De Laura enters transfer portal

De Laura led Pac-12 in total yards for majority of season

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WSU quarterback Jayden de Laura (4) talks with offensive lineman Konner Gomness (77) before the Apple Cup at Husky Stadium, Nov. 26, 2021, in Seattle.

TOM ABBOTT, Evergreen reporter

WSU quarterback Jayden de Laura has entered the transfer portal amidst changes in the quarterback room.

Friday afternoon, de Laura officially entered the portal, according to a 247Sports article. De Laura’s desire to leave the Palouse comes just days after WSU offered a spot on the roster to transfer quarterback Cameron Ward. 

Ward played his 2021 season at Incarnate Word and has earned a solid reputation in the transfer portal this off-season. WSU’s new offensive coordinator Eric Morris coached Ward last season at Incarnate Word. 

With new competition for the quarterback role at WSU, de Laura now sets his eyes for opportunity elsewhere. De Laura had an outstanding 2021 season, throwing for 2,798 yards and leading the conference with 23 touchdowns. 

De Laura’s first year with the Cougs was under former head coach Nick Rolovich. De Laura was already committed to WSU before Rolovich’s hiring but welcomed the new head coach. The Hawai’i native joined the former Hawai’i coach in Pullman. Rolovich’s quarterback-centered offense worked well for de Laura, who played in the majority of games during his first season.

Rolovich’s firing mid-way into the 2021 season hit the locker room hard. De Laura expressed his dismay at Rolovich’s termination on Twitter after the news had reached the media. With the team headed in a new direction under head coach Jake Dickert, de Laura is opening the door to other football programs. 

De Laura joins a long list of athletes in the transfer portal this season. With so many spots opening up at schools in various conferences, de Laura’s chances of finding a new university are high.