NCAA approves immediate eligibility for Tuttle

The wait is over.

Jack Tuttle is now officially in the mix to earn Indiana’s starting quarterback job.

IU announced Wednesday that the NCAA has approved a waiver for immediate eligibility for Tuttle, who left Utah midway through his freshman season last fall and enrolled at Indiana for the spring semester.

Tuttle has four seasons of eligibility remaining.

“We are very pleased for Jack and his family,” IU coach Tom Allen said in a statement. “We look forward to him competing this fall. We also appreciate the NCAA’s assistance throughout this process.”

Considered a four-star prospect by Rivals and 247 Sports, Tuttle earned a place in the 2017 Elite 11 Finals in addition to The Opening, a pair of prestigious showcase events for the nation’s top prospects. Coming out of high school in San Diego, Tuttle was ranked as the No. 4 pro-style quarterback nationally by Rivals, the No. 5 pro-style quarterback nationally by 247Sports.

Tuttle has been able to work with IU’s team during the Hoosiers’ spring practices across the past month. Though most of his work has come with the second team offense, Tuttle will be a serious contender to win the starting job over the coming months.

To do so, he’ll have to beat returning starter Peyton Ramsey and redshirt freshman Michael Penix, who is limited this spring as he recovers from an ACL injury suffered in October.

After Tuesday’s practice, Allen said Tuttle has impressed with his arm strength and his work ethic, while learning the new offense being installed by IU’s first-year offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer.

“I think that even (Tuesday), he made some really strong-arm throws, being able to get it in some tight windows that are hard to defend,” Allen said. “(He’s) a guy that I think works extremely hard. We were impressed initially by his weight room work ethic, which (strength and conditioning coach David) Ballou always has a good feel for a guy’s mental toughness and ability to have a certain type of mindset in your preparation, and he showed that coming into spring ball. There’s no doubt. It’s hard to learn a new system, and with Mike not taking live reps, he’s gotten the (second team) reps and sometimes with the (first team), but mostly with the twos. It’s a lot to throw on you with the new system, but you just see the flashes of his arm talent and decision making.”

Tuttle has also opened eyes with his quickness during spring practice. The newcomer has demonstrated good escapability, and while quarterbacks aren’t live for tackles in practice, Tuttle has shown the potential to add a different dimension on the ground, when needed.

“He’s listed as a pro-style quarterback, whatever that means in today’s way they categorize guys,” Allen said. “To me, as I would always say, can you extend plays? Can you be able to make a guy miss that’s trying to pursue you in the pass rush to be able to get out of the pocket, step up and get a first down? He can do all those things. He can pull the ball on the zone read and get first downs and make you pay if you’re not honoring that. So yeah, he’s definitely more athletic than I thought he was just from watching his film, but at the same time, he ran track in high school and he’s a guy that I knew had some of that in him, but sometimes you get him here and there’s a little bit more than you thought. That seems to be the case.”

This story will be updated.

15 comments

  1. This is good news! Hopefully this translates into much better QB play for the fall. Hopefully Penix will be recovered and we will see a great competition for the spot.

  2. This is great news as IU hasn’t had a QB so highly rated as Tuttle. Now he has a chance to show he deserves the ranking by competing with Penix and Ramsey for the starting job this year.

    For people criticizing coach Allen he and his staff is bringing in much better athletes. They now need to keep developing those athletes and winning more games. Having a chance to have a dynamic QB will go along way to winning more games.

  3. Absolutely incredible news for the program! True competition for the QB position. The talent level at the QB position is now truly “Big time”! Could be a very exciting year for the Hoosiers!

  4. To compete in the Big Ten, you need guys that are going to play in the NFL. The league standings almost matched perfectly with the number of early enrollees to the NFL each team had. IU had none. But now we have 2 qb’s that could potentially develop into NFL qb’s. And great qb’s can make up for a lack of talent in other areas. If you want an overachieving team, a solid qb is the best place to start.

  5. This is great news for both Jack Tuttle and Indiana University. This years quarterback room reminds me of the 2012 Indiana University quarterback room of Tre Roberson, Nate Sudfeld and Cam Coffman. Hopefully this quarterback room stays together longer than the 2012 quarterback room.

    1. Except that Penix and Tuttle are light years ahead of Coffman or Roberson and, probably, Sudfield at the same point.

  6. Great news! I was just lamenting to one of my sons tonight about how IU was getting hosed by the NCAA with Tuttle not getting cleared to play while all these other QB’s had been cleared weeks ago even though some, like the UGA transfer to OSU, played in all 12 games last year. then I checked the Scoop before heading to bed and read the good news.

    I think both Tuttle and Penix give IU a much better chance to win this year. Hopefully TA can keep them, as well as Ramsey, happy, so we would actually have some QB depth like most other programs.

    Optimism springs eternal for old IU fans!

  7. Qb room looking better. To early to even consider nfl potential. Nothing there and not even potential at this point.

  8. v13, I don’t recall reading too many comments criticizing TA for his recruiting. I think almost everyone agrees that he has upgraded recruiting, especially at quarterback position. In fact, as I said before, it is ironic (and funny) that TA, a defensive coach, is better at recruiting quarterbacks that his predecessor, an offensive coach who had a reputation (undeserved in my opinion) of being a “quarterback guru.”

    Most criticism of TA seems to involve his team’s performance on the field, which has often been disorganized and undisciplined over the past two seasons. I think that criticism is justified and am looking forward to seeing TA clean up those mistakes now that he is has relinquished his DC responsibilities.

  9. In a nutshell, Po. But what’s going on w/special teams? This really needs attention. IUFB 2018 was 82/129 in net punting, 100th in kickoff return yds., and 118th in kickoff return yds. allowed. Disorganized and undisciplined? You bet. IUFB = 75th in least yards penalized. Moving those stats up to the top half could make the difference in a couple of games, so I’m surprised they haven’t replaced Inge.

  10. TA junior earned the scholarship. He was just a 2 star recruit but several schools offered. It would have been a class act to turn down the scholarship and play as a walk on. The family certainly doesn’t need the financial help and it would have allowed another scholarship player for the team.

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