Former Boise State running back Jay Ajayi, taking part in the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times Friday, landing him squarely in the middle — at 15th — among the 30 running backs that took part in the segment.
Ajayi, who weighed in at 5-foot-11.5 and 221 pounds, had two more reps than Georgia's Todd Gurley and just as many as Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, two other backs likely to be drafted in the same range as the former Bronco standout. Indiana's Tevin Coleman (22) and Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah (24) are other highly-rated backs who had more than Ajayi. The fewest was 11 reps, and the most was 30 by Hawaii's 246-pound Joey Iosefa. Among the oddities from the combine: only five backs had larger hand diameters than Ajayi's 10 inches and six had longer arms than Ajayi's 32.
The running backs will participate in drills Saturday, the most notable the 40-yard dash. It begins bright and early at 7 a.m. MT, televised on NFL Network.
Also on Saturday, the Boise State men's basketball team hosts Nevada at 1 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena. The Boise State football team, which won the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31, will be honored at halftime. A Boise State official reported that 9,300 tickets had been sold by early Friday afternoon.
Fans can purchase tickets for the game here.