Love has taken advantage of great athletic genes (father and uncle played college football), first as one of the best young track stars in American history. In fact, he earned the nickname "Baby Bolt" after setting U.S. records for 11-year-olds in the 100- and 400-meters and winning the 200-meters at the U.S. Track and Field Junior Olympics. Love also starred on the high school football field, rushing for more than 5,300 yards and 71 touchdowns, averaging 10.5 yards per rush. The four-star recruit contributed quite a bit as true freshman (29-226-7.8, two TD rushing; 15-250-16.7, one TD receiving) and was the No. 2 back behind Christian McCaffrey in 2016 (111-783-7.1, three TD rushing; 8-83-10.4, one TD receiving). Once McCaffrey went to the NFL, Love earned his own trip to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist, ranking second in the nation with 2,118 rushing yards, fourth with 8.1 yards per carry, and fifth with 19 rushing touchdowns. The Doak Walker Award winner and Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year set a FBS record with 15 straight games with a rush of 30-plus yards. His senior year did not go as planned, however, as he rushed for 739 yards and six touchdowns on 166 carries (4.5 average) and caught 20 passes for just 99 yards (5.0 average) in 10 starts. He was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection. Love skipped his team's bowl game to get "completely healthy" and prepare for the draft but only later was it announced that he suffered a torn right ACL in the Cardinal's regular-season finale.