When Jarek Broussard committed to the Colorado Buffaloes, it was expected that he would likely play wide-receiver or be used as an all-purpose back. However, due to a knee injury, he missed last season. Healthy this year, the 5’9” 185lbs former Friar earned the lead running back spot and has carried Colorado to a 4-0 start to the season.
Broussard came into Colorado’s fourth game of the season having rushed for over 100 yards in each of the first three games. He started the year running for 187 yards and three touchdowns against UCLA. He followed it up with 121 against Stanford and 124 against San Diego State. Averaging 144 yards rushing per game through three games is outstanding, but Broussard put up a career great performance against Arizona.
Broussard rushed 25 times for 301 yards, an amazing 12 yards per rush. He led Colorado to a 24-13 win over Arizona. This increases his average to 183.25 yards per game. This puts him second in the nation in rushing yards per game behind Jarek Patterson of Buffalo. Patterson had back-to-back 300-yard rushing games for Buffalo this year. Playing in the Pac 12 this year, Colorado will only play 5 games, with their last being against Utah next week. They had one game, against Arizona State, canceled. They do stand a good chance to play in the Pac-12 Championship game. It is unfortunate that Colorado could not play more games this season because Broussard would be on pace to break several Colorado records and might have found himself in Heisman consideration if he continued his near 200 yards per game average.
Colorado plays Utah on December 11th. Broussard is 267 yards shy of a 1,000 yard rushing season, a number that would seem impossible to reach in just 5 games, but Broussard will have a shot, especially if Colorado can pick up 6th game by playing in a possible Pac 12 Championship game.