Arguably one of the biggest stories in college football last year was Myles Jack. The UCLA linebacker turned tailback excited and surprised the college football world when he stepped on the field against the University of Arizona and rushed six times for 120 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown.
Jack didn’t stop there either. He put on a show against the University of Washington by scoring 4 touchdowns.
The 6’1″, 230-pound linebacker out of Washington was no stranger to the running game. Now a sophomore, Jack was ranked the number 8 running back in the country before he was picked up by UCLA as a linebacker where he ranked an outstanding number 4 in the nation and number 1 in the West.
By season’s end Myles Jack had 8 touchdowns in five games including one during UCLA’s beating of USC and one during UCLA’s drumming of Virginia Tech. Jack was also a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award among various other awards including both Offensive and Defensive Freshman of the Year in the Pac-12 by coaches.
Bronco’s head coach, Bryan Harsin, recently stated that Boise State’s redshirt freshman LB Joe Martarano was going to be seeing some carries this season. Like Jack, Martarano is no stranger to running the ball himself.
In his senior year at Fruitland High School Martarano ran the ball for 600 yards and 10 touchdowns while throwing for another 1,300 yards and 14 touchdowns.
His junior year saw similar results with Martarano throwing for 1,100 yards and 18 touchdowns as well as rushing for 780 yards and 12 touchdowns. Both years Martarano was named the Snake River Valley Offensive Player of the Year.
Sitting at 6’3″ and 234 pounds Martarano is similar in size to Jack and definitely has the experience to make waves for the Bronco’s offense the way Jack did at UCLA.
What do you think Bronco Nation. Does Martarano have what it takes to be Boise State’s Myles Jack?