Washington State middle linebacker Peyton Pelluer is out for the season after fracturing his foot during the first half of the Cougars’ game against Oregon State, the Lewiston Tribune reported.
Pelluer’s father Scott told the Tribune his son would undergo surgery within two weeks and face five to six months of rehabilitation.
During his weekly news conference on Monday, WSU coach Mike Leach declined to say several times whether Pelluer was injured. He threatened to throw out reporters if they asked again.
Pelluer, a senior who’s started in 34 consecutive games for the Cougars, left for the locker room during the first half of Saturday’s Pac-12 opener and never returned to the field.
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The Sammamish native is the leader of WSU’s defense and was named All-Pac-12 Conference honorable mention last season after starting in all 13 games and ranking fourth in the league with 93 tackles. He was third on the team with 7 1/2 tackles-for-loss.
Former walk-on Nate DeRider filled in for Pelluer at the middle linebacker spot immediately on Saturday. DeRider, a fifth-year senior, was put on scholarship during fall camp this August. He hasn’t made a start for the Cougars.
Isaac Dotson is another option at middle linebacker although he doesn’t have nearly as much experience. Dotson has started all three games at weakside linebacker this season and has registered 22 tackles for the Cougars.
Redshirt freshmen Jahad Woods and Justus Rogers have both been in the rotation at inside linebacker this season. Woods had the first sack of his career against Montana State and has recorded eight tackles in three games this season playing behind Pelluer and Dotson.
The Cougars may also call up Fa’vae Fa’vae, who’s been a star of the team’s Thursday Night Football scrimmages the first few weeks of the year, according to outside linebackers coach Roy Manning.