Boise State junior safety Taylor Loffler has retired from college football for medical reasons, the school announced Saturday morning.
Loffler did not play during his first two years at Boise State because of knee injuries. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee as a high school senior and again at Boise State.
He returned last year and excelled on special teams. He made 12 tackles, recovered two fumbles, grabbed an interception and won the Hammer twice.
He missed much of fall camp but coach Bryan Harsin never said what his injury was.
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“We appreciate Taylor for the effort he put into this program and what he has given to this team,” Harsin said in a press release. “Unfortunately, his injuries are not going to allow him to finish his playing career, but he is going to continue to be a big part of Bronco football as he finishes school. He is excited about where Boise State is headed, and we are going to continue to be here for him as he works toward earning his degree.”
Senior defensive tackle Justin Taimatuia will redshirt with an injury, the school also announced.
Taimatuia is one of six returning defensive linemen with significant game experience. He missed most of fall camp and had his lower leg in a protective boot. He made 29 tackles last year and projected as the backup nose tackle this year. Returning starter Armand Nance, a junior, and junior college transfer Antoine Turner were listed as co-starters on the depth chart released Friday.
The Broncos should be loaded at defensive tackle next season. Five of the six tackles on the depth chart return — only Tyler Horn doesn’t — and they’ll have Taimatuia and Tutulupeatau Mataele (ineligible this year) as seniors coming off redshirt years.
Taimatuia’s injury also means Boise State will lose only 14 seniors off this year’s team. They already have filled eight of those spots with recruiting commitments.
Boise State also announced that true freshman linebacker Joe Provenzano, a linebacker, will redshirt for medical reasons. He likely would have redshirted anyway.
Here is a note I wrote on Loffler last season.
Loffler was part of the 2011 recruiting class. He is the ninth member of that class whose Boise State career has ended early. The others:
— Left program: DB Eric Agbaroji, QB Jimmy Laughrea, OL Adam Sheffield.
— Dismissed from the program or school: DB Lee Hightower, TE Hayden Plinke, DE Sam Ukwuachu, K Jake Van Ginkel, DL Jeff Worthy.
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