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December 18, 2012

REPORT: Jeff Tuel abandons appeal for fifth-year

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.

According 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).

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