Lobbestael just wants to take his shot

PULLMAN — Pro Day is set for March 9 out on the Palouse with senior Cougars ready to impress NFL scouts. Among those working hard in preparation is a QB whose team first mentality won him legions of fans over his 5-year WSU career. He's finishing up classes, but his focus is squarely on overcoming the long odds of playing pro ball. Because for Marshall Lobbestael, all he wants is to take a shot.

Lobbestael said he's open to playing elsewhere, such as the Canadian Football League or Arena League, but for now he's ready to put all his bread in one basket to try and land a job in the NFL.

"Obviously I want to try and play at the highest level possible whether that be right away or down the road," Lobbestael said. "But my whole thing is that I just want to give it a shot. Put everything I have into it and see what happens."

Nicknamed "The Lobster", the fifth-year senior put himself in front of some scouts just last month. Lobbestael missed the first week of classes to travel to Tucson to participate in the Casino Del Sol All-Star game on Jan. 16. Lobbestael's Stripes team earned a 24-21 victory over the Stars.

"It was a really good experience for me," Lobbestael said. "There were a lot of good guys down there and it was fun just being around guys who were working hard and trying to impress everyone there."

Lobbestael and his teammates were coached by Pat Hill, the longtime Fresno State coach who was let go in December. Hill has since been hired by the Atlanta Falcons to be their new offensive line coach. Lobbestael said working with Hill offered valuable insight.

"I asked Coach Hill and he told me the biggest thing was me getting the ball out and making quicker reads," Lobbestael said. "He said at the college level you can make a (longer) read but at the pro level you're not going to have that long to throw."

LOBBESTAEL THREW for 344 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception in a losing cause in the Apple Cup, capping a senior season where he passed for 2,684 yards and 19 TDs against eight interceptions. And he knows the odds are against him making an NFL team. But Lobbestael isn't ready to concede the point just yet, not without giving it everything he's got.

Lobbestael recently walked into the WSU Sports Information office decked out in Cougar gear. He tossed a pigskin up and down, his face still bright red after completing a vigorous morning workout.

"I've just been working out and getting ready for (WSU's) Pro Day which I think is March 9th," Lobbestael said. "I only have three weeks left but I'll have a solid amount of work under my belt by the time it comes around."

LOBBESTAEL IS TAKING four classes during WSU's spring semester and will graduate in May with a degree in psychology and minors in human development and English. But his immediate focus is on getting bigger, faster, and stronger.

By taking two classes a day in the mornings, Lobbestael has more free time to pour into Pro Day prep. Lobbestael said his typical day includes a workout in the morning, classes and then a lunch break. Then it's straight back to the gym to either lift weights or work on his throwing motion.

"I'm just working on a little bit of everything," Lobbestael said. "I'm working on strength, trying to work on my speed and agility and obviously to throw as much as I can. I know I have a lot to work on but the good thing is being at school I have a decent amount of time to work out."

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