Fairchild era begins at CSU
August 6, 2008
FORT COLLINS Steve Fairchild has been on the job nearly nine months, yet the first-year football coach at Colorado State acknowledged Wednesday he has spent relatively little time thinking about the man he replaced.Ive been so darn busy that I havent really thought of it much, said Fairchild, who was hired Dec. 12 to replace Sonny Lubick. I thought all along that he is just a great person and an even better coach. It is a little strange that hes not roaming the halls.Fairchild might be excused for not thinking more of Lubick, who was let go last year after 15 seasons with Colorado State.We have a lot to do, and he knows that too, Fairchild said. We have a long ways to go with just a few practices to get it done.The top priority is settling on a starting quarterback. The Rams have senior Billy Farris, junior Grant Stucker and redshirt freshman T.J. Borcky in camp, but none has a lot of experience.Farris, who watched Justin Holland and Caleb Hanie take nearly every snap since arriving in 2004, has seen the most playing time, but it isnt much. He has gotten into nine games, completing 20-of-39 passes for 239 yards and one interception.He and Grant are battling, but if we played a game tomorrow, Billy would probably be our quarterback, Fairchild said. But I want to make sure that we make the right decisions, so we will let them both compete.Stucker got into one game a year ago. Borcky has caught the coachs eye.I thought he had been immature as a football player in the spring and I was hoping to see a little bit more and he really has come back, Fairchild said of Borcky. He had a great summer and he has impressed me in two days.Two practices into fall camp, Fairchild has made it clear he would rather not go to a two-quarterback system and wants to take some time before making his selection.I learned a long time ago you dont force a decision, he said. You just let it happen. Well have opportunities to throw them under fire, put them into situations and see what they do.Fairchild feels the return of running backs Kyle Bell and Gartrell Johnson should help the starting quarterback, whoever he might be.He feels gifted tight end Kory Sperry has fully recovered from a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in Colorado States loss to Cal. The 6-foot-6, 260-pounder from Vineland, Colo., was brought along slowly in spring drills. The move appears to have paid off.He is 100 percent. He was close to 100 percent last April, said Fairchild. I didnt feel the need to rush him into contact last spring.The Rams open their season Aug. 31 against Colorado.