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Monday, November 2, 2009
Colorado State to reopen quarterback competition


Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson

Colorado Sate coach Steve Fairchild said he’s not opposed to re-opening the quarterback competition this week leading up to Saturday’s game against UNLV, the Fort Collins Coloradoan is reporting.

Fifth-year senior Grant Stucker has started all of the Rams nine games this season, but after starting the year 3-0, they’ve lost the last six, including five straight in Mountain West Conference play.

Against Air Force last weekend, the Colorado State passing game managed just 87 yards -- 49 from Stucker and 38 from backup Jon Eastman -- and were a combined 7 of 19 with an interception. It was the lowest passing output since Bradlee Van Pelt and Justin Holland combined for 50 yards in a 17-3 Liberty Bowl loss to TCU in 2002.

During the first six games of the season, the passing game appeared to be one of the stronger suits of the offense. It was averaging 262 passing yards with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. But during the past four games, the Rams are averaging just 147 passing yards with three touchdowns and six interceptions and haven’t thrown for more than 205 yards in any game this season.

"I've got to stay positive and take that as a challenge to say that not only does the team have to step up, I have to step up and start doing whatever I can to be able to step up the level of intensity or whatever he's looking for in the passing game," Stucker told the paper.

The Rams can still gain bowl eligibility if they win out and the schedule is favorable. This week they face a UNLV team that has lost five of its last six, and the final two games are against a winless New Mexico squad and a Wyoming team that has struggled of late against conference opponents.