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WSU’s Wilson drafted by Bears, Tuel signs with Bills

SEATTLE – Two football players from Washington State University will likely see action at the next level.

WSU wide receiver Marquess Wilson was chose as the 30th pick in the 7th round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

The 236th overall pick, Wilson was the Cougars leading receiver last year with 52 catches, 813 receiving yards and five touchdowns in nine games. Wilson made headlines after he was suspended from the team for violating team rules for walking out of a team training session. He later took jabs at Cougars Head Coach Mike Leach and his staff, accusing them of intimidating and humiliating players .

Wilson’s NFL Combine highlights include a lightning-fast time in the 3 Cone Drill and a 4.51 40-yard dash.

Cougars quarterback Jeff Tuel did not get a chance to hear his name called in the final rounds of the draft, but received an offer to sign with the Buffalo Bills. Buffalonews.com reports that Bills GM Buddy Nix signed Tuel and Eastern Washington University receiver Brandon Kaufman on Saturday.

Tuel threw for 2,087 yards his senior season, completing 63.6% of his passes while throwing eight touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Kaufman helped lead the Eagles to an FCS championship in his sophomore season in 2010, earning College Sporting News’ NCAA Championship Subdivision Playoffs MVP award. Kaufman totaled nine catches for 120 yards and two touchdowns in the championship game, as EWU defeated Delaware in a 20-19 thriller.

University of Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant heard his name early on in the draft, selected as the 22nd pick overall by the Atlanta Falcons. Trufant comes from a football pedigree; his older brothers Marcus and Isaiah have NFL experience with the Seahawks and Jets respectively.

Spokane native Will Davis, who most recently played for Utah State University, was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the third round of this year’s Draft. Davis played just one year of football for Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley, but excelled as a corner at Utah State where he totaled 64 tackles, five interceptions and broke up 17 passes in his senior season.

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