Sometimes adversity brings a football team closer. At least
that’s what CSU football head coach Sonny Lubick is hoping for this
Facing Wyoming without his starting quarterback, Lubick said he
is confident his team is going to play hard behind backup
quarterback Caleb Hanie this week at his weekly press conference
“Caleb is going to be OK. He might be better than OK,” Lubick
said. “He is smart and he is a tough kid. This is a challenge to
the coaches and to Caleb and we will see what we can do.”
Hanie, a true freshman from Forney, Texas, will start this
weekend against the border rival in place of starter Justin
Holland, who broke his leg in Saturday’s 21-17 CSU win over San
Diego State. It will be Hanie’s first career start.
Lubick said while Hanie needs more repetitions in the offense,
he is willing to learn and has impressed the coaches.
“This kid has his mind made up and he wants to play,” Lubick
said. “All of his actions say that, too.”
Lubick said Hanie has talked to the coaches once a week and
looked at game film to help learn the offense, so he earned the
backup role after being listed fourth on the preseason depth
“He did an excellent job. He showed mental toughness,” Lubick
said. “He didn’t expect to go in, but he prepared himself.”
Lubick said Holland had surgery at noon Monday to help stabilize
the leg. He will miss the remainder of his junior season.
“I talked with (Holland) after the game and on the plane, but
there is just not much to say,” Lubick said. “He will be a very
integral part of our team. I want him to be on the sidelines, in
the locker room, in pre-game functions, but we won’t force him
Lubick said the defense was more confident after forcing three
turnovers against SDSU, including a fumble late in the game that
allowed CSU to score the go-ahead touchdown. Linebacker Luke Adkins
also returned an interception 71 yards for a touchdown and was
named player of the game by Lubick.
“That was nice to see some turnovers,” Lubick said. “If you can
end up on the plus side in turnovers every game, you are going to
Starting free safety Ben Stratton also did not play much against
SDSU after injuring his right ankle in the first quarter. Lubick
said he wanted Stratton, who is CSU’s leading tackler, back and
healthy but wasn’t concerned with the depth at safety.
“Adam Lancisero had a great game, he played solid,” Lubick said.
“Miles (Kochevar) played pretty darn well. And Travis (Garcia)
played very well.”
Garcia, who plays on special teams, will start if Stratton is
unable to play. He will share time with both Lancisero and Kochevar
in the secondary.
“Those three guys are going to be our guys down the road and I
think they are going to play pretty well,” Lubick said.
Another player who stepped up and received significant playing
time was freshman tight end Kory Sperry. Sperry, who caught three
passes for 36 yards, also joined the special teams squad. Despite
Sperry being inexperience and slightly undersized, Lubick has
confidence in the true freshman.
“Kory was pretty darn good. He and Travis (Garcia) played very
well on special teams,” Lubick said. “He is good enough to get it
The other injury that has the Rams concerned is the leg injury
to junior running back Jimmy Green. Green rushed 21 times for 51
yards and one touchdown but was hobbling around on crutches
“He made some tough runs and he was running with his shoulders
straight,” Lubick said. “I feel good about the running game when he
is in there, but we will know more (on Tuesday) about his