SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Boise State redshirt freshman defensive end Mat Boesen has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules, coach Bryan Harsin said Monday at Fiesta Bowl media day.
Boesen ranked fifth on the team with three sacks in eight games. He was suspended from the program beginning with the New Mexico game Nov. 8 for at least the remainder of the season.
Boesen pleaded guilty in November to a charge of inattentive or careless driving stemming from a July arrest, according to court records. A second charge, for resisting or obstructing officers, was dismissed at the same hearing.
Boesen was given a suspended 90-day jail sentence and one year of misdemeanor probation. He needed to pay a $457.50 fine and complete an Alive at 25 driving education program by April 1. He also received a withheld judgment.
Other personnel notes:
— Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Nick Terry will transfer out of the program. He hasn’t been with the team since September, Harsin said. His name was never removed from the roster.
— No players have faced disciplinary or academic issues during the Arizona trip, Harsin said.
— Safeties Dillon Lukehart (injury) and Jeremy Ioane (kidney disease) won’t play in the Fiesta Bowl. Tight end Connor Peters (knee) has practiced and will try to play.
“(Peters) looked good yesterday,” Harsin said. “He’s a senior. He’s going to be tough. He wants to finish, so I anticipate him playing.”
The Broncos only have three healthy, game-ready safeties — starters Darian Thompson and Corey Bell and true freshman Dylan Sumner-Gardner. The emergency safety is cornerback Donte Deayon (5-foot-9, 152 pounds).
“He would (be the smallest safety in the country),” Harsin said. “But he’d be the most competitive, that’s for sure.”
Deayon played a little safety last year and in high school. He studies the jobs of the entire secondary and figures he can step in if needed.
“Knowing our defense, I need to know what the safeties are going to do to play corner better,” he said.
— Defensive end Jabril Frazier, who was academically ineligible to be part of the program this fall, is in position to join the program in January, Harsin said.
“He’s done a very nice job,” Harsin said. “He’s been able to lift on his own. You guys don’t get to see him every day. He’s a fantastic person. I like him. Everybody he’s been around has said good things about him. He’s taken care of his academics. He looks fantastic. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. I know it’s killing him not to be a part of it. We expect him to be ready to rock ‘n’ roll.”
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