|35 Chris Love|
Sharp Passing Effort, Rush Defense Dominates Second Scrimmage
A speedy member of the Pirate secondary who will enter junior year on the cusp of experiencing significant action, either on the defensive unit or as a member of various special teams squads … Possesses plenty of quickness and has acceleration abilities that are matched by very few … Earned initial roster position as a walk-on in the fall of 2013 and has progressed both on the field and in the weight room on a consistent basis … Originally joined program as a receiver and running back, but was moved to defensive side of the ball prior to spring drills in 2015 … Could content for a spot on depth chart as a cornerback or nickelback … Earned increased repetitions during the 2016 spring practice period under the watchful and but optimistic eyes of the new coaching staff … Tallied a solo stop and broke up a pass during the first spring scrimmage on April 9 before logging a pair of tackles in the Purple-Gold Game (April 16) … Designated as a “freak” by strength coach Jeff Connors (power quotient) during off-season testing phase … Broke a positional (cornerbacks) record in the 40-yard dash with a clip of 4.30 … Additionally, ranked among top 10 percent of unit in agility drills such as a pro shuttle (4.13), three-cone (6.81), long shuttle (11.19) and flex rating (14.5) … Lift numbers of note include a bench press of 330 pounds, a back squat of 445, a power clean of 300 and a push jerk of 262 … Possesses jumps of 36” (vertical) and 10’0” (broad).
2015: Played in four contests as a sophomore – Navy, Connecticut, USF and UCF … Recorded first career tackles (two) in road finale against Knights, booking a solo and assisted stop … Both hits came on rushing plays … Was moved to the defensive secondary during spring drills.
2014: Did not experience game-day action during first active season on Pirates’ roster … Contributed efforts on offensive scout team as a receiver and running back.
2013: Spent true freshman campaign as a redshirt … Gained valuable experience as a member of the offensive developmental roster as an inside receiver.
High School: A three-year starter and all-conference (Cap 8) choice for coach Reginald Lewis at Wake Forest-Rolesville High School … Named to all-state squad as a senior team captain after rushing for 1,108 yards and 12 touchdowns on 103 carries … Picked up 943 yards and another dozen TDs during junior campaign … Ran for 700 yards and six TDs as a sophomore … Helped prep squad to pair of conference titles and one regional championship … Also earned four track letters (100 meters, 400 meters, 4x100, 4x400) … Captured multiple titles at state track meet … An academic all-conference performer in the classroom.
Personal: Full name is Christopher Lewis Love, II … Born June 1, 1995 at Raleigh, N.C. … Son of Christopher and Angela Love … Father played football and ran track at South Carolina … Brother Bryce is a sophomore running back at Stanford who rushed for 226 yards on 29 carries as a freshman in 2015, helping Cardinal to a Rose Bowl win over Iowa … Ironically, also had big day vs. UCF with a pair of catches for 135 yards, including a 93-yarder for a TD … Uncle Reggie was a football letterman at North Carolina … Lists fishing, four-wheelers and enjoying the outdoors as hobbies of choice … Says Deion Sanders headlines list of celebrities met … Major is industrial distribution & logistics.