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WSU's No. 3 QB Lobbestael done for the year

10/13/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

From the "are you kidding me" file, beleaguered Washington State, bedeviled by injuries, has lost its No. 3 quarterback for the season.

Freshman Marshall Lobbestael, initially reported to have suffered a MCL tear against Oregon State that would sideline him for two to four weeks, actually tore his ACL and MCL and will be out approximately nine months, according to a release from the school.

So he'll miss spring practices and much of summer workouts.

The Cougars, who started Lobbestael the previous three games, are hoping to have former starter Kevin Lopina back for their visit to No. 6 USC on Saturday. Lopina and his backup, Gary Rogers, were both knocked out in the Portland State game on Sept. 20 -- the Cougars' only victory.

Lopina practiced Sunday, but if he can't go because his back injury relapses, then the Cougars would choose between redshirt freshman walk-on Dan Wagner, who finished the 66-13 loss at Oregon State, or true freshman J.T. Levenseller, whom coaches would prefer to redshirt.