Brian Losness-US Presswire
The three big questions for running backs coming into the scrimmage was first, who would back up the backup to Harper?
Drew Wright is penciled in to the backup role currently, but if he or Harper were to go down, who would be next in line?
Second, would any of the true freshman stand out?
There are several in camp, and you have to wonder if there are any diamonds in the rough.
Lastly, would Jay Ajayi be back to form and healthy enough to give the Broncos another solid go-to-guy?
Well, it seems every one of these questions were answered, and each answer should be encouraging to Boise State fans.
As far as a backup to the backup, there is no doubt the Broncos have some talent in waiting. In fact, there may even be a competition for Drew Wright's backup role.
When it comes to the true freshman question, most probably expected two of them to stand out.
Jack Fields and Devan Demas are both highly anticipated recruits out of the state of Texas. Both of these young men showed that they have some talent, and it wouldn't be surprising if one or both of them end up burning a redshirt.
Jack Fields carried the ball 10 times for a total of 51 yards. His longest was a 10-yard run that displayed his power and toughness. Devan Demas only carried the ball on four occasions but made them count. He gained 24 yards, but one of his runs was an impressive 20-yard gain.
There was another interesting freshman on the field as well: Jamel Hart, a true freshman out of West Covina, California. Hart ran six times for 34 yards with a longest of 11 yards.
All together, it appears that the Broncos have an excellent group of future running backs who could actually contribute this season.
Jay Ajayi was probably the most impressive of the running backs. He looks like he has fully healed from that season-ending knee injury of a year ago. Ajayi ran with patience and power. He looked like a mix of Ian Johnson and Doug Martin. Probably not a fair comparison, but he looked very good.
You may see Ajayi battling it out for the backup spot behind D.J. Harper. Either way, Bronco fans can feel a little better about the condition of the offensive backfield.