Rams Ready for Spring Game

Fort Collins - Colorado State University football coach Sonny Lubick will win either way Saturday when his team conducts its annual intrasquad spring game at French Field in Fort Collins.

Lubick, the school's 13th-year head football coach met with his staff Thursday and divided the teams for Saturday's game. He also split the coaches among the two teams. He'll be an impartial observer, lending a hand to both teams during the game.

Quarterback Justin Holland and wide receiver David Anderson highlight the Gold team offense. Holland missed half of last season with a leg injury that required surgery, but was on a pace to break all of the school's passing offense. Anderson was a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver and enters 2005 among the career leaders in receptions at CSU. They'll be joined in the backfield by Kyle Bell, a sophomore runningback who has had an impressive showing in the spring.

Defensively, end Jesse Nading, linebacker Jahmal Hall, defensive backs Travis Garcia and Miles Kochevar, all starters most of 2005, lead the way.

They'll face a Green offense led by quarterback Caleb Hanie, who replaced Holland last season in the lineup. A true freshman at the time, Hanie led the team to a pair of wins including a 30-7 win over Wyoming in his first start.

Runningback Jimmy Green, the incumbent starter, along with two starters from the line last year - Albert Bimper and Oldenburg, join Hanie.

Defensively, safety Ben Stratton, along with linebacker Courtney Jones were starters last year and lead the Green team. Defensive linemen Matt Rupp and Erik Sandie have earned praise this spring for their play up front.

This year's game is being played at the local high school facility while renovations continue at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium. Saturday morning, as has been a tradition for more than a decade, the school's Spirit Committee of the Ram Club will host a free pancake breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m. at French Field.

The game begins at 11 a.m., and admission is free of charge.

Also on tap Saturday is a halftime recognition of NFL Pro Bowl participant Joey Porter, the former Rams' all-star who announced Thursday a gift of $200,000 toward renovation of the team locker room.

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