Redshirt freshman Tyler Bruggman, the first highly touted quarterback signed by Washington State football coach Mike Leach, is transferring, according to a report by WazzuWatch.com’s Britton Ransford.
Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports, who co-authored Leach’s book “Swing Your Sword,” cited an unnamed source in confirming the earlier report.
Bruggman did not return a phone message left by The Spokesman-Review on Sunday evening.
If Bruggman is leaving, he becomes the second quarterback to leave the WSU program this year. Austin Apodaca departed in February.
With Apodaca’s departure, it was assumed Bruggman, a four-star prospect from Leach’s first recruiting class in 2013, would take over as starter when fifth-year senior Connor Halliday graduated. But Bruggman did not look ready this spring and former walk-on Luke Falk, a redshirt freshman, played well enough to perhaps put himself in line for the No. 2 spot.
Bruggman’s apparent transfer leaves the Cougars thin behind Halliday with just Falk and incoming freshman Peyton Bender as scholarship quarterbacks.
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