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Boise State football’s second-leading tackler dismissed from team after bowl incident

Boise State middle linebacker Tyson Maeva (58) and STUD Jabril Frazier (8) sack Fresno State quarterback Marcus McMaryion in the fourth quarter Nov. 9 at Albertsons Stadium in Boise.
Boise State middle linebacker Tyson Maeva (58) and STUD Jabril Frazier (8) sack Fresno State quarterback Marcus McMaryion in the fourth quarter Nov. 9 at Albertsons Stadium in Boise. doswald@idahostatesman.com

Boise State middle linebacker Tyson Maeva tweeted Thursday night that he is no longer on the team a little more than a week after being sent home from the First Responder Bowl.

“Unfortunately, my time at Boise State has been cut short by a decision I made and regret,” Maeva wrote.

Maeva, nor anyone from the school, has said exactly what the “decision” was. Last season as a junior, he played in 12 of 13 games, only missing the Sept. 8 game against UConn. Coach Bryan Harsin cryptically said Maeva “wasn’t needed,” though all usual, healthy starters did play in the game. In an interview a few weeks later, Maeva declined to explain why he didn’t play.

A San Diego native, Maeva finished second on the team with 61 tackles in 2018. He also had eight tackles for loss, four sacks and a fumble recovery. He started 25 of the 26 games he played over the last two seasons.

Benton Wickersham got the start in the bowl game, which was canceled after 9:52 of play. He will be a junior next season. Sophomore Zeke Noa, who came on big late in the season at weakside linebacker, could also be an option in the middle.

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