2017 NFL Draft

Jeff Tuel, QB

School: Washington State  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Fresno, CA
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 218 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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04/30/2013 - Bills agree to terms with 16 Undrafteds...QB Jeff Tuel - 6'3" 218 - Washington St.,...Appeared in 31 games making 26 starts. Tuel was 531-of-865 passing for 5,936 yards and 33 touchdowns in his career. Finished first in school history in completion percentage (61.4%) , fifth in completions, sixth in passing attempts, seventh in passing yards, seventh in passing touchdowns and seventh in total offense. "Really good size, really strong arm and you notice that when you watch him on the practice field," said Forsyth. "He stands out as a pure thrower. A deceptively good athlete, he has good quickness and feet. He runs well and he's a tough kid that's competitive. He's had to battle through some injuries, but he has a chance. He just needs some time to develop and get some experience. A smart kid too." - Chris Brown, BuffaloBills.com

04/17/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT: 124 FBS PROGRAMS, 124 POSSIBLE UNDRAFTED ROOKIE FREE AGENTS: WASHINGTON STATE: QB Jeff Tuel (6-3, 218, 4.60)...A better athlete than expected, Tuel's accuracy and mechanics leave a lot to be desired, but he has the size, arm strength and confidence to get a cup of coffee in the NFL. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/16/2013 - 2013 Washington State Pro Day: Representatives from 10 NFL teams gathered at Washington State's pro day on March 7, where nine players participated in a workout that was held indoors on FieldTurf. Washington State QB Jeff Tuel earns extended looks...Jeff Tuel, QB (6-3, 218) - Tuel ran the 40 in 4.60 and 4.65 seconds. He had a 4.12-second short shuttle and a 6.90-second three-cone drill. He had a 32-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-3 broad jump. Tuel had a great pro day, and I suspect that he will have a strong showing when he has a workout with the New England Patriots on March 22. Tuel will be joined by receiver Marquess Wilson - who was at the combine - at that workout, which will be held at the University of Idaho. Tuel also has a two-day visit with the Buffalo Bills set up for April 8-9. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

03/07/2013 - 2013 Eastern Washington Pro Day: Eastern Washington's pro day held surprise after surprise. Former Washington State wide receiver Marquess Wilson and quarterback Jeff Tuel were planning on participating with the Eagles' players, but NFL rules forbid larger-school athletes to partake in pro day at smaller schools. Another twist came as the athletes wrapped up the 40-yard dash at Roos Field, when hail started to come down in droves. Lightning and thunder soon accompanied the downpour. After more agility drills were completed in the weight room, the athletes moved to an indoor facility to complete routes and throwing drills. Before they could begin, though, the lights went out.

Eventually, the players returned to Roos Field so quarterback Kyle Padron could complete a few throws on the hail-covered field turf to stationary receivers. With the potential for injury on a slick surface, receivers Brandon Kaufman, Greg Herd and Nicholas Edwards did not run full speed.

Defensive lineman Jerry Ceja and offensive lineman Will Post also participated on Wednesday. Linebacker Zach Johnson was measured for height and weight, but did not partake in any drills due to offseason shoulder surgery. - Josh Liebeskind, KHQ TV6 News

02/27/2013 - Jeff Tuel is calling an audible and splitting the seam. After impressive performances at a pair of all-star games and stellar individual workouts that further raised his profile among NFL scouts, ol' No. 10 for the Cougs has decided to change up the standard campus Pro Day routine. To maintain his momentum, he's going to divide his work between two campuses over two days. Tuel plans to work out for NFL teams at WSU's Pro Day on March 7, and at Eastern Washington University's the day before, on March 6. "I'm going to throw at EWU because they have four receivers there including Marquess (Wilson)," Tuel told CF.C on Saturday. "They have a lot of bodies to throw to." - Joe Doyle, Cougfan.com

01/13/2013 - When Jeff Tuel was 12 years old, he used to go to Tucson's McDonald Park three times a week and dream of one day playing in the NFL. On Friday night, about 15 miles away from his former stomping grounds, Tuel took an important step toward realizing that dream. The Washington State quarterback shined at the Casino del Sol College All-Star Game at Kino Stadium, going 6 for 8 for 115 yards and a touchdown. He led the West to a 40-7 win over the East before a crowd of 4,393. Tuel grew up in Tucson, living here until he was 14, and relished the opportunity to come home and play in front of so many old friends. "This is where it all started," Tuel said. "I'll drive by McDonald Park tomorrow and check it out. "That's where the love of the game developed for me."

