Nov 202003
 
Authors: Vince Blaser

The CSU football team will play in a high-stakes hand in Las

Vegas Saturday.

Winning the hand against Nevada-Las Vegas (5-5 overall, 1-4

Mountain West Conference) would ensure 10 consecutive winning

seasons and a chance at five consecutive bowl games. Losing the

hand means a team that coach Sonny Lubick described as one of his

most talented groups ever would finish with a .500 record and would

all but send them home for the holidays.

“I’m going to lay it on the line,” said junior tight end Joel

Dreessen. “We’re playing for a bowl game, we’re playing for

ourselves, we’re playing for our teammates, we’re playing because

we owe these punks for last year.”

UNLV’s 36-33 win in Fort Collins last season ruined a perfect

conference record for the Rams and a chance at a top-10 ranking.

Running back Larry Croom ran through the CSU defense all day,

finishing with 20 carries for 222 yards.

CSU will try to shut down Croom and the Rebels with an extremely

thin and hurting linebacker corps. Senior Eric Pauly has been out

since the Utah game Sep. 27, Courtney Jones has been battling a

sore knee the past couple weeks, Jahmal Hall partially tore his

patellar tendon and Drew Wood has a slightly separated shoulder.

Wood should play alongside senior Jeff Flora and sophomore Adam

Lancisero, who will be making his first start for CSU.

“I can deal with the pain,” Wood said. “If you want to play bad

enough, you can deal with it.”

Lubick said depth is a concern if any further injuries occur

during the game. Defensive end Luke Adkins has been practicing at

linebacker this week in case a replacement is needed.

Wood and Lubick both said they have been very impressed with

Lancisero, who transferred from junior college just before the

start of the season.

“I’ve been a little more nervous this week,” Lancisero said. “I

want to get a win for the seniors.”

On offense, wide receiver David Anderson needs 45 receiving

yards to break the CSU single-season record of 1,193 yards set in

1974.

“I honestly have no idea how far away I am from (the record),”

Anderson said. ” I wish it had happened at Hughes.”

Running back Jimmy Green had one of his best games of the season

for the Rams last week against San Diego State, including a 42-yard

burst up the middle in the fourth quarter to make the score 21-6

and end hopes of a Aztecs comeback.

Green said he just stayed patient and kept working hard all

year, hoping for a chance. While senior Rahsaan Sanders should get

the start Saturday, Lubick said Green should get significant

playing time.

“People up here I think didn’t even know I existed,” Green

said.

The Rams face a tough Rebels defense led by strong safety Jamaal

Brimmer, who has 64 tackles, five interceptions and four forced

fumbles on the season. CSU co-offensive coordinator John Benton

said Brimmer is in the top two or three defensive players in the

conference.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a player be responsible for so

many turnovers,” Benton said.

 

 

 

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