WSU Notebook: Tuel will take over
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Even though Head coach Paul Wulff made that announcement official earlier this week, it seemed like forgone conclusion.
But it’s not that simple. Tuel’s left clavicle still hasn’t healed to the point where he can resume practice at full speed. He did resume light throwing last week without pads, and Wulff is hopeful that Tuel will be able to participate in full pads after the Cougars vs Colorado game.
Even though Tuel will eventually regain the starting spot, Wulff stopped himself short of predicting exactly when Tuel will be ready to play. His timetable for recovery still remains the same.
Making this an even more intriguing conversation has been the play of Marshall Lobbestael. The redshirt senior is completing 62 percent of his passes and has 10 touchdowns to 2 interceptions, and leads the Pac-12 in passing efficiency at 180.2.
Despite throwing for a career high 368 yards against San Diego State, Lobbestael threw two unsightly pics in crunch time, and was sacked six times. Prompting Wulff to come out after the game stressing the importance of finishing off ballgames.
This was the right time for Paul Wulff to make this known, but Wulff did make it a point to say this decision does depend on how Lobbestael responds this week in Colorado.
QB controversy? Not exactly.
Lobbestael will continue to lead the Cougars offensive attack until Tuel is ready to go. When that will be, is something Paul Wulff and company are holding very close to the vest.
In any even event, Paul Wulff faces more then just decisions at QB. Injuries to C Andrew Roxas and DE Adam Coerper, who have been declared out versus Colorado, have forced Paul Wulff to dip into his reserves a little earlier then he expected to. Which was the last thing Wulff wanted to face heading into the Pac-12 opener.
Best case scenario for Wullf is that Andrew Roxas won’t have to miss too much more time. That should come as a good piece of news for everyone that involved with the Cougars offense.
Lenard Williams will start at left defensive end in place of Adam Coerper who suffered a sprained MCL and is expected to miss several weeks.
C Andrew Roxas’s sprained ankle hasn’t healed as expected and will be replaced in the lineup by JC transfer Matt Goetz
Paul Wulff also announced that RB Logwone Mitz has been dropped to the third team behind Ricky Galvin and Carl Winston.