The Buffalo Bills opened training camp this weekend and checking in to his second camp with the Bills was former Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel.
After his first season with the Bills ended, Tuel returned to WSU to finish requirements for his communication degree (public relations emphasis) and business minor.
Tuel, pictured above speaking during a February Cougar Athletic Fund event in the Rankich Club Room at Martin Stadium, took time out from his studies in April to talk for a Cougar Athletic Fund website story. Tuel reflects on his Cougar career and the life-changing moment when he learned he earned a scholarship to WSU.
During the interview, Tuel discussed other topics, including the Football Operations Building and the 2012 Apple Cup. Read what Tuel had to say below:
On the Football Operations Building:
"It's so cool to see where this started and where it's finishing. It's going to be a good pull for recruits. With my generation you grow up and see these flashy, nice things on TV and you hear about these beautiful locker rooms and lounges. You want that. I think that’s what motivates some kids. If you’re on the fence with one or two schools, and one of them has a place you feel really comfortable with and proud to be in, it will definitely weigh in on your decision. It will help us win a couple of those recruiting battles."
On the 2012 Apple Cup:
"It was a great feeling. I couldn’t have drawn it up or written a better way to finish my career at Washington State. It was really special for me and one that I really wanted."
On other memories during his WSU career:
"My sophomore year we were struggling and we went down and beat Oregon State. To beat them at their place and come back to WSU and see the students greet us was really cool."
(Tuel was named Pac-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Week after going 10-for-15 with a touchdown pass and rushing for a career-high 79 yards in the win at Oregon State.)
On signing with Buffalo as a free agent:
"They were really interested in me during the entire (draft) process. I was hearing a lot of things from other teams but Buffalo was very consistent with it. They called me before the draft ended. They had taken their last pick and their offensive coordinator and QB coach were on the phone with me. That was really big for me. Other teams called after the draft but none of the were as adamant as the Bills were. Obviously, everyone wants to get drafted. It’s tough to not get the phone call to get drafted but I know I was a priority of theirs."
On the city of Buffalo:
"They’re hard workers, blue collar, get after it and go to work kind of people. I really respect that. I know there are a lot of those people in Pullman. People are just as passionate about the Bills as the Cougars are in Pullman. It’s almost like a little big town."
Jason Krump, WSU Athletics