Receiver CT Thomas is no longer a member of the Boise State football team, a team spokesperson confirmed to the Idaho Statesman on Tuesday.
Thomas was one of eight super seniors who returned in 2021 for an extra season after the NCAA offered players an additional year of eligibility because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Lancaster, Texas, native has already been removed from the Broncos’ online roster, but Boise State did not provide a reason for his departure.
Heading into this season, the 5-foot-8, 175-pound receiver had appeared in 47 games since 2017, totaling 117 career receptions for 1,525 yards and 10 touchdowns. Thomas finished second on the team in the seven-game 2020 season with 20 catches for 347 yards, and scored two touchdowns. He also scored a rushing TD in in 2019 and threw a touchdown pass in 2020.
But Thomas has played a limited role this season, with just 10 receptions for 85 yards and four carries for 29 yards.
In August, Thomas told reporters that first-year coach Andy Avalos asked him to return for a fifth season.
“He just told me he wanted me back, and, ‘Let’s go finish this thing the right way,’ ” Thomas said. “I didn’t know if I was going to try to go somewhere else or hang up the cleats. But with him giving me another shot at it, telling me to come back and telling me the team can really use me, I said, why not?”
Thomas has played in six of the Broncos’ seven games this season. He registered one catch against UCF and UTEP and was not targeted in a loss to Oklahoma State. He had a season-high three receptions for 35 yards, plus 25 rushing yards on three carries, against Utah State.
Thomas missed the BYU game for unspecified reasons and then had two receptions for 15 yards against Air Force.
“I didn’t come back to sit. I didn’t come back to slack. I came back because we have unfinished business,” Thomas said in August.
Boise State (3-4, 1-2 MW) has a bye this week and returns to action Saturday, Oct. 30, at Colorado State (5 p.m., CBSSN).