Marshall Lobbestael's Diary: Week 5

PULLMAN -- The offseason is coming to an end - - we only get to have two more Friday lifts! Fridays are great because we have one big group with everyone lifting at 6 am. We start in the weight room and finish on the field and the atmosphere with all the guys in there is insane. And in a recent 7-on-7, there were a number of guys on offense who were making plays.

It might be early but with the music loud and testosterone flowin' we finished the week off on a high note and are at a good place going into the last two weeks of workouts.

These last couple weeks are essential for us to finish strong and put ourselves in a position to start fast when we report for camp, which begins on Aug. 7.

We had a good week this week, practicing Tuesday and Thursday nights. On Tuesday, the offense and defense practiced separately and we got some productive work in.

Something that has become apparent to me -- our execution is getting better. Also, being out there without coaches forces guys to develop their knowledge and understanding of the offense.

Thursday we had a short review session with the o-line, ran through some plays then did 7-on-7 with the defense. There were a number of great plays..

Marquess Wilson had a couple nice catches on deep balls and Jeff Tuel was very efficient, scoring on every drive and showing good accuracy on both deep and short passes.

Kristoff Williams had a good day as well and scored on a very athletic jump ball in the redzone. Then, when he wasn't in, he was coaching up the young wideouts.

Keep asking questions on the CF.C message boards, the more I get, the more I'll try to answer!

Radninjaskills (Who's the team (besides UW) you'd most like to stick it to, and who is the team that is the hardest to prep for? Also, who gave you the hardest hit you've ever taken?)
For the hardest hit, there are two. The first came at Oregon State my redshirt freshman year. It was in the first quarter on a roll-out to the right. I was running out of room and felt them kind of cornering me towards the sideline. Before the collision I threw a vertical ball to Jared Karstetter, (luckily we got a pass interference call). But I got hit by what felt like a truck and got dropped so fast I don't remember the hit really, just hitting the ground. I bit my tongue, was bleeding a little and made a mental note to try and get the ball out sooner. The second was two years ago vs. Arizona. I looked left at the snap, then when I turned my head to the right to throw, the DE had apparently evaded the block because instead of seeing my receiver I saw his face mask hitting mine. I don't remember which number, but he drove me into the ground fairly easily. Besides UW, personally, Oregon State and UCLA are the two teams I would most like to stick it to. I have great respect for the Beavers and I think their program is very solid and the Rose Bowl is an awesome venue for a football game. But I want to beat those guys bad. Great questions!

Go Cougs!

Cougar quarterback Marshall Lobbestael hails from Oak Harbor, where he was named the 2006 state Class 4A Player of the Year by the Associated Press and Seattle Times after leading Oak Harbor High to its first-ever state championship game. During the course of his Cougar career, he has earned a Pac-10 offensive player weekly award and has started six games while playing in 20 contests.

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