Source: DE Logan Mayes leaving WSU

PULLMAN -- Logan Mayes, one of the heroes of last November's Apple Cup victory and the son of one of the most legendary players in Washington State history, is leaving the program, according to a well-placed source who requested anonymity. Mayes will stay in school this semester at WSU before transferring to FCS school Cal Poly.

According to the source, the paperwork has been signed and Mayes, who played as a true freshman in 2011, will use his redshirt year this season before joining Cal Poly in January.

"It's a done deal," said the source.

Interviews with Mayes this fall camp, including a video interview with CF.C a week ago, indicated that he was less than thrilled being moved out of the BUCK position and being unable to crack the starting lineup at the defensive end spot.

The position plan was made known in the spring by Cougar coaches that Mayes would move exclusively to d-end and it was thought he would find his niche as a pass-rushing specialist for the Cougs off the edge.

But Mayes, who played both DE and BUCK last season as a reserve, sat out the spring with what was believed to be a hip injury (WSU does not comment on injuries). The emergence of former nose tackle Toni Pole at the d-end spot opposite Xavier Cooper, along with steady backup and fifth-year senior Matthew Bock made it difficult for Mayes to climb up the depth chart in the Cougs' 3-4 base defense. Meanwhile, there were significant gains being made over at the BUCK during camp with starter Destiny Vaeao and backup Kache Palacio.

CF.C's efforts to reach Logan or his father, CougGreat Rueben Mayes, for comment have been unsuccessful so far this morning. Update: Rueben Mayes later opted not to directly comment on the situation when reached by CF.C in saying; "As a family, we don't want to distract the team from Auburn. Logan has a huge place in his heart for WSU."

Mayes was absent from Tuesday's practice. When asked after the practice about Mayes, Mike Leach answered in the same way he generally has since arriving regarding an injured and/or absent player. "He is doing just what we want him to do and couldn't be happier," Leach said.

Mayes, who would have been a third-year junior this season, was not listed in the the two-deeps on the depth chart released this week by WSU.

Mayes recorded 3.5 sacks in his Cougar career, forcing one fumble along the way.

Despite moving on, Mayes cemented his place in Cougar lore last November with a near-sack of Husky quarterback Keith Price that led to Toni Pole's game-changing interception -- a play that in effect decided the contest for Washington State in overtime.

Mayes started a handful of games at both DE and Buck last season, but was increasingly disgruntled this August with full-time DE duty and place on the depth chart.

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