Ajayi Named USA TODAY All-American
Dec. 11, 2014

  • USA TODAY Sports All-America Teams

    BOISE, Idaho - Boise State redshirt junior running back Jay Ajayi was named to the USA Today Sports All-America Second Team, the publication announced Thursday.

    It is Ajayi's first All-America honor and the second earned by a Boise State student-athlete this week. Safety Darian Thompson was named to the CBSSports.com All-America Second Team Wednesday. Ajayi is also the first Boise State running back to earn All-America honors since Ian Johnson in 2006.

    Ajayi has put together one of the best seasons of any running back in the nation in 2014. The Plano, Texas native leads the FBS with 325 carries, ranks second with 2,225 all-purpose yards (171.2 yards per game) and fourth with 1,689 rushing yards. Ajayi, who displayed his versatility on offense this season by adding 45 receptions for 536 yards, is also tied atop the FBS with 29 touchdowns (25 rushing, four receiving) and 174 points.

    His numbers have also put him at or near the top of multiple single-season records in the Boise State annals. He has already set the benchmarks for carries and all-purpose yards, while his total of 25 rushing touchdowns is tied for second with Ian Johnson (2006) and just one behind Brock Forsey's record of 26 set in 2002.

    Ajayi was named to the All-Mountain West First Team Dec. 2 and is the only three-time Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week in 2014 (Sept. 8, Sept. 21, Dec. 1). This year Ajayi posted a pair of 200-yards-or-more performances as well as nine efforts of at least 100 yards, including seven in a row during Boise State's current eight-game winning streak.

    Seven times over Boise State's 13 games this season Ajayi has scored at least three touchdowns, capped by a career-best and school-record-tying five touchdowns in Nov. 29's 50-19 win over Utah State.

    Mountain West champion Boise State will take on No. 10 Arizona in the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl Dec. 31 at 2 p.m. MT at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

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