Lopina Hoping To Come Back, Help Cougs

PULLMAN — We know that Marshall Lobbestael will start at quarterback this weekend and in the near future for the Washington State Cougars. But Kevin Lopina is planning on coming back from his injury, and helping this team again.

Lopina got his start playing football at a young age, thanks to his dad, Mike, who played at both Cal State-Chico and at Missouri.

“He got me involved in Pop Warner,” he says.  “We lived in Santa Cruz at the time.  He then asked me in the eighth grade if I wanted to go to De La Salle, and I said of course, and the rest just fell into place.”

But Lopina would soon find out that it would take awhile for things to fall into place, and even when they did, the injury bug came biting.

“I always wanted to play in the Pac-10, so Coach Peterson brought me with him from Kansas State,” says Lopina.  “The first year I had to sit out, and that was no good, and then I got an injury the next year.”

But then, in the Cougs second game this year, Lopina’s chance to play finally came.

“I was a little nervous,” he says.  “I’ve played in big games before, but nothing like that.  First college snaps, anytime that happens, you’re going to get nervous if you’re an athlete, but after a couple plays it went away and I was just anxious to get in there.”

Lopina says he hopes to stay in the number one quarterback position after he gets healthy, and with time help lead the Cougars to more wins in the future.