Jay Ajayi Drafted By The Miami Dolphins
May 2, 2015

BOISE, Idaho - Former Boise State running back Jay Ajayi was selected by the Miami Dolphins with the 13th pick of the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft Saturday.

Ajayi becomes the 56th Bronco to be selected in the draft and the 15th since 2010.

Ajayi turned in a record-breaking campaign in 2014 as Boise State went 12-2 overall, won its first outright Mountain West championship and claimed its third Fiesta Bowl title. He became the only player in FBS history to accumulate 1,800 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards, and led the nation in touches with 397 (347 rushing attempts and 50 receptions), a figure that doubled as Boise State's single-season record. He set additional Boise State records with 1,823 rushing yards, 28 rushing touchdowns and 2,358 all-purpose yards, and his 32 total touchdowns are tied for first.

At the end of the season Ajayi earned seven All-America honors, garnering spots on the second team of FOX Sports, Sporting News and USA TODAY, third-team selections from the Associated Press, Athlon Sports and Phil Steele, and honorable mention from Sports Illustrated. The Mountain West named Ajayi to its first team for the second-straight season in addition to thrice bestowing Offensive Player of the Week honors upon him in 2014.

Along with leading the nation in touches and rushing attempts, Ajayi also paced the FBS in scoring (13.7 points per game) while ranking second in rushing touchdowns, fourth in rushing yards, fifth in all-purpose yardage and ninth in rushing yards per game (130.2 ypg).

His 2014 performance followed a 2013 season in which he rushed for 1,425 yards and 18 touchdowns, figures that ranked 15th and eighth nationally, respectively. That year Ajayi surpassed 1,000 yards in just 168 carries, the fewest by a Bronco since Doug Martin needed just 158 to reach 1,000 yards in 2010.

Ajayi played in 11 games during his redshirt freshman season in 2012, rushing for 548 yards and four touchdowns on 82 carries. His 6.68 yards-per-carry qualified as the school's top single-season mark (minimum 75 attempts).

Ajayi ended his Boise State career ranked in the top 10 of nine categories: rushing touchdowns (50, tied for second), 200-yard rushing games (two, second), touchdowns (55, third), 100-yard rushing games (19, tied for third), rushing yards (3,796, fourth) yards per carry (5.60, fourth), rushing attempts (678, fifth), scoring (330 points, fifth) and all-purpose yardage (4,583, eighth).


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