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RB Derrick Thomas no longer on Boise State football team

Senior running back Derrick Thomas is looking to bounce back from a rough junior year, which included two suspensions.
Senior running back Derrick Thomas is looking to bounce back from a rough junior year, which included two suspensions. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

UPDATE: Derrick Thomas was dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules, coach Bryan Harsin said. Promise Amadi left the team for personal reasons.

Tailback Derrick Thomas is no longer on the Boise State football team, the school confirmed Monday. He has been removed from the team roster. No reason was provided.

Thomas, a junior college transfer from Butler Community College in Kansas, was expected to compete for the backup job in fall camp. He was a redshirt senior.

Thomas had a disappointing first season with Boise State in 2013. He carried 32 times for 95 yards and no touchdowns. He was suspended for the season opener and the bowl game last year.

But Thomas showed signs of a turnaround in spring ball. He was one of the top performers during the first half of spring.

"His whole approach has been good," coach Bryan Harsin said in the spring. "What he's done in the film room, what he's done in the weight room, in the classroom, just everything. As a senior, things start to click."

Thomas (6-foot, 225 pounds) said then that many of his struggles last year were “self-inflicted.”

"I was (frustrated), but that was last year,” Thomas said in the spring. “I'm trying to lose memory of that. It was pretty hard, but it's the past, so I just leave it in the past."

Thomas’ departure likely opens the door for true freshman Jeremy McNichols or Cory Young to crack the rotation. The returning players are starter Jay Ajayi and little-used backups Jack Fields, Devan Demas and Charles Bertoli. Fields and Demas earned coaches’ acclaim in the spring.

Walk-on cornerback Promise Amadi also is no longer on the Boise State team. The Hawaii transfer sat out last season and was a redshirt junior this year. No reason was provided for his departure, either.

My updated position-by-position roster is at the bottom of this post.

I’m on my way to Las Vegas for the Mountain West football media days, which are Tuesday and Wednesday. I’ll have news, quotes and videos throughout both days in the blog. A schedule of key events is below.

Also, on Tuesday I will again have a live chat with Boise State’s player representatives — safety Corey Bell and wide receiver Matt Miller. I’ll let everyone know when I get the time confirmed with Boise State.

The schedule (all times Mountain):

Tuesday (Mountain Division day)

8:30 a.m.: Preseason poll and all-conference team announced.

11:45 a.m.: Boise State coach Bryan Harsin meets with the print media.

3:30 p.m.: Boise State players meet with the print media.

5:15 p.m.: Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson meets with the media.

Wednesday (West Division day)

9 a.m.: The media get a rules session on changes/interpretations to know.

11:45 a.m.: Defending champion Fresno State’s coach, Tim DeRuyter, meets the print media.

5:15 p.m.: College Football Playoff COO Michael Kelly meets with the media.

All 12 coaches and players from each school will participate over the two days, too.

Also, ESPN3 will do a media day show that airs at noon Wednesday.

The Mountain West Network will broadcast a live student-athlete show from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. That is available through the Mountain West website and each school’s website.

Here’s my updated position-by-position roster:

QUARTERBACK

9 Grant Hedrick, 6-0, 195, R-Sr.

8 Tommy Stuart, 5-11, 190, So.

15 Ryan Finley, 6-4, 192, R-Fr.

Signee:

Alex Ogle, 6-3, 205, Fr.

TAILBACK

27 Jay Ajayi, 6-0, 216, R-Jr.

21 Jack Fields, 5-9, 197, Jr.

26 Devan Demas, 5-8, 172, R-So.

35 Charles Bertoli, 5-11, 190, R-So.

37 Ryan Wolpin, 5-8, 191, R-Fr.

39 Skyler Seibold, 6-1, 188, Fr.

Signees:

Jeremy McNichols, 5-10, 190, Fr.

Cory Young, 5-10, 180, Fr.

WIDE RECEIVER

2 Matt Miller, 6-3, 220, R-Sr.

81 Dallas Burroughs, 5-8, 171, Sr.

20 Terrell Johnson, 5-9, 172, R-Jr.

14 Troy Ware, 6-2, 183, R-Jr.

11 Shane Williams-Rhodes, 5-6, 160, Jr.

19 Taylor Pope, 6-0, 180, R-So.

82 Thomas Sperbeck, 6-0, 174, So.

80 D.J. Dean, 6-1, 195, R-Fr.

83 Tanner Shipley, 6-1, 183, R-Fr.

39 David McKinzie, 6-0, 169, R-Fr.

87 Dusty Fisher, 6-2, 181, R-Fr.

86 A.J. Richardson, 6-0, 196, Fr.

Signee:

Sean Modster, 6-0, 185, Fr.

