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In addition to the issues the group encountered on the field, Washington State’s defensive secondary took a few sizable hits off the field last season, diminishing in numbers when two players – most notably starting defensive back Daniel Isom – were dismissed from the team for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
Two days after The Spokesman-Review learned backup linebacker Fa’avae Fa’avae chose to leave the team and enter the NCAA transfer portal, a school official confirmed that defensive back Daniel Isom, a seven-game starter for the Cougars this fall, has been dismissed with three weeks left in the regular season.
Mike Leach hinted Monday afternoon that Washington State would look into personnel changes for its much-maligned defense in the wake of Tracy Claeys’ unexpected resignation as defensive coordinator.
The team will hold 15 more practices and two important scrimmages before officially opening the season at New Mexico State. So while the Cougars may still be a ways out from releasing any sort of depth chart, a handful of players helped their chances this past week in Lewiston.
WSU football: Daniel Isom post practice (Aug. 7, 2019)