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Cougars Football: Jeff Tuel regains starting job going forward

Cougs Rant

Lobster is officially off the menu at Washington State. Sorry, couldn’t resist.

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This week, Cougars coach Paul Wulff named Jeff Tuel his starting quarterback for the Oregon State game and said he’d maintain the role going forward.

The decision comes after Tuel returned from a broken collarbone and looked rusty against Stanford last week, going 17 of 30 for 145 yards, failing to throw a touchdown and taking five sacks.

Marshall “The Lobster” Lobbestael, meanwhile, popped in for WSU’s final drive, going 7 of 9 for 64 yards and running in for a major.

The rusty Tuel will get the nod against OSO this Saturday.

I’m sorry, but shouldn’t Cougar fans object to Wulff’s decision?

I had to double-check Lobbestael’s game log to make sure I didn’t forget about a week in which he melted down. He didn’t.

He’s thrown for 15 touchdowns versus four interceptions while completing 65.4 per cent of his passes.

Can someone explain the logic to me?

Can Paul Wulff log on and explain it?

I can only think of two reasons for the decision: (a) that Wulff is looking past Oregon State and believes the Beavers can be a “tuneup” for Tuel or (b) that Wulff would rather develop Tuel, a junior, than Lobbestael, a senior.

But the latter would be like Washington continuing to play Keith Price over Jake Locker last year after Locker got healthy.

So, if I had a guess, it would be (a).

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