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WSU receiver Josh Kelly, one of the Cougs’ best wideouts, enters the transfer portal

Washington State wide receiver Josh Kelly slips past Stanford’s Scotty Edwards for a first-half touchdown Saturday at Gesa Field in Pullman.  (Geoff Crimmins/For The Spokesman-Review)

PULLMAN – Josh Kelly produced a spectacular season at Washington State. Turns out, that will be his only one.

Kelly entered the transfer portal on Thursday, according to multiple reports, bringing an end to the wide receiver’s one-year tenure as a Cougar.

This fall, Kelly hauled in 61 catches for 923 yards and eight touchdowns, leading the team in receiving yards. A 12-game starter, he became a favorite target of quarterback Cam Ward, reeling in a touchdown catch in Saturday’s Apple Cup .

As of Thursday afternoon, Kelly is the fifth WSU player to enter the portal this offseason, joining reserve linebacker Ahmad McCullough, who also entered on Thursday.

Kelly, who spent his first four years at Fresno State, will be able to transfer elsewhere without sitting out a year because he is a graduate transfer.

With the loss of Kelly, WSU has one returning starter at the receiver position, Kyle Williams, plus true freshman Carlos Hernandez, who played in all 12 games this season.

Receiver Lincoln Victor is graduating and moving on, as is Isaiah Hamilton, who started four games this year.

Wide receiver DT Sheffield, who departed the program in September, is also in the portal.