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WSU Football Player Profile: Marshall Lobbestael

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I can’t picture what it must be like to be Marshall Lobbestael shoes right now. Imagine going from the highest of all highs in Oak Harbor, to hitting personal/professional lows while in Pullman.

Lobbestael’s Cougars career was supposed to be something out of a Hollywood script.

A state champion that makes good by taking a staggering college program to the top. But the realities of injuries and bad decisions brought Lobbestael’s WSU career to a sudden halt.

No longer was he the feel good story.

Lobbestael had found himself on the sidelines holding a clipboard. Something the Oak Harbor native never imagined he would be doing a whole lot of while in college.

No one could’ve imagined Marshall Lobbestael would have the type of freshman season he did when he arrived on the Washington State campus. Lobbestael made his college debut on October 6th, 2008 at home in a late mop up roll against Cal. Two weeks later Lobbestael came off bench to carry the Cougars to a 48-9 victory over Portland State.

Marshall Lobbestael WSU QB

The very next week against Oregon, Lobbestael would make his first collegiate start, finishing the game 22/41, 192 yards, 2 td’s, 2 int’s, 53.7%.

Signaling what was supposed to be the beginning of another great Cougars QB career.

In the words of ESPN’s Lee Corso: “Not so fast my Friend”

After leading the team as a freshman in passing efficiency, 53/103, 571 yards, 4 td’s, 4 int’s, 51.5%, Lobbestael’s 2008 freshman season would end with a torn knee ligament.

Heading into the 2009season, most thought head coach Paul Wulff would tab Lobbestael as his starting QB over Kevin Lopina. Instead Lopina would end up grabbing the starting position by default.

Due in part of a bad decision on the part of Lobbestael.

Earlier in the year Marshall Lobbestael was arrested by campus police for minor in possession after the sophomore QB was found passed out in the cab of his truck outside the police station.

The error in judgement completely derailed Lobbestael’s collegiate career. Marshall would go on to make one start in 2009, a 30-27 overtime victory against Southern Methodist, but Lobbestael’s season that was supposed to be, never got off the ground. Two weeks later on October 3rd, 2009, head coach Paul Wulff would name freshman QB Jeff Tuel his starter. Tuel wouldn’t relinquished the position.

That’s why I think this story feels so good. Because it is a case of an athlete who was supposed to be the next, but ended up being a never was. So when Lobbestael started the season opener against Idaho State for a sick Jeff Tuel, no one expected it to turn out the way it did. No on can foretell a freak injury.

But because of the Injury to Tuel, it has allowed the former state champion to step up and complete the circle that started with such high expectations.

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