During the 2015 season, Western Michigan running back Jamauri Bogan had a breakout year for the Broncos and it certainly looks like he is ready to do much of the same in 2016. He will split time with Jarvion Franklin and LeVante Bellamy and he seems to be okay with that.
In 2015, Bogan rushed for 1,052 yards and 16 touchdowns, which won him the MAC Freshman of the Year award. He spoke with Today’s U earlier this week and said he was okay and understands the offense calls for his type of role.
“Balance is very key in any offense,” he explained. “[It] helps keep the defense off-balance. Balance is extremely key for play-action plays, which generates a lot of our big plays. I was considered the short yardage back. I came in to help our offense pick up first downs. First downs are crucial in controlling the clock.”
The pair of Franklin and Bellamy rushed for 1,028 yards combined last year, showing that Bogan played a much bigger role for the Broncos than the other two. However, it should be interesting to see how the three are used this year.
While Jamauri Bogan isn’t getting 25 carries a game like an every-down back, he is certainly one of the more talented players that people aren’t talking about right now. He seems well on his way to helping the Broncos making some noise in the MAC and possibly winning the conference title for the first time since 1988.
The Broncos open the season on Sept. 3 when they travel to Northwestern.
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