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Boise safety Cedric Febis reinstated by NCAA

Posted on: September 15, 2011 7:14 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2011 9:41 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

One of the three suspended Amsterdam natives on the Boise State roster has been reinstated by the NCAA--and fortunately for the Broncos, it might be the one due to make the biggest impact as the Broncos prepare to face Toledo Friday night.

The school announced Thursday that safety Cedric Febis has been officially cleared to play by the NCAA following eligiblity concerns, ones likely (though not officially) related to his move to the United States from the Netherlands to play prep football in Idaho. Boise released the following statement:
Boise State University officials learned late Wednesday (Sept. 14) evening that the NCAA has reinstated senior safety Cedric Febis to the Bronco football team.

Febis accompanied the team on its flight earlier today to Toledo, Ohio for tomorrow night’s (Friday, Sept. 16) game against the University of Toledo.

Boise State officials held Febis out of the team’s season opener against the University of Georgia on Sept. 3 because of questions it had about his eligibility. Despite missing the Georgia game, Febis has been able to practice with the team the past two weeks.

Wide Receiver Geraldo Boldewijn and defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, who were also held out of the George game for a review of their eligibility, did not accompany the team. Their status is continuing to be reviewed.
Febis was projected to be the Broncos' starting safety following the graduation of Jeron Johnson and will likely get the nod Friday against the Rockets. Febis appeared in 12 games in 2010 and recorded 27 tackles.

Boldewijn and Tjong-A-Tjoe obviously aren't in the clear yet, but seeing the NCAA offer Febis the stamp of approval must be an encouraging sign. Neither player was expected to start, but both were projected to see major snaps as the Broncos looked for receiving playmakers and defensive line depth.

On the other, less encouraging hand, Febis's situation and Boldewijn's/Tjong-A-Tjoe's aren't perfectly analagous. A fifth-year senior, Febis visited the Broncos' 2005 camp alongside fellow Dutchman and future Boise student manager Floris Mendonca. Mendonca would later return to the Netherlands as a coach and bring Boldewijn and Tjong-A-Tjoe (along with 10 other players) to BSU's 2008 camp. Mendonca was suspended by the program earlier this week, though the school declined to specify why or if the suspension was related to the eligibility concerns with the three Dutch players.

In any case, if the Broncos had to choose one player of the three to return, it's likely they'd have taken the experienced Febis--especially against explosive Rocket receiver Eric Page. The Broncos were already heavy favorites, and Febis's return should only make them that tiniest bit heavier.


Since: Apr 13, 2012
Posted on: April 13, 2012 2:46 am

Boise safety Cedric Febis reinstated by NCAA

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Since: Nov 20, 2010
Posted on: September 16, 2011 11:18 am

Boise safety Cedric Febis reinstated by NCAA


I agree, I watched Boise move the Georgia linemine on both sides of the ball. Even if Georgia was overated, they still have superior athletes...OR do they? I am starting to believe Boise is very good.  Look at the Quarter back play,  Kellen Moore is a great college Quarterback. I would take him over all but maybe two other college quarterbacks. Here is the another one I don't get, some Boise faithful are saying they have TWO, not one but TWO other Quarterbacks that looked as good as Kellen during the spring. Where do they find these guys?  I really do hope BSU makes the Sugar bowl against LSU or Bamma. I think BSU will make it a game.

Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2011 3:12 am

Boise safety Cedric Febis reinstated by NCAA


Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2011 1:19 am

Boise safety Cedric Febis reinstated by NCAA

You know... I was just thinking about something while watching the ND-Michigan game.

Boise's defense is 10x better than both of those teams defenses. But how can that be? I mean, I'd take a Boise DB over a Notre Dame or Michigan DB ANY DAY because they just look so much better. How can that be? How can those two teams be SO BAD on defense and Boise be so good?

Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2011 7:36 pm

Boise safety Cedric Febis reinstated by NCAA

Good to see Febis will be able to play.  Tjong and Boldewijn will also be able to play next week hopefully.  Just BSU being careful.  Go Broncos!!!!!

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