Van Pelt and Busch still neck and neck for QB

"The only thing separating these two guys from being darned good is having six or seven games under their belt."

It's looking more and more like Rams Head Football coach Sonny Lubick will indeed give playing time to both his quarterbacks - D.J. Busch and Bradlee Van Pelt - when CSU opens the 2001 football season against Colorado at Invesco Field in Denver on September 1st.

Before practice began earlier this month, Lubick admitted that it was very likely that both would play against CU. So far, neither Van Pelt or Busch has clearly established himself as the best man for the job. Lubick is happy with the play so far of both Sophomores. So much so, that he is actively planning to use both in the Rams offensive attack.

"Over the past few days, they've really stepped it up, both of them," Lubick told reporters after a recent practice. "The only thing separating these two guys from being darned good is having six or seven games under their belt."

Thus far, Busch has lived up to his billing as the better pure passer, while Van Pelt has shown his tremendous athleticism on several runs. Both have also shown they can do the other, too. Van Pelt has thrown the ball very well, while Busch has shown good footwork with the ball in his hands.

The Rams will scrimmage on Saturday, and (unlike thier counterparts in Boulder) the public is welcome to attend.

On the injury front, both Joey Cuppari and Cecil Sapp are still nursing sore hamstrings, but both are expected back at practice early next week.


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