Spring Football Starts March 23rd

Fresh from a history-making 2001 season, Colorado State University's football team returns to the practice field for spring practice beginning Saturday, Mar. 23.

A season ago, coach Sonny Lubick and the Rams made history by playing in a third consecutive bowl game - winning the first-ever New Orleans Bowl. The win marked the sixth time Lubick has taken the Rams to a bowl game since arriving in Fort Collins in 1993. It was the first time in school history the Rams have played in three consecutive bowls, and the first time they've won back-to-back postseason pageants on the heels of a win over the University of Louisville in the 2000 Liberty Bowl.

Lubick, his staff, and players will conduct the NCAA-limit 15 practice sessions, culminating in the annual intrasquad spring game, set for Saturday, April 20 at Hughes Stadium.

The Rams have 15 returning starters on the squad, and 36 letterwinners. Quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt, who had a 6-3 record as the team's starter the final nine games, returns after setting a school record for rushing yards by a quarterback. Running back Henri Childs led the Rams with 841 yards rushing. The team will also be bolstered by the return of Cecil Sapp, who missed all of last year due to injuries, as did his main backup, Rahsaan Sanders, who also returns.

Defensively, first-team all-league performer Eric Pauly, who led the league in tackles, leads a youthful yet experienced defense. Defensive end Peter Hogan anchors the line, while Dexter Wynn and Rhett Nelson figure to lead the secondary.

Punter Joey Huber was among the national leaders in punting and was a first-team all-conference selection.

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