December 18, 2013

Five To Watch: Boise Offense

Oregon State and Boise State square off in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve (5 p.m. PT, ESPN). Who are the top five offensive players for the Broncos that Beaver fans should know about before the contest kicks off?

1. Jay Ajayi (RB): Boise State averaged 201.8 rushing yards per game this season. More than half of those yards were amassed by Ajayi, who heads into the bowl game with 1,328 yards and 17 touchdowns on 226 carries, signifying he averages almost 6.0 yards every time he takes a handoff.

How much does Boise State rely on the redshirt sophomore from Plano, Tex.?

Ajayi had 43 percent (226 of 525) of the Broncos' rushing attempts and accounted for 54.8 percent of the Broncos' total rushing yards (2,422) during the regular season. His yardage total is the fourth-highest in a single season in school history. He needed just nine games, fewest by a Broncos running back in seven years, to surpass the 1,000-yard plateau. Ajayi, named First-Team All-Mountain West Conference, has six 100-yard rushing games this season, including a 147-yard outing against New Mexico in the regular season finale on Nov. 30.

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