High praise for British runner

Jay Ajayi

Renowned NFL Films producer Greg Cosell has singled out British running back Jay Ajayi for high praise ahead of the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft.

Cosell, who has a reputation for watching hours of game film every week, was appearing as a guest on the Ross Tucker Football Podcast and named the native of London, England, as one of the top running backs coming out of college football this spring.

“I like Ajayi a lot, an awful lot,” Cosell stressed.

“I didn’t know very much about him before I watched his film. He’s got loose hips and quick feet and he is an easy accelerator. He has the feet and agility of a smaller back and I like him an awful lot.

“His build, although he is not the exact same runner, is very similar to Marshawn Lynch.”

The 6-foot, 216-pound Ajayi played three seasons at Boise State and earned first team All-Mountain West Conference honours in 2013 and 2014. The powerful back rushed for 3,796 yards and 50 touchdowns during his college career.

Ajayi’s best season came in 2014 when he became the first player in FBS (Football Bowl Sub-Division) history to rush for more than 1,800 yards and catch passes for more than 500 yards in the same season. Ajayi carried 347 times for 1,823 yards and 28 touchdowns and added 50 catches for 535 yards and another 4 scores.

Born to Nigerian parents, Ajayi was born in England – as his mother had been – and called London home for the first seven years of his life. When his father was offered a job in the United States he moved to Maryland but still has family in England, as well as Canada and Nigeria.

The NFL Draft takes place in Chicago from April 30-May 2 and Ajayi is tabbed to hear his name called within the first two rounds.

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