Jordan Love helped put Utah State back on the map

Posted at 2:05 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 17:05:45-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Jordan Love was given just one D1 scholarship to play at the FBS level. He took it and revitalized a football program that has a rich history.

“It didn’t take very long for me personally after watching him play to go, okay, this kid is legit," Salt Lake Tribune sports writer Alex Vejar told 23ABC. "He brought a lot of wins to that football program, he was the face of the program.”

Love put up a Heisman Trophy candidate season during his sophomore season in 2018. He threw for 3,567 yards and 32 touchdowns. Tight end Carson Terrell called him a baller.

“You’d get in on Monday and you’re watching the film and you’re like what, that was off his back foot, like what, just throws this bomb," Terrell said. "Like during the game, you don’t process it, the play as a whole, you’re just really happy we scored a touchdown, cool.”

Love helped get the Aggies back into the national discussion, getting them ranked as high as No. 14 in the AP Poll during the 2018 season.

“He exemplified what it meant to be an Aggie while he was there," Vejar said.

Love was a star quarterback at Liberty High School who faced adversity after losing his father. He was described as humbled and even-keeled, something he took with him to Logan, Utah.

“Coming in as a freshman, you’d have never guessed that he was going to be as good as he was because he was always just so humble and hard working,” Terrell said.

Now the Bakersfield native will head to Green Bay and learn from one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.