Washington State Cougars quarterback Jeff Tuel has decided to enter the NFL Draft. Tuel, who is a senior, was in the middle of a petitioning the NCAA to give him a fifth year of eligibility. Tuel and the school were requesting the extra year because of what happened during his junior season. He suffered a collarbone injury on the third series of the opening game in 2011. Tuel then returned later on in the year only to re-injure the collarbone after just a game and a half back.
According to The Seattle Times, Tuel has decided to end the appeal process because he felt the questions by the NCAA revolved around him getting “mistreated” by the previous coaching staff and potentially forced to return to the field too soon. Tuel said this was not the case and therefore decided to go pro.
Tuel’s best season came back in 2010 as a sophomore where he threw for 2,780 yards and 18 touchdowns. Injuries cost him a lot of time over his career at Washington State, but he did mange to throw for more than 2,000 yards in 2012 as well.
At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, Tuel has all the physical tools and athleticism to play the quarterback position. However, given his small sample size from college, it remains to be seen whether or not a team will take a chance on drafting him. If not, there is still a strong chance he would be signed as a free agent somewhere and given a shot to make an NFL team during training camp.
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