Starting at 6 a.m. Friday, Boise State University football fans can pick up the first of three team bobbleheads that will be available this season at Jackson Food Stores.
This is the 10th year that Jacksons has offered the collector’s items, which celebrate players, coaches and mascots. Due to NCAA restrictions, players cannot be “bobbled” until after they’re no longer playing college ball.
The bobbleheads are $12 each — or $8 with purchase of two 20-ounce Coke products.
First up this year: Running back Jay Ajayi, who led the nation in scoring last year, averaging 13.7 points a game. Ajayi was picked up by the Miami Dolphins in the fifth round of the NFL draft.
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Ajayi’s bobblehead shows him doing his trademark “Jay Train” touchdown celebration, motioning like a train conductor pulling a whistle.
To celebrate the release, mascot Buster Bronco will be at the Jacksons at 3110 W. State St. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.
The other two bobbleheads for this year will both be released Friday, Oct. 2. They are quarterback Grant Hedrick and wide receiver Matt Miller.
Jacksons spokeswoman Katrina Lemmon said the two are being released on the same day because they were unable to get the bobbleheads in time for the Broncos’ season opener against Washington on Sept. 4.
Hedrick led the nation in completion percentage in 2014, completing 294 of 415 (70.8 percent). While at Boise State, he completed 475 of 677 (70.2 percent), the Broncos’ all-time record for career completion percentage.
Miller, who was sidelined by an ankle injury his senior year, had 244 receptions during his career at Boise State — the most in school history. His bobblehead shows him making a one-handed grab.
Miller received a free agent offer from the Denver Broncos at the end of the NFL Draft. He was cut a week later. On Sept. 3, Boise State Coach Bryan Harsin announced on Twitter that Miller had joined the Broncos’ coaching staff.
Lemmon didn’t know how many of each bobblehead would be produced this year, but Jacksons has traditionally made between 2,500 and 5,000 of each (and up to 7,000 of Buster Bronco). Fans have lined up early for some of the more popular bobbleheads, such as Kellen Moore, so Jacksons began handing out numbers to make sure those who wait don’t leave empty-handed. They won’t be doing that this year, Lemmon said.
Last year’s bobbleheads were: Coach Bryan Harsin, wide receiver Kirby Moore, defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe and center Matt Paradis. Jacksons is also making bobbleheads for University of Oregon fans (Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Jake Fisher) and Oregon State fans (Sean Mannion and Coach Gary Andersen). Those available only in those Oregon markets, Lemmon said.