Former Boise State defensive tackle Dereck Boles will continue his collegiate football playing career at the University of Arizona, he confirmed to KTVB on Sunday.
Boles was dismissed from the Boise State football team for an "undisclosed violation of team rules" on February 27, 2016.
It was later revealed that Boles was involved in a fight that ended with him biting off part of the ear of former Bronco teammate Chanceller James.
The case went to court and Boles was found not guilty of the Mayhem charge just last month. His attorney argued that Boles acted in self-defense.
Boles enrolled at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas and was a fixture on the Red Ravens defensive line in 2016. He recorded 66 tackles, 5.0 sacks and 12.0 tackles-for-loss as a sophomore.
Boles says he chose Arizona over Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Houston, South Florida and Florida International.
The move reunites Boles with Arizona defensive coordinator Marcel Yates, who was at Boise State when Boles initially signed with the Broncos back in 2014.
"That's one of the main reasons I'm headed over there," Boles said about his commitment to Arizona. "When I got kicked out of Boise [State] and went to Coffeyville, Yates was down there in two weeks and he never left my side."
Boles redshirted at Boise State in 2014, but appeared in all 13 games the following season. In a reserve role he finished with 11 tackles, 4.0 tackles-for-loss and recorded his first and only sack against San Jose State in the final game of the regular season.
At 6-foot-3, 290 pounds, the junior-to-be has two years of eligibility remaining and will be allowed to play immediately at Arizona.