Heisman Trophy runner-up Bryce Love has decided to return to Stanford for his final season of eligibility, putting the Cardinal in position to land at least a top-15 preseason ranking next fall. His father, Chris, texted the news to The Chronicle early Tuesday morning: “Bryce will return for his senior year!” The junior tailback didn’t make his decision until the last possible minute Monday night, the deadline for entering the NFL draft. With 2,118 yards last season, Love was second in the nation in rushing despite an ankle injury that sidelined him for a game and hampered him for the final six of the season. His 8.1 yards per rush was the best in FBS history, erasing the record of 7.8 that Nebraska’s Mike Rozier set in 1983. Next fall he should be one of the favorites for the Heisman. With a little more than half the rushing yards he gained in 2017, he would break the school career record of 4,300 yards that Stepfan Taylor set in 2009-12.