Stanford coach David Shaw made sure he distributed praise across the board after his team's 30-22 win over No. 9 Washington on Friday night. One by one, he listed them off: the offensive line, the coordinators, his quarterback, his opponent, and so on. Then there was an abrupt stop. "Oh, and then there's Bryce Love," Shaw said, referring to the Cardinal running back. "He played on one leg and played a phenomenal game. I'm not gonna mention any awards, but if he doesn't win 'em all, then I don't know what's going on. This guy is unbelievable." Love, a junior, kept himself in the Heisman Trophy conversation by rushing for 166 yards on 30 carries and scoring three touchdowns. He did so against a Huskies defense that had allowed only three rushing touchdowns all season, all of them 1-yard runs, and hadn't allowed any team to score more than two touchdowns in a single game. Love hasn't completed a full practice in over a month due to an ankle injury and he aggravated it again Friday night. It didn't matter. Against the nation's top-ranked defense, Love wasn't staying out of the game for long. He was sidelined briefly a couple of times to get his ankle re-taped, but somehow got better as the game went along.
David Shaw: Bryce Love might be the best football player in America
ESPN | Nov 11