Lobbestael was one of several players sporting a new number Sunday in the Cougars' first practice of fall camp.
Two players, one on each side of the ball, have slipped into No. 4 this season: quarterback David Gilbertson and cornerback Anthony Carpenter.
Gilbertson's switch to 4 left No. 13 available for freshman quarterback Connor Halliday who, presumably, just wanted to get close to his old high school number, 12. Number 12 will become available next season as its current wearer, receiver Jeffrey Solomon, is a senior.
Carpenter's move to 4 allowed linebacker Halston Higgins to transpose himself, going from 53 to 35.
Others who are donning different digits this year include running back Carl Winston, who has gone from 32 to 3; linebacker Arthur Burns from 30 to 26; linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis from 43 to 17, and defensive tackle Brandon Rankin from 98 to 5.
In addition, second-year freshman Elliot Bosch is now wearing number 60, presumably because he's playing center and guard instead of tight end. He used to wear 88.
Speaking of 88, that number originally was Houston's. He switched to 17 last year after moving from receiver to DB. Lobbestael's move to 9 facilitated Houston's move to 8 and, in turn, Hoffman-Ellis' to 17. Houston, who is out for at least two months with a knee injury, isn't alone at number 8. Senior punter Reid Forrest has worn it for the last three seasons.
OL' NO. 4, DAVID GILBERTSON, TAKE HIS TURN FIRING AT THE QB NET DURING COUGS' OPENING DAY OF FALL CAMP ON SUNDAY.