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Backup WSU linebacker Chandler Leniu leaves program

WASHINGTON STATE middle linebacker Chandler Leniu (6-0, 260) has left the football program and WSU, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation tell Cougfan.com.

Washington State SID Bill Stevens confirmed Leniu's departure to CF.C

Leniu (pictured above after this year's spring game) posted 14 tackles with one tackle-for-loss in 13 games this past season and was listed on last season’s final official depth chart as the No. 2 MIKE behind starter Peyton Pelluer.

Updated: Leniu is headed to Riverside CC with the intention of transferring to a 4-year school in December with 2-to-play-2, the Seattle Times reported later this afternoon after speaking with Leniu's father. "It wasn’t panning out the way we thought it would, we wanted him to get a fair shot and we didn’t believe he was getting a fair shot. We decided to have him forgo the season and get him back home,” David Leniu told the Times.

This spring according to CF.C’s Tyler Baker, Aaron Porter had played well behind Peuller at the middle linebacker spot but Leniu also appeared to be right there in the mix.

Leniu came to WSU as part of the 2014 class and a 4-star prospect.  He was a longtime verbal commit to WSU but flipped to Cal and signed with the Bears on signing day. Four months later, however, he joined the WSU program and was eligible to play immediately as he was granted his release from Cal.

He redshirted last season, performing well on the scout team, before seeing his first collegiate action in 2015.   

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