PULLMAN, WA - SEPTEMBER 29: Tavares Martin Jr. #8 of the Washington State Cougars carries the ball for a touchdown against the USC Trojans in the first half at Martin Stadium on September 29, 2017 in Pullman, Washington. (Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images)

Playoff hopeful's top receiver suspended ahead of in-conference showdown


Washington State is hoping to recover from a devastating loss it took against California last week. However, they would have liked to do it with their leading receiver in Tavares Martin Jr. Unfortunately, he has been suspended for the game against Colorado this week for a violation of team rules. Martin's dad told the Seattle Times that his son got angry and missed a practice. He also said his son has since apologized.

"He was a little angry, saying things hadn't gone his way the last couple of games. He broke a team rule and needs to be punished for that," said the receiver's father, Tavares Martin Sr. "He just made a mistake, and he had to pay a price for it. It was a miscommunication between him and the coaches. He was upset. He said he felt like he should have been more involved in that game.

"There were a lot of things that took place in the Cal game. T.J. also understands that you lose as a team and you win as a team."

The junior is the team's leading receiver and is top-6 in the Pac-12 in receiving yards with 502 yards on 37 catches to go with a conference-leading seven touchdowns. His last game against California was not one of his better ones as he only recorded 38 receptions yards on three catches.

The next leading receiver becomes freshman Renard Bell who has 21 catches for 389 yards and one touchdown.

[h/t Yahoo Sports]