Washington State will be without its top two pass catchers when it faces Michigan State in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 28 after the school dismissed junior Tavares Martin Jr. from the team, according to ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura.
Martin led the Cougars this season with 70 receptions for 831 yards and 9 touchdowns in 11 games. He was suspended for WSU’s 28-0 win over Colorado on Oct. 21 for a violation of team rules.
The Cougars also have lost sophomore Isaiah Johnson-Mack, who earlier this month announced he intended to transfer closer to his family in Florida. Johnson-Mack, who caught 60 passes for 555 yards and 5 scores, has claimed Washington State coach Mike Leach has denied his release.
Washington State senior quarterback Luke Falk still will have plenty of options to target. Freshman Renard Bell (36 catches, 525 yards, 3 TDs) and junior Kyle Sweet (50 catches, 481 yards, 2 TDs) figure to become his primary targets, while running backs Jamal Morrow and James Williams have combined for 117 receptions, 896 yards and 8 scores.