PULLMAN - For Washington State
quarterback Jeff Tuel, it's been an up-and-down career at the helm of
the Cougars program. The oft-injured leader of the offense has
struggled with injuries since his inception and an injury-riddled 2011
campaign resulted in the school applying for a fifth year of
eligibility to due a medical hardship.
It appears, however, that Tuel has played his last game for the Cougars
- and what a memorable game it was.
to the Seattle Times, Tuel has abandoned his attempt at gaining an
extra year of eligibility and will enter the NFL draft.
In the season opener against Idaho State in 2011, Tuel was declared a
gametime decision with the flu, but entered the game on the third
series of the game only to break his collarbone. Tuel returned
six weeks later to play against Stanford during Homecoming, but in the
following game against Oregon State in Seattle, Tuel reinjured his
collarbone and remained sidelined for the rest of the season.
It's been a long, agonizing road towards resolving his appeal for a
fifth-year but the lengthy process has forced Tuel to focus on the next
journey of his career.
Tuel played in 31 games in four seasons including 26 starts. Tuel
finished his collegiate career throwing for 5,936 yards and 33
touchdowns putting his mark in the WSU record books along the way.
Per WSUCougars.com, Tuel finished his career first in WSU history for
completion percentage, fifth in completions, sixth in passing attempts,
seventh in passing yards, seventh in passing touchdowns, seventh in
total offense (5,878) and eighth in touchdowns responsible for (35).