Love escapes McCaffrey’s shadow to become Heisman finalist

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Bryce Love ran out of Christian McCaffrey’s shadow the same way he sprinted away from opposing defenses – with breathtaking speed that has carried him to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist.

After spending two years as an understudy, Love applied the lessons he learned watching McCaffrey set records and put his own spin on it in a season just as spectacular in its own way as McCaffrey was on the way to a Heisman runner-up finish in 2015.

”I was always in awe by a lot of things that he was doing,” Love said. ”Obviously being the caliber of player he was it was good to sit back and learn the little things from him. How he approached everything, how he attacked everything was really amazing. How he prepared week in and week out, I was lucky to see the things he could do. I was lucky to learn from him.”

Love delivered his own awe-inspiring performances for Stanford to earn a trip to New York as a Heisman finalist alongside Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and last year’s winner, quarterback Lamar Jackson of Louisville.

Love established himself as a candidate early by rushing for 564 yards in back-to-back wins over UCLA and Arizona State. He kept adding to those numbers and leads all

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