Dec. 16, 2014
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State redshirt junior running back Jay Ajayi earned a pair of All-America nods Tuesday, being named to the Associated Press' Third Team and picking up honorable mention from Sports Illustrated.
Ajayi has now thrice been recognized as an All-American this season, as he was named to USA Today Sports' second team last week. Late last week he was also named a finalist for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award. Ajayi is also the first Boise State running back to earn All-America honors since Ian Johnson in 2006.
Tuesday's announcement also marks the fourth All-America honor earned by a Bronco this season, as Darian Thompson was named to the CBSSports.com All-America Second Team last week.
Ajayi's 2014 campaign has been one of the best among the nation's running backs, as he leads the FBS with 325 carries, ranks second with 2,225 all-purpose yards (171.2 yards per game) and fourth with 1,689 rushing yards. The Plano, Texas native also added 45 receptions for 536 yards, and is tied atop the FBS with 29 touchdowns (25 rushing, four receiving) and 174 points.
This year Ajayi posted a pair of 200-yards-or-more performances as well as nine efforts of at least 100 yards, including seven in a row during Boise State's current eight-game winning streak. Now a two-time first-team All-Mountain West selection, Ajayi was the only three-time Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week in 2014 (Sept. 8, Sept. 21, Dec. 1).
Seven times over Boise State's 13 games this season Ajayi has scored at least three touchdowns, capped by a career-best and school-record-tying five touchdowns in Nov. 29's 50-19 win over Utah State.
His numbers have also put him at or near the top of multiple single-season records in the Boise State annals. He has already set the benchmarks for carries and all-purpose yards, while his total of 25 rushing touchdowns is tied for second with Ian Johnson (2006) and just one behind Brock Forsey's record of 26 set in 2002.
Mountain West champion Boise State will take on No. 10 Arizona in the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl Dec. 31 at 2 p.m. MT at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.