Washington State won’t have two of its most productive receivers against Michigan State in the Holiday Bowl.
The team said Sunday that leading receiver Tavares Martin Jr. had been dismissed for a violation of team rules. Martin has 70 catches for 831 yards and nine touchdowns. He leads the Cougars in all three of those categories.
Washington State WR Tavares Martin Jr. has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules, spokesperson tells @Rivals.
— Lars Hanson (@LarsHanson) December 10, 2017
Martin was suspended for the Cougars’ game vs. Colorado earlier this season. His father said at the time that Martin got angry and missed a practice while also saying it was a “miscommunication” between the receiver and Washington State’s coaching staff.
Martin had just three catches in Washington States blowout loss at Cal, the game preceding Colorado’s visit to Pullman.
Isaiah Johnson-Mack, the team’s second-leading receiver, said he was transferring after Washington State’s Apple Cup loss to Washington. He then said coach Mike Leach was restricting his transfer, and wondered why Leach was so protective of where he could transfer while interviewing at Tennessee.
Johnson-Mack has 60 catches.
Washington State, 9-3, plays Michigan State on Dec. 28.
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