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Nickel Dionza Blue leaves Boise State football team

Redshirt freshman nickel Dionza Blue has left the Boise State football team, the school confirmed Saturday.

Blue is a redshirt freshman from North Hollywood, Calif. He was a scholarship recruit.

The only two nickels remaining on the roster are senior Corey Bell and true freshman Zavior Hoxie. However, several other defensive backs could slide into that spot.

My updated roster is below.

Boise State’s fiery new defensive line coach, Steve Caldwell, met with the media after Saturday’s practice, the second of fall camp.

I’ll have more on the defensive line Sunday, but here are some quick notes from Caldwell:

— On Boise State’s tradition at defensive line: “We talk about that every day. That’s the first thing I talked about once I got here this past spring. If we’re going to be good on defense, we’ve got to be good up front. We harped that, we harped that. Like you said, they’ve been good. Even when I think you had the great football teams here, it wasn’t all offense, the defense was playing well, too. We know for us to be a great defense it starts up front. We’re trying to get as many guys ready to play as we can, trying to create depth, and all of them have to have that same sense of urgency.”

— Sophomores Kamalei Correa and Gabe Perez are playing the stud end position. Senior Beau Martin is playing end. But since those are the top three outside players, Correa or Perez would move to end if Martin gets hurt. “I want to be able to swing them back and forth,” Caldwell said.

— On junior college transfers Antoine Turner and Rondell McNair: “I thought they were a lot better today than they were yesterday. I was ready to send them back to JC yesterday. But they did, they got a lot better today. It was a whole different atmosphere than they were used to, obviously, since they weren’t here in the spring. But they’ll be able to help us a lot this year. I think McNair, he’s a very athletic man, very flexible, can run, can do a lot of things. He’s one of those guys that can help us inside and outside at some point. And Turner, he’s done a real good job. He’s lost a little bit of weight. He’s learning what’s going on, he knows now what I expect of him. I thought today he was probably five times better than he was yesterday. That’s exciting to me. I’m looking forward to watching the practice film.”

— On tackle Elliot Hoyte, who came over from England and has worked his way into the two-deep. “I think he had a great summer in the weight room to start with. The thing Elliot has to do and I’ve got to help him with it is he’s got to get more confidence. We’re talking about being strong and physical at the point of attack. Well he’s done everything in the summer to get there. Now I’ve got to see if he’s going to be that physical, dominant guy that we want him to be inside. He’s built like what a three-technique (tackle) should look like. Now we’ve got to get him in there playing like that. And I think he’s come a long ways. I’ve been proud of him these two practices. Now tomorrow we put the pads on, we’ll find out what it’s really about tomorrow.”

— On his goal for the line: “I want to dominate the line of scrimmage. I want them to have to block us twice. I don’t want them to think that anybody can line up and block us one on one. I want the attitude that we’re going in there to win every one-on-one battle that there is.”

— Senior Tyler Horn will stay at tackle. He has played end and tackle in the past. Sophomore end Sam McCaskill also has moved to tackle but still can play end.

— Top players at each position (in no particular order): Stud end, Correa, Perez and Mat Boesen; end, Martin, McNair and McCaskill; tackle, Horn, Hoyte, McCaskill; nose, Nance, Turner, Justin Taimatuia, Robert Ash.

— Taimatuia is dealing with a foot injury that has limited him early in camp, Caldwell said.

