BOULDER, Colo. – It’s been a special week for All-American Ben Pinkelman. The Colorado State stalwart scored four tries in his team’s 56-13 win over Air Force, and it was announced yesterday that Pinkelman will be heading to the Olympic Training Center to participate in the upcoming Men’s Eagles Sevens High Performance Camp. The massive performance against the Zoomies, combined with the news of being one of five college-grade players at the HP Camp, made Pinkelman the perfect candidate to be this week’s D1A Player of the Week.
This week’s honor makes Pinkelman the first-ever two-time D1A Player of the Week after earning individual recognition last season. It comes with little surprise considering the junior from Denver has been one of the best players in college rugby since joining the Rams in 2013.
“Ben is a great asset to have on your team,” said Colorado State Club President and full back Liam Wynne. “He brings up the level of play of everyone around him.”
After stumbling against rival Colorado, the Rams desperately needed a win last week against Air Force to avoid an 0-3 start. Missing center Luke Engelhaupt due to injury, Pinkelman left his usual post in the back row to add punch to the back line.
“Ben played inside center, which was a bit of change from openside flanker – his normal position,” Wynne explained. “But that did not stop him from finding a way to take control of the game and exploit Air Force’s defense.”
Unfortunately for the Rams, Pinkelman will miss tomorrow’s ‘Border War” versus Wyoming while he’s training with the Eagles in California. However, expect the Criminal Justice major to be back in green and gold for Colorado State’s Nov. 7 fixture against New Mexico.