Washington State suspends star WR Marquess Wilson

Monday November 5th, 2012

Washington State suspended Marquess Wilson after a reported practice incident. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

Washington State has suspended wide receiver Marquess Wilson according to the school.

Wilson reportedly walked away from a workout on Sunday after drawing the ire of head coach Mike Leach.

CoogCenter.com reports Leach has been dissatisfied with Wilson's performance and effort in practice.

Wilson has been ridden hard by the coaches since Mike Leach's arrival, as they've worked to break him of a tendency to coast during practice. And during the spring, it seemed to work -- with the star wide receiver stepping up in practice, putting forth full effort quite a bit and seemingly turning it around. But as the 2012 season began, Wilson appeared to regress at times, earning the scorn of Leach.

At more than one practice, I saw Wilson singled out, forced to do up-downs after giving an effort Leach wasn't satisfied with. A simple image of this: Wilson was jammed and slammed into the ground by a corner who probably had little business knocking him off his feet, leading Leach to express his disgust and demand the star wide receiver do up-downs.

Wilson has caught 52 passes for 813 yards and five touchdowns this season. The Cougars are 2-7 in Leach's first season. Leach came to Pullman after a controversial departure from Texas Tech that included accusations of player mistreatment during practices. Leach has denied those accusations.

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