Cougs nab another big one: Bumpus reinstated

FOR THE SECOND TIME this month, Washington State has landed a 5-star receiver. Standout Cougar slotback and punt returner Michael Bumpus plans to enroll for spring semester in the next few days, according to WSU. Bumpus, in academic limbo for poor grades, has won an institutional appeal to return to school. Earlier this month, split end Jason Hill eschewed an early jump to the NFL and announced he would be back in crimson for his senior season.

Bumpus meets all WSU and NCAA academic requirements and is expected to participate in all football activities throughout the semester, once enrolled, WSU said.

In an official statement released by the university, coach Bill Doba said; "Michael, just like any other student at WSU, utilized procedures in place and is currently ready to enroll for spring semester. He is eligible to participate in all football related activities this spring once enrolled, including spring practice.

"Right now we are focusing on his academic performance this spring and his progress toward a degree from WSU to ensure he is eligible in the fall."

Bumpus currently meets all WSU and NCAA academic requirements.

"Bumpus has utilized institutional procedures available to all university students and following an institutional process completed this week, he plans to enroll for spring semester," added WSU Faculty Representative Ken Casavant.

As a sophomore last season, Bumpus was honorable-mention All-Pac-10 despite a high ankle sprain that cut short his season in Week 7.

The Culver City, Calif., star caught 30 passes for 357 yards and two touchdowns in 2005, and also returned 17 punts for 232 yards and a touchdown, giving him three TDs on returns for his career and tying the all-time mark at Washington State.

With Bumpus being reinstated, the Cougs will return three starters at receiver: Hill, Bumpus and and Chris Jordan.

In addition, Brandon Gibson saw considerable time as a true freshman this past season. The flanker from Puyallup caught nine balls for 172 yards and two TDs.

Benny Ward and Scott Selby also return, while prep holdover Greg Walker and JC transfer Finas Rabb enrolled at WSU this month and will participate in spring ball, while 2006 classmates who will sign their LOIs Wednesday include:

Charles Dillon, Anthony Houston, Derrell Hutsona, and Keith Rosenberg. Dillon and Hutsona come to the Cougs from the junior college ranks while Houston and Rosenberg will graduate from high school this spring.

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