Position Previews - Runningbacks

   The Boise State rushing attack could be by committee this year as the Broncos return an extremely deep backfield in 2010. Boise State has four running backs on roster that all eclipsed the 100-yard mark in a single game at least once in 2009, which helped the Broncos average 186.07 rushing yards per game. The bulk of their experience come from senior Jeremy Avery (5-9, 179) and juniors Doug Martin (5-9, 212) and D.J. Harper (5-9, 203).

    Avery returns the most experience of the bunch having seen considerable action over the past three seasons. As a junior, Avery led the Broncos with 1,151 rushing yards. He averaged 82.2 yards per game while finding the end zone six times on the ground. Perhaps his biggest attribute, however, is as a receiving back for Moore. Last season he finished fourth on the team in receptions, catching 23 passes for 257 yards and one touchdown. For his production as a rusher and receiver, Avery was named second team All-WAC.

    Martin was a redzone workhorse for the Broncos during his sophmore campaign, scoring a team high 15 rushing touchdowns. His power doesn't overshadow his speed, however, as he also carried the football 129 times for 765 yards. He averaged 54.6 yards per game giving Boise State a nice balance of strength to go with Avery's speed.

    Harper will provide the most interesting mix to the runningback equation, as he was the Broncos' leading rusher through three games before going down with a season ending injury at Fresno State. In his first three games last year Harper averaged 94.7 rushing yards per game on just 44 carries. He managed to find the endzone three times while averaging 6.5 yards per carry.

    Competing for additional carries at running back will be senior Jarvis Hodge (5-9, 203) and sophomore Matt Kaiserman (6-0, 188). Hodge saw action in eight games as a junior, carrying the football 21 times for 114 yards and one touchdown. Kaiserman played sparingly in 2009, seeing action in just four games before going down with a season ending injury as well. The highlight of his freshman season came at Hawai'i where he rushed for 126 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries.

    Leading the way blocking for the Boise State backfield will be junior fullback Dan Paul (6-0, 241), who stepped in to start the final four games of the year after three-year starter Richie Brockel went down with a season ending injury. Paul returns the most experience at fullback this fall having played in 12 games in total last season. Aside from blocking, Paul did prove to be a receiving option for Moore as well. He had a career game against Nevada in which he caught three touchdown passes on three receptions.


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