Tuel was strong Friday early and often. His first big throw of the night came in the first quarter when he hooked up with Stanford's Drew Terrell for a 49-yard pass down to the 1-yard line. One play later, Arizona's Taimi Tutogi scored on a rush over the top. After giving way to Kansas' Dayne Crist for the second quarter and most of the third, Tuel tossed a 32-yard touchdown pass to San Diego State's Brice Butler to stretch the lead to 33-7 late in the third. It was an important performance for Tuel. - Daniel Berk, The Arizona Daily Star

12/26/2012 - Washington State seniors Jeff Tuel and Wade Jacobson have accepted invitations to the second annual Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game. The game will be played Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. PDT at Kino Stadium in Tucson, Ariz. ESPN3.com will stream the game live. Tuel, who announced last week that he has given up pursuit of a medical redshirt year, ranks seventh in WSU history in career passing yards. - Howie Stalwick, The Kitsap Sun

12/19/2012 - Washington State senior quarterback Jeff Tuel has decided not to continue to petition the NCAA for a fifth season of eligibility and instead will start preparing for the NFL draft, according to a report on Tuesday from The Seattle Times. Tuel was apparently uncomfortable with some of the steps he would have had to take to qualify for that extra year of playing time. According to Tuel, the NCAA wanted him to testify that he was "mistreated" by the previous WSU staff under Paul Wulff. "That's basically what they were wanting," Tuel said. "I don't feel comfortable saying I was mistreated. I was never mistreated by them. ..."

The attempt to get Tuel an extra season was based on the broken collarbone he suffered in the opening game of the 2011 season. He came back at midseason and was reinjured, prompting the NCAA to wonder if Tuel had been forced back into action before he was ready. With the appeal up in the air and the prospect of it being dragged out for a while with no guarantee of success, Tuel made the decision to put an end to it and head for the NFL. "I feel good about my chances," Tuel said. "I'm a confident individual. Whether I'm drafted or a free agent, I'll train hard and play hard."

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Tuel is known for being a good athlete with a good arm. He had his best year as a 2010 sophomore, when he threw for 2,780 yards and 18 touchdowns. At one point, he looked like he might turn into one of the best quarterbacks in the Pac-12, but his injury-plagued career stunted his development. - Chris Huston, CBSSports.com

09/30/2012 - QB Jeff Tuel, who started the first two games of the season, came on late when Halliday left with an injury (Halliday said later it wasn't serious) and completed 4-of-4 passes for 60 yards and a TD to Wilson.

09/11/2012 - The bevy of players riding exercise bicycles on the sidelines of Washington State's practice field gained a new member Monday. Wearing a brace on his right leg, quarterback Jeff Tuel seemed to walk just fine but didn't participate in practice. Tuel was hit low early in the fourth quarter of WSU's 24-20 win over Eastern Washington on Saturday. He didn't return to the game and was seen on the sideline with an ice wrap on the inside of his right knee. Coach Mike Leach doesn't comment on injuries so the severity of Tuel's ailment is unknown. Sophomore Connor Halliday took all of the snaps with the first-team offense during scout work. Leach was asked if a quarterback needs to practice at least once to have a chance to play in that week's game. "We practice them whenever we think it's best and helps us the best," Leach said. So if a quarterback - say, for example, Tuel - doesn't practice during the week, can he still play on, say, Friday? "If we decide to," Leach said. - Christian Caple, The Spokesman-Review

09/08/2012 - Jeff Tuel threw a pair of touchdown passes to Isiah Myers as Washington State hung on to beat Eastern Washington 24-20 on Saturday in the home debut of Cougars coach Mike Leach. Washington State (1-1), which lost at BYU in the season opener, also unveiled a $65 million upgrade of Martin Stadium in front of the first sellout crowd here since 2007. Eastern Washington (1-1), an FCS power coming off a victory over Idaho of the FBS, kept it close behind a pair of touchdown receptions by Brandon Kaufman. This was the first meeting since 1908 between the two programs, located 60 miles apart. Washington State scored first when Tuel connected with Myers in the back of the end zone on a 2-yard scoring pass with 5:42 left in the first quarter. It was their first touchdown of the season after being held to two field goals by BYU. - AP Sports

09/06/2012 - Washington State's game this weekend is one of those that coaches often say is more about their team than the opponent. WSU hosts FCS opponent Eastern Washington for the first time since 1908 in what is the home opener for Mike Leach as WSU's coach. It is also a chance at some redemption after the disaster that was the first game of the season, a 30-6 loss at BYU. The game was a shocking disappointment for a WSU fan base that expected to see lots of points and yards for the offense under Leach. Instead, WSU managed just two field goals and 224 yards. Leach, though, insisted this week that he saw lots of good things in review of the film and doesn't think that game is an accurate indicator of where WSU is headed. All of the mistakes, he said, are fixable, including what he felt was maybe the biggest issues. "We went out there tentative," he said. "I didn't think we went out there with good tempo." Leach also said he thought the Cougars had "performance anxiety" and would have been fine had they merely played as they had in a practice a few days prior. "We just have to settle down and do what we can do," he said. Certainly, it will be expected that WSU has physical edges just about everywhere going against a team from the Big Sky Conference, albeit a good one - EWU won the FCS national title in 2010. Eastern runs a spread passing attack that will put pressure on WSU's secondary. Key is making sure tackles and not letting the inevitable small gains become big ones. Offensively, WSU has to get its receivers in favorable one-on-one matchups - always the goal for a Leach team - and give quarterback Jeff Tuel time to exploit those. Tuel struggled at BYU, but the Cougars are not considering a change and he will get the start against the Eagles. - The Sports Xchange

