WSU Cougar’s Head Coach Mike Leach has suspended wide receiver Marquess Wilson for this Saturday’s game against UCLA for violating team rules.
Wilson reportedly refused to finish a pushup drill during a conditioning session Sunday and then left the field only twenty minutes into the two-hour workout, according to a report from the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.
There have also been reports that Wilson cleared out his locker and has left the team – something Leach said he had no knowledge of.
“I don’t know,” Leach said. “I do know that he has been suspended. I mean if he left the team that’s his decision, but he is suspended.”
The conditioning session to “improve effort,” came one day after a 49-6 blowout loss to the University of Utah in which Leach publicly criticized his team for their lack of effort during the game.
The junior wide receiver holds nearly every major receiving record at WSU but has struggled with consistency at times this season.
Wilson did not start the last two games for the Cougars but has still managed to lead the team with 52 receptions for 813 yards and five touchdowns this season.
Players did not go into much detail about Wilson’s suspension during Monday’s press conference, but senior quarterback Jeff Tuel said he was in “disbelief” after hearing about the situation.
Leach was asked if he ever had experienced a situation where a player walked out on his team before promptly responding, “Yeah, and I cut them.”
The current situation leaves Wilson’s status on the team in question and exactly what he would have to do to possibly work his way back would “depend on the circumstances,” Leach said.
Tuel said a players-only meeting was in the works, but he felt players needed to step away from everything and just take a breath.
He added that there are still three games remaining in the season and there is no way his team is giving up after this most recent transgression.
“Sometimes after these ordeals is when guys come out with their hair on fire and play some of their best football,” Tuel said.