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With the 112th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Redskins selected Bryce Love, RB, from Stanford University. Love, currently recovering from a torn ACL tear in late 2018, will add to an already loaded Washington backfield unit that already features Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson, and 2018 second round pick Derrius Guice, who is currently recovering from an ACL tear of his own. 

Here are five things to know about the Redskins' fourth round draft choice.

1. He was in the running for the 2017 Heisman Trophy

Love was the runner-up for the esteemed Heisman Trophy, ultimately losing to then Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield. In Love's junior season, following the departure of Christian McCaffrey to the NFL, he recorded 19 rushing scores while rushing for 2,118 yards on just 263 attempts, averaging out at 8.1 YPR. 

2. Love is improving at receiving out of the backfield

The 5-foot-9, multi-dimensional back has drawn comparisons to the Eagles' Darren Sproles. Prior to tearing his ACL in Stanford's regular season finale, Love garnered early-round draft interest after reeling in 20 receptions in just ten games. 

3. He is DMV approved

Bethesda native and Olympic gold-medalist native Katie Ladecky, gave her nod of approval to the newest member of the D.C. backfield. Ladecky was on a full scholarship at Stanford until 2018 and deciding to go pro.


4. He has interest in pursuing the medical field after his football career 

When Love was a child, he was in awe of the medical staff that treated him while he was battling pneumonia. “The doctor made me feel better, so I wanted one day to be like that,” he said. “That’s what started it. In middle school, I developed that desire to work with people in my community.”

Love worked at Stanford's stem cell research lab from time to time during undergrad while studying human biology, to fulfill his post-football career goal of becoming a pediatrician.

5. Love's status for 2019 is undetermined

Love is currently in the midst of his ACL recovery and is expected to be on the shelf for the majority, if not the entire 2019 NFL Season, which will benefit both parties as the Redskins experiment with Derrius Guice into the RB nucleus of Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson, and see how Love adjusts to the pro-game.

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