09/06/2012 - As bad as it was, Mike Leach insisted that's not all there is to his first Washington State football team. "We're a lot closer than we realize, because the good stuff's great," Leach said after WSU's 30-6 loss at Brigham Young Thursday night. "But then also, out of the blue, you'll see street ball out there." There was a whole lot more of the latter than the former in a surprisingly tepid opener for Leach, whose arrival elicited as much excitement around the Cougar program as had existed for about a decade. But WSU's inability to score even a lone touchdown as it dropped a game in which the outcome was never in doubt after the second quarter dulled a lot of the enthusiasm. Leach took a lot of the blame, saying that "I'm not sure coaching-wise we had them prepared to play." But he also said he thought the Cougars were too emotionally fragile and had trouble rallying after some early adversity -- the game seemed to turn quickly when BYU intercepted a Jeff Tuel pass to stop a WSU possession deep in BYU territory and then immediately drove for a TD and a 7-0 lead. But there were other problems as the Cougars struggled to hold off BYU's rush and get open against the secondary, while Tuel also seemed tentative in what was only his third start since the 2010 season. The WSU defense also had a few blown assignments that led to big plays for BYU, though Leach took heart that the Cougars seemed to stiffen as the game wore on. - The Sports Xchange

09/06/2012 - QB Jeff Tuel made just his third start since the 2010 season and struggled to make big plays. He completed 30-of-45 passes but for only 229 yards as the Cougars couldn't get down field. He also seemed hesitant running, which in 2010 was a big part of his game. QUOTE TO NOTE: "We vacillated between playing frantic and overly conscientious where we're trying to not make a mistake. At some point we've got to get the happy medium where each play's separate and you've just got to do your job on each play." -- WSU coach Mike Leach on the loss to BYU. - The Sports Xchange

09/06/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Eastern Washington at Washington State, Sept. 8 -- What looms as the one breather on WSU's scheduled could be anything but. EWU is located about 80 miles away, and its team and fans will be excited for the chance to finally play WSU. Eastern also has experience playing in big settings, having taken Washington to the wire last season before losing 30-27. KEYS TO THE GAME: Given the morale blow of the BYU loss, the Cougars will need a fast start to get themselves -- and the crowd -- into the game. Don't be surprised to see Mike Leach pull something out of the trick bag early. WSU had a few drives against BYU but had to settle for field goals, or watched them simply bog down in mistakes. The Cougars need to stretch the field and get some big plays and into the end zone against the Eagles. Defensively, WSU will see something of a version of its own offense against the Eagles, who like to spread the field and throw it around. Discipline and good man coverage will be key. Eastern is sure to get its share of completions and yards, but the Cougars need to hold the Eagles to three points -- and get its share of sacks and turnovers when the opportunities arise. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Jeff Tuel -- The senior struggled to make much happen against BYU in what was just his third start since 2010. But Tuel might be more confident and aggressive this week, starting again in a game in Pullman and against a team that shouldn't be able to pressure him as much as BYU did. Also don't be surprised to see Tuel run more. That was a big part of his game in 2010 but mostly absent against BYU. - The Sports Xchange

09/04/2012 - Quarterback Jeff Tuel is listed alone as the starter as Washington State prepares for its home opener against Eastern Washington on Saturday. Last week, Tuel and sophomore Connor Halliday were both listed as possible starters on the depth chart. Tuel completed 30 of 45 passes against BYU for 229 yards and was intercepted twice as Washington State failed to score a touchdown in a 30-6 loss last Thursday. Tuel also looked a bit slow in releasing the ball and didn't scramble much when his receivers were covered. Tuel says the Cougars need to execute faster, and he plans to scramble more. - AP Sports

09/02/2012 - QB Jeff Tuel made just his third start since the 2010 season and struggled to make big plays. He completed 30-of-45 passes but for only 229 yards as the Cougars couldn't get down field. He also seemed hesitant running, which in 2010 was a big part of his game.

