Boise State’s thinnest spot was further depleted Saturday, when it was confirmed sophomore defensive tackle Dereck Boles has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules.
Boles played in all 13 games last season as a redshirt freshman, making 11 tackles, including a sack and four tackles for loss. His departure leaves Boise State with just two scholarship defensive tackles who have seen the field in senior Elliot Hoyte and redshirt sophomore David Moa. When asked about the interior on signing day Feb. 3, defensive line coach Steve Caldwell mentioned Boles first.
“He’s got to play great for us,” Caldwell said. “He had a lot of reps this last fall. ... He’s got to be better than he was. He’s got to be a leader. He’s got to be more consistent. Hopefully he can do that. I think he can handle it.”
Defensive end Sam McCaskill has played on the inside in his career and could move as needed. The Broncos signed junior Daniel Auelua and freshman Emmanel Fesili in February. Both are expected to join the team this summer.
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96 Elliot Hoyte, 6-4, 280, R-Sr.
48 David Moa, 6-3, 269, R-So.
92 Paul Semons, 6-3, 266, R-So.
54 Matt Locher, 6-2, 252, R-Fr.
50 Sawyer Shields, 6-1, 241, R-Fr.
Daniel Auelua, 6-2, 290, Jr.
Emmanuel Fesili, 6-2, 280, Fr.