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Authors: Vince Blaser

CSU quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt didn’t think he and his team

played well enough for him to repeat as Mountain West Conference

Offensive Player of the Year, but the coaches in the MWC thought

otherwise.

Van Pelt received the conference’s top offensive honor for the

second straight season.

“I didn’t hit my personal goals and we were 4-3 in the league,”

Van Pelt said during a teleconference Tuesday.

The MWC coaches, however, couldn’t ignore Van Pelt’s numbers.

His 844 yards rushing and 2,682 yards passing this season helped

him become only the fourth player in Division I-A history to rush

for more than 2,000 yards and pass for more than 5,000 yards in a

career. Van Pelt has 6,002 career yards passing and 2,209 rushing

yards with the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl against Boston

College (8:30 p.m. Dec. 31, ESPN2) still to be played.

“The (coaches) understand the way I play football,” Van Pelt

said. “I’m fighting and scrapping because I want my team to

win.”

The senior was also selected as the quarterback for the

first-team all-MWC team. Wide receiver David Anderson, offensive

tackle Erik Pears, defensive tackle Brian Save and cornerback

Dexter Wynn were also selected to the first team. Wynn was selected

on the first team as a corner and a return specialist. Center Mark

Dryer and tight end Joel Dreessen made the second team and several

more Rams received honorable mention honors.

Van Pelt was also upbeat about recovery from a broken right

metatarsal in his hand, an injury he suffered in the third quarter

of the Rams’ game against UNLV. He said a three-inch rod was

inserted in his hand during surgery the day after the game. He is

now out of a cast and could begin throwing next week.

“I’ve never been injured in my life,” Van Pelt said. “Football

is sometimes a sport of being lucky.”

He said he should be at full strength and ready to go against

Boston College (7-5). But he said he would tell coaches to start

sophomore quarterback Justin Holland if he felt he might hurt the

team’s chances to win.

“A healthy Justin Holland in better than a hurt Bradlee Van

Pelt,” he said.

Notes

Jimmy Green was named MWC Offensive Player of the Week last week

after running for a career-high 113 yards and one touchdown in the

Rams’ 24-23 victory over UNLV. Green joined Van Pelt (twice),

Dexter Wynn (special teams) and Jeff Babcock (special teams) to win

conference player of the week honors this season.

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