Stanford head football coach David Shaw announced Wednesday that running back Bryce Love will be out for Friday’s opener at home against Kansas State with an injury.
RB Bryce Love has been ruled out for Friday's game due to injury per David Shaw. All other expected contributors should be good to go.
— Andy Drukarev (@StanfordRivals) September 1, 2016
According to David Lombardi of ESPN, Shaw did not disclose the exact nature of the injury. However, Love had been seen in walking boot week last week.
Considering Love plays behind Heisman Trophy candidate Christian McCaffrey, this is an injury that Shaw is equipped to handle early. Redshirt freshman Cameron Scarlett will now act as McCaffrey’s top backup and is expected to get snaps in Friday’s game.
Head coach David Shaw did not disclose the exact nature of Love’s injury, but the sophomore was seen in a walking boot at practice about 10 days ago. Love is no longer wearing the boot this week, and he has been participating in some individual work and Stanford’s post-practice team stretches. The Cardinal hope to have him available after a bye week for their Sept. 17 contest against USC.
“He’s making progress, it’s just not as quick as we had hoped,” Shaw said.
Love, a 5’10”, 187-pound sophomore running back from Wake Forest, North Carolina is coming off a freshman season in which he ran for 226 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries. He also had 15 receptions for 250 yards and an additional receiving touchdown.
Stanford is coming off a marvelous 2015 campaign in which it went 12-2 overall and 8-1 in Pac-12 action, while winning the conference title and playing in the Rose Bowl. The Cardinal then went on to win that game by thoroughly beating Iowa.