Another one bites the dust for Boise State Broncos, as running back Jay Ajayi has decided to forgo his final season of eligibility with Broncos in order to pursue a future in the NFL.
dAccording to NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr., Ajayi currently resides as the tenth ranked running back in the 2015 class, but is the premier running back not coming from a power five conference. In his junior campaign Ajayi has run for 1,697 yards and 25 touchdowns ranking fourth and second in the nation respectively. The decision will drastically change the way head coach Bryan Harsin moves forward with direction of his program, but he has no hard feelings.
Harsin explained how Ajayi displayed great humility during much of the 2014 campaign.
“What I appreciate about him the most is he never once had a conversation with me about this until we were done and won the (Mountain West Conference) championship,” Harsin told ESPN.com. “I knew it was coming. And so did he because of the type of season he’s had. There’s no doubt in my mind he’s a professional running back.”
Beyond his ability to rush the football, Ajayi’s NFL prospects are aided by his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. On the year, Ajayi has 45 receptions for 536 yards and four touchdowns to along with exceptional pass protection skills. The combination of these features could prove to be an extremely valuable third down back for NFL teams.
Ajayi and the Broncos 2014 season will come to a close when they matchup against the Arizona Wildcats in the Vizio Fiesta Bowl. The last time Boise State found themselves in the Fiesta Bowl, they pulled off one of the most stunning upsets in BCS history, shocking Oklahoma with the sneaky “Statue of Liberty” play-call in 2007.
Look for more of this match January 2 in Ajayi’s final collegiate contest.
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