The Stanford Cardinal have a great running back in Christian McCaffrey as he is one of the most explosive players in the country. They will be without his backup, however, as Bryce Love will miss the season opener against Kansas State on Friday.
Love is out with an undisclosed injury and he will likely not be able to return until the team’s Sept. 17 match-up against USC, after their bye week. This will cause McCaffrey to get a bulk of the carries against the Wildcats.
“He’s making progress, it’s just not as quick as we had hoped,” head coach David Shaw said.
Love had a pretty big impact for the Cardinal as a true freshman in 2015. He ran the ball 29 times for 226 yards and two touchdowns while adding 15 catches for 250 yards and another score.
This leaves the Cardinal in a position where Cameron Scarlett, a redshirt freshman, must step into the role for Friday’s game.
“You’ve got to crack the egg sometime, and that’ll be this Friday night for [Scarlett],” Shaw said. “He’ll have a relatively limited role based on the game plan, but I’m excited for him.”
The Cardinal and Wildcats face off at 9 p.m. EST on FOX Sports 1 tomorrow.