#39 Jay Hanley
Previous College: None
Status: Preferred Walk-On
James John "Jay" Hanley (b. Sept. 18, 1989) is the primary backup to Braden Wilson at the fullback position.
Although playing fullback might be a dying art across the college football landscape, it remains a vital component of Bill Snyder's offense — especially that thrice-damned short-side option.
If something untoward happened to Wilson this year — God forbid — it's nice to know there's a big boy behind him on the depth chart ready to carry the load. Or, more accurately, lay a dude out to block for the guy carrying the load.
Hanley also saw quite a bit of time in 2010 and 2011 as an up-back on special teams, including two short kickoff returns against North Texas in 2010. It seems likely that he will continue in that role in 2012.