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They can never have too many: Cowboys sign yet another former Boise State standout

Cincinnati Bengals free safety George Iloka intercepts a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Tavarres King during the fourth quarter Nov. 14, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J.
Cincinnati Bengals free safety George Iloka intercepts a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Tavarres King during the fourth quarter Nov. 14, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J.

We are starting to get to the point where the Dallas Cowboys need to turn their turf blue for at least one game.

Already with a multitude of Boise State football ties, the Cowboys added another Saturday when they signed free agent safety George Iloka to a one-year deal. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Iloka could replace Jeff Heath as the starting strong safety.

Dallas already has Leighton Vander Esch, DeMarcus Lawrence, Tyrone Crawford, Darian Thompson and Cedrick Wilson on its roster and Kellen Moore was named offensive coordinator this offseason.

Iloka, a fifth-round pick of the Bengals in 2012, spent his first six seasons in Cincinnati before spending last season with the Vikings. He has played in 99 career games, making 79 starts. He has 359 career tackles and nine interceptions.

One of the Cowboys’ major offseason needs was at safety, and the team reportedly looked at Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry before deciding on Iloka. ESPN’s Todd Archer reported that Iloka’s durability was key, as Berry, a five-time Pro Bowler, has played in just three games the last two seasons.

HUTCHISON DONE FOR YEAR: Former Boise State basketball standout Chandler Hutchison, a first-round pick of the Chicago Bulls last June, will not play the rest of the season, the team announced. Hutchison has not played since Jan. 25 with a toe injury. In his rookie season, Hutchison played in 44 games, averaging 5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.

Dave Southorn is a 2004 graduate from the University of Colorado. He has covered Boise State athletics since 2005, and worked at the Idaho Statesman since 2013. He’s won multiple Idaho Press Club awards and once won a contest designing a play for the Seattle Seahawks.If you like seeing stories like this, please consider supporting our work with a digital subscription to the Idaho Statesman.
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