Bryce Love slowed by injury

tstevens@newsobserver.comFebruary 9, 2014 

Wake Forest's Bryce Love.

ROBERT WILLETT — rwillett@newsobserver.com

  • Bryce Love

    Wake Forest High

    5-foot-10, 180 pounds, junior

    GPA: 4.5

    Scholarship offers: Appalachian State, Arkansas, Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, N.C. State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest

    Wants to study: Genetics or business

    You didn’t know: Bryce’s father Chris was an 800-meter state champion in track for National High School Hall of Fame coach Russell Blunt at Durham Hillside. Chris Love later ran track at the University of South Carolina.

    Stat sheet: Rushed 193 times for 1,973 yards (10.3 yards per carry) and scored 26 touchdowns. He caught four passes for 94 yards.

    Ideal guest list: Martin Luther King, Jr., Michael Jordan, President Obama

    Speed: Love finished second in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A 100 meters (10.74 seconds) and third in the 200 meters (22.09) in 2013. He currently holds five U.S. age group records in the 100, 200 and 400.

Bryce Love was bothered at the end of last year with a pulled hamstring.

The injury occurred near the end of the season on a cold day of practice.

Watch and listen to Love in a special interactive presentation.

“The biggest thing was that we pulled together as a team,” Love said. “I couldn’t do as much, but we still kept winning games. It was really great to see how we all came together.”

Wake Forest was seeded No. 12 in a 16-team bracket and went on the road for five straight games. Love rushed for 140 yards in a first round 35-14 win over Panther Creek, but gained only 151 yards in the next four games.

He had averaged 11.4 yards per carry before the injury and 4.4 after it.

He had only four carries for five yards in the 59-21 loss to Charlotte Mallard Creek in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4AA title game.

“If you are an athlete, you know that injuries can happen,” he said. “That’s one reason you always have to make sure that you are putting your education first.”

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