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Boise State roster countdown 2018: Day 22, Alexander Mattison

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I’m pretty sure everyone knows this guy. If you live under a rock and somehow don’t, we’ll get you up to speed today. Today is #22, Alexander Mattison.

#22, Alexander Mattison, True Junior, RB


Height: 5’11”

Weight: 211 lbs. (-3 lbs)

High School/College: San Bernardino High School, San Bernardino, CA

How’d he get to The Blue™?

He stalled as long as he could and it worked in the Broncos favor. HE was a solid 3-star recruit out of California and he spurned offers from Arizona State, Washington State, Washington, Colorado and San Diego State to name a few. After Damarea Crockett bolted, Mattison jumped on board in late January and actually ended up rated higher than Crockett. Big win for the Broncos.



I’ll stick with Damien’s from last year. He’s an incredibly intelligent kid and he’ll outsmart the defense.


Actor Morris Chestnut

Career Highlights

SOMEHOW Mattison was an All-Mountain West Honorable Mention last season despite rushing for 1,086 yards on 212 carries for 12 TDs. That includes a banner day against Colorado State where he rushed 23 times for 242 yards and 3 TDs. He also had 28 receptions for 284 yards and another touchdown. As a true freshman backing up Jeremy McNichols, he rushed 67 times for 328 yards and 4 TDs and caught 5 passes for 54 yards.

He was twice named to the San Bernardino Sun First Team as a junior and senior after back-to-back 2,000 yard rushing seasons, 2,017 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior and 2,057 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior. He was also an accomplished wrestler and track athlete ON TOP OF finishing high school with a 4.8 cumulative GPA.

2018 Prospectus

The depth chart was released a couple of weeks ago and that helped shed a bit of light on some things. Really it’s safe to say Mattison is firmly atop the running back depth chart. The real battle will be the #2 spot. Mattison is on the 2018 Doak Walker Award watch list for best running back, which makes sense to Bronco fans who have been watching him. Behind Mattison, Robert Mahone is best positioned to own the #2 spot, but freshman Andrew VanBuren will be looking for some playing time this fall. Despite Mahone’s tenure with the program, the #2 spot is still largely open and could be earned by VanBuren. Also, keep an eye on Danny Smith. While AVB has been getting most of the RB chatter, Smith is no slouch.

Is he on Twitter?

I think he needs to eat...

Completely made up fact

Alex is a master multi-tasker. He does all of his homework in his head on the field. His mind is clearest when he is smashing linebackers to the turf. Once the series is over, he writes the answers to his work down on the sidelines.