Former Sheldon High School football player Mansel Simmons, a redshirt freshman wide receiver at Washington State last season, was hospitalized with head injuries after being involved in an altercation early Sunday morning in Pullman, Wash.
Pullman Police Commander Chris Tennant said Simmons was knocked unconscious and reportedly suffered a skull fracture and concussion after he was struck by a man that police believe plays football at the neighboring University of Idaho.
Police confirmed Simmons regained consciousness Monday.
Tennant said WSU and Idaho football players were kicked out of a party after they began arguing. "About 20" players gathered across the street in a church parking lot, where the alleged assault took place.
"We're pretty sure we know who the University of Idaho player is who hit Mr. Simmons," Tennant said.
A Washington State player had originally been identified as the possible suspect in the assault on Simmons, Tennant said, but police interviewed him and determined that he was not involved.
Tennant said the WSU and Idaho football coaching staffs have been cooperating in the investigation.