Bronco Beat

Boise State running back Ryan Wolpin is one of college football’s ‘freaks’

Running back is a fairly big question mark for the Boise State football team after Jeremy McNichols decided to give up his senior season to pursue an NFL career. But the Broncos definitely have some interesting options.

Sophomore Alexander Mattison (5-foot-11, 216 pounds) is the likely starter, but senior Ryan Wolpin had an excellent spring. He also got a little publicity from Sports Illustrated on Wednesday.

Recently-hired Bruce Feldman compiled his annual list of the top 40 workout warriors, and at No. 40 is Wolpin, a former walk-on. Feldman wrote: “(Wolpin) has been, pound-for-pound, the strongest player on the Broncos’ team the past two years. He’s only 5-7.5 but is a rock-solid 195 pounds. Wolpin, who is battling for the starting running back job, benches 383 pounds, squats 555 and power cleans 361.”

Wolpin rushed for 39 yards last season and 155 in 2015. Only he and Mattison (328 yards last season) have carried the ball in a game for the Broncos.

“Ryan Wolpin’s been a stud. Ryan Wolpin's a good football player,” coach Bryan Harsin said in late March. “He’s a guy that, every day, he’s consistent, he brings it ... .”

Former receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes made Feldman’s list in 2015.