QB broke his hand Nov. 22

12/21/2003 - Colorado State Rams

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Colorado State quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt threw hard again Sunday, a sign his broken throwing hand may be healed enough for him to play Dec. 31 in the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl against Boston College.

"I'm getting close, everyday I'm getting closer and closer,"
Van Pelt said after Sunday's two-hour workout. "Sometimes it's a
little uncomfortable throwing a ball, but it's on track."

Van Pelt broke a bone in his right hand during the Rams' 24-23
victory Nov. 22 over Nevada-Las Vegas.

He underwent surgery the following week, with some assurances
the bone would be healed in time for his to play in the bowl game.

Lubick, who has yet to name his starter for the game, said Van
Pelt had given him mixed signals.

"Every time I've talked to him, he's said he can't throw,"
Lubick said.

While Van Pelt hasn't thrown in the drills, he has thrown in
warmups and has been zipping the ball up to 40 yards without any

"I can throw it," Van Pelt said. "I have to tape my fingers
just to protect me from some of the torque it puts on my fingers.
That's what hurts the most."

This season, Van Pelt threw for 2,682 yards and 18 touchdowns
while running for an additional 844 yards and nine touchdowns. In
Van Pelt's absence, sophomore Justin Holland, who rallied the Rams
in the victory over UNLV has taken almost all the snaps in the
preparations for Boston College.

Colorado State has one final practice before taking a three-day
break for Christmas. Players will meet in San Francisco on Friday
when Van Pelt will begin taking live snaps for the first time.

"If I had to play right now, I could, but it's just that we
have the time and I have the freedom to let my hand try to get good
rather than press it right now," Van Pelt said. "We don't want to
press the hand to where muscles really get sore and then I'm no
good during the game."