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.