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Boise State roster countdown 2017: Day 34, Robert Mahone

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#34, Robert Mahone, RS Freshman, RB

Stats

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 203 lbs. (+13)

High School: Prosper High School, Prosper, TX

How’d he get to The Blue™?

Mahone was rated just a two-star recruit by two of the three major recruiting outlets, but based on his offer list, I think it's fair to say that they didn't really get around to evaluating the speedy Texan. Mahone played safety his first two seasons of prep ball and only moved over to running back as a junior...but I'd say it was the right move, as he ran for 868 yards and 12 scores his first season in the backfield. As a senior, Mahone gained 1,172 yards and scored 16 touchdowns for the Eagles. Maybe more impressively, Mahone's senior totals were the product of just 125 carries...good for a 9.3 YPC clip. A two-year team captain, Mahone was named to the All-District 10-5A first team as both a junior and senior and garnered at least 11 D1 offers—among them: Boise State (obvs), Arkansas State, Colorado State, Houston, Louisiana-Lafayette, Missouri State, Montana State, New Mexico, SMU, "Stone Cold" Stephen F. Austin, and UTSA.

Nickname

“Mahoney”

“The Police Academy series is the best movie series of all time.” —Drew Roberts, age 12

Look-alike

Maybe a bit like former Boise State/NFL safety Gerald Alexander if he had hair

Career highlights

Two-time team captain for Prosper Eagles. Named to All-District 10-5A first team as a senior in 2015. Named to All-District 10-5A first team as a junior in 2014.

2017 Prospectus

This will be Mahone’s second fall camp with the Broncos, but this one will have a decidedly different look and feel than his first. Last fall, Mahone and Alex Mattison entered camp as fresh-faced recent grads and encountered players like Jeremy McNichols, Devan Demas, and Cory Young in the stable. This season, all three of the aforementioned have departed the program due to NFL ambitions, graduation, and transfer and suddenly Mahone finds himself right in the thick of the RB race.

It was Mattison who got the call up in 2016 and summarily burned his redshirt...which, like McNichols, makes him the heir-apparent for the lion’s share of the RB touches as a true soph, but the load McNichols carried as a sophomore (somewhat to the detriment of his own health) could provide a helpful blueprint for just how much to ride our presumptive starting RB and there should be enough touches to go around. Backing up Mattison will be senior Ryan Wolpin, Mahone, true frosh Drake Beasley, and walk-on Jake Shaddox. I can see those first three behind Mattison battling it out in camp (which opens this week, btw) and making things interesting, as all bring different running styles to the field. Wolpin is a battering ram type back, Mahone more of a “one cut and go” type back (but with good weight), and Beasley might one of the more technically sound backs if not a tad smaller...so the while the styles aren’t identical, I might be tempted to list the first 3 guys on the chart “thunder” type backs with Beasley embodying the “lightning” archetype.

One thing I know is that all these guys want to see the field, so however they can make themselves valuable in camp, they’re going to exploit it. With Mattison out for spring ball, Wolpin has a distinct reps advantage, but Mahone and Beasley could make noise if they can show some play-making ability and also some value out of the backfield.

Is he on Twitter?

He is. Not super active, but now you know why.

Completely made up fact

Mahone’s hometown of Prosper, Texas is just east of Never, Texas which in turn is immediately southeast of Cheaters, Texas.