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Baltazar leaves Boise State football program

True freshman runningback Aaron Baltazar has left the Boise State football program, the University confirmed on Monday.

Baltazar rushed for 234 yards on 50 carries in five games before suffering a season-ending ACL injury against Southern Mississippi on Sept. 28.

Boise State officials acknowledged that Baltazar made the decision right around the time Chris Petersen left for the University of Washington, but before the hiring of new Bronco head coach Bryan Harsin.

Former Boise State runningbacks coach and current Washington assistant Keith Bhonapha said that Baltazar emerged as the No. 2 option in the backfield during fall camp due to his “consistency” earlier this season.

The best game of Baltazar’s Boise State career came at Fresno State on Sept. 20. Baltazar saw his workload increase significantly after a pair of fumbles by starting runningback Jay Ajayi. Baltazar finished with 92 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns in a 41-40 loss to the Bulldogs.

— Jay Tust (Follow on Twitter: @KTVBSportsGuy)