No matter how much it looks like Collin Klein is a heavy favorite to open the season as Kansas State’s starting quarterback, the Blinn Community College transfer is ready to push him for the privilege.
Tuggle, a junior dual-threat quarterback who threw for 2,015 yards and rushed for 733 yards while scoring 29 touchdowns in junior college, wants the job as badly as anyone. At the least, he thinks he’s in the mix.
“I see myself competing for the starting position,” Tuggle said. “I’m working hard. My goal is to be the starter on Day 1 when we open up against Eastern Kentucky.”
As stated above, that goal won’t be easily reached. The starting quarterback spot is Klein’s to lose, and K-State coaches have done nothing but rave about his improvement throughout the offseason.
Add in the fact that Tuggle exited the Wildcats’ spring game as the team’s third-string quarterback, and his uphill climb seems even steeper. But Tuggle is quick to defend his chances.