PRACTICE REPORT: Flu strikes Cougars hard

PULLMAN -- Flu season has officially arrived in Pullman and its main targets are Washington State players. Several Cougars were unavailable Monday night and no position was hit harder than the quarterbacks. Only a pair of signal-callers were able to practice. Two defensive starters were out as well.

The only healthy QBs available to practice were Marshall Lobbestael and walk-on Jesse Brown. QBs Connor Halliday, David Gilbertson and true freshman Cody Clements were all out because of the flu.

Lobbestael, expected to start this Saturday against UNLV after starter Jeff Tuel suffered a broken left clavicle in Saturday's win against Idaho State, kept things light Monday night after practice.

"Jeff (Tuel) told me to take some Vitamin C pills so I'm taking some Vitamin C pills," said Lobbestael, smiling. "I hope I don't get sick -- knock on wood -- because I absolutely hate throwing up, I can't stand it. I just have to keep drinking water and do what the trainers said."

Lobbestael did look sharp in his first full day of practice with the 1s. The Cougars were in shoulder pads and helmets only, but that didn't stop the fifth-year senior from getting into a rhythm with his WRs.

"I felt pretty good, it just felt a little different getting in as many reps as I did today because before we'd split reps and Jeff (Tuel) would get the majority of them," Lobbestael said. "Today it felt good and I've just got to clean some stuff up and get more consistent. I've just got to relax and do my part."

During a 7-on-7 skelly drill, Lobbestael had the play of the night when he fired off a perfect 30-yard pass to WR Jared Karstetter who was able to split between CB Nolan Washington and safety Tyrone Duckett.

Lobbestael said after practice he is continuing to develop more chemistry with all of his WRs and the balance can only get better.

"They're all great receivers and very talented so the timing isn't that much different," Lobbestael said. "I just have to get used to certain guys and get my accuracy back."

ON DEFENSE, the starters were without MLB C.J. Mizell and safety Tyree Toomer, both of whom also were sidelined with flu-like symtoms. MLB Mike Ledgerwood jumped in with the 1s in relief of Mizell and Casey Locker replaced Toomer.

Other notables who were not able to participate included CB Tracy Clark and true freshman WR Isiah Myers.

While many players were out, most are expected back for Tuesday's practice.

Tuel was on hand for practice, fully dressed in uniform, but had his left arm in a sling to support his collarbone injury.

Freshman LB Darryl Monroe, who will miss the rest of the 2011 campaign with a torn Achilles tendon, also was at practice and had a boot on his right foot. Fellow Florida native CB Spencer Waseem also was at practice and was on crutches after he suffered a right knee sprain Saturday.

QB: Marshall Lobbestael
X receiver: Marquess Wilson
Flanker: Isiah Barton
Z receiver: Jared Karstetter
TE Andrei Lintz
LT: David Gonzales
LG: John Fullington
C: Andrew Roxas
RG: B.J. Guerra
RT: Wade Jacobson
RB: Rickey Galvin (Logwone Mitz, Carl Winston, and Marcus Mason also getting plenty of reps)
LE: Adam Coerper
LT: Toni Pole
RT: Anthony Laurenzi
RE: Travis Long
SAM: Sekope Kaufusi
MIKE: Mike Ledgerwood
WILL: Alex Hoffman-Ellis
CB: Daniel Simmons (Nolan Washington also getting plenty of reps)
SS: Deone Bucannon
FS: Casey Locker
CB: Damante Horton

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