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The walk-on receiver helped the Cougars do something for the first time since 2003 this season

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Washington State wide receiver and special teams player Kainoa Wilson has left the program according to a Spokesman Review article on Monday. Wilson, who has spent the past four years as a walk-on, has been a big contributor to the special teams unit for the Cougars.

In a season that he was named All-Pac 12 honorable mention as an all purpose player he had a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown against Oregon State for the Cougars first blocked punt touchdown since 2003. He then recovered a fumble and returned that for a touchdown against Arizona a few weeks later. He also added in 10 tackles on special teams and returned a punt for 14 yards.

Against Colorado this past year he caught one pass for 5 yards and in the 2016 season he had one catch for four yards in the win over Arizona. The Cougars have been loaded at the inside receiver position the past few years making it hard to find a fit for the 5’11” receiver from Hawaii.

It is unknown why Wilson has left the Cougars but with the depth they have at the position it would seem as if he is looking elsewhere to make a contribution. This leaves the Cougars with 17 receivers on the spring roster.

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Football:

Washington State wide receiver, special teams contributor Kainoa Wilson leaves program | The Spokesman-Review
A school official confirmed to The Spokesman-Review Monday that Kainoa Wilson, a 5-foot-11, 169-pound inside receiver is no longer with the Cougars. Cougfan.com was the first to notice Wilson’s absence from the team roster.

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