Notebook: New WSU assistant plus RB trouble?

WESTERN KENTUCKY wide receivers coach JaMarcus Shephard is headed to Washington State as the new inside receivers coach for Mike Leach, according to a tweet by Sports Illustrated writer Thayer Evans. Meanwhile, the Pullman police blog shows trouble for a Cougar RB.

Running back Jamal Morrow was arrested for driving under the influence this weekend, according to the Pullman Police log.

The incident occurred at the intersection of NE Colorado St and NE D Street early Saturday morning.

Morrow averaged 6.5 ypc this past season, gaining 347 yards on 53 touches. He also caught 33 passes for 294 yards with four TDs.

Shephard spent the past two seasons at Western Kentucky as the wide receivers coach, adding special teams duties in 2015.  Thayer tweeted he’s coming to WSU per sources.

There doesn’t appear an obvious Leach connection on first glance – Shepard, out of Fort Wayne, Indiana., had been at Western Kentucky since 2011, becoming a full-time assistant in 2014. Before that, he coached high school ball in Indiana as well as a stint at his alma mater, Depauw, coaching track.

Western Kentucky racked up 5,211 receiving yards this past season, with leading wideout Taywan Taylor posting 1,467 receiving yards (No. 3 nationally) and 17 TDs. WKU’s top four pass receivers combined for 286 catches for 3,983 hashes and 38 scores.

Shephard during his playing career was a wideout at DePauw, graduating in 2015 with 168 career receptions, No. 5 all-time in school history. His career all-purpose yards (3,997) yards rank him No. 3 in school history and his 2,382 career receiving yards are No. 6 all-time.

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