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Report: former four-star QB Tyler Bruggman leaving Wazzu

Tyler Bruggman

Earlier this offseason, Austin Apodaca decided to transfer out of the Washington State football program. Sunday, it’s lather, rinse, repeat at the quarterback position for the Cougars. Reportedly.

In a tweet from Britton Ransford of, it’s being reported that Tyler Bruggman has decided to leave Wazzu and transfer elsewhere. No reason for the abrupt and surprising departure was given, and to where Bruggman will definitively move is unknown at this early stage.

Bruce Feldman of, however, subsequently confirmed the departure and tweeted that Bruggman “has been released to Arkansas, Duke, Louisville & Indiana.”

As is ofttimes the case, the school has not addressed the player’s status with the team despite what’s now multiple reports.

Bruggman was a four-star member of Mike Leach‘s first Wazzu recruiting class in 2013, rated as the No. 18 pro-style quarterback in the country and the No. 6 player at any position in the state of Arizona.  He took a redshirt as a true freshman last season.

Shortly before national Signing Day in 2013, he flipped to Wazzu from Arizona State, so the Sun Devils could be a potential destination. He also held offers from, among others, Arizona, Arkansas, BYU, Duke, Michigan State and Ole Miss.

With the twin departures of Bruggman and Apodaca, the situation behind starter Connor Halliday is dire as detailed:

That leaves [Luke] Falk, a walk-on redshirt freshman, and true freshman Peyton Bender as players likely to fill out the depth chart next season. The Cougars were thought to be loaded at quarterback just a few months ago and are now precariously thin at the most-important position.

(Photo credit: Washington State athletics)

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5 Responses to “Report: former four-star QB Tyler Bruggman leaving Wazzu”
  1. emeraldcityfan says: Jul 13, 2014 3:21 PM

    Probably didn’t think he could beat out the walk-on. Hope Halladay doesn’t get hurt, or Wazzu is in trouble.

  2. benchwarmer42 says: Jul 13, 2014 3:38 PM

    Reblogged this on Rivals Rundown and commented:
    Could this top recruit be heading south…

  3. worldchampionseahawks says: Jul 13, 2014 3:55 PM

    Would you want to play there? and for a coach that is borderline retarded.

  4. pdcooper08 says: Jul 14, 2014 2:51 AM

    I’m not sure if I’d pick Wazzu if I had other choices to start my career, but the fact is, this kid did.

    As far as the HC being borderline retard, not sure where you get that from. He is certainly a character, but I would’nt refer to him as retard. Doesnt he hold a law degree for what ever that’s worth. Last I was told, that’s not an easy degree to come across.

    As far as his football knowledge with X’s and O’s and Offensive game planning goes, he is held in high regard. Now how he may treat others, that’s a different matter. Coach might have wore the kid out with his antics.

  5. elisesjones says: Jul 16, 2014 4:26 PM

    A little disappointed in these comments. Mike Leach is an awesome coach, I just think that Bruggman saw that he isn’t going to get as much playing time as he had hoped for. Luke Falk is an awesome QB and is quite a contender for Bruggman. Halliday is already starting this year which means that Bruggman won’t get much playing time this year and who knows, Falk could always out play him and Bruggman could get even less playing time. I think Bruggman is looking out for his best interests and going to a school where he knows he will be able to play the most and to the best of his abilities. It will be sad to see him go though. He is a great QB and would have been a wonderful contribution to WSU Cougars.

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