Sep 272004
 
Authors: Jon Pilsner

The Rams football team has improved, but head coach Sonny Lubick

is still concerned about aspects of the team, he said in his weekly

press conference Monday at C.B. and Potts, 1427 W. Elizabeth

St.

Although the Rams walked away from this weekend with a 39-14 win

over Division I-AA Montana State for their first win, Lubick saw

some problems.

“There were missed assignments, mental lapses, times when we

weren’t focused and we just didn’t cover our guys,” Lubick said.

“Those are things we have got to check on and work on.”

However, after reviewing the game tape, Lubick said he saw solid

play from his team.

“I think special teams was better than in the past and that was

nice to see,” Lubick said. “We were blocking and covering

well.”

Injuries at the running back position have left the team unsure

of who will be starting this weekend as the Rams open conference

play at home against Brigham Young. Junior Uldis Jaunarajs, who has

started the last two games, is suffering from an injury the team is

calling a “stinger” after he was hit hard during Saturday’s

game.

“Uldis is our guy, but he’s got that injury, so we will see how

it goes,” Lubick said. “We need (the running backs) to be

healthy.”

While junior Jimmy Green claims to be fully healed from his high

ankle sprain, Lubick said that his inability to play at 100 percent

is a problem. Tristan Walker, who was injured against Southern

California, is about 90 percent healthy, Lubick said.

“I don’t want to go into a game with four guys that think they

are going to play,” Lubick said of the running backs. “We need one

to go in and get 40 plays a game.”

As for the play of junior quarterback Justin Holland, Lubick is

confident.

“I know he is a good quarterback and he has been very solid,”

Lubick said. “I know at Colorado State we have a good opportunity

to win as long as Justin Holland is on the field.”

The Rams came away from this weekend’s game with a few more

injuries. While Lubick did not know the status of the injured

players, he said a variety of players may see playing time this

weekend.

Linebackers Luke Mueller and Nathan Pauly will be ready to fill

in for injured linebacker Courtney Jones if needed. Other injuries

and replacement players would be decided later in the week.

Lubick also awarded players with individual awards. Senior

H-back Joel Dreeseen was the overall player of the game, making a

one-handed touchdown catch at the end of the first half. He also

had catch for 11 yards.

Dustin Osborn, who had his second straight 100-yard receiving

game, was the offensive player of the game. Jesse Nading and

Brandon Cathy shared defensive player of the game, both forcing

turnovers that led to points for the Rams.

Jeff Babcock, who made three field goals, was the special teams

player of the game. With seven field goals this season on seven

attempts, Babcock now has 44 field goals in his career. He is now

second in Mountain West Conference history, behind BYU’s Matt Payne

who has 46 field goals.

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