Van Pelt Named MWC Player of the Year

Colorado Springs, Colo. - Colorado State quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt, one of only four players in NCAA Division IA football history to rush for more than 2,000 yards and pass for more than 5,000 yards, has been named the Mountain West Conference's offensive player of the year for the second season in a row.

Van Pelt, a senior from Santa Barbara, Calif., was one of five Rams to earn first-team all-league honors. He's joined on the first team by Dexter Wynn, named both as a cornerback and return specialist, offensive tackle Erik Pears, wide receiver David Anderson, and defensive tackle Bryan Save.

Named to the second team were tight end Joel Dreessen and center Mark Dreyer.

Several Rams received honorable mention including: Offensive guard Jamie Amicarella, kicker/punter Jeff Babcock, tight end Matt Bartz, offensive tackle Michael Brisiel, linebacker Jeff Flora, defensive end Patrick Goodpaster, defensive tackle Lavell Mann, safety Benny Mastropaolo, linebacker Eric Pauly, wide receiver Chris Pittman, running back Rahsaan Sanders, defensive end Andre Sommersell, cornerback Ben Stratton, and linebacker Drew Wood. Rams Open Bowl Game Drills CSU - SID - Colorado State University's football team has opened preparations for the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl.

The Rams, 7-5 overall, will face Boston College of the Big East Conference in the second annual game at Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco. Kickoff time is 7:30 p.m. PST/8:30 p.m. MST.

The Rams earned a school-record fifth straight bowl trip by winning 5 of the team's final 7 games, including a 24-23 win at UNLV to conclude the regular season. Backup quarterback Justin Holland - who relieved starter Bradlee Van Pelt after the Rams' star suffered a broken right hand - drove the Rams 80 yards and threw a 3-yard scoring pass to H-back Joel Dreessen for the tying touchdown. Kicker Jeff Babcock's point-after with 57 seconds remaining in the game clinched the game for the Rams.


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