Somehow, Kory Sperry didn’t envision his first collegiate
touchdown coming quite like this.
The Rams trailed the Wyoming Cowboys 7-3 in the second quarter,
but with the ball at the Wyoming 10-yard-line, CSU running back
Uldis Jaunarajs took a handoff from quarterback Caleb Hanie and
made his way towards the goal line.
Less than a yard from giving CSU its first lead in the ball
game, the football popped out of Jaunarajs’s hands and squirted
towards the back of the end zone.
As it bounced, a young tight end jumped on it, just beating out
the scrambling Wyoming defense.
Sperry had just scored his first collegiate touchdown.
“That’s not how I had expected it,” Sperry, a freshman from
Pueblo. “But I’ll take it as it comes.”
The true freshman tight end led all Rams receivers in CSU’s 30-7
win against Wyoming this past weekend. Sperry caught four passes
for 71 yards, averaging over 17 yards per catch. Officially,
Sperry’s touchdown was credited as a rushing score, even though he
never received an official rush.
“It would have been nice to catch a touchdown,” Sperry said,
Sperry, whose redshirt was pulled off after injuries hit the CSU
tight-end position hard this season, has made an immediate impact.
In the two games he has played this season, Sperry has had seven
catches for 107 yards.
“We were hoping we didn’t have to play him this year,” said
offensive coordinator Dan Hammerschmidt. “We knew he was going to
Before the Rams lost starter Matt Bartz for the season to a torn
knee ligament on Sept. 11, Sperry was listed as fourth on the depth
chart. However, Sperry has moved up to second behind senior Joel
Dreessen sees a lot of talent in Sperry, even if he is still
undersized for a tight end.
“He’s ten times the athlete I was my freshman year,” Dreessen
“But I’m still faster than he is.”
Playing with Dreeseen has helped Sperry adjust to the college
“Being able to play with Joel has been really helpful,” Sperry
said. “He especially has helped a lot.”
Hammerschmidt says that the coaches are pushing Sperry pretty
“He’ll come out of the huddle and pause for a moment, start
going one way then go the other,” Hammerschmidt said. “That’s when
you know you’re asking a little too much of him.”
Both Dreessen and Hammerschmidt say that if Sperry can add some
size to his body, he’ll become a good tight end. Sperry started the
season at 205 pounds, but now is up to 218.
Regardless, Hammerschmidt says comparing Sperry to Dreessen is
“They’re both (Sperry and Dreessen) hard on themselves,”
Hammerschmidt said. “I like that about them.”