By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
The Boise State football team has lost starting center Cory Yriarte for the season and wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn for the first four games of 2012.
Yriarte sustained a knee injury in summer conditioning, the school announced Friday. He had been awarded a sixth year of eligibility for 2012 after missing two seasons with torn anterior cruciate ligaments.
Junior Matt Paradis, who started one game at center last season, becomes the favorite at that spot. Left guard Joe Kellogg also has worked at center during his career.
Boldewijn has been suspended for a violation of NCAA rules involving the host family he lived with when he attended Capital High. He is from Holland. The family helped him book his airplane ticket home after the bowl game in December. Boldewijn has repaid the cost of the ticket to the family, according to the school press release.
Boldewijn, a junior, also was suspended for the first four games last season. He was penalized for use of a car and driver’s insurance coverage provided by his host family.
Teammate Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, also from Holland, was suspended for six games last year. He was required to repay $13,600 in impermissible benefits from his host family.
Boldewijn made 19 catches for 266 yards and two touchdowns last season. He will miss games against Michigan State, Miami (Ohio), BYU and New Mexico. He can practice during his suspension.
The NCAA violation is not expected to affect Boise State’s three-year probation, which began in September.
Boise State opens fall camp Saturday.