Clayton Tune thrived in the Houston Cougars’ offense in college once he was named the program’s starting quarterback and his skills led to a fifth-round pick by the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday afternoon.
Tune was with Houston for five years. He passed for 11,994 yards and 104 touchdowns in those five years. In 2022, Tune had 4,074 passing yards and 40 touchdown passes as Houston went 8-5 on the year and won the Independence Bowl 23-16 over Louisiana.
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While speaking to reporters, Tune made a bold statement.
«I think I’m the best quarterback in this class and God has a plan for me, so I wasn’t too stressed about it. I didn’t have too many expectations, but I’m happy to be a part of a great organization and to be able to live my dream.» , said. «I’m happy to go there to work and compete.
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«If you look at my body of work, the effect I have on my team that I play for, I lift everyone around me. I’m a natural leader, people follow me and see the work I’m doing and the mindset I have, and they want to do the same. I have that mentality of not flinching when the going gets tough. Those are some of the intangibles, and then being able to make every pitch on the field, being able to make plays after hours and be more mobile than I was people believe».
Tune will likely be fighting for a roster spot with Colt McCoy and David Blough as Kyler Murray is projected to be the starter once he returns from a torn ACL.
According to the Cardinals, Tune is also the great-great-nephew of the organization’s top draft pick, Jim Lawrence. The then-Chicago Cardinals selected Lawrence No. 5 overall in 1936.
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Arizona went 4-13 last year.