The leading receiver in the high-powered Washington State Cougars offense, junior WR Gabe Marks, landed in hot water over the weekend.
Jacob Thorpe of The Spokesman-Review (h/t John Taylor of CollegeFootballTalk) reports that Marks was arrested at a Pullman, Wash., bar Saturday morning and cited with four misdemeanors: fourth-degree assault, second-degree criminal trespassing, being a minor intoxicated in public and frequenting a tavern.
Thorpe quoted Sgt. Dan Dornes of the Pullman Police Department explaining the details surrounding the incident that took place at Stubblefields bar:
Officers responded to a call saying that someone had assaulted a Stubblefields employee shortly after 2 a.m. on Saturday. Dornes said when they arrived, Marks, 19, was heavily intoxicated and was being detained by “a number of employees.”
“He was in a dispute with another patron, and they were asking him to leave the premises, and they were escorting him to leave the premises,” Dornes said. “During that time, he punched one of the employees, which was a 34-year-old male, and so they held him there.”
Marks, a 6'0", 176-pound Los Angeles native and Venice product, apologized on Twitter according to Thorpe, though the tweet no longer appears on his account.
“I am sorry to everyone who believed in me,” he wrote Sunday, per Thorpe. “My actions are my own, and I have to live with it. Can’t change the past. Can only look forward.”
Because all four charges were misdemeanors, Marks spent no time in jail.
According to The Seattle Times, Marks was also arrested for being minor in possession a year ago.
Head coach Mike Leach lists three offenses that result in immediate dismissal: drugs, hitting a woman and stealing, per Michael Preston of CougCenter.com. Since none of Marks' transgressions fall on that list, it doesn't seem likely that he'll be booted from the team.
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WSU has not made any public comment on his situation. Marks led the Cougars with 74 receptions for 807 yards and seven touchdowns last year. He tallied 49 receptions for 560 yards and two scores as a freshman.
Wazzu finished 6-7 last season, falling in the New Mexico Bowl, 48-45, to a marvelous late comeback by Colorado State.
The Cougars are set to return almost their entire receiving corps after boasting 10 players with 100 or more receiving yards last year.
If Marks misses time, the Cougars will still have a host of receivers who can fill the lead roll, including Dominique Williams, River Cracraft and Kristoff Williams.
Wazzu will open the 2014 season on Aug. 28 against Rutgers.