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Boise State's Jay Ajayi named to three more All-America teams; Harsin a finalist again

Boise State junior tailback Jay Ajayi was named a third-team All-American on Tuesday by The Associated Press and a second-team All-American by Fox Sports.

Ajayi also was named honorable mention All-American by

Ajayi ranks second in the nation with 2,225 yards from scrimmage and tied for first with 29 total touchdowns.

Also Tuesday, coach Bryan Harsin was named one of 12 finalists for the Dodd Trophy coach award. The others are Art Briles (Baylor), Jimbo Fisher (Florida State), Hugh Freeze (Ole Miss), Urban Meyer (Ohio State), Jim Mora (UCLA), Dan Mullen (Mississippi State), Gary Patterson (TCU), Gary Pinkel (Missouri), Mark Richt (Georgia), Nick Saban (Alabama) and Dabo Swinney (Clemson).

Later, Harsin was named one of five finalists for the Bear Bryant National Coach of the Year Award. The others are Saban, Freeze, Fisher and Patterson. Former Boise State coach Chris Petersen won the award in 2006 and 2009, the Broncos' first two Fiesta Bowl seasons.

Boise State national honors

RB Jay Ajayi: All-America second team (USA Today, Fox Sports), All-America third team (Associated Press, Athlon Sports), All-America honorable mention ( Finalist for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award.

S Darian Thompson: All-America second team (CBS Sports).

Coach Bryan Harsin: Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award finalist; Dodd Trophy finalist; Bear Bryant National Coach of the Year Award finalist.

From earlier today: Boise State’s Fiesta Bowl payout just got larger.


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