The Boise State Broncos received some great news at the running back position Tuesday. Stanford graduate transfer Kelsey Young will finish his final year of eligibility in Boise. Young signed a financial aid agreement and since he earned his computer science degree at Stanford, he will be eligible to play for the Broncos immediately.
Young is a former four-star recruit out of high school and played in a backup role in his time at Stanford. This past year he rushed for 331 yards and had zero touchdowns. In his Cardinal career he ran for 601 yards and three touchdowns.
If nothing else, he provides depth to a backfield that lost Jay Ajayi, who gave up his final year of eligibility to go to the NFL. Boise State also lost redshirt junior Charles Bertoli, who retired from football, and incoming freshman Raymond Sheard, who is not coming to Boise State after being arrested for bringing an unloaded gun to his high school.
Young is the older brother of Boise State redshirt freshman running back Cory Young, and this addition will give the Broncos five scholarship running backs. The other three are sophomore Jeremy McNichols, senior Jack Fields and junior Devan Delmas.
This solidifies the Boise State backfield for 2015 with depth, and with the elder Young now on the roster there will be a fierce race in fall camp to try to replace Ajayi as the starter. However, there still does not seem to be a dominant back, at least not after spring practices.
With so many options that seem capable of being solid FBS backs, Boise State has the luxury to try out multiple running backs to see who emerges as the starter. There likely will not be a back like Ajayi on the roster, but the depth the position now has the ability to wear teams down late in the game.