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02/19/15 - 2015 NFL Combine Quick Hits: Growing up in North Texas, Boise State RB Jay Ajayi watched Emmitt Smith when he was younger and mentioned four current NFL running backs that he patterns his game after, including Dallas Cowboys' DeMarco Murray. And with Murray's future in Dallas up in the air, Ajayi fits the mold of a three-down back that the Cowboys wants for the offense. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/17/15 - 2015 DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 52/4. *Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State, 6-0, 216, 4.54, 2...Born in London to Nigerian parents, Ajayi moved to the U.S. in 2000 and was an outstanding soccer player recruited by the Nigerian National team. But when the family moved to Texas, he showed serious talent at Frisco Liberty High School in both track and football of the American type. He was recruited by Boise State where he had a tough time in 2011 when he tore an ACL as a redshirt freshman and was arrested for stealing sweatpants.
Time has healed and matured Ajayi and in 2014 he set school records for rushing yards (1,823), carries (347), all-purpose yardage (2,358), rushing touchdowns (28) and 100-yard rushing performances (10). He obviously benefitted from his days playing soccer as he runs with great balance at all times and can explode in any direction at any time. Although he added weight to his soccer body, Ajayi can use even more muscle up top and in his legs to avoid easy takedowns. For a guy who grew up depending on his feet, Ajayi is surprisingly effective as a receiver where he shows exceptional hand-eye coordination. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
01/02/15 - The Boise State Broncos are no longer just trick-play ponies. They did score a touchdown on a Statue of Liberty play. This was the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl, so of course they did. But once the tricks were used up and the offensive fireworks dulled, Boise State had to grind out this VIZIO Fiesta Bowl victory with its defense. Donte Deayon returned an interception for a touchdown in third quarter and sack specialist Kamalei Correa had his biggest takedown of the season on the game's final play, lifting No. 20 Boise State to a 38-30 victory over No. 10 Arizona in the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl on Wednesday. "They hit us, we stiffened up and came up a winner," Boise State linebacker Tanner Vallejo said.
Boise State (12-2, No. 21 AP) lived up to its unpredictable reputation in the first quarter, pulling off the Statue of Liberty play while racing to a 21-0 lead in the opening 10 minutes. Jay Ajayi scored two of his three touchdowns in the first quarter -- one on the trick play -- and finished with 134 yards rushing. Grant Hedrick was perfect through his first 14 passes and threw for 304 yards and a touchdown. Thomas Sperbeck had 12 catches for 199 yards. - AP Sports
11/16/14 - Boise State's Jay Ajayi fueled a 20-point comeback with 134 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the Broncos' 38-29 victory over San Diego State on Saturday night. The clash between the two top rushers in the Mountain West - San Diego State's Donnel Pumphrey and Ajayi - lived up to its billing. Pumphrey rolled up 147 yards on 24 carries with two touchdowns. Boise State (8-2, 5-1) is tied with Colorado State atop the Mountain West Mountain Division while San Diego State (5-4, 3-3) remains in contention to win the West division. Trailing 23-10 late in the third quarter and struggling on offense, Boise State sparked its comeback with a fake punt.
Facing a fourth-and-four from its own 32, Chris Santini took a direct snap and raced 24 yards for a first down. Eight plays later, Ajayi scored on a five-yard run to cut San Diego State's lead to 23-17. With 37 seconds left in the third quarter, Boise State's Cleshawn Page intercepted San Diego State quarterback Quinn Kaehler at the Aztec 34 and returned it to the 14. Three plays later, Ajayi scored on a 3-yard run with 14:56 left. Dan Goodale's extra point gave Boise State its first lead of the game at 24-23. Ajayi scored again on a 10-yard run with 11:23 remaining, pushing Boise State's lead to 31-23. - AP Sports
10/18/14 - Jay Ajayi ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns, including a 54-yard run on Boise State's clinching drive in the Broncos' 37-27 victory over Fresno State on Friday night. Boise State (5-2, 3-1 Mountain West) avenged a 41-40 overtime loss to the Bulldogs last season to claim the Milk Can rivalry trophy. Fresno State (3-5, 2-2), winless in Boise since 1984, squandered Marteze Waller's 164-yard rushing performance. Grant Hedrick completed 21 of 30 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown, caught the go-ahead scoring pass and ran for 56 yards for the Broncos. Fresno State overcame a 10-point deficit to tie it at 27 late in the third quarter. Boise State rebounded with a 17-play, 75-yard drive that ended with receiver Thomas Sperbeck's 9-yard touchdown pass to Hedrick.
"Being on the opposite end of a pass gives me some better perspective," Hedrick said. "It's especially hard when you're really wide open, but Thomas made a great pass. And our defense took control from there." The Bulldogs scored all three of their touchdowns on drives of two plays or less, and minus-1 yards of offense in the fourth quarter. "When our defense is firing on all cylinders, we're hard to move the ball against," Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said. "Great defenses finish and we've been able to finish the past two games with our defense on the field." - AP Sports