Bronco Spring Ball Battles: Runningbacks

Over the past 10 years, few positions on the Boise State football roster have had more star power and success than the running backs. From Doug Martin to Jay Ajayi to the recently NFL Draft-bound Jeremy McNichols, the Broncos churn out professional running back prospects as well as any team in the nation.

The 2017 stable of Boise State ball carriers appears to be just as talented as their predecessors, albeit with far less experience.

Expecting to carry the load is true sophomore Alexander Mattison, who has added 10 pounds of bulk to an already impressive and physically-dominating frame and is now listed at 5 foot 11 and 216 pounds. Redshirt freshman Robert Mahone has received praise from coaches since stepping on campus, and at 5 foot 10 and 203 pounds, he and Mattison could become quite the duo for Boise State.
Also listed on the roster is redshirt senior Ryan Wolpin and redshirt sophomore Jake Shaddox, both of whom are former walk-ons, but Wolpin added a scholarship last season. Only Wolpin has seen playing time as a Bronco.

Drake Beasley, a running back from southern California, will join team for fall camp as a member of the 2017 recruiting class. Beasley was a heralded recruit before a so-called “snafu” in his transfer from Loyola to La Canada sidelined him for his senior year. Boise State stayed on him during his tribulations and reaped the rewards when he signed in February. He has the talent to play as a true freshman if necessary.
As mentioned above, this group of running backs is very light on experience. Among the five ball carriers who will be on the team in the fall, only two have taken snaps (Mattison and Wolpin), and they have accounted for just 47 carries for 522 yards and four touchdowns.
Mahone is getting a majority of the workload during spring ball with Mattison unable to participate fully because of an injury, but opportunities for all five ball carriers will be plentiful come this fall.

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