Former Boise State football starters Ukwuachu (Baylor), Hightower (Houston) identify transfer schools

By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

Freshman All-American defensive end Sam Ukwuachu has found a new home at Baylor.

Ukwuachu, who was dismissed from the Broncos team earlier this month, confirmed his transfer in an interview with the Waco Tribune-Herald.

Ukwuachu started 12 games last season at Boise State and was expected to be one of the team’s defensive stars in 2013 before he was dismissed.

“It was a personal issue that I don’t want to go in depth with,” Ukwuachu told the Waco newspaper. “But it wasn’t a big issue. A minor problem occurred and the coaches decided I needed to get a fresh start with somebody else.”

Baylor would not confirm the transfer.

Baylor recruited Ukwuachu out of Pearland High, but he opted to leave his home state. He redshirted at Boise State in 2011 and recorded 4.5 sacks in 2012.

“I didn’t want to be in Texas out of high school,” Ukwuachu told the Tribune-Herald. “But I began looking at my options and I wanted to be closer to home.”

Meanwhile, former starting safety Lee Hightower has posted online that he committed to Houston. Hightower started the first seven games last season before he was suspended from the team for the rest of the season. He then was suspended from school.

Hightower did not respond to an interview request. Houston would not confirm the transfer.


The complete 2013-14 college football bowl schedule was released Wednesday.

Here are the Mountain West games:

Dec. 21 (noon, ESPN): Gildan New Mexico Bowl — MW No. 3/4/5 vs. Pac-12 No. 7
Dec. 21 (1:30 p.m., ABC): Las Vegas Bowl — MW No. 1 vs. Pac-12 No. 5
Dec. 21 (3:30 p.m., ESPN): Famous Idaho Potato Bowl — MW No. 6 vs. MAC
Dec. 24 (6 p.m., ESPN): Sheraton Hawaii Bowl — MW No.3/4/5 or Hawaii vs. C-USA No. 3/4/5/6
Dec. 26 (7:30 p.m., ESPN): San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl — MW No. 2 vs. Army
Dec. 30 (9:45 a.m., ESPN): Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl — MW No. 3/4/5 vs. Navy

Full schedule:

Saturday, Dec. 21
New Mexico Bowl at Albuquerque (Pac-12 vs. MWC), noon (ESPN)
Las Vegas Bowl (MWC vs. Pac-12), 1:30 p.m. (ABC)
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl at Boise (MAC vs. MWC), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
New Orleans Bowl (C-USA vs. Sun Belt), 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Monday, Dec. 23
Beef ’O’ Brady’s Bowl at St. Petersburg (C-USA vs. AAC), noon (ESPN)

Tuesday, Dec. 24
Hawaii Bowl at Honolulu (C-USA vs. MWC), 6 p.m. (ESPN)

Thursday, Dec. 26
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at Detroit (MAC vs. Big Ten), 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Poinsettia Bowl at San Diego (Army vs. MWC), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Friday, Dec. 27
Military Bowl at Annapolis, Md. (C-USA vs. ACC), 12:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Texas Bowl at Houston (Big Ten vs. Big 12), 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at San Francisco (BYU vs. Pac-12), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Saturday, Dec. 28
Pinstripe Bowl at New York (AAC vs. Big 12), 10 a.m. (ESPN)
Belk Bowl at Charlotte, N.C. (AAC vs. ACC), 1:20 p.m. (ESPN)
Russell Athletic Bowl at Orlando, Fla. (ACC vs. AAC), 4:45 p.m. (ESPN)
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Tempe, Ariz. (Big Ten vs. Big 12), 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Monday, Dec. 30
Armed Forces Bowl at Fort Worth, Texas (MWC vs. Navy), 9:45 a.m. (ESPN)
Music City Bowl at Nashville, Tenn. (SEC vs. ACC), 1:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Alamo Bowl at San Antonio (Pac-12 vs. Big 12), 4:45 p.m. (ESPN)
Holiday Bowl at San Diego (Big 12 vs. Pac-12), 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Tuesday, Dec. 31
AdvoCare V100 Bowl at Shreveport, La. (ACC vs. SEC), 10:30 a.m. (ESPN)
Sun Bowl at El Paso, Texas (ACC vs. Pac-12), noon (CBS)
Liberty Bowl at Memphis, Tenn. (C-USA/AAC vs. SEC), 2 p.m. (ESPN)
Chick-fil-A Bowl at Atlanta (ACC vs. SEC), 6 p.m. (ESPN)

Wednesday, Jan. 1
Gator Bowl at Jacksonville, Fla. (Big Ten vs. SEC), 10 a.m. (ESPN2)
Heart of Dallas Bowl (Big Ten vs. C-USA), 10 a.m. (ESPNU)
Capital One Bowl at Orlando, Fla. (Big Ten vs. SEC), 11 a.m. (ABC)
Outback Bowl at Tampa, Fla. (Big Ten vs. SEC), 11 a.m. (ESPN)
Rose Bowl at Pasadena, Calif. (BCS vs. BCS), 3 p.m. (ESPN)
Fiesta Bowl at Glendale, Ariz. (BCS vs. BCS), 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Thursday, Jan. 2
Sugar Bowl at New Orleans (BCS vs. BCS), 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Friday, Jan. 3
Orange Bowl at Miami (BCS vs. BCS), TBA (ESPN)
Cotton Bowl at Arlington, Texas (Big 12 vs. SEC), 5:30 p.m. (FOX)

Saturday, Jan. 4
BBVA Compass Bowl at Birmingham, Ala. (SEC vs. AAC), 11 a.m. (ESPN)

Sunday, Jan. 5
GoDaddy Bowl at Mobile, Ala. (Sun Belt vs. MAC), 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Monday, Jan. 6
BCS National Championship at Pasadena, Calif. (BCS No. 1 vs. BCS No. 2), 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)

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Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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