More details on Coug DL Su'a-Kalio incident

PULLMAN – has learned the identity of the Cougar football player alleged to have been punched last week after a weight-lifting session by WSU redshirt freshman defensive lineman Emmitt Su'a-Kalio, who was booked on second-degree assault charges Thursday and later released.

WSU freshman walk-on quarterback Domenic Rockey had his jaw wired shut after being struck by defensive lineman Emmitt Su'a-Kalio, according to the two sources, each of whom requested anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the incident.

The sources say the disagreement was caused after Rockey was late for Tuesday's non-traveling-team morning lifting session. Because he was late, they said, the entire group was required to do a session of up-downs. The sources characterized the altercation as not much of a fight, but rather a cheap shot.

According to a spokesperson at Pullman Regional Hospital, a fractured jaw and wiring requires roughly four to six weeks of recovery time with the wires still in, followed by another possible four to six months before the patient regains full range of motion. Weight loss is also expected.

A WSU spokesperson has told CF.C it is a team matter and declined further comment.

Rockey, referred to as an unnamed victim in the initial news report by KQQQ Radio, called police Thursday afternoon. Su'a-Kalio, with the cooperation of the Washington State coaches, was taken to the WSU Police Station Thursday night where he was arrested and booked on felony second-degree assault charges. He had a court appearance on Friday after which he was released.

As CF.C correspondent Dane Bargabus reported, Su'a-Kalio, who is redshirting this season, was a full participant in the Cougs' brief Sunday night practice.

Rockey has been a limited participant at Cougs' practices this season, with Austin Apodaca, Tyler Bruggman and Luke Falk generally getting the backup snaps under center. CF.C's Bargabus said he couldn't recall Rockey having yet taken a snap in the Cougs' Thursday Night Football sessions, when the WSU youth is put on center stage.

Rockey was a multi-dimensional quarterback at Auburn Mountain View High, where he was named first-team SPSL 3A last season after completing 147-of-247 passes (61.4 percent) for 1,454 yards, with six TDs against eight interceptions.

Su'a-Kalio is from Pago Pago, American Samoa. He signed with WSU in February, choosing the Cougars over Utah.

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