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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
10/17/14 - BOISE STATE (4-2, 2-1) THIS WEEK'S GAME: vs. Fresno State, Friday, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN. Before the start of the season this looked like it might be the marquee game of the season but the defending Mountain West champion Bulldogs (3-4, 2-1) have stumbled badly this season and even fell to West Division bottom-feeder UNLV, 30-27, in overtime last week. Boise State, which has won nine consecutive home games, has had an extra week to prepare. It's a revenge game for the Broncos who lost to the Derek Carr-led Bulldogs, 41-40, last year in Fresno. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Jay Ajayi. The 215-pound junior ranks second in the Mountain West in rushing with 709 yards on 142 carries and has scored eight touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange
10/13/14 - SEPT 8 MOUNTAIN WEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: JAY AJAYI, BOISE STATE, Junior, Running Back, Plano, Texas/Frisco Liberty HS...Accounted for 280 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns as Boise State opened Conference play with a 37-24 victory over Mountain Division foe Colorado State...Gained 219 yards on a career-high 33 attempts and scored a pair of touchdowns...Also had four catches for an additional 61 yards and another score...All three of Ajayi’s touchdowns came in the first half to get the Broncos out to a 30-10 lead at the break. - Mountain West football
10/13/14 - SEPT 22 MOUNTAIN WEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: JAY AJAYI, BOISE STATE, Junior, Running Back, Plano, Texas/Frisco Liberty HS...Carried the ball 27 times for 150 yards with three touchdowns in Boise State’s 34-9 home win over Louisiana...Tied for the team-high with five receptions for an additional 37 yards...Scored all of his touchdowns in the first half to pace the Broncos to a 21-3 halftime advantage...Gained 120 of his 150 yards in the first half, marking the second time in three weeks (Sept. 6 versus Colorado State) Ajayi has eclipsed the 100-yard barrier in the opening 30 minutes. - Mountain West football
10/08/14 - Jay Ajayi had 116 of his 152 rushing yards in the second half and Boise State withstood a Nevada comeback for a 51-46 victory on Saturday night. Ajayi added touchdown runs of 1, 26 and 2 yards in the second half for the Broncos, (4-2, 2-1 Mountain West). Boise State intercepted Cody Fajardo four times, each leading to touchdowns, but turned the ball over three times itself. Fajardo passed for 306 yards and three touchdowns, but was intercepted three times in the firsts half, including a pick six by Tyler Gray, which gave the Broncos the lead 23-21.
On the ensuing drive, Donte Deayon intercepted a Fajardo pass and the Broncos expanded their lead to 30-21 three plays later with Grant Hedrick taking it in from 2 yards out. Hedrick finished with 26 of 31 for 346 yards and two touchdowns. Fajardo finished 23 of 43 for 306 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for two touchdowns, and rallied the Wolf Pack (3-2, 1-1 Mountain West) from 18 points down in the second half. Fajardo scored on a 56-yard run to cut the Boise lead to 37-29 with 10:53 left in the third quarter, but Ajayi came back with a 26-yard touchdown run on the next drive. - AP Sports
08/11/14 - 2014 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP AWARD WATCH LIST: RB Jay Ajayi, Boise State...Ajayi is also a member of the preseason watch lists for the Maxwell and Doak Walker Awards, given annually to the college player of the year and the nation's top running back, respectively. Of the 50 members on the Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List, Ajayi is one of only seven running backs, and one of four players from the Mountain West.
Ajayi rushed for 1,425 yards on 249 carries in 2013, and his 18 rushing touchdowns last season were the eighth-most in the country. He has averaged 5.96 yards per carry through his two seasons as a Bronco, the seventh-highest average nationally amongst active players with more than 250 career attempts. - Boise State football