POLL: The Cougs' starting QB

NOTHING IN FOOTBALL generates differing opinions like a starting quarterback debate. And this year at Washington State, the issue won't be determined until there's been observation and analysis from fall camp. But although we're about a month away from the start of fall camp, that won't stop us from asking you the question..

Kevin Lopina or Marshall Lobbestael?

The question assumes Lobbestael will be ready to roll on Aug. 9, the first day of fall camp, as he continues to return from knee surgery. All indications have been he's on pace to do just that.

Lopina, after Gary Rogers was injured, played in nine games in 2008, starting eight. He was 87-of-153 passes for 841 yards with 11 interceptions but the one pass everyone remembers most was the 48-yard bomb in the Apple Cup to Jared Karstetter to set up overtime as the Cougs claimed victory for the fourth time in the last five years over the Huskies.

Lobbestael played in five games last season, starting three after Lopina was injured. He was 53-of-103 for 571 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions and was named the Pac-10 player of the week after his performance against Portland State.

Most fans figure the starting job will come down to those two, but J.T. Levenseller could also make some noise. Levenseller played in four games late in the season going 17-of-34 for 134 yards with two interceptions. Walk-on QB Dan Wagner, also the Cougs' backup punter, got a handful of snaps last season against Oregon State as the incredible run of injuries to Cougar QBs continued. Jeff Tuel starts classes and voluntary workouts today at WSU, along with 11 others in the incoming '09 class. True frosh quarterbacks starting in the Pac-10 is rare indeed but many think Tuel has a very bright future at Wazzu.

So keeping in mind the biggest determination -- fall camp -- still has yet to occur, in the here and now, who's your pick ?

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