By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
LAS VEGAS — The Boise State football team traveled to the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas without four players.
True freshman kicker Jake Van Ginkel and true freshman running back Jay Ajayi, both of whom are redshirting, did not "deserve" to make the trip, coach Chris Petersen said.
Two other players couldn't make the trip because of NCAA rules. Defensive lineman Beau Martin and offensive lineman Rory Connop were not eligible to play this year under transfer rules, so they couldn't travel to the bowl, Petersen said.
Petersen said the Broncos are counting on junior starting cornerback Jamar Taylor to play in the game. Sophomore cornerback Ebo Makinde has been running but his status is shakier.
Sophomore tight end Gabe Linehan has an arm injury and is questionable for the game.
Also, Petersen said offensive coordinator Brent Pease has had discussions with Houston about its head coaching position. And the Broncos will wear their traditional all-blue home uniforms as the home team.
Arizona State sophomore defensive end Junior Onyeali, a projected starter, has been suspended for the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. The Arizona Republic reported that coach Dennis Erickson and Onyeali had a heated exchange at practice Monday.
The 2010 Pac-10 Defensive Freshman of the Year missed four games with a knee injury and only made 11 tackles this season.
Arizona State also will be without starting wide receiver, kickoff returner and punt returner Jamal Miles, who couldn't make the trip for personal reasons, Erickson said.
Miles is the Sun Devils' second-leading receiver, second-leading rusher and he has scored three touchdows as a kick returner.