08/30/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Jeff Tuel -- He looked like a future star when he ran and passed the Cougars to a win at Oregon State in the second to last game of 2010, then almost led the Cougars to an upset of rival Washington. Injuries derailed last season -- he was never healthy, even in his two starts. So this is really his first true chance since then to get on the field. - The Sports Xchange

08/30/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: The BYU game marks the debut of Leach's Air Raid offense in Pullman. And one reason observers have been optimistic about WSU this season is that the Cougars appear to have the skill-position players on hand to make it work, such as senior QB Jeff Tuel and junior WR Marquess Wilson, the latter already being talked about by some as a potential first-round draft pick. The real question is whether the offensive line can protect Tuel enough. While there is some experience up front, Leach's system requires some different skills, and the line has been something of a jumble throughout camp. The rock of the group is junior LT John Fullington, a potential All-Conference pick. But the rest is a question. - The Sports Xchange

08/04/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD CANDIDATE: Jeff Tuel, Washington State...Injuries never allowed Tuel's 2011 season to get off the ground. He played in only three games and finished with 276 passing yards. With Mike Leach coordinating Washington State's offense, look for Tuel to have a monster senior season. - The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

07/30/2012 - Top-five Washington State prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 2. QB Jeff Tuel...He returned four games later (Stanford) but was re-aggravated the collarbone and also suffered a leg injury, ending his season with just 276 passing yards (64%) and one touchdown (no interceptions). When healthy, Tuel has demonstrated the combination of intelligence, mobility, and accuracy that every scout is looking for in a developmental quarterback. He possesses good size and enough athleticism to buy time in the pocket and scramble for yardage when the defense is caght napping. Tuel's best asset might be his touch, as he's consistently shown the ability to drop passes over the top of his receivers, leading them beautifully for long gainers. He wasn't often asked to make "stick" throws in Wulff's spread scheme and likewise won't be doing much of this in Leach's offense. If he can stay healthy, Tuel has the talent to thrive in Leach's offense and generate legitimate interest from NFL scouts. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/30/2012 - Top-five Washington State prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 2. QB Jeff Tuel...Like their in-state rival, the University of Washington, the Cougars have enjoyed a great deal of success producing quality quarterbacks over the years, including but certainly not limited to the Throwin' Samoan Jack Thompson, Drew Bledsoe and Ryan Leaf. Tuel (pronounced "Tool") looked like he was on the fast-track to joining them when he earned five starts as a true freshman (Bledsoe the only other Cougar QB to ever start as a true freshman), completing 59% of his passes and throwing six touchdowns against five interceptions before going down with a dislocated knee cap. Unfortunately, the injury was just a preview of what was to come... Tuel enjoyed his best season to date in 2010, completing 60% of his passes for 2,780 yards, an 18-12 touchdown to interception ratio and earning honorable mention Pac-10 honors. Tuel's 2011 season was a disaster and perhaps sealed Wulff's fate. He was unable to start the season opener due to a bout with the flu but as the game went on he convinced the coaching staff he could play. He did but suffered a broken clavicle in doing so. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/26/2012 - Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel got to know the Cougars training staff really well last season. In WSU's opener against Idaho State, Tuel fractured his left clavicle, an injury that would sideline him for over a month. When Tuel finally returned to action in October, the then-junior quarterback only lasted two weeks before aggravating the injury in a game against Oregon State. Tuel also suffered a bruised calf against the Beavers and when he got the calf checked out, he was diagnosed with acute compartment syndrome. Just like that, Tuel's season was over. Needless to say, 2011 was a frustrating year for Tuel. "The injuries and having to watch from the sideline is real tough," Tuel told CBSSports.com at Pac-12 media day. "To have to sit out and watch your team is tough." The senior QB is excited to run Leach's offense and he should be: every quarterback Leach has ever coached has thrived in their first-year in the system. In 2000, Leach's first year at Texas Tech, Red Raider quarterback Kliff Kingsbury threw for 3,412 yards and 21 touchdowns. In 2003, Texas Tech quarterback B.J. Symons, in his only year as the Red Raiders' starter, rewrote the NCAA record book. Symons threw for an NCAA record 5,833 yards. There's a good chance Tuel can thrive in Leach's system too and why not, he already has a crush on the playbook. "I love this offense right now," Tuel said. "If you're playing quarterback at this level, you want to throw the football. That's something that [coach Leach] definitely likes to do and I like to do it." Tuel isn't kidding when he says he likes to throw the football. His freshman year, he set a school record with a 99-yard touchdown pass against Arizona State. His sophomore year, he threw for 2,780 yards and 18 touchdowns. - John Breech, CBSSports.com

07/20/2012 - 2012 DAVEY O'BRIEN PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Jeff Tuel, Washington State, has been selected to the Preseason Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback by The Davey O'Brien Foundation. Coming off an impressive sophomore campaign, Tuel, a Fresno, Calif. native, appeared in three games while battling through injuries last season. As a sophomore in 2010, Tuel threw for 2,780 yards and 18 touchdowns while starting all 12 games. In the 2012 spring game this past April, Tuel completed his first 15 passes and finished the day 19-of-21 for 285 yards and two touchdowns. - Washington State football


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