The Boise State Broncos will be without receiver Geraldo Boldewijn, safety Cedric Febis, and defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe for their game against the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday pending a review of their NCAA eligibility.
The three players were left home, the school said in a statement Friday. The review is not for academics or a violation of team rules.
Boise State spokesman Max Corbet said an issue with their eligibility came up this week, and the school was working with the NCAA and Mountain West to get the matter resolved. He had no further comment.
The news comes as a blow to the No. 5 Broncos one day before their showdown with the No. 19 Bulldogs. Boldewijn (formerly Hiwat) was expected to be a significant contributor at receiver with the departures of Titus Young and Austin Pettis and was a breakout performer in the spring.
Febis, a senior, was penciled in to start at safety at the position once manned by Jeron Johnson. That leaves redshirt freshman Jeremy Ioane to make his first career start against one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC in Aaron Murray.
Tjong-A-Tjoe, a sophomore, is the backup to Billy Winn. He played in
12 games last season, with 6.5 tackles for loss.
Andrea Adelson covers college football for ESPN.com.