K-State's Tuggle moves from QB to linebacker

01/01/2012 12:00 AM

01/01/2012 7:39 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas — Kansas State's Justin Tuggle will have plenty of help, if he wants it, in making his move from quarterback to linebacker.

Tuggle, the son of former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Jessie Tuggle, revealed Sunday that he made the switch to defense two weeks ago.

"I think it's a positive thing, because it's a way for me to possibly get on the field," Tuggle said. "I know my father said he was excited about it but that's mainly because he knows this is what I want. He always backs me up, 100 percent. I'm sure he'll have more advice for me in the future."

Tuggle started his career at Boston College and spent one season at Blinn College, a Texas junior college, before landing at Kansas State. He has been the Wildcats' third-string quarterback behind Collin Klein and Sammuel Lamur all season. Tuggle's only action this year has been on special teams.

"I feel like if I was to dwell on negative things, that wouldn't do me any good," Tuggle said. "The only way anybody is ever able to be able to be successful is to work through failure, to not give up."

Tuggle said his hope is to fill the spot vacated by senior linebacker Emmanuel Lamur next season. Lamur is almost the same size as Tuggle at 6-foot-4 and 227 pounds.

"He's got a great group of guys to support him," Emmanuel Lamur said. "His attitude about the move has been great, which makes me think he has the ability to succeed playing linebacker."

Looking forward — How much longer will Bill Snyder coach at Kansas State? It's one of the most talked-about questions among Wildcats fans, and Snyder addressed the topic on Sunday. Kind of.

"It's day by day," Snyder said. "When you're my age who knows what tomorrow brings? I don't know how long this will go... I came back to Kansas State University because of the people and hoped to be able to soothe the waters.... Hopefully we're closing in on that."

His son, K-State special teams coordinator Sean Snyder, said the 72-year-old coach was energized by this season.

"Somebody asked me a little while ago if he has any hobbies," said the younger Snyder. "He does. He's got one hobby, and it's football. If you enjoy your hobbies, they don't wear you out as much. He says it ages him. I think it makes him younger."

SEC stands for physical — Arkansas wide receiver Jarius Wright spoke his mind when asked how the Razorbacks will differ from other teams K-State has faced this season.

"I don't want to call the Big 12 an unphysical conference, but we are probably going to be a little more physical than they are used to," he said.

"If you don't come out and play physical every weekend you have a chance to lose (in the SEC). Most of the time when you watch film, the team that is more physical ends up winning."

Three homes — In Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino's eyes, the Razorbacks don't have just one place where they have home-field advantage — they've got three.

They'll play in one of them on Friday.

"Fayetteville, Little Rock and (Cowboys Stadium) because of Jerry Jones," Petrino said Sunday at the stadium.

Arkansas is 3-0 at Cowboys Stadium, owned by Jones, the Arkansas alumnus and Dallas Cowboys owner. The Razorbacks' primary home stadium is Reynolds-Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, where their main campus is located, but they usually play two or three games each season at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

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