Nov 26, 2011; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies quarterback Keith Price (17) runs with the ball and is tackled by Washington State Cougars defensive tackle Anthony Laurenzi (61) and Washington State Cougars linebacker Logan Mayes (83) during the 2nd half at CenturyLink Field. Washington defeated Washington State 38-21. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
The Washington State coaching staff has been working on moving the players into the position they think will help the team out the most. Logan Mayes was one such move and he apparently failed to see his destiny in the new role provided for him. According to sources, it’s a “done deal” and the papers are signed for Mayes to transfer to Cal Poly after finishing Fall semester in Pullman, where he’ll be able to play immediately with the FCS program.
Logan Mayes got removed from BUCK when former defensive end Destiny Vaeao was put into the starting lineup. Then Mayes was replaced on the depth chart and slated to be a “situational pass rusher” for the Cougs. In interviews Mayes was increasingly struggling with the move as the Fall unfolded.
Mayes was of course one of the heroes of the Apple Cup last season, forcing the interception that all but won the game in overtime. He’ll be missed by WSU on the field this season as he would have added tremendous value in the passing game as a fresh pass rusher on 3rd down. Toni Pole and Xavier Cooper are going to be great players on the edge but neither can play a whole game.
I wonder if this makes room for JC transfer Ivan McLennan in that role. He is currently slated as the 3rd BUCK and Matthew Bock and Darryl Paulo are the backup DE’s, but Mayes was slated behind them anyway. McLennan has speed and quickness on the edge and makes sense as a replacement where he may have had trouble getting on the field otherwise.
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