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Marquess Wilson not welcome at Washington State pro day workout

Marquess Wilson

Washington State receiver Marquess Wilson runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


Former Washington State wide receiver Marquess Wilson is having problems trying to find a place to hold his Pro Day workout for NFL scouts.

Wilson was scheduled to hold his Pro Day session at Eastern Washington University on Wednesday afternoon. Wilson was supposed to work out with WSU quarterback Jeff Tuel and Eastern Washington receiver Brandon Kaufman, but an NFL rule prohibited Wilson and Tuel from working out at the FCS school. According to Christian Caple of the Spokesman Review, the league prohibits prospects from larger schools to participate in pro day workouts at smaller schools.

For Tuel, that isn’t a problem as he will perform in Washington State’s Pro Day on Thursday. However, Wilson won’t have that opportunity.

Wilson burned his bridges with the Washington State program in November when he quit the program and alleged he had suffered “physical, emotional and mental abuse” at the hands of head coach Mike Leach and the WSU coaching staff. Wilson released a letter to the media just hours before the Cougars hosted a top-25 ranked UCLA team on national television levying the claims against the coaching staff.

Investigations by both Washington State University and the Pac-12 conference cleared Leach and the WSU coaching staff of any wrongdoing toward Wilson. Needless to say, Washington State doesn’t feel obligated to do any favors for Wilson despite his status as the school’s all-time leading receiver.

“WSU wouldn’t let me do my pro day there,” Wilson said. “If they let me, I’d love to go watch. I’d love to participate in it.”

Wilson did take part in the NFL Scouting Combine. Still, for a receiver thought to be possibly a first round talent heading into his senior season, it can’t be viewed as anything but an incredibly disappointing year.