Athlon Picks Rams Third In MWC Chase, More.....

Athlon Sports Publications, in the football magazine's preseason college edition, picks Colorado State University to finish third in the Mountain West Conference race behind preseason favorite Utah. The Rams are listed 37th nationally by the magazine.

Utah is picked to win the league championship, followed by BYU and the Rams. New Mexico, UNLV, Air Force, San Diego State and Wyoming round out the predictions for the eight-team league race in 2002.

Colorado State finished 7-5 a year ago and for the first time in school history, played in a third straight bowl game, winning the first-ever New Orleans Bowl game. That victory came on the heels of Colorado State's win in the 2000 Liberty Bowl over Louisville, marking the first time in school history that the Rams have won back-to-back bowl games.

Athlon also honored several Colorado State players in its preseason edition, now available at newsstands.

Six players were named to the preseason all-league team including running back Cecil Sapp, defensive end Peter Hogan, linebackers Eric Pauly and Drew Wood, defensive back/return specialist Dexter Wynn, and punter Joey Huber. Sapp returns after missing last season with an injury to his left heel. He gained 841 yards as a junior in 2000 and added 160 more in the team's Liberty Bowl win over Louisville and was the game MVP. Hogan was honorable mention all-league last season, while Pauly was a first-team selection. Pauly and Wood finished one-two in the league in tackles. Wynn was fifth nationally in punt returns, while Huber was the all-conference punter and a finalist for the Ray Guy Award presented to the nation's top punter.

Colorado State is also recognized as having the nation's third-best linebacking corps behind Miami and Georgia Tech, and the nation's seventh best running backs group.

Rams' Game At UCLA Scheduled For National T.V. Coverage On Fox
CSU officials announced the Rams' football game Sept. 7th against UCLA in the Rose Bowl will begin at 7:15 p.m. PT/8:15 p.m. MT and be shown live nationally by Fox Sports.

PAC-10 officials notified Colorado State today of the telecast information. The announcement means that at present, Colorado State has six games already scheduled for national television coverage, with additional information pending, including the team's season opener Aug. 22 at Virginia in the Jim Thorpe Association Classic.

Nine days later, the Rams an in-state rival Colorado play at INVESCO Field at Mile High in a game that will be shown by ESPN2, followed by the game at UCLA that will be telecast by Fox. Three other games are also scheduled to be shown by either ESPN or ESPN2.

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