Rams Gathering Pre-Season Accolades

The media that cover the Mountain West Conference tabbed the <B>Rams</B>, <I>in a landslide vote</I>, as the pre-season favorite to win the league crown for a third straight year. UNLV was a distant second.

With the 2001 season fast approaching, the Colorado State Rams football squad has been singled out for some lofty pre-season accolades. First the media that cover the Mountain West Conference tabbed the Rams, in a landslide vote, as the pre-season favorite to win the league crown for a third straight year. UNLV was a distant second.

Second, the just released ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll placed the Rams at #24 heading into the new season. The Rams, who finished ranked 14th a year ago, were the only MWC or Colorado school to crack the Top 25.

Several Rams were honored as pre-season choices to the All-MWC team, including WR Pete Rebstock, RB Cecil Sapp, OL Broc Finlayson, and TE Jose Ochoa on offense, and LB David Vickers and DB Aaron Sprague on defense. In addition, WR Dallas Davis, who missed last season with an injury, was honored along with Rebstock as kick returners.

"Really, it's a great honor," said Rams coach Sonny Lubick. "It makes me proud that the media and the people around the country have respect for our program."

CSU finished 10-2 a year ago, capping an outstanding season with a 24-17 win over Louisville in the Liberty Bowl. The Rams open the season on September 1st against the Colorado Buffaloes at new Invesco Field in Denver.

Mountain West Conference Pre-Season Media Poll

TEAM (First Place Votes) POINTS
1. Colorado State (11) 130
2. UNLV (4) 118
3. Brigham Young 91
4. San Diego State 74
5. Air Force 63
6. Utah 55
7. New Mexico 54
8. Wyoming 18


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