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Kansas State Football: Justin Tuggle Moves From Quarterback To Linebacker

Position swaps in football aren't the rarest event, but moving from quarterback to linebacker like Kansas State's Justin Tuggle isn't something heard about all too often. However, in Tuggle's case, there are genetics to back up the move.

His father, Jessie Tuggle, played linebacker for 14 seasons with the Falcons and was named to the Pro Bowl five times, eventually earning himself a spot in the Atlanta Falcons Ring of Honor.

So the move to linebacker for the younger Tuggle, listed on K-State's website as 6'3, 237 pounds, made sense after it became clear that he would most likely spend his senior year again backing up Collin Klein as the signal caller.

"I just want to get on the field. I know Collin (Klein) had a good year last year, so I didn't want to be the guy to back him up this year," Tuggle said at K-State's media day. "I wanted to actually do something my last year, so that's why I made the switch."

K-State will kickoff its season on Sept. 1 when it takes on Missouri State at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

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