New QB Bruggman 'excited to get going'

New University of Louisville quarterback Tyler Bruggman, a transfer from Washington State, will arrive on campus this weekend. Bruggman tells Cardinal Authority that he's "excited to get going" with the Cardinals.

It's been quite a whirlwind month for former Washington State quarterback Tyler Bruggman. He left the Cougars' program in early July.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Bruggman said he had a feeling he knew where he wanted to go next. And several weeks after announcing he was leaving the Cougars, Bruggman was headed to Louisville.

"It's been a lot going on," Bruggman told Cardinal Authority.

Bruggman is excited for this weekend when he arrived at Louisville and on Monday will report to camp with the Cardinals. He'll sit out this season per NCAA rules and have three years of eligibility remaining, beginning next fall.

"I don't have much time (to adjust), but that's kind of to be expected," Bruggman said. "I am excited to get there and see Louisville for the first time this weekend and visit campus. I am just excited to get there and get going."

A former four-star quarterback from Phoenix Brophy Prep, Bruggman was high on Arkansas and coach Bobby Petrino when he was being recruited by the Razorbacks in high school.

He opted to commit to Washington State and signed with the Cougars despite a late-pitch by Arizona State on signing day.

"The staff recruited me out of high school when they were at Arkansas," he said. "I got familiar with their system and their program a little bit then and coach Petrino is just a winner. He has done well where ever he's been.

"I think I fit well in their offense and I am looking forward to playing for that staff."

Bruggman said he liked Petrino and his staff when he was recruited, noting that the system the coach runs will be "a perfect fit."

"I love the passion and discipline they have," he said. "Like I said, I just think it's the right fit for me. Arkansas was real high on my list and then Arkansas and coach Petrino parted ways and Arkansas wasn't as high on my list."

As a high school senior, Bruggman earned All-State honors after guiding his team to an 11-3 record. He threw for 2,803 yards with 33 touchdowns and eight interceptions, while also running for four TDs. He also earned Division I Section III Offensive Player of the Year.

Bruggman spent last season as a redshirt at Washington State and was expected to battle for the backup position this season.

But now he's at U of L.

"I am really excited to get there and get going and try to help this team," he said. "I would like to think I can help them this year with leadership and competitiveness."

U of L will have Bruggman and former Penn State quarterback Tyler Ferguson sitting out this season, while Reggie Bonnafon and Pat Thomas are freshman quarterbacks. Will Gardner is expected to be the starter, while Kyle Bolin and Brett Nelson are other QBs on the roster.

"I think competition is only healthy for the team and the players involved," he said. "If you have a quarterback competition then it only helps the players in that competition improve.

"It will only help us all improve."

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