Sophomore safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner, a high-profile recruit from Texas who has developed a track record of off-the-field issues and injuries, is no longer a part of the Boise State football team.
“Due to a violation of team rules and a continuation of academic issues from earlier this season, at this point in time Dylan Sumner-Gardner is not a member of the Boise State football team,’’ Boise State released in a statement Friday.
The team is in Phoenix preparing to play Baylor in the Cactus Bowl on Tuesday (8:15 p.m., ESPN). Senior Chancellor James and junior Cameron Hartsfield are likely starters against the Bears.
On Thursday, his mother, Sedelia Gardner, tweeted that Sumner-Gardner was having shoulder surgery. She tweeted later in the day that he was recovering from home.
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Sumner-Gardner had a season-ending ankle injury in the Broncos’ fourth game last season at Virginia, but did not make the team’s trip to the Poinsettia Bowl after he was cited during a November traffic stop for drug paraphernalia use or possession with intent to use.
He was suspended the first four games of this season because of academic issues, and missed the Broncos’ fifth and 12th games this season for undisclosed reasons. In six games (three starts) this season, he made 29 tackles and had his first career interception.
Sumner-Gardner originally committed to Texas A&M, but signed with Boise State and appeared in 13 games as a freshman in 2014.