PULLMAN – After a somewhat strenuous process, Trey Davis has been cleared to play for Washington State this season. Now the Cougars are busy trying to nail down a role for the USC transfer.
While Washington State coach Mike Leach couldn’t speak to the specifics of getting Davis eligible, he did indicate the defensive back was cleared by the NCAA at some point over the last few weeks.
Davis enrolled early at USC and spent spring camp with the Trojans before entering the transfer portal and ultimately choosing the Cougars. The true freshman played high school football in Federal Way and has family ties to Pullman.
The Cougars have listed Davis as a third-string option at nickel since the bye week and he made his season debut at Arizona State two weeks ago. Davis didn’t record any stats in that game, but he took on a more defined role in Saturday’s 41-10 win over Colorado and tied for fourth on the team with four tackles – one solo and three assisted.
Asked if Davis would be able to help the Cougars out this season, Leach said, “Maybe, we’ll have to see just as far as stacking the eligibility paper. I thought we could’ve gotten that done sooner. I don’t know what all went into that, but yeah it took awhile to get that all straightened out.”
While most FBS transfers are forced to sit out one season without playing, Davis’ situation is unique because the player never suited up for the Trojans and left the program before the summer.
Leach confirmed WSU learned the DB had been cleared before the ASU game and noted, “The unfortunate thing is, we didn’t know if he was going to be elieigble this year or not. It sure would’ve been nice to know sooner.”
The Cougars started former walk-on and Gonzaga Prep product Armani Marsh at nickel in the last game, despite listing Pat Nunn at the top of the depth chart and starting Nunn against ASU. Marsh got the majority of the nickel reps, but WSU usually went with Davis behind him, while Nunn played sparingly.
“I think we’re still looking for consistency there,” Leach said. “Armani I thought played really well, did some really good things there. Armani just competed really hard.”
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