One source said the players were talking about Canada’s departure as early as Saturday. The sources were not completely sure of the reason other than to say Canada decided to quit, though he is expected to stay in school and complete the semester. WSU as per the policy under Mike Leach declined to confirm or comment.
"We do not discuss team matters," said WSU SID Bill Stevens.
Canada was not seen at Saturday’s practice or at last Thursday's bye week practice. Canada was replaced by true freshman Keith Harrington and junior fullback Thomas Hearn in the Thursday Night Football scrimmage. Harrington is a wide receiver but has been working primarily as a running back in practice. Hearn is a walk on transfer from Bakersfield College.
Canada, out of Milpitas, Calif., did not return calls or texts. He was redshirting this season as a true freshman. In practice, Canada was often used as a running back on the scout team offense, taking the majority of the reps while sometimes swapping with Harrington.
In Thursday Night Football, Canada fared well, almost always contributing positive yardage.
Running backs coach Jim Mastro always spoke highly of Canada and as early as fall camp, Mastro said Canada had the ability with hard work to be special, saying the running back had everything you look for at the position.
WSU running back Squally Canada departs
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