How things change with one play. With junior Justin Holland out
for the year, the Rams turn to the dual-threat skills of true
freshman Caleb Hanie. Hanie has the talent, but not the experience
or practice repetitions. Expect mistakes. Wyoming’s Corey Bramlet
is a talented passer who will complete passes but not for many
yards. Bramlet gets the edge, and CSU will just hope Hanie can play
well early and avoid mistakes.
The duo of Uldis Jaunarajs and Jimmy Green will be expected to
pull more weight now that the Rams can’t depend on Holland’s arm
for the bulk of the offense. Green is reportedly healthy and ran
hard against San Diego State. Wyoming also uses a duo of Ivan
Harrison and Joseph Harris to run the ball, and while neither has
big numbers, they’re both averaging 4 yards or more per carry. With
the inconsistency the Rams have had stopping the run, Wyoming gets
With Dave Anderson, John Walker and Joel Dreessen, the Rams have
a slew of talented players to assist Hanie in his growth as a
quarterback. Wyoming’s Dustin Pleasant and Jovon Bouknight lead the
Cowboys, but neither is as talented as Anderson.
Wyoming has given up 15 sacks this year, and in the spread
offense, a sack is a momentum killer. The Cowboys average just 3.6
yards per rush. But, the bad news for CSU is the Rams have given up
17 sacks and averages just 2.5 yards per rush.
Against SDSU, CSU’s defensive line showed up and played well,
putting pressure on the quarterback and stuffing the running game.
It also helped that CSU ran more blitzes, and if the team does the
same this weekend. It’ll be successful. Wyoming has eight sacks
this year, and gives up only about 3.6 yards per rush, but the
Cowboys gave up 5.4 yards per rush against BYU last week.
CSU is coming off a solid performance in which the linebackers
blitzed and created scoring opportunities. Luke Adkins’ 71-yard
interception return is a boost to the linebackers and proof that
they can play well. Guy Tuell leads Wyoming, but beyond him there
isn’t too much. That is, before the secondary.
CSU brings into the game four safeties who have played well this
season. With the chances of Ben Stratton’s playing time being
restricted because of a high ankle sprain, Travis Garcia will have
to fill in. Garcia did a solid job against SDSU. Both Adam
Lancisero and Miles Kochevar played well last week. Two of
Wyoming’s top three tacklers are in the secondary, with John
Wendling and Derrick Martin leading the way. Holland would have the
expertise and skill to exploit the Cowboy secondary, but Hanie may
make the defensive backs’ job easier.
Jeff Babcock is a solid four-year starter and will make more
field goals than he will miss. He is averaging 42.3 yards per punt,
and he will be consistent. On the other side, Deric Yaussi is just
as solid, making 5-of-7 field goals from beyond 40 yards. Punter
Adam Brooks averages 43.7 yards a kick and has pinned opponents
inside the 20-yard line nine times this year.
CSU – 24 WYOMING – 21