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#pounditSunday, January 24, 2021

Bryce Love to play against Oregon after missing game with injury

Bryce Love

Bryce Love sat out Stanford’s game against UC-Davis last week with an undisclosed injury, and he was not needed in an easy 30-10 win over the FCS opponent. Fortunately, he will be available in a much tougher matchup against Oregon on Saturday.

Stanford head coach David Shaw confirmed on Tuesday that Love will be ready to face the Ducks.

“Bryce is great,” Shaw said in a conference call with reporters, via ESPN’s Joel Anderson. “He’s ready to go and fired up for this weekend.”

Love originally left in the fourth quarter of Stanford’s 17-3 win over USC on Sept. 8 after taking a big hit, and there has been speculation that he may have suffered a concussion. However, Shaw said after that game that the star running back would have been able to return if he was needed.

It makes sense that Stanford decided to give Love rest against an easy opponent last week, but he must have been dealing with some sort of ailment. The dynamic tailback, who was one of our top 10 Heisman Trophy candidates coming into the season, has rushed for just 165 yards this year after piling up 2,118 yards on the ground and averaging an incredible 8.1 yards per carry a season ago.

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