O-lineman Tuttle Optimistic

Alex Tuttle joins the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent. A Two-year starter at right offensive tackle who can also play guard from Northwest Missouri State he played with Seth Wand to form one of the finest offensive lines among the small college ranks. Tuttle has some interesting things to say regarding his chances with the Bolts…

Alex Tuttle was an All-Mid-America first-team selection as a senior. At 6-4, 315 pounds, he started all year at right offensive tackle making 78 knockdowns as part of an offensive line that allowed only 15 quarterback sacks in 13 games He helped the Bear Cat offense average 380.5 yards per game.

As a junior Tuttle had 66 knockdowns for an offensive unit that averaged 479.2 yards per game.

Several teams, including Green Bay and Miami, courted Tuttle (6-4, 306) before he signed with the Chargers. He was projected as a possible late-round draft pick.

Tuttle is known as a punishing run blocker, something San Diego likes in its linemen with LaDainian Tomlinson in the backfield.

"I know that I was No. 1 on coach (Hudson) Houck's list," Tuttle said. "There was a chance that they might pick me up in the seventh round."

Tuttle, an All-MIAA selection, was actually relieved when he made it through the draft. That enabled him to choose where he wanted to go, so he picked San Diego because of the money and its offensive line situation.

"I'm real excited," Tuttle said.

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