Posted: Aug 2, 2011 12:08 AM by Lee Douglas
Updated: Aug 2, 2011 8:46 PM
The CSU-Pueblo Thunderwolves have gotten better each year since football was reinstated in 2008. The ThunderWolves were 4-6 in 2008, 7-4 in 2009 and 9-2 last year. This season could be even better.
The Thunderwolves are tied for second in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference preseason coaches' poll and expectations are high on the Pueblo Campus.
News First 5 Sports Director Lee Douglas asked head coach John Wristen if he thought this was the year?
Wristen said, "Well heck Lee we're not going in saying this is not the year. We've got a great group of guys. There are 26 of us that started from the very beginning. We're a more mature team. We know what to expect and I really can't wait to go see our guys go play."
Defensive lineman Josh Mack said the preseason ranking is nice but doesn't mean anything. "As a team you have to go out there and prove it," said Mack. "Words mean not very much in the game of football or any sport."
The ThunderWolves open the season September 1 at powerhouse West Texas A&M.
Preseason Coaches Poll
2. Colorado Mines
4. Chadron State
5. Adams State
6. Mesa State (Colorado Mesa)
7. Western New Mexico
8. Fort Lewis
9. Western State
10. New Mexico Highlands
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year - Clay Garcia, Colorado Mines
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year - Lee Meisner, CSU-Pueblo
Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year - Taylor Accardi, Colorado Mines