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
“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
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
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
“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.”
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.