Practices and academic orientation start

More than two dozen first-year student-athletes reported for the beginning of practices and academic orientation at Colorado State University Friday. <P> Players begin campus and academic orientation later in the day.

Tenth-year coach Sonny Lubick, who has guided the Rams to six bowl games and five conference titles since arriving in 1993, also put the newcomers through pair of workouts Saturday.

The rest of the squad reports Tuesday night, and the entire team will be on hand for Media Day activities at Hughes Stadium Wednesday, July 31. Local and regional media members will arrive at 9:45 a.m. to interview Rams' coaches and players, and the events conclude later in the morning when Lubick provides a season preview.

Colorado State's entire squad will conduct its first practice of the season Thursday, Aug. 1. Two-a-day workouts are scheduled through Aug. 16. Practice sessions are scheduled for 8:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. on the practice fields south of Moby Arena.

Colorado State opens the 2002 season facing the University of Virginia in Charlottesville on Aug. 22 in the Jim Thorpe Assn. Classic. The game will be telecast locally by Fox Sports Network throughout the state of Colorado and in the Rocky Mountain region, and will be broadcast live on the statewide Colorado State Sports Network.

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