Inside Rams Athletics 11/15/02

Ram Rod welcomes back all of you CSU fans looking for that inside edge of what is going on within all areas of the Ram athletic program. To get things started this week, we get you set for the big game at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego this Saturday.

First off, let's address a few injuries. After watching a grimacing Mark Dreyer carted off the field at Falcon Stadium during the Rams' Halloween night victory over Air Force, it will undoubtedly be great news to hear that Dreyer will be 100% and ready for action against the Aztecs. This is very important, as Dreyer and Bradlee Van Pelt have become very close friends, both on and off of the field. You would hate to see that kind of chemistry between a quarterback and his center disturbed at this crucial point in the season.

Next, Ram Fans will also be very excited to see the return of both Rhett Nelson and Landon Jones into the defensive secondary. With the high-flying air attack of Adam Hall, J.R. Tolver, and Kasim Osgood, the Rams' secondary will be tested early and often and you want your go-to guys in there.

Expect to see Cecil Sapp carry the majority of the load on Saturday, as well. The Rams not only want to control the game clock in this match-up, they would also like to see Sapp shatter Steve Bartalo's single-season school rushing record. A big game against the Aztecs should all but assure the fact that Sapp would then break Bartalo's record next Saturday against New Mexico at Hughes Stadium.

For those of you who are concerned that the Rams may come out a bit rusty after a bye-week, here is a stat to chew on. Since Sonny Lubick's arrival in 1993, the Rams are 8-2 when coming off of a bye-week. However, the last loss after a bye-week came last year in the form of a 14-7 loss at the hands of none other than the San Diego State Aztecs.

I see Cecil going for at least 150 yards against the Aztecs, with CSU punishing San Diego State 34-13.

Ram basketball fans have to love the way that the future is looking for Dale Layer's squad. After Layer and Assistant coach Buzz Williams landed the "Big 3" out of the state of Texas earlier this week, the Rams will have one of the strongest front courts in the Mountain West Conference beginning next year. That is all thanks, primarily, to the hard work of Williams, who basically owns the state of Texas at this point. Don't be surprised if Buzz Williams is also the Head Coach of this Ram team in the near future.

That's all for now and Go Rams!!!

-Ram Rod

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