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Boise State RB Jeremy McNichols makes program history

Boise State sophomore tailback Jeremy McNichols has found a unique place in program history even though he still hasn’t touched the ball 100 times in his college career.

McNichols has scored all five of the Broncos’ touchdowns this season — two against Washington and three against BYU, four rushing and one receiving.

“He has? Good for him,” offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz said. “He’s very important, obviously. Playmaker. ... We’re growing a lot of confidence in Jeremy.”

The last time that happened at Boise State?


School records date to the beginning of the 1969 season, the Broncos’ second at the four-year college level. Never has a player scored each of the team’s first five TDs.

Maybe it shouldn’t come as a surprise, though.

Tailback Jay Ajayi scored four of the Broncos’ first five touchdowns last year. Tailback D.J. Harper did the same in 2012. So this is the third time in four years that the team’s lead running back has horded the early-season touchdowns.

McNichols has rushed for 135 yards (3.5 per carry) and added 73 receiving yards on eight catches this season. His 208 yards from scrimmage account for just 30 percent of the yards, so the ball is getting spread around.

But nobody else is finding the end zone.

McNichols showed he has a nose for the end zone last week at BYU.

On a 3-yard touchdown run, he was stopped initially at the line of scrimmage before fighting his way out to the left and across the goal line.

On his 29-yard touchdown catch on a screen pass, he appeared headed out of bounds about the 10-yard line when he cut back to the inside and left two defenders behind.

“He’s done a great job,” coach Bryan Harsin said. “His best games are yet to come. He’s feeling it, just getting back there and carrying the ball. ... That second effort has become more explosive. He’s got a very good second effort. That’s where that power comes in, which we need to have success in the run game.”

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If you missed it yesterday, here’s a recap of the Broncos’ weekly press conference. Some good stuff in there on QB Ryan Finley, trash talk and learning from last week’s mistakes.