He rushed for 739 yards in 10 games as a senior, as Stanford finished 9-4.

“I was unsatisfied with how we had finished the year before, losing in the Alamo Bowl, losing the Pac-12 Championship,” Love said, explaining why he chose to return for his senior season. “From that, I was just motivated to come back and help contribute to the team’s success. Regardless of how the season ended up, I had the opportunity to play through it, and I feel like we left a solid foundation as seniors.”

Love, who is still recovering from surgery, believes he can be an every-down back in the NFL.

“The goal for me, in my mind, is set on being ready for training camp,” he said. “Beyond that, I was blessed to have Dr. (James) Andrews do my surgery. He’s on a similar mindset as me: I’m looking good, I’m progressing, and when my name is called, I’ll be ready to go.”