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

QUARTERBACK

9 Grant Hedrick, 6-0, 198, R-Sr.

3 Tommy Stuart, 5-11, 193, So.

15 Ryan Finley, 6-4, 190, R-Fr.

18 Alex Ogle, 6-3, 203, Fr.

TAILBACK

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

21 Jack Fields, 5-9, 203, Jr.

26 Devan Demas, 5-8, 174, R-So.

35 Charles Bertoli, 5-11, 200, R-So.

37 Ryan Wolpin, 5-8, 194, R-Fr.

31 Skyler Seibold, 6-1, 185, Fr.

13 Jeremy McNichols, 5-9, 195, Fr.

10 Cory Young, 5-10, 185, Fr.

WIDE RECEIVER

2 Matt Miller, 6-3, 213, R-Sr.

81 Dallas Burroughs, 5-9, 169, Sr.

20 Terrell Johnson, 5-9, 174, R-Jr.

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

11 Shane Williams-Rhodes, 5-6, 158, Jr.

29 Rick Smith, 5-9, 174, Jr. (ineligible this year)

19 Taylor Pope, 6-0, 178, R-So.

6 Chaz Anderson, 5-10, 182, R-So.

82 Thomas Sperbeck, 6-0, 173, So.

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

83 Tanner Shipley, 6-1, 181, R-Fr.

39 David McKinzie, 6-0, 166, R-Fr.

24 Dusty Fisher, 6-2, 179, R-Fr.

28 A.J. Richardson, 6-0, 199, Fr.

8 Sean Modster, 5-11, 189, Fr.

48 Josh Rhinehart, 6-2, 198, Fr.

TIGHT END

89 Connor Peters, 6-4, 251, Sr.

84 Jake Hardee, 6-3, 238, R-Jr.

85 Holden Huff, 6-6, 222, R-Jr.

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

87 Alec Dhaenens, 6-3, 239, R-Fr.

88 Jake Roh, 6-3, 228, R-Fr.

86 Chase Blakley, 6-4, 234, Fr.

91 David Lucero, 6-5, 213, Fr.

OFFENSIVE LINE

72 Marcus Henry, 6-3, 286, R-Jr.

71 Rees Odhiambo, 6-4, 310, R-Jr.

76 Jerhen Ertel, 6-6, 271, R-Jr.

73 Travis Averill, 6-3, 298, R-So.

70 Steven Baggett, 6-3, 289, R-So.

66 Mario Yakoo, 6-4, 339, R-So.

60 Kellen Buhr, 6-1, 290, R-So.

74 Archie Lewis, 6-3, 283, R-Fr.

75 Eli McCullough, 6-5, 288, R-Fr.

52 Andrew Tercek, 6-1, 280, R-Fr.

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

56 Troy Bacon, 6-3, 291, Fr.

78 Andres Preciado, 6-6, 258, Fr.

57 Tennessee Su’esu’e, 6-1, 289, Fr.

77 Mike Miller, 6-4, 273, Fr.

68 Jake Templeton, 6-2, 275, Fr.

DEFENSIVE END

53 Beau Martin, 6-2, 258, R-Sr.

32 Rondell McNair, 6-2, 242, R-Jr.

97 Austin Silsby, 6-3, 221, R-Fr.

14 Kaleb Hill, 6-1, 229, Fr.

STUD END

33 Gabe Perez, 6-4, 231, So.

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

54 Mat Boesen, 6-4, 219, R-Fr.

Signees:

Jabril Frazier, 6-4, 225, Fr. (not here yet)

On mission:

Durrant Miles, 6-4, 220, Fr.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

69 Tyler Horn, 6-5, 273, Sr.

90 Justin Taimatuia, 6-0, 287, Sr.

58 Robert Ash, 6-3, 286, R-Jr.

98 Antoine Turner, 6-1, 290, R-Jr.

55 Tutulupeatau Mataele, 6-3, 294, R-Jr. (ineligible this year)

40 Armand Nance, 6-0, 301, Jr.

96 Elliot Hoyte, 6-4, 271, R-So.

94 Sam McCaskill, 6-3, 250, R-So.

50 Nick Terry, 6-3, 282, R-Fr.

99 Dereck Boles, 6-2, 294, Fr.

48 David Moa, 6-3, 249, Fr.

92 Paul Semons, 6-3, 249, Fr.

LINEBACKER

45 Travis Saxton, 6-1, 228, R-Sr.

13 Blake Renaud, 6-2, 255, Sr.

36 Tyler Gray, 6-4, 229, Jr.

51 Ben Weaver, 6-0, 235, R-So.

25 Chris Santini, 6-0, 221, R-So.

44 Darren Lee, 6-1, 224, So.

20 Tanner Vallejo, 6-1, 228, So.

7 Joey Martarano, 6-3, 234, R-Fr.

43 Joe Provenzano, 5-11, 205, Fr.

95 Leighton Vander Esch, 6-4, 215, Fr.

CORNERBACK

1 Bryan Douglas, 5-9, 175, R-Sr.

3 Cleshawn Page, 5-9, 178, Sr.

9 Mercy Maston, 5-11, 197, Sr.

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

30 Jonathan Moxey, 5-10, 187, So.

37 Cameron Hartsfield, 5-10, 186, R-Fr.

23 Kevin Person, 6-0, 173, Fr.

47 Eric Yates, 5-9, 161, Fr.

NICKEL

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

31 Zavior Hoxie, 5-11, 184, Fr.

SAFETY

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

24 Taylor Loffler, 6-3, 219, R-Jr.

4 Darian Thompson, 6-2, 208, R-Jr.

28 Dillon Lukehart, 6-1, 208, R-Jr.

22 Chanceller James, 6-2, 208, R-So.

17 Brandon Brown, 5-11, 194, R-Fr.

29 Dylan Sumner-Gardner, 6-1, 196, Fr.

On mission:

Kekoa Nawahine, 6-3, 190, Fr.

KICKER

41 Dan Goodale, 5-10, 185, R-Sr.

49 Tyler Rausa, 5-9, 192, R-So.

16 Blake Gonzalez, 5-9, 168, Fr.

PUNTER

19 Sean Wale, 6-2, 186, R-So.

LONG SNAPPER

46 Kevin Keane, 6-0, 207, Jr.

42 Matt Cota, 6-1, 189, R-Fr.

OTHER COVERAGE

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Highlights and interviews from Friday

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