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WSU lost more QBs and their recently acquired walk-on QB finds himself as the No. 2 QB on the depth chart. (WSU held walk-on QB tryouts for the student body to fill their QB need)
CORVALLIS, Ore. – To see quarterback Marshall Lobbestael on the turf and writhing in pain shouldn’t have come as much of a shock to Washington State football fans for two reasons:
• Consistently poor pass protection had led to Lobbestael getting hit early and often against the Oregon State Beavers.
• They’ve already seen two other quarterbacks – Gary Rogers and Kevin Lopina – go down this season with serious injuries because of similar protection issues.
Thanks to a patchwork, inexperienced, beat-up and overmatched offensive line, Lobbestael took an unhealthy dose of punishment from the first snap of Saturday’s game at Reser Stadium from Oregon State defenders.
Had there not been the artificial surface at Reser, Lobbestael’s white No. 8 jersey would have been green with grass stains from being continually planted.
Lobbestael was sacked five times and hit after he threw countless times for the first three quarters.
Early in the fourth quarter, the punishment took its toll, Lobbestael was hit around the ankles by defensive end Slade Norris. Lobbestael’s legs buckled and he fell to the turf in clear agony. He limped off the field with the aid of trainers.
When Lobbestael went down, WSU’s two remaining quarterbacks – Daniel Wagner and J.T. Levenseller – both hurriedly warmed up.
While the two QBs frantically threw sideline passes and took snaps, the WSU coaching staff debated on which player to use. Levenseller, the son of WSU receivers coach Mike Levenseller, is the more polished of the two. However, coaches were hoping to avoid burning his redshirt season.
At first it seemed likely Levenseller would be called on. In the end, however, Wagner, a redshirt freshman walk-on from Jesuit High School in Portland, went into the game.
Even Wagner couldn’t be spared from the injury issues. He rolled his ankle on a play and was limping around in the final minutes and never got to attempt a pass.
“They told me just to manage the offense and not get hurt,” Wagner said.
So that leaves Levenseller and recently recruited scout quarterback Peter Roberts, who was selected after an open student body tryout, as the only completely healthy quarterbacks in the program.