Update: Monroe considering 5 transfer options

PULLMAN -- Darryl Monroe, a fixture at middle linebacker at Washington State for the last three seasons, left the team Thursday, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation tell Cougfan.com. Monroe has five transfer offers, two of which are from Pac-12 programs, his father tells CF.C.

Monroe, a junior, lost his starting job to redshirt freshman Peyton Pelluer following the Stanford game and never regained it. The departure served as an abrupt end to a promising Cougar career.

One source said Mike Leach had been critical of Monroe (pictured above) at times this season, including the day after the Stanford loss when the Cougs watched some “bad effort clips." Leach said after that film study session that Monroe's play was unacceptable and that Pelluer would start the next game, according to the source.

Pelluer went on to start for the rest of the season, though Monroe still received significant turns and linebackers coach Ken Wilson continued to indicate the position battle remained close. Another source speculated that Monroe quit due to the diminished playing time.

Monroe played this season with an ankle contusion that he suffered in the second game of the year, against Nevada, Monroe's father said.

Monroe's father said his son will graduate in December with degrees in sociology, media communications, and business management. Because of his graduation, Monroe will be eligible to transfer and play immediately for another FBS school.

Monroe currently has offers from Washington, Florida, Alabama, Arizona State, and Miami, Monroe's dad said. Monroe has one week to decide where he will attend to be eligible to play spring ball and to attend graduate school, Monroe's father said.

Efforts to reach Monroe for comment were unsuccessful.

Multiple sources told CF.C on Thursday evening that Monroe’s locker had been cleaned out in the morning, and that his nameplate had been stripped from the locker.

Monroe had 70 tackles this season, third-most on the squad, including four tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks. Pelluer finished the season with 39 total tackles, including 5.5 tackles for a loss and one sack. Both played in all 12 games this season.

Monroe seemed to be poised for a run at first-team postseason accolades in 2014 after attending Pac-12 media day with Leach and Connor Halliday in late July.

He was coming off a redshirt-sophomore season in which he started all 13 games and recorded 94 tackles, third-most on the team, with eight tackles-for-loss and two sacks. He was voted a weekly team captain 10 times.

He was chosen to "interview" rookie Cougars in videos posted on the official WSU website before the 2014 season and was highlighted in another WSU video, taking a tour of the new facilities.

As a second-year freshman in 2012, he also started every game and was named honorable mention All-Pac-12, finishing second on the team in tackles, with 80.

Monroe arrived at WSU from Orlando, Fla., in 2011 under then-coach Paul Wulff. He was poised to potentially start during his true freshman season before a torn Achilles tendon resulted in a redshirt season.

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