Former Broncos Ukwuachu and Hightower find new football homes

The former Broncos will each likely need to sit out a season.

ccripe@idahostatesman.com © 2013 Idaho StatesmanMay 23, 2013 

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Freshman All-American defensive end Sam Ukwuachu has found a new home at Baylor.

Ukwuachu, who was dismissed from the Boise State football team earlier this month, confirmed his transfer in an interview with the Waco (Texas) Tribune-Herald.

Ukwuachu started 12 games last season at Boise State and was expected to be one of the team's defensive stars in 2013 before his unspecified violation of team rules.

"It was a personal issue that I don't want to go in depth with," Ukwuachu told the Waco newspaper. "But it wasn't a big issue. A minor problem occurred and the coaches decided I needed to get a fresh start with somebody else."

Baylor recruited Ukwuachu out of Pearland (Texas) High, but he opted to leave his home state. He redshirted at Boise State in 2011 and recorded 4.5 sacks in 2012.

"I didn't want to be in Texas out of high school," Ukwuachu told the Tribune-Herald. "But I began looking at my options and I wanted to be closer to home."

Meanwhile, former starting safety Lee Hightower has posted online that he has committed to Houston. Hightower started the first seven games for Boise State last season before he was suspended from the team for the rest of the season. He then was suspended from school for violating unspecified university rules.

Both players likely will need to sit out a year under NCAA transfer rules and would be redshirt juniors in 2014.

Chadd Cripe: 377-6398Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat

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