We begin the 30s with a player from my favorite position, #39 RB Jake Shaddox. He made a little noise during the spring game with a few nice runs. Let's see what he's all about!
#39,, RS Freshman, Running Back
Weight: 203 lbs
High School: Azusa Pacific University, Los Angeles, CA
How'd he get to The BlueTM?
He walked on out of Foothill High School in Palo Cedro, CA. What I did NOT know is that he only played there his senior year. He transferred to Foothill from Skyview High School here in the Treasure Valley. The story behind that, I don't know. I found that out by checking out his HUDL profile.
If you happened to watch the spring scrimmage, and I hope you did, you will have noticed a couple of runs by this young fella. He likes to hit and he runs HARD. Two qualities I REALLY LIKE in a running back.
Because I can't find anyone better...
Jake had a SOLID senior year at FHS, posting 159 carries for 1,191 yards and 13 TDs. That's a whopping 7.5 yards per carry. He red shirted his first season at Azusa before making his way back to the Blue.
I think we have a solid stable of running backs right now. Currently there are 5 running backs on the roster: Jeremy McNichols, Devan Demas, Cory Young, Ryan Wolpin and Jake Shaddox. Obviously we also have Alex Mattison and Robert Mahone here too, but for whatever reason, Boise State has yet to update their roster on the website.
Wolpin made some noise last season as a walk-on, especially in the bowl game where he had a late 40+ yard run. We all know McWeapon has the starting job on lock-down, but he'll need a break now and then. Young and Demas will definitely be in the mix and I think a lot of people expect Mattison and/or Mahone to make a name for themselves this fall.
As I stated above, Jake had a few nice, hard runs in the spring game. Whether that translates to some playing time, that remains to be seen. Generally speaking, scholarship players climb the depth chart faster, but as I stated yesterday, Boise State does a solid job in developing walk-on talent. Don't sleep on Shaddox.
Is he on Twitter?
Yes he is. He might be a good guy to take camping too...
Pretty sure I just set the world record for mosquito bites— Shad (@JakeShaddox) June 3, 2016
Completely made up fact
Despite being a violent runner at running back, Jake enjoys a quiet evening of yoga and tea every now and then.