Boise State RB Ashton Jeanty, 20, will attend Mountain West media days in Las Vegas despite not being able to get there

Boise State had to make different moves with quarterback Ashton Jeanty during Mountain West media days.

The Mountain West Conference is hosting media days this week at Circa Resort and Casino. Circa has a strict 21+ policy at all of its properties. Jeanty is 20. He can’t get in.

But that didn’t stop Boise State from figuring out a way to make Jeanty available for interviews. While kicker Jonah Dalmas and defensive end Ahmed Hassanein are available to the media at Circa, Jeanty will hold events at the Bellagio and Golden Gate Hotel, since neither venue has an age restriction.

Dalmas and Hassanein were previously announced as participants in Boise State’s media day, likely because the team had to adjust to Jeanty’s presence and because both are of legal drinking and gambling age. And you can see why Boise State would want its star running back available for preseason interviews. He’s really, really good.

Jeanty is one of the top running backs in the country heading into the 2024 season. After rushing for 821 yards on just 156 attempts as a freshman in 2022, Jeanty took over as the team’s No. 1 receiver in 2023 and had 220 attempts for 1,347 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also added 43 receptions for 569 yards and five touchdowns.

Jeanty and QB Malachi Nelson may be the best QB-RB combo in the Mountain West this season. Nelson, a former USC quarterback and five-star recruit, transferred to Boise State in the offseason. Like Jeanty, Nelson is also under 21. If he were to attend media days, he would not be allowed to enter the Circa either.