Washington State head coach Paul Wulff is looking for a leader. Wulff, a former offensive lineman for the Cougars, is entering year two with his alma mater and is fully aware that a repeat of last year’s uninspiring season will not go over well on the Palouse.
For the Cougs to right the ship, a quarterback must emerge in 2009. This proud program has had success in recent years at the position with the likes of Alex Brink and Jason Gesser not too far removed from their productive playing days. There are two main candidates for this year’s job, and both started in games last season.
Redshirt sophomore, Marshall Lobbestael started three games in 2008 and played in a total of five before suffering season-ending damage to his ACL and MCL during the Oregon State game. His numbers from last year’s limited action, while not spectacular, were solid. He finished 53-103 for 571 yards, with 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. His passer rating was a respectable 103.08 and he was sacked 12 times.