Dec 21, 2013; Albuquerque, NM, USA; Washington State Cougars wide receiver Gabe Marks (9) scores a touchdown under pressure from Colorado State Rams defensive back Bernard Blake in the first quarter during the Gildan New Mexico Bowl at University Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
In a developing story, starting wide receiver Gabe Marks was arrested early Saturday morning on multiple charges by Pullman Police. Charges of fourth-degree assault, second-degree criminal trespass, minor intoxicated in public, and minor frequenting a tavern were levied against the sophomore.
Regardless of the outcome of this situation, it is a really big deal and I personally don’t get it. Why would you put yourself in this situation? It’s not even the first time. This is the second time Marks has been in trouble at Washington State. The other time came last Spring, when he was charged with being a minor in possession. His status is currently unknown, but you can be sure Mike Leach, Bill Moos and the WSU compliance office will take this seriously.
Marks apologized Sunday morning:
At first glance this doesn’t look like an offense that would get Marks kicked off of the team, but of course details on the ‘assault’ part of this charge could change that. We know that this is not a matter that Mike Leach would comment on and SID Bill Stevens gave the same sentiment via Cougfan.com, saying simply “We will not comment on team matters.”
Gabe had a huge sophomore season catching the football for WSU, nabbing 74 receptions for a total of 807 yards and 7 touchdowns. That followed up a 49 reception (560 yards), 2 touchdown performance in Marks’ freshman year. Hopefully this does not end his Washington State career. It would change the landscape of the receiving corps pretty dramatically for Connor Halliday and the Cougar offense. Stay tuned.