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Broncos safety Loffler retires from football

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Broncos safety Loffler retires from football

By Paul Gerke. CREATED Aug 23, 2014

Boise State safety Taylor Loffler has decided to call it a career.

Loffler was hampered by injuries even before he came to Boise from British Colombia. Taylor tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in high school, and re-tore it at Boise State. He finally made it onto the field last season, playing in 12 games. He made 12 tackles, recovered two fumbles, and caught an interception.

Loffler missed the bowl game against Oregon State with a hip injury. He tried to practice this fall, but missed most of camp and the open scrimmage, as his lower half betrayed his upper half.

Boise State announced Loffler's retirement in a press release Saturday morning.

"We appreciate Taylor for the effort he put into this program and what he has given to this team," said head coach Bryan Harsin. "Unfortunately, his injuries are not going to allow him to finish his playing career, but he is going to continue to be a big part of Bronco football as he finishes school."

Loffler will retain his scholarship while he works toward graduation.

Boise State also announced two other injury-related items Saturday. Senior defensive tackle Justin Taimatuia will red shirt this season. He wore a boot for most of camp and had already been ruled out of the opener against Ole Miss. Walk-on freshman linebacker Joe Provenzano will also red shirt. He was on crutches at Boise State's open scrimmage.