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November 24, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Wulff says Lopina to start at QB in Apple Cup

WSU coach Paul Wulff said on the Pac-10 coaches conference call today that senior Kevin Lopina will definitely start the Apple Cup game Saturday at Washington.
In talking to Seattle-area reporters Monday Wulff had held out the option that true freshman Jeff Tuel — who had been the starter before hurting his kneecap against Arizona Nov. 7 — might be able to start.
Wulff said today that Tuel may be able to play against the Huskies but that Lopina will start.
“The plan is definitely to start Kevin Lopina and we’ll go that route and there’s a chance you could see Marshall Lobbestael or Jeff,” he said. “It just depends on how they continue to practice though the week.”
Lopina was WSU’s starter for its first two games, then was benched following a 38-20 loss to Hawaii. But he relieved a struggling Lobbestael two weeks ago against UCLA and got the start Saturday against Oregon State and played the entire way.
Wulff said Tuel, who was a teammate of UW safety Nathan Fellner at Clovis West High in Fresno, practiced well Monday and was able to do all the drills, but that the team needs to continue to monitor his injury and see how it responds each day. He said he’ll have a clearer picture by Wednesday whether Tuel can play.
Lopina has completed 50 of 94 passes this season for 568 yards with two TDs and two interceptions. He also is a decent runner, rushing for 55 yards on 17 attempts (including a few sacks) the last two weeks.
And while this will be his first start at Husky Stadium, Lopina has a history of starting high-profile games in Seattle — he was the starting QB for De La Salle High when it memorably lost to Bellevue at Qwest Field in 2004, having its 151-game winning streak snapped.
WULFF SAYS HE DIDN’T MENTION MIDDLETON COMMENTS TO TEAM — Wulff was also asked about the Monday comments of UW tight end Kavario Middleton that the Huskies are planning to score 50 points in Saturday’s game.
Wulff said he didn’t mention it to the team “but I heard about it.” He said he has talked to his team about not providing any bulletin board material for this or any other game and that “I hope my guys don’t say that.”

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