Martin led the Cougars with 70 catches for 831 yards and nine touchdowns during the regular season and has 150 catches for 1,683 yards and 17 touchdowns over the past three years. The junior had been suspended for Washington State's game against Colorado in October for a violation of team rules.
Martin disputed WSU's characterization of his departure on Twitter.
I was dismissed from the team because I asked for my release. I never knew me asking for my release was a violation of the team rules.
— Tavares Martin Jr (@ASAP_561) December 10, 2017
He is the second wide receiver to exit the program since the regular season ended, joining former high school teammate Isaiah Johnson-Mack. Johnson-Mack ranked second on the team with 555 receiving yards this year and third with 60 receptions. Both players are from Belle Glade, Florida.
No. 18 Washington State (9-3) will play No. 16 Michigan State (9-3) in the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl on Dec. 28.