Senior wide receiver Davontavean Martin reportedly entered the transfer portal Monday afternoon. The news that the 6’3, 186-pound outside receiver has chosen to play his final year of college football elsewhere came a week after the Pac-12 conference announced that they would be delaying the start of the 2020 season with the hope that it will be played in the Spring.
After leading the Cougars in receiving last year, the Houma, Louisiana native will look to find a new home for his final year to put more film on the table for NFL teams. Last season, Martin had 43 receptions for 564 yards and four touchdowns to bring his career total to 143 receptions for 1,615 yards and 18 touchdowns.
While the Pac-12 announced that they would reevaluate their plans for the season in January, the SEC, Big-12, and ACC so far have planned to move forward with the season. The three power five conferences join a few other mid-major programs with the hopes to play football next month.
If Martin does end up leaving Pullman it would mean the Cougars would need to replace Dezmon Patmon, Easop Winston Jr., and Rodrick Fisher as well as Martin. The four receivers combined for 205 receptions for 2,561 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2019.
It is unclear, but assumed that Martin’s decision to leave is due to the conference’s decision for the upcoming season. As a senior who has done more than enough for the university and the football program I wish nothing but the best for Martin and hope that he finds a home that not only gives him a platform to succeed but a home that gives him the opportunity to achieve his dream of playing at the next level.
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew is opening up camp as the starter for the first time in a long time. During an interview with the team’s website, Minshew revealed that this is the first time he’s been in this position since high school.
Even with the Pac-12 football season coming to a standstill, Washington State continues to build its 2021 recruiting class. WSU picked up a 16th commitment over the weekend when three-star Texas defensive end Raam Stevenson Jr. chose the Cougars over multiple Power Five programs and a few more mid-major schools.
Tay Martin has made dozens of key plays for Washington State’s football team the last three years, starting as an outside wide receiver as a true freshman and developing into a fringe NFL prospect by his junior year.
My colleague Alan Blinder covers college sports, so I asked him to put the latest moves by the Pac-12 into broader context. Here’s our conversation: