PULLMAN -- Given the Pac-12 suspension of junior safety Deone Bucannon, some new faces needed to…
Pac-12 suspends Bucannon for late hit
Bucannon received a personal foul penalty for a high hit on Herd, a former Steilacoom High star, after an incomplete pass soared past Herd in the fourth quarter of WSU's 24-20 victory in Pullman. Herd's status for Eastern's next game, Sept. 22 at Weber State, is uncertain.
"It was a late hit, it was a bad hit, and it's something we don't tolerate," WSU coach Mike Leach said after Monday's practice, who added that he had imposed his own internal disciplinary measures (undisclosed) on Bucannon.
Bucannon, a strong safety from Fairfield, Calif., leads the Cougars and is tied for fifth in the Pac-12 with 19 tackles. Fellow junior Anthony Carpenter, who was moved to cornerback last week, was listed as Bucannon's backup on the WSU depth chart released Monday. Former starting free safety Tyree Toomer is another possible replacement.
Bucannon was not made available to the media. On game weeks, Leach typically limits media access prior to the end of the game to three selected players on Mondays.
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