We’re counting down the days to the Boise State football team’s first spring practice with daily blog posts on players to watch. Spring ball begins Monday and ends April 13. The Spring Game is April 11 (5 p.m.).
McNichols added a spark to the Boise State offense when he was pulled from redshirt status the first week of October. The Broncos went 9-0 with him on the field.
But the true freshman was a bit player and didn’t get nearly enough game reps to prove whether he has the versatility and durability to serve as the Broncos’ primary tailback.
He’ll get a chance to show those qualities this spring as the first in line to replace star tailback Jay Ajayi, who was the nation’s second-most-productive running back in 2014. The Broncos don’t have a proven option at the position but they do have some depth with senior Jack Fields, junior Devan Demas, junior Charles Bertoli and redshirt freshman Cory Young. Sophomore walk-on Ryan Wolpin also could be intriguing. He preceded McNichols as the starting running back at Santa Margarita High in Southern California.
McNichols finished 2014 with 17 carries for 159 yards and a touchdown and 15 catches for 155 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 9.8 yards per touch but his workload for the year was less than Ajayi received in some games.
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Boise State released its spring practice and media schedule Wednesday. Coach Bryan Harsin and coordinators Eliah Drinkwitz and Marcel Yates will meet with the media Friday to preview the spring.
The first practice is at 8:25 a.m. Monday. Three practices, including the Spring Game, are open to the media. Four practices have limited availability. Eight are closed.
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Coverage from Monday: