Lubick praised the team's top two quarterbacks, Bradlee Van Pelt and Justin Holland. Van Pelt, who will be a junior next fall, led the Rams to six wins in his nine starts at year ago and is the team's returning starter. Holland, a prep all-state pick at Bear Creek High, redshirted last year.
"I think we are ahead of last year in the quarterback position," Lubick said Saturday. Van Pelt opened the scrimmage by leading the team's top offensive unit on a 10-play drive resulting in Jeff Babcock's 33-yard field goal, the first of five scores during the scrimmage. He had guided the offense inside the five-yard-line on the drive before a sack and a penalty backed up the unit and resulted in Babcock's field goal.
Later in the scrimmage, Van Pelt broke free and scored on a 40-yard run. He finished the scrimmage by rushing for 72 yards on six carries, and threw for 92 more yards, completing 11 of 19 passes. Holland, meanwhile, had the day's only scoring pass, when he connected with Derek Haverley on a 60-yard touchdown play. Holland's former Bear Creek teammate, Uldis Jaunarajs, had the top run of the day when he scored on a 60-yard play. He finished the day with 70 rushing yards on seven carries. Redshirt freshman kicker Kevin Mark had the other score in the scrimmage, a 33-yard field goal. Van Pelt and Holland both took advantage of a sterling performance by junior receiver Chris Pittman. He led all receivers with eight receptions for 102 yards.
Colorado State's defensive unit also caught Lubick's eye, with three quarterback sacks and a pair of forced turnovers. Brady Bensen had the first turnover, nabbing and interception. David Foley later recovered a fumble for the second turnover.
Running back Cecil Sapp gained 24 yards on four carries plus caught three passes for 15 yards as he continues to regain his form after missing last year due to a benign tumor in his heel that required surgery.
"Cecil is a load, and he brings a lot to the table when he is in the lineup," said Lubick of Sapp, the Mountain West Conference's top rusher in 2000 and Liberty Bowl MVP that season.
Lubick said the Rams would practice Tuesday and Wednesday, then stage the annual Green-Gold Spring Game at Hughes Stadium on Saturday, April 20. Events that day begin with the Spirit Committee's annual pancake breakfast on the west concourse - free of charge to fans – from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The spring game follows.