Apr 222004
 
Authors: Andrew Woerpel

Players vying for a spot on this year’s football team will have

their last chance to prove themselves on Saturday.

The spring game will be held at 11 a.m. at Sonny Lubick Field at

Hughes Stadium, and it is shaping up to be a thriller. Every

player, when in the game, will be trying to impress head coach

Sonny Lubick.

Quarterback Justin Holland will get his chance to show off his

publicized arm and prove he is ready to assume the starting

quarterback duties in the post-Bradlee Van Pelt era.

“He has a good grasp of the offense,” Lubick said of Holland.

“He knows what to do.”

Marcus Houston will also have a chance to prove he is still the

dominant back he was in the first three games of his freshman year

at the University of Colorado.

Houston finished second on the team with 636 rushing yards and

led the team with10 touchdowns last season, his first with CSU, but

he has battled injuries throughout his career and had some

difficulties adjusting to his transfer to CSU.

The game should be a test for the depleted secondary as well.

The Rams are young in the defensive backfield and they hope

athleticism can make up for inexperience.

Nevertheless, Lubick said he has been impressed with some of the

team’s inexperienced players and its returning starters in the

secondary.

“They are playing well,” Lubick said of the defensive backs.

“They have more confidence, they are playing much better.”

He added that sophomore Brandon Cathy and redshirt freshman

Liddon Levine have been impressive at each cornerback position.

One thing fans and Lubick won’t have to worry about is the play

of a talented corps of wide receivers led by junior David Anderson,

who set CSU single-season records last season with 72 receptions

and 1,282 yards. Tight end Joel Dreessen is also coming off very

big seasons statistically. In nine injury-plagued games, he caught

29 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns. Each should put on a

show in the spring game.

Lubick said the game gives him a chance to get a good look at

what he will have to work with this fall. The Rams are a very young

team heading into to next season so they will have to raise their

level of play.

“We’re young, and not as consistent as I’d like but we have some

guys who can play,” Lubick said.

The game is free for all who wish to attend.

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