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Preview: WSU starts season strong

Chris Carlson
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Washington State Cougars wide receiver Jeffrey Solomon hauls in a touchdown pass during the first half of last year’s WSU/UCLA match-up. The Cougars and Bruins play again on Saturday, with WSU off to a strong start this season.

Washington State University's football program is off to its best start since 2006. Following an improbable win against Colorado last week, the Cougars are preparing to take on UCLA this weekend, under the leadership of backup quarterback Marshall Lobbestael.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says Lobbestael has been impressive while starting quarterback Jeff Tuel recovered from an injury. Tuel is ready to play again, but WSU coach Paul Wulff says he's sticking with his No. 2 man for this weekend's big game.

Art will discuss WSU's early success and its quarterback shuffle tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here for a blog of our conversation.


Kirsten Kendrick has been hosting Morning Edition on KNKX/KPLU since 2006. She has worked in news radio for more than 30 years. Kirsten is also a sports lover. She handles most sports coverage at the station, including helping produce a two-part series on the 50th anniversary of Title IX and the ongoing series "Going Deep."
Art Thiel is a co-founder and writer for the rising sports website Sportspress Northwest. In 2003 Thiel wrote the definitive book about the Seattle Mariners, “Out of Left Field,” which became a regional bestseller. In 2009, along with Steve Rudman and KJR 950 afternoon host Mike Gastineau, Thiel authored “The Great Book of Seattle Sports Lists,” a cross between and Mad Magazine that has become mandatory reading for any sports fan who has an indoor bathroom.