PULLMAN — Washington State redshirt freshman cornerback Rahmel Dockery has left the team and will “make other plans,” coach Mike Leach said.
Dockery, a Tacoma native, came to WSU as a receiver but was switched to defense last season.
“I think he wants to get somewhere where he can play,” Leach said, “and we encourage him and we’ll help him do that.”
Dockery was a standout athlete at Curtis High School. He won the Class 4A state long jump title his junior season and was The News Tribune’s state high school football player of the year as a senior in 2010.
He briefly attended WSU in 2011 but was declared academically ineligible. He re-enrolled in January 2012.
CRACRAFT NOT SATISFIED
River Cracraft caught six passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns during Washington State’s scrimmage Friday, but he didn’t want to talk about it.
There was something else on his mind.
“I messed up on a lot of things,” the freshman wide receiver said. “I learned from a lot of things. There’s a lot of things I have to correct.”
He was asked later how he found himself so wide open on plays such as his 52-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Austin Apodaca, or his 48-yard scoring snag from quarterback Tyler Bruggman.
Again, Cracraft deferred to his shortcomings.
“The thing I’ve been struggling with is blocking, and I’d like to improve on that a lot more,” Cracraft said. “I had a few plays — multiple plays, actually — where I missed my block and the running back got hit, and that’s something I need to improve on.”
The Cougars can likely live with a few rookie mistakes for now, as Cracraft continues to establish himself as one of WSU’s better inside receivers. He caught more passes for more yards than any other receiver during Friday’s scrimmage.
Connor Halliday again commanded the first-team offense and was 11-for-17 passing for 91 yards, three touchdowns and an interception that freshman cornerback Charleston White snagged after outjumping sophomore receiver Gabe Marks.The Spokesman-Review contributed to this report.