A little more than four months ago, Darryl Monroe joined Mike Leach and Connor Halliday at Pac-12 media day. The linebacker had served as a team captain for 10 games the year before and was one of the vocal leaders of the team, primed for a big junior season. Now, 135 days later, Monroe is reportedly no longer a member of the team.
Monroe quit the team on Thursday, according to a report from Cougfan. The reported departure caps an eventful four months. Monroe struggled early in the season, prompting some to speculate he may be dealing with an injury. Whatever the issue was, he simply didn't look like the same player he did during a solid sophomore season. He was benched following the Stanford game, taking a backseat to redshirt freshman Peyton Pelluer. Now, he's apparently opted to forgo his senior season in Pullman. To have a player go from team captain to benched to quitting the team in four months is WSU's 2014 season in a nutshell.
Monroe was a fourth-year junior so it's possible he will receive his degree soon. If that's the case, he would be able to transfer and be eligible to play next year, assuming he fulfills the graduate transfer rules. His reported departure severs the final tie of Paul Wulff's attempt to recruit in Florida. Monroe, Isiah Myers, Henry Eaddy and Spencer Waseem were all part of the 2011 recruiting class. Myers was the only of the four to play out his eligibility.
For WSU, the departure leaves a thin linebacker corps a little thinner. Pelluer played well late in the season and pencils in as the starting middle linebacker. The Cougars will be forced to rely on youth behind him with Chandler Leniu possibly filling out the depth chart. I won't speculate on the state of the locker room, but having a team leader and upperclassman quit the team is never an encouraging sign.
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