McNichols Declares Early For NFL Draft
Dec. 26, 2016

BOISE, IDAHO - Boise State junior running back Jeremy McNichols announced Monday that he will leave school early and declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.

McNichols’ announcement marks four-straight years in which a Bronco student-athlete has declared early for the draft. Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence entered the 2014 draft and was selected in the second round (34th overall) by the Dallas Cowboys, running back Jay Ajayi entered the 2015 draft and was selected in the fifth round (149th overall) by the Miami Dolphins and STUD end Kamalei Correa declared for the 2016 draft and was selected in the second round (42nd overall) by the Baltimore Ravens.

McNichols, a junior from Long Beach, Calif., has earned a pair of All-America honors in 2016, being named to Athlon Sports' Third Team and to Phil Steele's Fourth Team. McNichols was the national leader in touchdowns scored with 27 entering the 2016 bowl season, and currently ranks second to Western Kentucky's Anthony Wales (29), while also ranking third with 23 rushing touchdowns and fifth in both rushing yards (1,663) and all-purpose yards (2,185). At the end of the regular season, McNichols, whose touchdown totals led the Mountain West while his all-purpose and rushing totals ranked second and third, respectively, was voted to the All-Mountain West Second Team.

The Bronco running back was a Doak Walker Award semifinalist and four-time Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week in 2016 while posting nine 100-yard rushing games and a Boise State-record three 200-yard rushing efforts. McNichols also leads all Mountain West backs in receptions (32) and receiving yards (450) while scoring four touchdowns through the air.

McNichols’ total of 1,663 rushing yards this year is the third-highest in Boise State single-season history, with his 27 total touchdowns third (five behind co-record holders Jay Ajayi and Brock Forsey) and his 23 rushing touchdowns fourth. Heading into Boise State’s Cactus Bowl matchup with Baylor, McNichols needs just 174 all-purpose yards to eclipse Ajayi’s single-season mark of 2,358 all-purpose yards set in 2014.

He will play his final game in a Boise State uniform at the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl Dec. 27 against Baylor. The Broncos (10-2) will take on the Bears (6-6) at Chase Field in Phoenix. Kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m. MT and the game will be broadcast on ESPN.

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