Players vying for a spot on this year’s football team will have
their last chance to prove themselves on Saturday.
The spring game will be held at 11 a.m. at Sonny Lubick Field at
Hughes Stadium, and it is shaping up to be a thriller. Every
player, when in the game, will be trying to impress head coach
Quarterback Justin Holland will get his chance to show off his
publicized arm and prove he is ready to assume the starting
quarterback duties in the post-Bradlee Van Pelt era.
“He has a good grasp of the offense,” Lubick said of Holland.
“He knows what to do.”
Marcus Houston will also have a chance to prove he is still the
dominant back he was in the first three games of his freshman year
at the University of Colorado.
Houston finished second on the team with 636 rushing yards and
led the team with10 touchdowns last season, his first with CSU, but
he has battled injuries throughout his career and had some
difficulties adjusting to his transfer to CSU.
The game should be a test for the depleted secondary as well.
The Rams are young in the defensive backfield and they hope
athleticism can make up for inexperience.
Nevertheless, Lubick said he has been impressed with some of the
team’s inexperienced players and its returning starters in the
“They are playing well,” Lubick said of the defensive backs.
“They have more confidence, they are playing much better.”
He added that sophomore Brandon Cathy and redshirt freshman
Liddon Levine have been impressive at each cornerback position.
One thing fans and Lubick won’t have to worry about is the play
of a talented corps of wide receivers led by junior David Anderson,
who set CSU single-season records last season with 72 receptions
and 1,282 yards. Tight end Joel Dreessen is also coming off very
big seasons statistically. In nine injury-plagued games, he caught
29 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns. Each should put on a
show in the spring game.
Lubick said the game gives him a chance to get a good look at
what he will have to work with this fall. The Rams are a very young
team heading into to next season so they will have to raise their
level of play.
“We’re young, and not as consistent as I’d like but we have some
guys who can play,” Lubick said.
The game is free for all who wish to attend.