Jack Tuttle’s 2022 season has been unusual to say the least, and the latest turn in the story will be the last for his fifth college campaign.
Head coach Tom Allen announced on Thursday morning Tuttle’s season is over due to a shoulder injury suffered on Saturday against Penn State.
The good news for Tuttle is his injury won’t require surgery.
For the fourth straight season, Tuttle came up short in a fall camp competition for the starting job at Indiana after transferring in from Utah following the 2018 campaign.
A few weeks ago Tuttle decided to enter the transfer portal after the season to attempt to find a school where he could be the starter for his final year of eligibility in 2023.
Despite that decision, Allen allowed Tuttle, a team captain, to remain with the program through the end of the season.
And with starter Connor Bazelak “banged up” last week, Allen gave Tuttle the opportunity to start against Penn State. He played well, completing 9-of-12 passes for 82 yards and a score, and running for 34 sack-adjusted yards in just under a half of action. But Tuttle was sacked multiple times, including one that caused the injury and sent him straight to the training room.
For his career at Indiana, Tuttle appeared in 15 games with five starts, and he completed 104-of-182 throws (57.1 percent) for 901 yards. He had five touchdowns and six interceptions. Tuttle led IU to a road victory at Wisconsin in 2020 and started the Outback Bowl a few weeks later. He also suffered a shoulder injury in that game. Tuttle’s 2021 season was also disrupted by injuries.
Bazelak is expected to return to the starting role at Ohio State on Saturday.
In other injury news, Allen said on Thursday linebacker Cam Jones is getting closer to a return but not cleared to play. Allen also acknowledged he and Jones have discussed shutting things down so the fifth-year linebacker doesn’t exacerbate his foot injury and harm his long term professional aspirations.
Offensive tackle Josh Sales, who left the Penn State game with an injury, is questionable for Saturday against Ohio State.
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