Cougars’ wide receiver and punt returner was a walk-on for past two years.
Kaleb Fossum’s biggest moment as a Washington State Cougar came on Nov. 12 last year, when he returned a 75-yard punt for a touchdown in WSU’s win over Cal and earned Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
But the Cougars will have to find someone else to return punts next season because Fossum announced via his Twitter account on Monday that he will transfer to Nevada for the remainder of his career due to financial reasons.
Fossum, a sophomore from Lake Forest, Calif., has been a walk-on at WSU for two years. He talked his way onto the travel squad by telling special-teams coach Eric Mele that he could hold for the kicker on special teams even though he’d never actually performed that duty.
In a phone interview Tuesday afternoon, Fossum said he realized over winter break that his family could no longer afford to help him with the out-of-state tuition at WSU. So the receiver talked over the situation with Mele and his position coach, Dave Nichol, but it quickly became apparent that the Cougars could not guarantee him a scholarship for his junior season and beyond.
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Still, the coaching staff gave him their blessing, and Mele, especially, helped talk to his contacts in the coaching world to try to find Fossum a new home.
One of those people was Nevada offensive coordinator Matt Mumme, the son of Hal Mumme, Mike Leach’s friend, mentor and co-founder of the Air Raid offense. Fossum connected with Mumme via Twitter, and after reviewing his tape, the Wolfpack offered him a scholarship.
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