Seven Rams Selected On TSN Preseason MWC Team

Seven Colorado State University players are listed on The Sporting News Preseason All-Mountain West Conference football team.<P> The weekly sports publication's annual preseason yearbook hits newsstands later this month.

The list includes punter Joey Huber, running back Cecil Sapp, offensive lineman Morgan Pears, and four defenders, including: linebackers Eric Pauly and Drew Wood, defensive end Peter Hogan, and cornerback Dexter Wynn.

Huber, a senior from Littleton, Colo. (Arapahoe HS) earned first-team all-league honors a year ago by averaging 43.1 yards per punt and was a finalist for the Ray Guy Award presented to the nation's top punter. Sapp gained 1,000 yards in 2000 including 160 in the Liberty Bowl win over the University of Louisville when he was chosen the game's MVP.

Sapp earned first-team all-league honors that season, but missed the entire 2001 season after undergoing surgery in August to remove a benign tumor from his left heel.

Pears has started the past 21 games for the Rams, including every game last season.

Pauly led the league in tackles on his way to first-team All-MWC honors.

Wood was second in the league in tackles and tied for top team honors with three pass interceptions.

Pauly was named second-team Academic All-American, and Wood was named to the District 7 All-Academic team.

Hogan earned honorable mention all-league honors a year ago and tied for top team honors with three quarterback sacks.

Wynn earned all-conference honors last year as a return specialist. He led the league by averaging 15.3 yards on punt returns and ranked fifth nationally in that category, and also intercepted two passes, including one in the team's New Orleans Bowl victory.

Four Rams also earned national recognition by the magazine. Huber is listed as the nation's No. 4 punter in 2002. Pauly is ranked as the nation's 12th best outside linebacker. Wynn is rated the fifth best kick returner, and Sapp is listed as the 25th best running back.

ESPN Kick-off times announced
ESPN officials have announced start times and telecast information for four Colorado State University football games in 2002, including:
Colorado State's in-state battle with Colorado, Aug. 31 at INVESCO FIELD at Mile High in Denver. That game will begin at 11 a.m. and be shown live nationally by ESPN2;
Colorado State's home opener Sept. 14 against defending Conference USA Champion Louisville will begin at 7:30 p.m. MT and be telecast by ESPN2;
The Rams' game at Fresno State on Oct. 4 will begin at 5 p.m. PT/6 p.m. MT and be shown by ESPN; and
Colorado State's Oct. 31 contest at Air Force will begin at 5:30 p.m. MT with coverage on ESPN.


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