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News and Events from the campuses of Blinn College

January 13, 2010

Blinn lands another Division 1 transfer quarterback

Justin TuggleJustin TuggleBlinn College Head Coach Brad Franchione announced today that the Buccaneers have secured another Division I transfer who is expected to start as quarterback for the defending national champions. Justin Tuggle (6-4, 225) is transferring from Boston College and will start classes at Blinn next week. He will have one year of junior college eligibility.

“The fact that I could go somewhere for a year and then get back to a Division I school appealed to me, but also that I could excel on and off the field. Blinn has a good track record, and the coaching staff really sold me on the school,” Tuggle said.

Tuggle, a dual threat quarterback from Alpharetta, GA, was also influenced by Cameron Newton who came to Blinn from the University of Florida and led the Bucs to the 2009 NJCAA championship. Tuggle and Newton are both from the Atlanta area and have known each other since attending football camps as teenagers. Newton is now enrolled at Auburn University where he is expected to compete for the starting quarterback position.

After redshirting his freshman year, Tuggle started three games for the Eagles in 2009 where he threw for 229 yards and four touchdowns. As a senior at Northview High, he earned Greater Atlanta All-Area honors throwing for 1,310 yards and 12 touchdowns setting school career records in passing yards and passing touchdowns. He also ran for 563 yards and six touchdowns.

Justin is the son of Jessie “The Hammer” Tuggle, a former linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons (1987-2000) who played in Super Bowl XXXIII as well as five Pro Bowls, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007.