Wide receiver Kainoa Wilson leaves football team



Redshirt junior wide receiver Kainoa Wilson celebrates after forcing a fumble on a kickoff during a game against Eastern Washington on Sept. 15 at Martin Stadium.

DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen deputy sports editor

Redshirt junior wide receiver and walk-on Kainoa Wilson has left the Cougar football program, Associate Director of Athletics Bill Stevens confirmed Monday.

The reason for Wilson’s departure is unknown, but the 5-foot-11, 169 pound wideout made just three catches during his career at WSU.

Wilson mostly made his mark on special teams as a Cougar. This past season, Wilson blocked a punt that a teammate recovered for a touchdown in a 56-37 victory over Oregon State. He also returned a fumble on a kickoff for a touchdown in WSU’s 69-28 win over Arizona.

Overall, Wilson finished 2018 with 10 tackles on special teams and two fumble recoveries, and received an All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention.