Tuel puts on his coaching hat

WSU SENIOR QUARTERBACK Jeff Tuel flew out of Pullman on Wednesday headed for Bayou Country. But he won't be spending his time sampling the Cajun and Creole cuisine or looking for a little R&R. This is most definitely a working assignment.

Tuel was en route to Thibodaux, Louisiana to serve as a guest coach at the annual Manning Passing Academy.

The camp, which lasts Thursday through Sunday, is run by the entire Manning family and hosts 8th through 12th grade football players looking to improve their offensive skill sets.

Tuel (6-3, 223), who has trained with the likes of present and former NFL quarterbacks Mark Sanchez, Rob Johnson and Jordan Palmer, said his camp experiences were crucial to his development.

"The NFL is the ultimate goal," Tuel said. "I attended some camps growing up that dealt with technique and footwork -- they're huge."

Tuel's father, appropriately named ‘Pappa Tuel' on some social media sites, said he's proud of what Jeff has accomplished headed into his senior season.

"This camp is an excellent opportunity," Tuel Sr. said. "Jeff has worked very hard to get to where he's at now, it's quite the honor to be selected."

TUEL SR. SAID his son still works extensively on his three, five, and seven step drops to better prepare for both his senior season and a potential future in the NFL.

"Whenever Jeff comes home, we throw," the elder Tuel said. "I've been watching him throw since he was six years old, I can usually help him with the little things in his delivery."

Tuel began his camp work at an early age, attending Camp Quarterback hosted by football guru Bob Johnson when he was just ten years old. He still trains extensively with Bob, Rob and Bret Johnson when he travels home to southern California on breaks.

TUEL, WHO HAS never redshirted, added that he likely won't know until the fall whether the NCAA will grant a medical hardship waiver and a fifth year. The NCAA tends to rule rigidly in such matters and because Tuel played in the second half of the season, in Week 7, the chances of the NCAA granting the waiver are considered slim.

Tuel will return to Pullman on Monday to resume offseason workouts with the Cougs.

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