CSU quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt didn’t think he and his team
played well enough for him to repeat as Mountain West Conference
Offensive Player of the Year, but the coaches in the MWC thought
Van Pelt received the conference’s top offensive honor for the
second straight season.
“I didn’t hit my personal goals and we were 4-3 in the league,”
Van Pelt said during a teleconference Tuesday.
The MWC coaches, however, couldn’t ignore Van Pelt’s numbers.
His 844 yards rushing and 2,682 yards passing this season helped
him become only the fourth player in Division I-A history to rush
for more than 2,000 yards and pass for more than 5,000 yards in a
career. Van Pelt has 6,002 career yards passing and 2,209 rushing
yards with the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl against Boston
College (8:30 p.m. Dec. 31, ESPN2) still to be played.
“The (coaches) understand the way I play football,” Van Pelt
said. “I’m fighting and scrapping because I want my team to
The senior was also selected as the quarterback for the
first-team all-MWC team. Wide receiver David Anderson, offensive
tackle Erik Pears, defensive tackle Brian Save and cornerback
Dexter Wynn were also selected to the first team. Wynn was selected
on the first team as a corner and a return specialist. Center Mark
Dryer and tight end Joel Dreessen made the second team and several
more Rams received honorable mention honors.
Van Pelt was also upbeat about recovery from a broken right
metatarsal in his hand, an injury he suffered in the third quarter
of the Rams’ game against UNLV. He said a three-inch rod was
inserted in his hand during surgery the day after the game. He is
now out of a cast and could begin throwing next week.
“I’ve never been injured in my life,” Van Pelt said. “Football
is sometimes a sport of being lucky.”
He said he should be at full strength and ready to go against
Boston College (7-5). But he said he would tell coaches to start
sophomore quarterback Justin Holland if he felt he might hurt the
team’s chances to win.
“A healthy Justin Holland in better than a hurt Bradlee Van
Pelt,” he said.
Jimmy Green was named MWC Offensive Player of the Week last week
after running for a career-high 113 yards and one touchdown in the
Rams’ 24-23 victory over UNLV. Green joined Van Pelt (twice),
Dexter Wynn (special teams) and Jeff Babcock (special teams) to win
conference player of the week honors this season.