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Out with Lopina, in with Lobbestael; Tuel, anyone?

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By TIM BOOTH
AP Sports Writer

Washington State coach Paul Wulff is making a switch at quarterback, benching Kevin Lopina in favor of Marshall Lobbestael on Saturday against SMU. Wulff made the announcement on Tuesday.

The Cougars are coming off a 38-20 loss to Hawaii last Saturday in Seattle, where they trailed 35-0 at one point in the second quarter. Wulff also said the Cougars will not use a redshirt for freshman quarterback Jeff Tuel, and that the coaching staff is preparing to have Tuel play at some point this season.

Lopina has hit on 58 percent of his throws this season, but has been unable to generate consistent drives for the Cougars offense. Lobbestael has been limited in his chances so far this season and Wulff wants to give him a chance as a starter.

 Kevin Lopina celebrates after a WSU touchdown against Hawaii (Photo: SWX)
Quarterbacks compared (2009)
K. Lopina  M. Lobbestael  J. Tuel
CMP: 28
ATT: 48
YDS: 313
CMP%: 58.3
YDS/A: 6.52
TD: 1
INT: 2
RAT: 111.7
CMP: 10
ATT: 19
YDS: 114
CMP%: 52.6
YDS/A: 6.00
TD: 0
INT: 1
RAT: 92.5
 Has not played

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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