"We're so much more prepared I think going into the game," he continued. "It's nice to know who the quarterback is." Last season, Van Pelt entered the contest against Colorado as the backup behind DJ Busch. Busch tossed two costly interceptions early in the game as the Buffs broke it open on their way to a 41-14 rout. Van Pelt did see some action against Colorado, before taking over the starting duties two weeks later.
Also at Rams practice, linebacker Adam Wade was back in pads and working out with the team. He sat out the Virginia game after being suspended because of an on campus dorm fight in the off-season. Wade is expected to play a significant role against the Buffs.
Back-up QB Justin Holland, who took two snaps against Virginia while Van Pelt recovered from his "freak accident" late in the game, is about 80-85% with his injured right (throwing) elbow. He will suit up and could play if needed against CU.
Punter Joey Huber continues to punt through knee pain, and plans to give it his best shot against the Buffs. "There's pain there, but I've just got to work through it I guess," Huber admitted. "I'm gonna do my best to help the team."
Rams Head Coach Sonny Lubick was pleased with the workout on Monday, and is as excited as he's ever been for a CSU – CU tilt. The Rams already have one win under their belts, but Lubick for one doesn't seem satisfied. "I still get excited, I still have passion for the game, that's what keeps us old coaches in it."