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Stanford's Love wins Doak Walker Award as top running back

 
Stanford's Bryce Love won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back and finished second in the voting, behind Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, for AP Player of the Year. Photo courtesy of Stanford Athletics.

Stanford's Bryce Love won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back and finished second in the voting, behind Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, for AP Player of the Year.

Mayfield also won the Walter Camp and Maxwell Awards for Player of the Year and received the Davey O'Brien Award as the top quarterback. He's expected to make it a clean sweep when the Heisman Trophy winner is announced Saturday.


Bryce Love/Stanford Athletics

Nate Herbig/Stanford Athletics
Love, also a finalist for the Heisman, leads Power 5 running backs in rushing (164.4 yards per game) and has gone for 100 or more in 11 games this season to tie the school record. His 12 runs of 50 or more yards are an FBS record.

He set a school record with 301 yards on 25 carries against Arizona State and with a bowl game remaining, needs 47 yards to break the school record set by 2015 Heisman finalist Christian McCaffrey.

Love joins Toby Gerhart (2009) as the two Stanford winners of the Doak Walker Award.

Jim Plunkett, in 1970, and Andrew Luck, in 2011, are the lone Stanford quarterbacks to win the Walter Camp Award.

Love was named the AP's All-Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and also earned first-team honors at running back.

Stanford's offensive lineman David Bright and tight end Kaden Smith were also named to the first team.

Justin Reid was named first team defense as a safety.

Stanford offensive linemen A.T. Hall and Nate Herbig were named to the second team, as was Utah wide receiver Darren Carrington, whose sister Dijonai plays for the Stanford women's basketball team.

Stanford's defensive tackle Harrison Phillips, cornerback Quenton Meeks and punter Jake Bailey were second team selections.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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