D1A Player of the Week: Ben Pinkelman

D1A Rugby: D1A Player of the Week: Ben Pinkelman

BOULDER, Colo. – Colorado State has been on a roll in 2015, and while the Rams have been receiving wide-spread contributions, it’s been the play of D1A Rugby Player of the Week Ben Pinkelman that has bolstered Colorado State’s rise to No. 9 in the Canterbury D1A Top 20.

In three West Conference matches this spring, Pinkelman has scored eight tries. Most recently, Pinkelman notched a hat trick in the Rams’ 50-24 win over Wyoming April 4.

The AIG Men’s Collegiate All-American not only leads from the front with his play, but has also used his experience at USA Eagles camps to help guide his teammates.

“He knows so much about the game,” said teammate Luke Engelhaupt. “He’s constantly teaching us and breaks down the game to pull us up to where he is at.”

Pinkelman, a long but athletic flanker, has also been willing to make sacrifices for the betterment of the rising West Conference side. When the injury bug struck the Rams’ back line leading up to a March 14 date with rival Colorado, Pinkelman raised his hand to move to inside center for the match, and performed dominantly in his squad’s 64-21 win over the Buffs.

With a 6-1 conference record and a Feb. 7 road victory versus No. 17 Arizona to add to its resume, Colorado State looks like a near lock to reach the 2015 D1A Playoffs. The Rams will need its unquestioned leader to play his best for the team to advance in the postseason.