BOISE - Safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner has been suspended for the first four games of the season for failing to meet NCAA academic eligibility requirements, Boise State announced on Tuesday.
At a news conference Tuesday, coach Bryan Harsin said he was "disappointed" that Sumner-Gardner did not meet the required standards.
"(Players) have to take care of business," Harsin said. "My 10-year-old son plays football now too and he understands that you've gotta take care of your school work in order to play. It's really that simple, and we take tremendous pride in this program academically."
BREAKING: Dylan Sumner-Gardner has been suspended 4 games for failing to meet NCAA football academic requirements. pic.twitter.com/oqJFsd8hEu— Jay Tust (@KTVBSportsGuy) August 30, 2016
The redshirt sophomore started the first four games of the 2015 season before suffering a season-ending at Virginia on September 26.
Sumner-Gardener - a highly-touted four-star recruit out of West Mesquite High School in Mesquite, Texas - played in all 13 games in 2014 as a true freshman.
A projected started this season, Sumner-Gardner is expected to return on Oct. 7 for Boise State's game on the road against New Mexico.
In the meantime, junior safety Cam Hartsfield is listed as starter on the depth chart released Tuesday. Harsin noted Tuesday that Hartsfield has been one of the most improved players since the spring.