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HCA: Tavares Martin Jr. suspension lifted

The receiver returns after a one-game suspension

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After sitting out against Colorado last week, Washington State receiver Tavares Martin Jr. will return this week against the Arizona Wildcats. It was announced last week that Martin Jr. would be suspended against Colorado for breaking one of the team rules. On Monday, Mike Leach said in his press conference that he expects the Cougars leading receiver to be back this weekend.

While Leach didn’t give a reason on the suspension it was reported by Stefanie Loh of The Seattle Times that Martin Jr. had a bad attitude after the Cougars dropped their first game of the season against California on October 13th. He also reportedly missed a practice. This information came in an interview with Tavares Martin Sr., the father of Tavares.

Martin Jr. was apparently upset with how things went in their 37-3 loss to California. The offense struggled to get much of anything going as Cougar quarterbacks were sacked 9 times and Luke Falk threw 5 interceptions. Martin Jr. caught 3 passes for 38 yards. This might have also been something that also boiled over from the previous game as he had two catches for 19 yards in the Cougars 33-10 win over Oregon. The previous two games were huge drops from his previous four as he had 28 receptions for 429 yards and 6 touchdowns.

In his absence, C.J. Dimry got the start although it was true freshman Davontavean Martin who led the way with 4 receptions for 78 yards. His biggest catch was a 50-yard catch and run that started the Cougars scoring off in the second quarter. Dimry finished with two catches for 10 yards.

Expect to see Davontavean Martin get more involved in the offense after setting season high’s in receptions and receiving yards in a game that he also caught his first collegiate touchdown.



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