Washington State is one quarterback lighter today after redshirt freshman Tyler Bruggman decided to take his talents elsewhere and transfer out of the program.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) July 13, 2014
As mentioned in my article earlier today, Bruggman had been struggling to pick up the Mike Leach system fast enough to make moves on fellow redshirt freshman Luke Falk, who has stepped in and impressed the coaching staff this Spring. Falk now becomes the lead backup and likely successor to Connor Halliday after this season. This also opens the door for him to earn the scholarship that he passed up to get a shot at playing at Washington State.
There’s no information on why exactly Bruggs decided to transfer, but looking at the depth chart can be difficult when the guy that’s ahead of you is in your class. One has to think that he, like Austin Apodaca earlier this Spring, realized if Falk had beat him out completely that he would never see the field for any lengthy amount of time as a starter. Like the tweet says, he will now look at some schools with serious QB questions in Arkansas, Duke, Louisville and Indiana.
Peyton Bender is also on campus, taking summer classes. More than likely he would not be put in a ballgame in any situation as a true freshman as it would be much more beneficial to keep his redshirt. Walk-on Connor Ennis from Washington D.C. is the only other quarterback on the roster now, so it’s a little thin, again. But the Cougs should be fine unless something tragic happens to both Halliday and Falk.