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Jay Ajayi

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No. 33 Miami Dolphins
Position: Running Back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1993-06-15) June 15, 1993 (age 23)
Place of birth: London, England
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Career information
High school: Frisco (TX) Liberty
College: Boise State
NFL draft: 2015 / Round: 5 / Pick: 149
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
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Jay Ajayi (born June 15, 1993) is a American football running back. He played college football at Boise State, and was drafted to the National Football League's Miami Dolphins in the 2015 NFL draft.

Early years

Ajayi was born in London, England to Nigerian parents and moved to Maryland in the United States when he was in fourth grade in 2000.[1][2] He eventually moved to Texas, where he attended Frisco Liberty High School in Frisco. As a senior, he rushed for 2,240 yards and had 35 touchdowns.[3] He also earned one varsity letter in track & field as a member of the 4x400-meter (3:21.75), 4x200m (1:29.44) and 4x100m (42.86) district championship teams.[4]

Considered a three-star recruit by, he was ranked as the 41st best running back prospect of his class.[5]

College career

Ajayi was redshirted as a true freshman at Boise State University in 2011. In October 2011, he was arrested for stealing sweatpants from Walmart and was later sentenced to five days in jail.[6] As a redshirt freshman in 2012, he played in 11 games, rushing for 548 yards on 82 carries with four touchdowns. As a sophomore in 2013, Ajayi started 12 of 13 games, rushing for 1,425 yards on 249 carries and 18 touchdowns.[7] As a junior in 2014, he finished ranked fourth in the nation with 1,823 rushing yards and second nationally only to Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon with 28 rushing touchdowns. He was named a first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection for the second consecutive season and earned third-team All-American honours by the Associated Press.[8] He ended his season with a 134-yard, three touchdown performance in the Broncos' 38-30 defeat of the Arizona Wildcats in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl.[9]

On December 21, 2014, Ajayi announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2015 NFL Draft.[10] He finished his college career with 3,796 rushing yards and 50 rushing touchdowns.

Career Statistics
Rushing Receiving
Year Team Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds TD
2012 Boise State 82 548 6.7 71 4 1 14 0
2013 Boise State 249 1,425 5.7 71 18 22 222 1
2014 Boise State 347 1,823 5.3 74 28 50 535 4
Career 678 3,796 5.6 74 50 73 771 5

Professional career

<td colspan="20" align="center">All values from NFL Combine and Pro Day[11]</td>
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 0 in 221 lb 4.57 s 1.59 s 2.66 s 4.10 s 7.10 s 39 in 10 ft 1 in 19 reps

Ajayi was drafted on the 13th pick of the 5th round #149 overall by the Miami Dolphins.[12]

Style of play

Ajayi drinks pickle juice before and during games to prevent cramps due to its high sodium content.[13]


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