Washington State makes a QB switch

September, 15, 2009
9/15/09
3:27
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller


Washington State, looking for a spark, is making a switch at quarterback.

Sophomore Marshall Lobbestael will start against SMU on Saturday, and true freshman Jeff Tuel is being prepared to see his first collegiate action.

Senior Kevin Lopina started the first two games but he threw two interceptions as the Cougars fell 38-20 to Hawaii, which dropped them to 0-2 on the season. Last year, he threw 11 interceptions and no touchdown passes.

"Kevin has had 11 opportunities to start games here," coach Paul Wulff said.

Lobbestael started three games last year until his season was ended by a knee injury. He missed spring practices and was not 100 percent through much of the preseason when Lopina initially won the job.

Wulff has previously said that the 6-foot-3, 207-pound Tuel would redshirt.

"We think he's got a bright future," Wulff said. "I think the sooner we give him an opportunity to start playing, I think he'll do some good things."

Wulff wasn't ready to say whether Tuel would play against SMU or if he was now the backup and Lopina the No. 3.

"We don't really have anything official in regard to that," Wulff said. "Marshall is going to get the first opportunity -- he's going to start and he's going to play. Jeff Tuel is going to get ready to play. How that is going to unfold, we don't know. But Kevin Lopina is still in the mix as well. It just depends on how things go. We don't have a solidified starting quarterback and we're trying to find one. The only way we can do it at this point is to give these guys opportunities to prove it."

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