Oct 252004
 
Authors: Jon Pilsner

CSU head coach Sonny Lubick walked up to the microphone at C B

& Potts all smiles Monday afternoon at his weekly press

conference. He had a good reason to be grinning.

Coming off his team’s second straight conference win, Lubick

said he was proud of his team’s performance in a 30-7 win over

border rival Wyoming Friday night.

“That’s the best I think we’ve played all year. It was an

excellent football game,” Lubick said. “It was a nice victory for

our fans. I’m pleased we came away with a well fought victory.”

Lubick said the strong performance from running back Jimmy Green

helped the offense in true freshman quarterback Caleb Hanie’s first

career start. Green ran for 124 yards on 32 carries, becoming the

first Ram to run for over 100 yards this season.

“(Green) becoming healthy was a big thing,” Lubick said. “I feel

very confident when he’s in there.”

Lubick also praised the play of the offensive line and the

blocking of the offense. He said sophomore tackle Clint Oldenburg

and junior receiver David Anderson impressed him with their

performance against Wyoming.

“David had so many good, tough blocks. That’s what makes him

special,” Lubick said. “He contributes in every aspect (of the

game).”

The marked improvement of the defense, which helped force four

turnovers and record five sacks while only giving up seven points,

was an area where Lubick said he had seen overall improvement.

“I want to give us a lot of credit, we’ve really improved,”

Lubick said. “(Defensive tackle) Blake Smith had a great game and

(cornerback) Robert Herbert played his best game; I could just

sense him improving.”

However, Lubick was aware that this week’s opponent, New Mexico,

brings with them running back DonTrell Moore, who ran for 242 yards

and three touchdowns last year in UNM’s 37-34 victory of CSU. CSU

and UNM play at 1 p.m. Saturday at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes

Stadium.

“If I was (Moore), I’d probably be licking my chops,” Lubick

said. “We have not defended him well in the past. He’s had some

excellent football games against us.”

The Rams, who were counted out early this season after starting

1-4, are now in the middle of a battle for the three bowl spots

Mountain West teams will earn at the end of this season. At 2-1 and

in third place in conference play, the Rams are in the middle of a

crowed pack. But Lubick said he doesn’t think more than one game

ahead.

“It’s too difficult to think ahead, I know that’s a

clich�,” Lubick said. “All the games, I still believe, will

be so darn close.”

But, Lubick said winning two in a row has given the team some

confidence

“I think the most important thing is to keep everything in

perspective,” Lubick said. “We feel good about the way we played

this week. The fact of the matter is we still have a tough football

game this week and we’re still getting ready for Saturday.”

On the injury front, Lubick said that honorable mention

All-Conference tackle Mike Brisiel injured his shoulder against the

Cowboys. His arm is in a sling and he is listed as doubtful to play

Saturday against UNM. Running back Uldis Jaunarajs also injured his

shoulder, but is expected to be available for Saturday’s game.

Junior linebacker Courtney Jones is suffering from a neck injury

and he will be evaluated by a doctor during the week. Redshirt

freshman Nathan Pauly will replace Jones. Pauly recorded five

unassisted tackles, including a sack, this weekend against

Wyoming.

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