FOUR LITTLE-USED Washington State football players, none of whom have played this season, are no longer listed on the official roster and have left the program, Cougfan.com learned this morning.
Washington State's sports information department confirmed to CF.C. that receiver Blair Bomber, cornerback Spencer Waseem, safety Tyrone Duckett and safety Matt Simmons have left the team.
Following long-standing school practice, WSU did not comment on the reasons for the departures.
As this article was going to press, a source familiar with the situation told CF.C that three of the players left of their own accord, with the other being dismissed or encouraged to leave. The source, who requested anonymity, didn't disclose the name of the one player who was asked to leave.
All four players were listed in the school's official pre-game press release for the Cal game this past Saturday.
Three are third-year sophomores, with Waseem a second-year freshman after receiving a medical redshirt for the 2011 season.
Their departures bring to six the number of players who have left the program within the last two weeks, following defensive lineman Lenard Williams and offensive lineman Dan Spitz.
None of the four had played in a game this season, and none was listed on the team's in-season depth charts. Given WSU's non-disclosure injury policy, it's unclear if injuries played a part in that.
Bomber, out of Lynden, missed the entire 2011 season with a knee injury.
Waseem, out of Apopka, Fla., was a "school start" for the 2012 fall camp, meaning he was not one of the 105 players deemed eligible to participate by WSU until rosters expanded with the first day of classes.
Duckett, out of Alameda, Calif., appeared in 11 games in 2011, primarily on special teams, but none this season.
Simmons, out of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., appeared in eight games in 2011, mainly on special teams but none this season. He is the son of former WSU defensive back Randal Simmons, a Los Angeles Police Department SWAT team member who was killed in the line of duty in 2008.
With the four no longer with the program, they bring to at least 17 the number of
scholarship players who have left the program for various reasons since Mike Leach came on board (such as injury, dismissal, player choice, etc.) The others are Williams, Spitz, Anthony Laurenzi, Jordan Pu'u-Robinson, Ian Knight, Aaron Dunn, Sekope Kaufusi, C.J. Mizell, Louis Bland, Alex Reitnouer, Skylar Stormo, Max Gama and T.J. Poloai.