Stanford running back Bryce Love, who did not play in the Cardinal’s Sun Bowl victory over Pittsburgh on Dec. 31, told Yahoo Sports on Friday that he suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during his team’s 23-13 win at Cal on Dec. 1.
Love told Yahoo Sports that he had surgery Dec. 18 and expects to make a full recovery.
Love, who is rehabbing in Florida, said he will attend the NFL combine in February but that his participation will be limited.
“I’m very grateful to Dr. (James) Andrews and his team for making the surgery a seamless process,” Love said in a statement to Yahoo Sports. “Obviously, there’s no such thing as an ideal injury, but I’m on the path to recovery, and my goal remains the same — getting drafted by an NFL team and being the ultimate professional. I’ll be back better than I’ve ever been.”
Love rushed for a school-record 2,118 yards during the 2017 season, when he finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting. An ankle injury slowed him in the 2018 season, in which he finished with 739 yards rushing in 10 games.
According to ESPN, Love had been listed as the No. 2 draft-eligible running back by analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay.
The Earthquakes used the second overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft to select forward Siad Haji, 19, of Virginia Commonwealth. He was named the Atlantic 10 Midfielder of the Year as a junior this season after scoring five goals with 10 assists and was the second-youngest player available in the draft.
The Quakes also drafted Seattle University midfielder Sergio Rivas and Simon Fraser University forward Mamadi Camara in the second round with the 26th and 46th overall selections, respectively, but will need to sign them to contracts before they are placed on the roster.
Among local college players, Cal defender Sam Junqua (Saratoga) was selected eighth overall by the Houston Dynamo, and Stanford midfielder Amir Bashti (Cupertino) went in the second round to MLS Cup champion Atlanta United.
Rounds three and four of the SuperDraft will be held Monday.
•MLS is renaming its annual Coach of the Year award to honor the late Sigi Schmid, the winningest coach in league history (266 victories). Schmid, who coached the LA Galaxy, Columbus and Seattle, died last month in Los Angeles while awaiting a heart transplant. He was 65.
Golf: Matt Kuchar ran off four birdies in five holes to start his second round at the Sony Open in Honolulu, handled the par-5s at Waialae again and finished with another round of 7-under-par 63 to take a one-shot lead over Andrew Putnam.
Kuchar was at 14-under 126. Putnam, who had a bogey-free 65, was one shot behind.
Chez Reavie (65) and Stewart Cink (62) were four behind.
Obituaries: Rick Forzano, who was the head coach of the Detroit Lions during the mid-1970s and hired a young Bill Belichick to work on his staff, has died in Allen Park, Mich. He was 90.
Forzano’s staffs in Detroit included future NFL head coaches Raymond Berry, Joe Bugel, Jerry Glanville and Belichick.
•John Michels, a College Football Hall of Famer whose 27 seasons as a Minnesota Vikings assistant coach included all four of their Super Bowl appearances, has died at 87 in Kingsport, Tenn.
Michels worked on the Vikings’ coaching staff from 1967 through ’93.
•Gus Ganakas, who was the coach of Michigan State’s men’s basketball team from 1969 through ’76 and remained part of the athletic department until his retirement in 2000, has died at 92 in East Lansing. Ganakas also spent over 30 years as a color commentator for Michigan State games.
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