BOISE -- The Boise State football program announced that both free safety Lee Hightower and tight end Hayden Plinke will no longer be a part of the team on Monday.

Hightower and Plinke were both suspended from Boise State for a violation of University rules. This news comes after the two were originally suspended from the football team by head coach Chris Petersen prior to the Wyoming game on Oct. 27. Hightower and Plinke then missed the final six games of the season although no specific reason was provided.

Hightower - who emerged as a defensive leader as a true sophomore - recorded 31 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble in six games in 2012.

As for Plinke, the Hillsboro-native was used in game action this past season after greyshirting in 2011. Plinke impressed coaches with a strong fall camp which capped with a 75-yard touchdown reception in the fall scrimmage.

- Coach Petersen announced the addition of four junior college transfers that joined the Boise State football team at the beginning of the semester.
Tutulupeatau Deuce Mataele, Defensive Tackle, Mt. San Antonio (Calif.)
Cleshawn Page, Cornerback, Los Angeles Harbor College
Tyler Rausa, Kicker, Riverside City College (Calif.)
Derrick Thomas, Runningback, Butler Community College (Kan.)

- Also, two players that greyshirted for the Broncos last season have officially joined the team.
D.J. Dean, Wide Receiver, Eagle High School
Archie Lewis, Offensive Lineman, Rancho Cucamonga High School

- Boise State announces that linebacker Darren Lee also joined the football team in January 2013. The Susanville, California-native served a two-year mission after signing a letter of intent to play for the Broncos in February 2010.

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