With a week and a half remaining before the Rams are set to face
Boston College in the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl, the Rams
practiced for over two hours on Saturday in beautiful, 55-degree,
“Practice went better today,” head coach Sonny Lubick said. “We
are going to do the same thing tomorrow. We will have a short
practice on Monday and go from there.”
Wednesday marked a very important step in the road to recovery
for senior quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt who briefly began throwing
a few passes. After breaking his right hand against UNLV on Nov.
22, Van Pelt has had surgery and had a 2.5-inch titanium rod
inserted, that will later be removed, to secure the break. His
improvement has moved along at a steady pace, as Van Pelt continued
throwing Friday and Saturday.
“It still hurts but I can move it and I have a lot of strength
in it,” Van Pelt said. “Throwing the ball is a lot of different
movements and it still hurts. I can’t just get back in there and
start winging the ball.”
Van Pelt has not dressed in full pads since the injury and does
not plan to until the team goes to San Francisco.
“He’s still got a week. If he can get three days in he’ll be
OK,” Lubick said.
CSU started preparing for Boston College in practice on
Wednesday with special focus on limiting the ground game lead by
senior Eagle running back Derek Knight.
“I think things are going well,” Lubick said. “The kids are
working hard and we did some live work today and that really livens
things up. (Knight) is a good running back and we’ll see how it
Lubick has installed a few changes as sophomore Adam Hayward has
been playing wide receiver instead of safety and sophomore wide
receiver Joey Flores has moved to defensive back.
On a side note, sophomore defensive back Ben Stratton sat out
Saturday’s practice with a sore hamstring. Stratton said the injury
is minor and he plans on returning to practice Sunday or
Off the field, graduation is in the air as senior linebacker
Eric Pauly, who missed the majority of the season with a knee
injury, gave the opening speech at his graduation ceremony of the
College of Business on Saturday.
At the conclusion of one graduation ceremony on Friday, some
fortunate CSU graduates exiting Moby Arena had the chance to get
autographs and take pictures with Lubick who had just finished
As far as final preparations for the big game, the team will now
practice Sunday and Monday before taking three days off for the
holiday. The team then travels to San Francisco on Dec. 26 and
begin practices in the Bay City on Dec. 27.