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WSU vs. Stanford: Jeff Tuel To Play, Might Start

The Washington St. Cougars will play the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday, but it's not quite clear to anyone outside the Pullman locker room who exactly will be the starting quarterback for the Cougars this Saturday.  But as we move closer to Saturday, it's starting to look like Jeff Tuel could be back and ready to go for WSU.

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Brian Floyd postulates on CougCenter what could be going on in Wulff's mind here.

Earlier in the week, the tone of everything was, "Marshall Lobbestael will start." It continued to be the same message after Tuel was medically cleared for contact and everything that goes along with it. Now? Well, not so much, it seems.

Instead, the coaching staff will continue to evaluate the options at quarterback. The team has a non-contact practice on Thursday, which serves as a time to polish the gameplan, and a closed walkthrough on Friday, so take that for what you will. If you were to ask me who gets the nod on Monday, the odds would've been slated overwhelmingly towards Lobbestael. Even on Wednesday morning, it was the same.

But now, it would seem the balance has shifted in Tuel's favor. Or Wulff is being a coach and playing everything close to the vest? Who knows!

Marshall Lobbestael has been starting for the last few weeks and has performed more than capably, but he has sputtered on occasion. Lobbestael lacks the upside of the promising Tuel, who flashes NFL potential on many occasions. It's possible Tuel and Lobbestael could both play, with Wulff going with the hot hand, but whatever is the case, Washington State fans have to be thrilled they have two competent quarterbacks to rely on after years of offensive growing pains.

To discuss the status of Tuel or the game in general with Washington State fans, head over to CougCenter. To talk with Stanford fans, check out Rule of Tree.