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Love won't need much practice time to play Thursday night

 

Bryce Love's availability for Thursday night's 6 p.m. contest at Oregon State likely will be a game-time decision.

Stanford football coach David Shaw said Tuesday that Love, the nation's leading rusher, is "day to day."

"We'll see how he is later in the week," Shaw said. "He's not practicing right now, but we'll give him a couple of days and see how he is. Hopefully, Bryce can go. If he can't, fine. He'll go next week, hopefully."

Love leads the FBS in rushing yards (1,387), yards per carry (10.27), and rushing yards per game (198.1). He should continue to lead in all three categories whether he plays or not.

Already, Love's 1,387 rank sixth all-time at Stanford for a single-season. His career total of 2,396 yards rushing is No. 9, though the junior is in his first season as a full-time starter.

He is averaging 8.71 yards per carry for his career, which would be an FBS record if he reaches the minimum 300 carries. He has 275.

Glenn Davis of Army (1943-46) -- Mr. Outside to teammate Doc Blanchard's Mr. Inside -- holds the FBS record at 8.26. The FBS record for yards per carry in a season (minimum of 100 carries) is 9.63 by Houston's Chuck Weatherspoon in 1989 -- another mark in jeopardy.

How much practice time this week would Love need to be ready?

"Zero," Shaw said. "None. He's played a lot of football in his two and a half years for us. He knows what we do and how we do it. If it takes us to game time and he's ready to go, then he'll go out there and play. I'm not worried about that."

Oregon State will be playing its second game since head coach Gary Andersen abruptly stepped aside. Cory Hall is the interim head coach and former Stanford assistant coach and San Jose State head coach Dave Baldwin remains in his third year on staff, coaching tight ends.

The midseason coaching upheaval could make the Beavers less predictable. In its first game under Hall, Oregon State gave Colorado all it could handle before falling short, 36-33.

"It's an energized football team," Shaw said. "They play really hard, they play fast, they have a variety of things that they do and they'll have a week and a half to get ready for us. We'll have our antenna up knowing that there may be some things that are different and we'll have to adjust to."

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