A Washington State Cougars secondary already bereft of talent has somehow lost even more. Theo Lawson of the Spokesman-Review reports cornerback Daniel Isom and nickel Trey Davis have both been booted from the team for an unspecified violation of team rules. The school did not comment any further on what rules Isom or Davis may have violated.
Isom moved back to corner after defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys’ departure while Davis had played sparingly at safety behind Armani Marsh and Pat Nunn following his transfer from the USC Trojans.
Davis’ departure is less of a short term issue and more long term. The freshman was ruled immediately eligible after his transfer and showed flashes of excellent play in the four games he’d participated in. Isom had moved around the secondary and looked lost at times this season and was trading playing time with George Hicks III at corner so, at the very least, it’s a loss of depth for a unit that can ill afford it.
As is standard operating procedure in these situations, Leach will not disclose exactly what got the pair kicked off the team but he does have three rules that, if violated, result in an automatic dismissal: violence against women, stealing, or drug use. As far as CougCenter can find, neither Isom nor Davis was arrested for any crimes that would result in immediate dismissal this week.
It continues what has been a nearly unbelievable amount of attrition to the WSU secondary. Per Lawson:
Turnover in #WSU's secondary has been incomprehensible. Cougs have lost 11 players in last 365 days: Trey Davis, Daniel Isom, Jalen Thompson, Deion Singleton, Kedron Williams, Isaiah Love, Sean Harper Jr., Darrien Molton, Hunter Dale, Myles Green-Richards, D'Angelo McKenzie.— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) November 15, 2019
This is a hole it will likely take WSU years to dig out of.