Colorado State Opens Spring Drills

Colorado State University's football squad opened spring practice Saturday with a two-hour workout, the first of 15 practices allowed under NCAA guidelines.<P> Tenth-year coach Sonny Lubick put the Rams through a workout in shorts, helmets and jerseys, and plans to do the same for a noon Sunday workout. Colorado State will practice again Tuesday, the first time the team will have full pads on.

"We got some good stuff done," said Lubick following the workout. "The players had a good attitude, they practiced hard. We got a lot of teaching done. Saturday and Sunday will be good teaching days."

Earlier this week, he had announced position changes for five players, including David Vickers and Rahsaan Sanders, both of whom are now playing safety. Vickers had been a linebacker and Sanders a running back. Lubick said after the first practice, both seemed to progress well in their new positions.

"Rahsaan looked like he caught on real well, though we have only about two or three coverages in so far. David Vickers has slimmed down to about 210, and looks much quicker. He has football instincts."

Colorado State in 2001 played in the school's third consecutive bowl game - a first in school history - and the sixth in Lubick's nine seasons at the helm, among the most bowl appearances by any program nationally. Colorado State, since 1994, ranks among the top 12 programs nationally in total victories. The Rams, since Lubick's arrival, have appeared on regional and national television 77 times, more than any other Mountain West Conference member institution.

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