Martin Jr. forgoes final year of eligibility to enter NFL draft


JESSICA HARJA | Daily Evergreen File

Junior wide receiver Tavares Martin Jr. races down the field during the WSU vs. Nevada game Sept. 23, 2017.

RYAN MOSHER, Evergreen reporter

Junior wide receiver Tavares Martin Jr. declared he is entering the 2018 NFL Draft, and will waive his last year of NCAA eligibility. Martin was dismissed from the football team in December for violating team rules.

Martin was also suspended for a game against University of Colorado for violating team rules earlier in the year.

“After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to forego any eligibility remaining, and enter the 2018 NFL Draft.” Martin said in a Twitter post Saturday.

“Playing in the NFL has been a lifelong dream of mine since the age of eight, playing peewee football and chasing those rabbits in muck city.”

Martin, despite his suspension and later dismissal, finished the year leading WSU in receiving yards and touchdowns with 831 yards and nine touchdowns. He claims that he was dismissed for requesting a transfer and said that he didn’t know asking for his release was a violation of team rules, he said in a tweet on Dec. 10.

The main reason Tavares Martin was dismissed was for missing team activities, such as practices, according to The Seattle Times. The Times also reported these actions earned him his suspension, and a warning that he would be cut if he did it again.

Head Coach Mike Leach said that he dismissed Martin before he requested his release. Leach also told the Seattle Times that he cut Martin on Nov. 28 and had not talked to him since the Apple Cup.

Martin acknowledged he made mistakes in his Twitter post Saturday, and thanked Leach and the coaching staff for supporting him.

“I would like to thank Coach Mike Leach for taking a chance on me three years ago,” Martin tweeted. “You believed in me when few other would. For that, I will be forever grateful.”