A Look at the Boise State Running Back Position

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It’s no question the running back position will be one to look at this upcoming season. With “do it all” back Jeremy McNichols declaring early for the NFL draft, it will be up to the rest of this year’s depth chart to pick up the slack.

It’s no secret replacing over twenty-one hundred all purpose yards will be difficult. However, the Broncos have brought in a plethora of talent to help ease the process.

The Potential Starter

Alexander Mattison (SO), 5-11, 206, San Bernardino High (Calif): All the hype at the running back position last year was centered on Jeremy McNichols. There was no questioning his undeniable talent and potential to be an NFL caliber running back.

It was known early on he would be the starter as that was his role his sophomore season as well. However, the question swirling through the minds of Bronco fans alike was who would take some of the load off of McNichols? This is where Alexander Mattison comes into play.

The now sophomore, Mattison, kicked off his Boise State career with a bang! In the Broncos first game of the season, they were set to play in Lafayette, Louisiana against the Ragin’ Cajuns. Playing behind McNichols, the true freshman Mattison contributed sixty-one yards on the ground. He also acquired his first collegiate touchdown.

Things only looked up for the young freshman running back as he contributed a season total of three hundred and eighty-two all-purpose yards and four touchdowns.

His best performance was on the blue as the Broncos played the Spartans from San Jose State. Mattison recorded one hundred yards rushing and one touchdown. Harsin even played him down the stretch. This showed Bronco nation a little taste of what he could do when he’s called upon to perform.

As this season is fast approaching, coaches, players, and fans alike sure are ready to see more of these:

Possible Backups

Robert Mahone (RS FR), 5-10, 209, Prosper High (Texas): Mahone is now in his second season with the Broncos. Electing to red shirt his first year, Mahone assured himself more time to play and get comfortable in the Boise State process.

Mahone played his high school ball in the Dallas area. There, he contributed over eleven-hundred yards and nabbed sixteen touchdowns in his senior season.

Ryan Wolpin (SR), 5-8, 189, University of Northern Colorado: Wolpin has been a surge of energy on the special teams unit. In both 2015 and 2016, the two seasons he’s played with the Broncos so far, he has appeared in the backfield and on special teams.

Wolipn has contributed one hundred and ninety-seven yards rushing in his tenure with the Broncos. He looks to increase his stats, role, and playing time in the upcoming 2017 season.

Drake Beasley (FR), 5-11, 185, La Canada High ( Calif.): A part of the 2017 Boise State recruiting class, Beasley is the lone running back out of those nineteen participants.

Beasley played his ball in the Los Angeles area (La Canada high school). In his junior season, Beasley played for Loyola high school (also in the L.A. area). In that season, he contributed over sixteen-hundred rushing yards and nabbed seventeen touchdowns. He then transferred to La Canada High school where he was forced to sit out his senior season.


About Darrek Harris

Darrek was born and raised in Boise, ID. Currently, he has an associates degree in English from the College of Western Idaho. He plans to pursue a bachelors degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. He enjoys sports in many fashions: playing, cheering, and coaching. Bleed Blue, Go Broncos, Amen!

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