The transfer portal knows few limits, but it does have a new twist.
On Monday IU backup quarterback, team captain and legacy Hoosier Jack Tuttle entered the portal with five games left in the 2022 season.
Here’s the twist: According to head coach Tom Allen, Tuttle will remain with the team through the end of the season.
Allen said on Monday he met with the quarterback last week to discuss the move, and he respects the decision by Tuttle, who wants a better chance to play for his final season of eligibility.
“A lot of love and respect for Jack,” Allen said.
Tuttle transferred to IU from Utah in December 2018.
The 6-foot-4 Tuttle played in 14 games over four seasons with Indiana. He completed 95-of-170 passes (55.9 percent) for 819 yards with four touchdowns and six interceptions. He saw no action so far in 2022, functioning as a backup for Connor Bazelak, who transferred in from Missouri during the offseason.
Tuttle’s time at IU will be best remembered for his fill-in performance in December 2020, when he led the Hoosiers to a win over Wisconsin in Madison. He started the final two games of that 2020 season, and also started twice in 2021. In each start he was filling in for an injured Michael Penix, Jr.
In each of his four seasons at IU, Tuttle was part of quarterback competitions during the spring and fall camp. He lost out to Penix in each of 2019, 2020 and 2021, and Bazelak in 2022.
Tuttle was a four-star prospect by Rivals and 247Sports in the class of 2018. He was ranked the No. 4 pro-style quarterback nationally by Rivals, the No. 5 pro-style quarterback nationally by 247Sports, and the No. 13 player in California by 247Sports. He signed with Utah out of college and also had offers from Alabama, LSU, USC, Arizona, Wisconsin, and others. Tuttle did not see any action with Utah during the 2018 season before transferring to Indiana for the 2019 campaign.
The 23-year-old Tuttle was born in Indianapolis but grew up in California. He is the son of a former IU football player (walk-on kicker Jay Tuttle).
Tuttle was voted a team captain by his teammates prior to the 2022 season. He’ll now look for a place to start for his final year of college eligibility. He is a graduate transfer.
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