Wille family turns over Cam the Ram to CSU

University picks newest mascot from Rod Wille Ranch

Rod Wille, a Colorado State University alumnus, has one more reason to cheer for the Rams this fall.

One of his boys has joined the football team.

On Thursday afternoon, CSU's Kraig Peel arrived at Rod and Kristi Wille's ranch to pick up one of their rams. The ram will serve as CSU's mascot, Cam the Ram.

"I can't wait to watch the first game," Rod Wille said.

Of course, the first game on the schedule is a 1:30 p.m. Sept. 3 game against the University of Colorado at Folsom Field in Boulder. The game will be televised on TBS.

Steamboat Springs High School graduate Taylor Leary is one of the Ralphie Handlers for CU's live buffalo mascot.

Like Ralphie, Cam leads his football team onto the field.

Peel, who oversees the CSU mascot program, was in Moffat County judging livestock Thursday and made a stop at the Wille Ranch off Colorado Highway 131 to pick up Cam. Cam will spend the next three weeks in training in Fort Collins before the annual CU/CSU showdown.

"I could go to ram sales, but I want to start a tradition where alum can donate rams and make it a big deal," Peel said.

Wille's ram is 1 1/2 years old and will be Cam 21. He is replacing a 3-year-old ram.

"They get old and spoiled and get tired of us hauling them everywhere," Peel said.

The newest Cam will be living the high life with his own trailer, pen and feeding schedule in Fort Collins. In addition, Peel said, CSU and Cam work with area schools to promote agricultural education.

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