Petersen expecting big things from additions to Broncos' backfield
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Underclassmen Jay Ajayi and Jack Fields worked their way into Boise State's backfield last season, and seem to be the heir-apparents to D.J. Harper's carries coming into 2013.
That pair will have to earn playing time this fall, however.
Boise State's two runningback recruits, Derrick Thomas and Aaron Baltazar, each provide a new dynamic to the Broncos' ground game.
At 6'1'', 210 pounds, Thomas boasts a physicality that the Broncos lack. Thomas played the last three seasons at Butler Community College in Kansas. He rushed for 829 yards and scored nine touchdowns last year.
"I think he fits nicely into that puzzle. He's in a different class, he's a little bit different style than we have. He balances that group up nicely," said head coach Chris Petersen.
According to ESPN, Baltazar was Boise State's highest-rated recruit of the 2013 class. The Californian garnered interest from dozens of schools and received offers from Washington, San Diego State, and UCLA, amongst others. Aaron rushed for over 1800 yards and scored 24 touchdowns last season, and also made 73 tackles on defense. His versatility appeals to coach Petersen.
"He's a really good player that's going to do some things that are pretty good around here. We like him as a runningback. Can he play defense? Yes he could. We've had those guys in the past too. I'm not saying he's that guy, but we like him."