STANFORD — In 2015, Christian McCaffrey established the standard at Stanford with 2,019 rushing yards in a single season.

It was a mark that previously belonged to Toby Gerhart set in 2009, which was challenged by Tyler Gaffney four years later. Ditto for Stepfan Taylor right before that.

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Six games into this season, Bryce Love is on pace to shatter the record book with 1,240 yards so far, which already ranks as the seventh-most in program history, surpassing Tommy Vardell and his 1,188 yards in 1991.

But will the heavy workload take a toll the rest of the way?

“Our desire is to keep him fresh during the week and let him play on Saturdays,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. “We’ve already kind of started that, monitoring his reps, shaving him on Monday, especially.”

It’s the same approach taken with Love’s predecessors on The Farm, even dating back to Shaw’s days as an assistant coach in the NFL.

“It’s been kind of a blueprint that we’ve augmented throughout the years for Toby, for Stepfan, for Gaffney, just because it makes sense,” Shaw said. “It’s not too different when I was with the Baltimore Ravens and we had Jamal Lewis, who was carrying the ball between 30 and 40 times …read more

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