Nov 112004
 
Authors: Jon Pilsner

Senior tight end Joel Dreessen, a 6-foot-4-inch tall, 260-pound

H-back, is a powerful load, bearing down on opposing linebackers

and defensive backs.

But even this weekend is going to be full of emotion for a man

of his stature.

“I’ve grown up so much (in my time here),” said the senior

H-back, who will play his final home game this weekend. “I’ve

learned more playing football than I have sitting in classes.”

At 10 a.m. Saturday the Rams will face UNLV in the season’s

final home game, and for 10 seniors, it will be their last moment

to shine on the field at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium.

Dreessen, running back Marcus Houston, defensive ends Patrick

Goodpaster and Jonathan Simon, safety Adam Lancisero, kicker and

punter Jeff Babcock, and offensive lineman Erik Pears will walk out

of the Hughes Stadium tunnel as a player for the last time.

“I just wanted a chance to play (Division-I),” said Lancisero,

who transferred to CSU from Fullerton Junior College his junior

year. “It’s always been my dream since I was a little kid. It

finally came true.”

Babcock said that now the Rams aren’t going to a bowl game, his

focus has shifted to a potential record. Babcock, who has scored

271 points in his career, needs 24 points in the final two games to

become the all-time CSU scoring leader. Steve Bartalo, who played

running back at CSU from 1983-86, holds the record with 294

points.

“One of the things I don’t normally think about is records,”

Babcock said. “But there’s not much left than to beat an old

friend’s record.”

The Rams (3-6, 2-3 Mountain West Conference) will face a UNLV

team just a spot below them in the MWC Standings. UNLV (2-7, 1-4

MWC) is coming off a 53-45, three-overtime loss to Wyoming at home

last weekend.

The Rebels are led offensively by running back Dominique Dorsey,

who has rushed for 1,126 yards this season and averages more than

126.5 yards per game, the best in the MWC.

The most dangerous weapon on the Rebels’ roster, however, is

safety Jamaal Brimmer, a first-team All-American and Jim Thorpe

Award candidate. Brimmer has 79 tackles this year, along with 1.5

sacks and an interception

The Rams have struggled with turnovers this season, but

quarterback Caleb Hanie, who has four fumbles in his three starts,

know the importance of preventing them.

“I’ve just got to protect the ball better,” Hanie said. “The

first thing in my mind when it’s a running play should be to hold

it in close to my chest and tuck it under my arm.”

Although the Rams have no postseason to prepare for, they have

not let up in practices or game preparation.

“You have to prepare like a normal week. We motivate ourselves,”

Hanie said. “You gotta win for the seniors. That’s kinda your

motivation for this week.”

Some players are a little bitter about the prospect of no

postseason.

“Playing this thing, it’s one of the harder things to swallow,

knowing these are the last two weeks and there’s no bowl game,”

Dreessen said. “I feel kinda robbed.”

NOTES:

Lancisero will start this weekend at a hybrid safety-linebacker

position. Starting outside linebacker Jammal Hall will miss the

season’s remainder with knee surgery. Travis Garcia has earned his

first starting role in place of Lancisero in the secondary.

Houston may start at running back this weekend, but he will

share time in the backfield with Jimmy Green and Kyle Bell.

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