2009 Football Preview - Running Backs

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      Tailback: For the first time in three years Boise State will enter the season without a definitive starter at running back. The Broncos will look to juniors Jeremy Avery (5-9, 171) and D.J. Harper (5-9, 192) to carry the bulk of the load, however, as they produced 49.7 percent of the team’s rushing output in 2008.

      Avery was Boise State’s second leading rusher last season, having carried the football 111 times for 614 yards. He played in all 13 games, averaged 5.5 yards per carry and scored four touchdowns on the season. Avery made history in Boise State’s win at Idaho, breaking the school record for single-game yards per carry (14.2 ypc). He has also proved to be a receiving threat for the Broncos, catching 16 passes last season for 226 yards.

      Harper finished his sophomore season as the third leading rusher for Boise State seeing action in all 13 games. He recorded 265 rushing yards on 55 carries and caught four passes for 37 yards. Harper also scored four touchdowns in 2008.

      The Broncos will also look to freshman Matt Kaiserman (6-0, 194) and junior Jarvis Hodge (5-9, 202) to contribute this season. Hodge recorded 12 carries for 46 yards in eight games last year. Kaiserman redshirted for the Broncos in 2008. 

      Fullback: Senior Richie Brockel (6-2, 244) has become a staple of the Boise State rushing attack, having provided versatility for the Bronco offense as both a fullback and tight end through the past few seasons. Brockel scored four touchdowns and caught 10 passes for 101 yards last year. He was also a key in the Boise State run game that scored 28 rushing touchdowns in 2008.

      Sophomore Dan Paul (6-0, 235) will be Brockel’s backup, having seen action in 12 games last season. As a freshman Paul saw the field most often on special teams and as a blocking back. He began his freshman campaign as a linebacker, but was transitioned to fullback mid-way through last season.