Nov. 20, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University sophomore running back Deon Burnett, from Upland, Calif., has left the Cougar football program and will be given his release to transfer to another school, head coach Mike Price confirmed Monday.
"When we came in at halftime of the Washington game last Saturday, Deon changed his clothes and left the lockerroom," Price said.
"In all of my competitive experiences, I have never seen that happen or heard of it happening, so I was very surprised," Price said. "In all of my conversations with Deon this season, he has always said he will stay here and that he likes it here."
"When Deon arrived last year he stepped in when we needed help and gave us an outstanding season," Price continued. "I know this has been a difficult season for him, but he gave me no indication he was considering leaving the program. I appreciate what he has done for us and am sorry this season did not turn out well for him."
During his first collegiate season in 1999, Burnett rushed for a Cougar freshman record 974 yards, but this year his yardage dropped to 345 yards. He scored 12 rushing touchdowns and averaged 4.7 yards per carry in 1999, while this season he averaged 3.7 yards per carry and scored just one touchdown.
Burnett's best games this season included 98 yards rushing against Idaho and 72 yards against Arizona State. He played in 10 of WSU's 11 games, missing WSU's game at California with a knee injury.