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Wazzu QB taking ‘Tuel Time’ to the NFL

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Although not an underclassman and therefore not part of our Draft Declarations Tracker, Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel was initially looking to return to Wazzu for a fifth year. Therefore, news of his departure to the NFL is at least a little bit surprising.

Tuel confirmed his intentions to the Seattle Times with Washington State also confirming a short time later.

“I feel good about my chances,” Tuel told the paper. “I’m a confident individual. Whether I’m drafted or a free agent, I’ll train hard and play hard.”

Washington State was seeking a fifth year of eligibility for Tuel, who missed practically the entire 2011 season with injuries. Interestingly enough, Tuel said that he was questioned by the NCAA about possible mistreatment by the previous coaching staff. In other words, there was interest by the NCAA into whether Tuel was brought back from his first collarbone injury too soon. Since Tuel was seeking an appeal, it sounds as though a decision was going to hinge on those answers.

So, Tuel has decided to try his luck at the next level.

“I don’t feel comfortable saying I was mistreated. I was never mistreated by them,” Tuel said. “It’s a combination of… how long this has been drug out. If it goes two, three more weeks and they say no, I’m kind of screwed.”

It’s an interesting move, but it sounds as though Tuel was stuck with a lot of uncertainty. The senior had a so-so year with as many touchdowns as interceptions (eight) and just over 2,000 yards passing.

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7 Responses to “Wazzu QB taking ‘Tuel Time’ to the NFL”
  1. scalpemseminoles says: Dec 18, 2012 6:58 PM

    Interesting move. Hope it works out for him, though I don’t see it happening

  2. pike573 says: Dec 18, 2012 7:37 PM

    So I guess I need some clarification. If the NCAA didnt rule in his favor and therefore he would have no eligibility left then he could declare at that point? Or is it a matter than he to declare for the draft regardless of eligibility standing?

  3. mdac1012 says: Dec 18, 2012 7:42 PM

    Hello CFL! Which is still not a bad way to make a living.

  4. Ben Kercheval says: Dec 18, 2012 8:27 PM


    As I understand, there’s been no official ruling on Tuel’s fifth year of eligibility. But rather than wait on something that may not come, Tuel has decided to go ahead and leave for the NFL.

  5. allidoiswin55 says: Dec 18, 2012 10:34 PM

    Their coach suckssss you’d leave too

  6. t16rich says: Dec 19, 2012 12:55 AM

    Well that ends the speculation. Kansas City will certainly take him first overall.

  7. houndofthebaskervols says: Dec 19, 2012 10:54 AM

    Dial 1-800-ARENABALL

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