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Former Bronco runningback Doug Martin (at Tampa Bay's rookie camp)
He was known as the "Muscle Hamster" at Boise State, and may be known by that moniker in Tampa Bay if he makes the Buccaneers roster, but Doug Martin brought a lot to the Boise State offense that will be missed. Not only was he a great runner (gained 1,299 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2011, according to broncosports.com), but he was a blocking back, and caught 28 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns.
Martin was the kind of guy that gave the Broncos an extra threat wherever they asked him to play. He played in the defensive secondary early in his career, and would even return kickoffs when called upon. So the question is, who is the next go-to running back in the Bronco stable.
Redshirt senior Dan Paul is back for his final year at fullback while D.J. Harper (granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA following season-ending injuries in 2009 and 2010) is one of the strongest candidates for the other spot in the backfield.
There are a pair of redshirt freshmen and two true freshmen looking to jump into the battle for a starting spot, but Boise State will be looking for a total player—one who can not only run the ball, but catch it and help out with blocking duties. The bar has been set and with the Broncos wide-open offense, it may just come down to running back-by-committee in 2012-13.