By Brian Murphy
Boise State running back Malcolm Johnson will miss the season after tearing his ACL during Sunday's practice, Chris Petersen announced Monday.
Johnson, who returned to the program this fall after leaving for a year, was extremely impressive during fall practice. He was considered the No. 3 running back after Doug Martin and D.J. Harper.
"Just playing hard. He came in in great shape," Petersen said of Johnson's impressive fall camp. "He was going to be a really good special teams player, too."
Petersen said the injury occurred during a drill against "air," meaning there was no contact or even defenders trying tackle him.
Without Johnson, true freshman Jay Ajayi could see an increased role. Another backup running back, Drew Wright, has battled an ankle problem in camp, Petersen said. Wright did not play in the Broncos' open scrimmage.
Boise State opens its season Saturday against Georgia at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
• Listen to Chris Petersen's press conference here. He talks about Johnson at the very end.
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