Mike Leach may have lost his best player Sunday night during Washington State’s conditioning workout.
According to the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, many players were participating in conditioning drills on Sunday after the Cougars 46-6 loss to Pac-12 foe Utah. Among them was stud wide receiver Marquess Wilson, who walked out of practice after he refused to participate in a pushup drill during the workout.
It’s been a complete culture shock for WSU’s players this season, especially Wilson. Leach and his staff have been riding him since they arrived to break his tendency to coast during practice. It seemed to work as his habits had changed and his performance on the field turned around. Wilson has 52 catches for 813 yards with 5 touchdowns this season.
This isn’t the first time Wilson has been singled out during practice, however. He’s reportedly been forced to do up-downs after giving an effort Leach wasn’t happy with. Wilson was slammed to the ground by a corner much smaller then him in practice recently, making Leach unleash vocally on the star wide receiver.
Wilson apparently couldn’t take any more and walked off the practice field, maybe for good. If he is gone for good, what does it do to his NFL stock? He’s without question one of the elite receivers in the country with his size, speed and ability to run after the catch. It hurts WSU more than anyone and Leach’s spread em’ out attack.
Players and coaches better get to Wilson quick and talk him in to coming back. Seems like Leach hasn’t lightened up since his Texas Tech days.
We all know how that ended.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.
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