Transfer commit:

Richard Smith, 5-9, 165, Jr. (Arizona State)

TIGHT END

89 Connor Peters, 6-4, 242, Sr.

84 Jake Hardee, 6-3, 237, R-Jr.

85 Holden Huff, 6-6, 223, R-Jr.

93 Brennyn Dunn, 6-3, 215, R-So.

98 Alec Dhaenens, 6-3, 243, R-Fr.

88 Jake Roh, 6-3, 226, R-Fr.

Signees:

Chase Blakley, 6-4, 235, Fr.

David Lucero, 6-5, 220, Fr.

OFFENSIVE LINE

72 Marcus Henry, 6-3, 285, R-Jr.

71 Rees Odhiambo, 6-4, 300, R-Jr.

76 Jerhen Ertel, 6-6, 274, R-Jr.

73 Travis Averill, 6-3, 304, R-So.

70 Steven Baggett, 6-3, 288, R-So.

66 Mario Yakoo, 6-4, 330, R-So.

60 Kellen Buhr, 6-1, 286, R-So.

74 Archie Lewis, 6-3, 277, R-Fr.

75 Eli McCullough, 6-5, 297, R-Fr.

52 Andrew Tercek, 6-1, 276, R-Fr.

59 Mason Hampton, 6-3, 274, R-Fr.

Signees:

Troy Bacon, 6-3, 280, Fr.

Andres Preciado, 6-6, 255, Fr.

Tennessee Su’esu’e, 6-2, 295, Fr.

DEFENSIVE END

53 Beau Martin, 6-2, 254, R-Sr.

94 Sam McCaskill, 6-3, 249, R-So.

92 Kamalei Correa, 6-3, 247, So.

Signee:

Rondell McNair, 6-4, 250, R-Jr.

STUD END

33 Gabe Perez, 6-4, 235, So.

54 Mat Boesen, 6-4, 229, R-Fr.

97 Austin Silsby, 6-3, 227, R-Fr.

Signees:

Jabril Frazier, 6-4, 225, Fr.

Kaleb Hill, 6-1, 215, Fr.

On mission:

Durrant Miles, 6-4, 220, Fr.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

69 Tyler Horn, 6-5, 276, Sr.

90 Justin Taimatuia, 6-0, 294, Sr.

58 Robert Ash, 6-3, 282, R-Jr.

40 Armand Nance, 6-0, 311, Jr.

96 Elliot Hoyte, 6-4, 276, R-So.

50 Nick Terry, 6-3, 276, R-Fr.

55 Tutulupeatau Mataele, 6-3, 290, R-Jr. (ineligible this year)

Signees:

Antoine Turner, 6-3, 280, R-Jr.

Dereck Boles, 6-2, 275, Fr.

David Moa, 6-3, 235, Fr.

LINEBACKER

45 Travis Saxton, 6-1, 233, R-Sr.

13 Blake Renaud, 6-2, 247, Sr.

36 Tyler Gray, 6-4, 224, Jr.

51 Ben Weaver, 6-0, 240, R-So.

25 Chris Santini, 6-0, 215, R-So.

44 Darren Lee, 6-1, 226, So.

20 Tanner Vallejo, 6-1, 227, So.

7 Joe Martarano, 6-3, 241, R-Fr.

CORNERBACK

1 Bryan Douglas, 5-9, 176, R-Sr.

3 Cleshawn Page, 5-9, 174, Sr.

19 Mercy Maston, 5-11, 195, Sr.

5 Donte Deayon, 5-9, 152, Jr.

6 Chaz Anderson, 5-10, 176, R-So.

30 Jonathan Moxey, 5-9, 179, So.

16 Dionza Blue, 5-11, 191, R-Fr.

21 Cameron Hartsfield, 5-10, 181, R-Fr.

Signee:

Zavior Hoxie, 5-11, 190, Fr.

SAFETY

10 Jeremy Ioane, 5-10, 192, R-Sr.

38 Corey Bell, 5-11, 208, Sr.

24 Taylor Loffler, 6-3, 211, R-Jr.

4 Darian Thompson, 6-2, 205, R-Jr.

28 Dillon Lukehart, 6-1, 207, R-Jr.

22 Chanceller James, 6-2, 211, R-So.

47 Brandon Brown, 5-11, 200, R-Fr.

29 Dylan Sumner-Gardner, 6-1, 201, Fr.

Signee:

Kekoa Nawahine, 6-3, 190, Fr. (expected to go on a mission)

KICKER

41 Dan Goodale, 5-10, 195, R-Sr.

28 Tyler Rausa, 5-9, 193, R-So.

PUNTER

26 Sean Wale, 6-2, 188, R-So.

LONG SNAPPER

46 Kevin Keane, 6-0, 215, Jr.

42 Matt Cota, 6-1, 199, R-Fr.

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