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Linebacker Tana Pritchard leaves WSU

On Tuesday linebacker Tana Pritchard became the second WSU defensive player to leave the program in as many days.

Pritchard has reportedly already graduated and will have one season to play no matter where he ends up. After starting the first three games of the season, Pritchard saw his playing time steadily diminish and ended the year No. 3 on the depth chart at the WIL linebacker position.

Corner Kevin Griffin and linebacker Darryl Monroe have also left the program since the end of the season. But with five junior college defenders in the 2015 recruiting class, the Cougars should be able to plug those holes.

Follow the jump for more on Pritchard's departure.

Pritchard played his high school ball at Clover Park in Lakewood, Washington. His father, Dave Pritchard, played at WSU in the early '80s and his cousin is Jack Thompson.
His brother, Tavita Pritchard, played quarterback at Stanford and led the Cardinal to a victory of No. 1 USC in 2007 despite being 41-point underdogs in that game.

Tana Pritchard had 23 tackles this season, and made one interception, against Rutgers. But Jeremiah Allison emerged at WIL as conference play began and the coaches were reluctant to take him off the field.

Prior to the season he spent part of the summer in Brazil teaching American Football to local children.
Pritchard's departure was first reported by

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