Two more players from the 2011 recruiting class are no longer with the Boise State football program.
Tuesday afternoon Boise State Head Football Coach Chris Petersen announced redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Ukwuachu and redshirt sophomore quarterback Jimmy Laughrea were no longer with the team. Ukwuachu was dismissed for violation of team rules and Laughrea left the team.
Petersen was not available for comment on the subject matter.
Ukwuachu, a freshman All-American, started 12 games for the Broncos last season, in which he record 35 tackles, seven tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks. Ukwuachu was not on the sideline during the 2013 Spring Game but did participate in last Friday’s annual Junior Pro Day.
Laughrea never saw playing time during the 2012 season, as he was 3rd on the depth chart behind starter Joe Southwick and backup, redshirt junior Grant Hedrick. The quarterback depth position also has touted redshirt freshman Nick Patti and class of 2013 recruit Ryan Finley of Phoenix, Ariz. The Broncos have recently received a verbal commitment from quarterback Jalen Greene of a Gardena, Calif., a member of the 2014 recruitment class.
The two players come from the infamous 2011 recruiting class, in which eight players of the class are no longer on the team. Laughrea, cornerback Eric Agbaroji and offensive lineman Adam Sheffield have left the team. Ukwuachu, defensive back Lee Hightower, tight end Hayden Plinke, kicker Jake Van Ginkel and defensive tackle Jeff Worthy have all been dismissed from the team.
The issue with Ukwuachu’s departure is depth and experience on the defensive line. Aside from junior defensive end and sack master Demarcus Lawrence, the only Broncos on the roster is the injury-proned redshirt senior Kharyee Marshall, redshirt junior Beau Martin (who had 15 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 2012) and redshirt freshmen Darien Barrett and Sam McCaskill.
For the quarterback position, it’ll be interesting to whether the coaching staff keeps the position at four quarterbacks or brings in another 2014 recruit or junior college transfer to push back to five.
The Broncos are slated to play their season-opener in Seattle as they square off against the Washington Huskies on Aug. 31 in the new Husky Stadium.