Mon., Sept. 8, 2014
Gabe Marks will redshirt
For the past two weeks the Washington State football coaches have considered the idea of having junior Gabe Marks, last year's leading receiver, redshirt and sit out this season. On Sunday Mike Leach confirmed that is likely the course the Cougars will take, saying, "we're going to try and redshirt him if we can. He's been doing a lot of good things, he's been really selling out there. Basically, we have two seniors at the position and it's sort of clouded up right now and he was behind in his offseason for definitely understandable reasons and so sequence is better for us, better for him, so that's what we're shooting for."
Those two seniors are Isiah Myers and Kristoff Williams, who entered fall camp ahead of Marks on the depth chart at the Z receiver position. Marks had offseason surgery for an undisclosed injury in the spring, and was arrested in February. Those two factors may have contributed to his starting fall camp so low on the depth chart, but a hit to the head during a fall scrimmage effectively ended what had been a very good fall camp.
Marks has been healthy lately, however, and has been a force on scout teams for WSU playing both receiver and quarterback in order to help the Cougars prepare to face the Pistol offenses of Nevada and Portland State.
If Marks redshirts he will still have two seasons of eligibility remaining at the start of next season. Myers has been a revelation at Z through two games this season and is second on the team with 15 receptions for 196 receiving yards and has tied Vince Mayle for the team lead with a pair of receiving touchdowns. Williams has two catches for 36 yards and has been the team's primary kickoff returner.