The Washington State Cougars suspended star receiver Marquess Wilson Monday after he reportedly walked out of a team workout over the weekend.
CBS Sports notes that Wilson, the Cougars’ all-time leader in receiving yards, walked off the field 20 minutes into a two-hour conditioning workout Sunday night. He was later suspended by head coach Mike Leach, who said the athlete’s punishment would last at least a week, meaning Wilson would not suit up for Saturday’s home game against 18th-ranked UCLA.
Asked Monday if Wilson has quit the team, Leach said:
“I don’t know. I do know he’s been suspended. If he’s left the team, that’s his decision.”
As a true freshman in 2010, Wilson went over 1,000 yards receiving on more than 18 yards per catch, the best average in the Pac-12, and followed up in his sophomore year with 82 grabs for 1,388 yards, 12 touchdowns and a first-team all-conference nod.
Prior to the start of his junior season, Wilson was noncommittal when asked if he would consider bypassing his senior year to enter the NFL draft. Wilson has not been made available to the media of late.
Wilson’s suspension comes during a season that has seen the WSU (2-7 overall, 0-6 Pac-12) struggle mightily under Leach, the first-year coach.
The Cougars were blown out 49-6 at Utah on Saturday for its sixth consecutive loss. Afterward, Leach complained that the effort of his players was “bordering on cowardice.”
Washington State coach Mike Leach addresses Marquess Wilson’s suspension in the video below: