Aaron Baltazar left the Boise State football program around the same time that new University of Washington Head Coach Chris Petersen left and for the second time in 4 months it appears that Baltazar is on the move again. It was announced on Wednesday by the Idaho Statesman that Baltazar is no longer with the Washington State football team. Baltazar is also not listed on the Cougars fall camp roster.
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Baltazar, who would have been ineligible for the upcoming season due to NCAA transfer rules, was set to join the Cougars squad and help them reach the goal of getting to the top of the PAC-12 North when he was able to play in 2015. He would have had 3 years of eligibility left starting in 2015.
Being that he was not able to play in the upcoming season this happening does not effect the Cougars in the short-term future. As for the long run I don’t necessarily see this being too big of an issue if this is true. The Washington State Roster has 6 running backs right now with 3 being in the 2017 class or later. If Leach had a goal of moving him out to WR then there really is no hurt to the depth there either. The Cougars have 21 receivers on the roster with 14 of them being on scholarship and, like running back, the a lot of them being class of 2017 or later.
During his freshman season at Boise State he was able to rack up 234-yards on just 50 carries and 2 touchdowns in just 5 games for the Broncos, both of which were good enough for second on the team through those 5 games. During that 5th game of the season for the Broncos Baltazar suffered a season ending knee injury after tearing his ACL.
Coming out of high school (Eastlake High School – Chula Vista, CA) Baltazar held offers from Cincinnati, San Diego State, UCLA, and Washington but chose Boise State over those offers. After deciding to transfer from Boise State he was looking at Oregon State, USC, and UCLA but chose Washington State over them.
There might be more to this story than is being let out and we here at All Coug’d Up will keep you updated if anything more does come out regarding this story.