Bad news continues to haunt first-year Washington State Coach Paul Wulff. The latest tragic turn of events to befall the Cougars is the loss of yet another quarterback.
Marshall Lobbestael is lost for this season.
Word came back after a thorough examination of Lobbestael's injured knee, and he will require serious surgery to repair tears to both his ACL and MCL in his left knee.
He knew it was bad when he went to the turf at Reser Stadium halfway through the second half of a humbling loss last Saturday.
Lobbestael follows in the footsteps of senior quarterback Gary Rogers and junior Kevin Lopina. Rogers went down with a serious neck injury in the game against Portland State. He was filling in for the starter in that game, Lopina, who sustained a back injury.
Coach Wulff abandoned his no-huddle offense to give Lobbestael a better chance to succeed as a starting quarterback in the Pac-10. Wulff made the right choice because the redshirt freshman from Oak Harbor was starting to show some progress, though he had a long way to go.
Heck, Lobbestael wasn't a starter long enough to even earn an acceptable nickname. Folks outside the WSU locker room referred to Marshall as "The Lobster," a label he wasn't real happy with. His teammates called him "Ocho Rojo", a moniker that put a smile on Lobbestael's freckled face.
That's just how quickly college football fortunes can change.
It will take a fast track recovery for Lobbestael to be ready to fulfill all his dreams at Washington State and be ready for next season.
Not exactly news, the next tough item facing Coach Wulff is not deciding who will start at quarterback this coming Saturday. It's the Cougar opponent, USC.
There's a chance that Lopina will be ready to play against the Trojans, but that won't be determined until later this week.
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