Had a chance to speak this afternoon with Brophy Prep coach Scooter Molander about the commitment of quarterback Tyler Bruggman to Washington State. Read on for a partial transcript.
(On Bruggman as a player) "You’re not going to find a harder worker, you’re not going to find a smarter quarterback and he is a fantastic leader. He can make all the throws, strong arm, got very good footwork, good understanding of the game, why, how to break down defenses. He’s a great one."
(On the difficulty of Bruggman's decision) "There were upwards of 15 schools that had offered him a Division-1 scholarship, and it always boils down to a feel and where did he feel the most comfortable, and I believe he made a great decision. There was a lot of great schools that offered him, including ASU, I think they’re going in the right direction. That’s what I advised him -- it’s not my decision, it’s not your parents' decision, it’s yours, and where do you feel most comfortable? So I’m pleased for him that he’s come to his decision and I hope it brings him peace."
(Do you believe it's a final decision?) "Oh, I do. He’s a man of his word. He always has been. He says he’s going to do something, he does it.
"A perfect example of that, the other day we said to the seniors, 'guys, those two refrigerators up top are gross, nasty, old food in there from last spring. They need to be cleaned out by 3 today.' Who does it? He does. He goes down to the weight room, gets the disinfectant, all of that. He’s the guy who does that. He’s above no one else -- he’s with everyone, that’s why he's a great leader."
(On where he needs to improve) "It’s a huge jump, particularly at the quarterback position. It doesn’t matter how good you are, where you come from, what program. The speed of the game is tremendous, the windows in which the ball needs to be delivered are obviously smaller and defenses are faster, so it’s a process, but he never takes shortcuts. That’s why he’s a 4.2 student. Nobody’s going to outwork him."