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Boise State’s Myles Jack

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?


About Mathew Douraghi

Mathew Douraghi
Mathew comes to Bronco Nation News from sunny Southern California. He completed his bachelors degree at Boise State in anthropology in 2012. From there he took his academic pursuits to the Bay Area where he recently completed his Masters degree in Medical Anthropology at California State University - East Bay. Mathew loves sports and like his co-author Steven, he loves all his sports teams down in Southern California. However, that doesn't mean he bleeds any less blue as Mathew has been following his beloved Broncos since 2005. After talking to his co-author and good friend Steven, Mathew joined the BNN staff to share is love of Bronco sports with Bronco Nation. He truly enjoys writing for BNN readers and hopes you enjoy his articles!

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