The CSU football team returns to work after practicing only
twice last week because of the bye week. A bye week this late in
the season will prove either costly or beneficial to the Ram
In one respect, the week off allows CSU’s banged-up players to
rest and not aggravate their respective injuries. In another, it
could stop the Rams from carrying their momentum from three
consecutive victories into another game.
It also has the potential to cause the players to lose focus
mentally and that can prove costly to a team with a good shot at
winning the Mountain West Conference. The Rams’ chances of going to
the Liberty Bowl dramatically improved after Utah lost to New
One player who is thankful for the rest is senior quarterback
Bradlee Van Pelt. He has been playing with a sore shoulder and used
the time off to rehabilitate it.
“It’s a bit banged up but I can play on it,” Van Pelt said.
“When you can give it a rest you do, in that respect (the bye week)
worked out for the best.”
There is some worry from the quarterback and head coach Sonny
Lubick about the players not being mentally in the game. To make
sure that they are ready they will have four vigorous workouts this
week in preparation for Saturday’s game at Wyoming.
“It’s up to us as coaches to get (the players) going,” Lubick
said after Friday’s practice. “We’re still pretty rusty but we’ll
get them out here and work them hard.”
Sophomore wide receiver David Anderson doesn’t think the bye
week will slow the team down. He believes they are on a roll since
a bad start and are finally clicking in all aspects of the
“We got over that hump and now we’re a machine on both defense
and offense,” Anderson said.
Anderson is lighting up the conference, averaging 113.5
receiving yards per game and causing opposing defensive
coordinators to change game plans. Lubick is delighted with his
talent, ability and intelligence.
“He’s tough mentally and physically,” the head coach said. “He’s
a tenacious blocker down the field and he can run routes so
Anderson and the rest of the team must work hard to get back
into game mode if they are to do what many have said they can’t and
retain their crown as the best in the Mountain West.