After a promising redshirt freshman year, Jay Ajayi became the Boise State Broncos workhorse in the backfield, putting together an all-conference season with his unique blend of size and track speed.
While at Frisco Liberty High School in Plano, Texas, Ajayi earned second-team all-state honors after rushing for 2,240 yards on 225 carries and scoring 35 touchdowns. He would rush for nearly 3,900 yards in his two varsity seasons and was a sprinter on three district track and field relay teams.
After redshirting his freshman year (2011), Ajayi made a dent in the running back rotation in 2012, playing in 11 games and emerging as the team’s second leading rusher with 548 yards on 82 carries. His 6.68 yards per carry (minimum 75 carries) is the best in Boise State history for a single season. Rushed for a career high 118 yards on six carries, including a 71-yard scoring jaunt, against New Mexico.
In 2013 he started 12 of 13 games and would go on to earn first-team All-Mountain West honors after posting 1,425 yards on 249 carries and 18 touchdowns. Showing his versatility, Ajayi added 22 catches for 222 yards and a score. He would record nine games with 90 or more yards and crack the 100-yard mark six times – with a season best of 222 yards (and three scores) against Nevada. His yardage total was the fourth best in Boise State history.
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