Coug LB Tana Pritchard transferring

TANA PRITCHARD is joining fellow veteran Washington State linebacker Darryl Monroe and freshman corner Kevin Griffin on the transfer list. Multiple sources have told Cougfan.com that Pritchard either just graduated from WSU or soon will be graduating and will use his final year of football eligibility at another school in 2015. Indeed, Pritchard's name is no longer listed on WSU’s official roster.

Attempts by CF.C to reach Pritchard were unsuccessful. Washington State SID Bill Stevens confirmed to CF.C that Pritchard is no longer a member of the Cougar football team.

By graduating from WSU with a year of eligibility remaining, Pritchard can to transfer to another FBS school without having to sit out a year.

The sources, who requested anonymity, declined to say where Pritchard was looking to play next season but did say the fourth-year junior would not seek a spot in the Pac-12 despite having an offer from at least one conference school.

One source, interestingly, said Pritchard may be looking to instead play basketball at a small division school in his final season.

Pritchard, who hails from Clover Park High in Lakewood, Wash., has been a Cougar fan since childhood. His father, Dave, played on WSU's 1981 Holiday Bowl team and his cousin is legendary WSU quarterback Jack Thompson.

While there are no concrete clues who in the Pac-12 would have looked Pritchard's way football-wise, it's not difficult to speculate about the possibilities given his connections in the conference. Pritchard's brother Tavita is the quarterbacks and receivers coach at Stanford and two of the people who recruited Pritchard to WSU four years ago are still in the conference. Chris Ball is the co-defensive coordinator at Arizona State and Rich Rasmussen is the director of personnel at Washington.

Monroe, his classmate, announced three weeks ago that he is doing the same thing. Monroe's father told CF.C last week that his son expected to have his list of FBS schools narrowed this week. Yesterday, freshman corner Kevin Griffin confirmed with CF.C that he too is transferring, and heading to Cal Poly, an FCS school where another former Cougar, Logan Mayes, now plays.

Pritchard played in 11 games for the Cougars this season, posting 23 tackles. He began the campaign as the No. 1 WIL and started three games before Jeremiah Allison assumed the starting post in Week Four. By Week 10, freshman Dylan Hanser had leapfrogged Pritchard into No. 2 on the depth chart. One source said Pritchard's playing time diminished when he landed in head coach Mike Leach's dog house after standing up for a teammate during a practice conflict of some kind. No other details were provided.

In 2013 as a third-year sophomore, Pritchard recorded 55 tackles, fifth-most on the team. He appeared in all 13 Cougar games, starting the final three. As a second-year freshman in 2012, he appeared in 11 games, mostly on special teams, posting eight tackles. He redshirted in 2011 and was named Scout Team Defensive Player of the Year. He was a multi-sport standout, and honor student, at Clover Park.

Pritchard's departure brings to five the number of players who have left the program with eligibility remaining in this football season. Teondray Caldwell departed in September shortly after being converted from running back to defensive back; redshirt freshman running back Squally Canada left late in the season; with Monroe, Griffin and Pritchard all coming since the season ended.

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