Posted by Chip Patterson
Washington State's defense lost another key piece for 2012 when linebacker Sekope Kaufusi was dismissed from the team on Friday for a violation of team rules.
According to The Seattle Times, Kaufusi was arrested by Pullman police Wednesday night and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Officers responded to a complaint of marijuana smell at Kaufusi's apartment, and upon serving a search warrant discovered less than 40 grams of marijuana.
Kaufusi is the second linebacker to be dismissed by head coach Mike Leach in nearly a month. C.J. Mizell was dismissed on Feb. 7 as a result of his involvement in a fraternity house fight. Mizell (56 tackles, fourth on the team) and Kaufusi (42 tackles, seventh on the team) were both expected to start for the Cougars in 2012. Both dismissals, along with the graduation of leading tackler Alex Hoffman-Ellis, leave Leach and new defensive coordinator Mike Breske with few options at the linebacker position.
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