Tuel, who started five games in 2009, completed 11 of 16 passes for 129 yards with a touchdown in the Cougars spring game on Saturday, capping a spring in which he was more consistent than junior Marshall Lobbestael.
In three scrimmages, Tuel completed 25 of 41 passes for 297 yards with three TDs and one interception. Lobbestael was 17 of 31 for 165 yards, two scores and three interceptions.
Paul Wulff called it the Cougars' best spring since he took over before the 2008 season. That's good because the Cougars have gone 3-22 the past two years.
The starters played against the second units and mostly dominated. While that might not be very revealing, there's something to be said for building confidence.
On defense, tackle Brandon Rankin turned in an impressive afternoon with two sacks and a tackle for loss. The No. 1 defense yielded only 13 yards on 26 plays to the No. 2 offense, which is decidedly thin on the line.
The Cougars held one final practice early Monday morning.
For complete statistics from the spring game go here.