Marcus Mason received scant playing time as a senior after leading Washington State in rushing and all-purpose yards as a junior in 2013. To say Mason is bitter would be a major understatement.
Mason blasted unnamed WSU coaches in an interview posted on the NFL Draft Diamonds website.
“I was fooled by my coaching staff going into my senior year … I outworked everybody and to be beat out by politics alone was crushing,” Mason is quoted as saying. “Not one single coach had the heart to tell me what was going on every single time I asked until it was too late.
“They held me back as much as they could, would not let me switch positions and would try to keep me off the field as hard as they could no matter the circumstances just so they wouldn’t look bad. I wanted to give up but could not let them beat me.”
Mason had just five carries for 7 yards last season. He caught one pass for 2 yards. The year before, Mason led WSU with 87 carries, 427 rushing yards and 865 all-purpose yards. His 52 receptions (for 390 yards) ranked second on the Cougars.
Redshirt freshmen Jamal Morrow and Gerard Wicks handled most of the running duties last season. Morrow led WSU with 351 yards on 87 carries, and he had 61 catches for 460 yards. Morrow scored no touchdowns; Mason scored four times in 2013 (two rushing, two receiving).
“The frustration, anger, and hate that build up inside of me were ruining my life,” Mason said. “I would not talk to but a few people and never talked or even looked at my coaches unless I had to.
“Going through some of the ridiculous stuff we were made (to) do did not help but it did not make it worse and I took my frustration out on some of my teammates during practice.”
Mason is not one of the 1,500-plus players ESPN rates as prospects for the 2015 NFL draft.