The attrition train has hit Fresno State hard, especially along the defensive line.
In a press release Friday night, the Bulldogs announced that four players — quarterback-turned-wide receiver Myles Carr, defensive end Maurice Poyadue, running back/defensive back/wide receiver Dillon Root and running back-turned-linebacker-turned running back T.J. Thomas — have left the football program. No reason was given for the quartet’s departure.
In the release, the school stated that Poyadue and Root will remain on scholarship this spring as they are both close to graduating, while Carr and Thomas are no longer enrolled at the university.
“We are grateful to the student-athletes for their contributions to the program and wish them the best with their future endeavors,” head coach Tim DeRuyter said in a statement.
The most notable of the departures is that of Poyadue as he had started the past seven games of the 2014 regular season. He played in all 13 games this past season as well after playing in 12 games as a redshirt sophomore in 2013.
Poyadue, along with Carr, was one of four suspended for Fresno State’s Hawaii Bowl matchup with Rice for violating unspecified team rules.
Root’s absence will also be noticed, especially on special teams. In 2014, Root, who was suspended for the 2014 opener, led the Bulldogs with 25 kick returns for 483 yards, while his 19.3 yards per return were second on the team. In 2013, Root led all Bulldogs in kick returns (28) return yards (601) and yards per return (21.5).
He also caught 10 passes for 85 yards and averaged 5.6 yards on five carries in 2014. His 596 all-purpose yards were fourth on the team.
Thomas ran for 71 yards on 11 carries last season. Carr, who moved from quarterback after spring practice last year, did not record a reception.