Washington State suspends star WR Wilson after Utah game

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 4:08 PM

The Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash.— Washington State star receiver Marquess Wilson was suspended on Monday for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Team spokesman Bill Stevens could not say how long the suspension would last or specifics about why Wilson was punished by first-year coach Mike Leach.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reported Monday that Wilson stormed out of a team practice early on Sunday evening.

Washington State (2-7, 0-6) was blown out 49-6 at Utah on Saturday for their sixth consecutive loss. Afterward, Leach complained that the effort of his players was "bordering on cowardice."

"That could have been a zombie convention," he said of his team’s play.

Wilson, a junior, has been the target of Leach’s criticism for much of the season, and has recently been demoted from his starting position despite leading the team in receiving. Wilson has caught 52 passes for 813 yards and five touchdowns this season.

Last season, he caught 82 passes for 1,388 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Washington State plays No. 17 UCLA in Pullman on Saturday.

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