PRACTICE REPORT: Lobster making most of reps

PULLMAN-- For Marshall Lobbestael it's been a roller coaster ride – shuttling between the starting unit and the 2s. The senior is definitely with the 1s this week and on Saturday and he was threading the needle on Tuesday. As for the defense, the theme for the second straight day was speed and tempo.

Starting QB Jeff Tuel is officially out this weekend with a shoulder and calf injury, and so the ball has been placed back in Lobbestael's hands. His preparation, however, has not changed.

"Coach (Todd) Sturdy does a good job of making sure that everyone's prepared," Lobbestael said. "I prepare every week like I'm going to play and I keep that mindset no matter what and it's helped me."

Lobbestael saw all the action running with the 1s on Tuesday and was threading the needle. Against the 1s on defense, Lobbestael saw success early on which included a beautifully thrown deep pass to WR Isiah Barton that set up a 30-yard FG by Andrew Furney in the team's two minute drill.

Against the scout team defense, the offense was running fluidly under Lobbestael's direction.

"It's definitely easier when you get the reps during the week because you've taken more snaps and obviously the more reps the better," Lobbestael said. "Coming in off the bench as the number two guy you don't have a lot of work during the week but I got a good amount of reps last week and I felt ready for the game.

"This week I'm going to feel more prepared because I'm getting more reps."

Tuel was on hand at practice and was showing a noticeable limp walking to and from different drills, and spent the majority of his time helping out QBs. But he still "ran" the offense during their sprint execution drill towards the end of practice.

With regard to injuries, WR Kristoff Williams and LB Mike Ledgerwood missed their second day of practice after suffering stingers Saturday against Oregon State. WR Henry Eaddy, who suffered a concussion against Stanford two weeks ago, returned to practice for the first time Tuesday and was sporting a yellow no-contact jersey.

Eaddy jumped right back in with the 2s at WR, and was also returning punts during special teams drills with WR Gino Simone and RB Rickey Galvin.

Oregon's high octane offense presents a number of challenges, including pace.

"I think today we did a good job," Kalafitoni Pole said. "The coaching staff is emphasizing getting lined up and getting to the ball quick because they (Oregon) have a really good no huddle offense. The tempo is one of their strengths and we did good today but we're going to have to get better tomorrow."

The defense was flying around for the second straight day and players were not shy about letting their voices be heard. Some of the emotion coming from yells and cheers from across the field is perhaps a result of the Oregon State loss.

"I can't say it's not (providing motivation)," Pole said. "I'm embarrased still. I don't know man, we're just looking forward to getting back on the field and showcasing that our team is still fighting."

  • Lobbestael was at Autzen Stadium his freshman season (red-shirted) and also two years ago when he came into the game for Jeff Tuel after Tuel suffered a knee injury. Lobbestael said the atmosphere is unique. "The noise is definitely something we're going to have to prepare for," Lobbestael said. "At the same time it's out of our control so we can't focus on it. We just have to deal with it and go in there an execute at a high level whether it's really loud or you can hear a pin drop."

  • True freshman safety Max Gama, who is redshirting, returned to practice Tuesday in a yellow no-contact jersey. Gama suffered a hand injury at the beginning of the season and had been doing mainly conditioning drills up to this point. Today was his first action with the team and although he wasn't going in 100 percent of all the drills, it was his first action back in over a month.

    QB: Marshall Lobbestael
    X receiver: Marquess Wilson
    Flanker: Isiah Barton
    (Note: Bobby Ratliff also seeing action running with the 1s) Z receiver: Jared Karstetter
    TE Andrei Lintz
    LT: David Gonzales
    LG: John Fullington
    C: Matt Goetz (Andrew Roxas also getting reps)
    RG: B.J. Guerra
    RT: Dan Spitz
    RB: Rickey Galvin (Carl Winston and Logwone Mitz also seeing action)

    LE: Lenard Williams
    LT: Toni Pole (Brandon Rankin also seeing reps with 1s)
    RT: Anthony Laurenzi
    RE: Travis Long
    SAM: Sekope Kaufusi
    MIKE: C.J. Mizell
    WILL: Alex Hoffman-Ellis
    CB: Nolan Washington
    SS: Deone Bucannon
    FS: Tyree Toomer (Note: Casey Locker also seeing action running with the 1s)
    CB: Damante Horton (Daniel Simmons also seeing reps)

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