Rams Enjoy Off Week; Start Thinking About Nevada

Colorado State's open date on the football schedule turned into an open weekend when Coach Sonny Lubick gave his squad two days off from workouts. CSU, 3-1 following a 36-33 win over Louisville last Saturday night, brought his team back to practice Thursday and Friday with a pair of two-hour workouts. He told his team prior to Friday's workout that if they worked hard and performed well, he'd give them Saturday and Sunday off.

Lubick's motivation worked.

"I thought we worked hard. I told the team that when we come back Monday, we have to really focus and improve as a team, and concentrate on Nevada," said Lubick.

The Rams, he said, would be back on the field Monday to begin preparations for the Rams' game Sept. 28 at Nevada, which defeated Brigham Young 31-28 on September 21, despite losing their starting runningback, Chance Kretschmer - who led the nation in rushing a year ago as a freshman - on the team's first offensive play. Still, the Wolf Pack gained more than 500 total yards against BYU. .

Quarterback Zach Threadgill, a senior from Glendale, Ariz. completed 28-of-37 passes for a career-high 410 yards and four touchdowns in a 31-28 win over the 24th ranked Cougars. For his efforts, he was named Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week. All four of Threadgill's TD passes came in the first half, including a 95-yarder to Nate Burleson, the third longest passing play in Wolf Pack history and fifth longest in WAC history. He also hit three other receivers for TD's and completed passes to seven different receivers Saturday. The fifth-year senior started two games last year but is in his first season as the Pack's full-time signal caller.

"Nevada is a good football team. They will be a real challenge for us. I told our team that we have to come back Monday ready to work hard and prepare for this next stretch of games."

Included in Friday's workout were four- and two-minute drills near the conclusion of a game. Lubick said it gave his team a chance to work on late-game situations on both sides of the ball. The team also had a "red zone" session inside the defense's 20-yard-line. Thursday, when the Rams resumed practice, eight players were on the sidelines nursing injuries. Doug Heald (knee sprain) and Tristan Walker (ankle sprain) are the most seriously injured and Lubick doubts they'll be ready by next week's game in Reno. H-back Joel Dreessen and offensive guard Albert Bimper returned to workouts after missing Thursday's session, as did defensive lineman Lavell Mann (knee sprain). Linebacker Eric Pauly (sprained ankle) figures to be back in action Monday.

The game with Nevada begins at 2 p.m. (1 p.m. MT) and will be broadcast by the Colorado State Sports Network. There is no television coverage for the game.

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