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WSU defensive back Skyler Thomas is back in the transfer portal

This is the second time in as many months that Thomas' name has been on the website.
Credit: AP
Washington State defensive back Skyler Thomas (25) leaves the field before an NCAA college football game against Northern Colorado in Pullman, Wash., Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

SPOKANE, Wash. — Skyler Thomas is once again looking to play elsewhere this college football season.

Thomas' name popped up in the transfer portal again on Wednesday. Nick Rolovich said on Wednesday that Skyler told him about his intent to transfer on Tuesday.

"He feels like it's the best thing for him right now and we wish him nothing but the best. There's no ill will right now from either side in my opinion. This is a real difficult time for all these kids. I think right now we just need to be as supportive as we can with them," said Rolovich in his Wednesday press conference.

The redshirt senior originally put his name into the portal in August after the Pac-12 announced that they would not play football in the fall. A week later, he withdrew his name from the portal and opted to stay with the Cougs.

"I appreciated Skyler's communication throughout the whole process. We were very open with each other. Most guys when they go into the transfer portal, you don't hear about it and you part ways. I really appreciated the openness," Rolovich said after the Cougs' first practice this past Friday.

Thomas started 12 of 13 games in 2019 for the Cougs. He also led the team with four interceptions and was second on the team with 72 tackles last season.

If Thomas indeed does decide to transfer, this is a big loss for WSU both from a production and leadership standpoint. Thomas was poised to be one of the key leaders of the defense this season.

Skyler would become the second WSU player to transfer after August this year. Wide receiver Tay Martin transferred to Oklahoma State after the Pac-12 announced they were postponing their season in August.