Award annually given to top player from state of Texas
Walker joins Higgins on All-MW team
Bobo, Higgins, Matthews to represent CSU
Junior also earns Maxwell, Biletnikoff Award honors
Junior enters 2015 as award’s only returning finalist
CSU football held its first two-a-day on Wednesday, including a morning practice outside - 8/12/15 [Photos by Don Reichert]
The 2015 football season unofficially kicked off last week in Las Vegas with the Mountain West Football Media Days, held at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Photos from Colorado State's spring scrimmage by Dan Byers
Photos from Colorado State's third spring football practice from Don Reichert
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Career Division I games played/started: 26/26 (12/12 in 2014... 14/14 in 2013)
Enters 2015 as one of the most highly-decorated returning players in Division I FBS.
- One of just three players nationally to be named to the 2015 preseason watch list for all three of the Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award and Biletnikoff Award, along with Laquon Treadwell (Ole Miss) and Duke Williams (Auburn).
- Only returning Biletnikoff Award finalist and one of just four returning consensus or unanimous All-America position players (Ohio State Jr. DE Joey Bosa, Baylor Sr. T Spencer Drango and Arizona Jr. LB Scooby Wright)
- 2015 Preseason Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year
- Named one of 17 Players to Watch in 2015 by the Touchdown Club of Columbus
- One of just five players returning from last year's list of final candidates for the 2014 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award
- Joined by Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett (RS-So.), TCU QB Trevone Boykin (Sr.), Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott (Sr.) and Arizona LB Scooby Wright (Jr.) among active players from that list
- Has amassed 164 receptions for 2,587 yards (15.8) and 23 touchdowns with an average of 99.5 yards per game in his first two collegiate seasons
- Has 12 career games with 100 or more receiving yards, including active streak of 10 in a row (missed one game due to injury)
- In just two seasons already holds CSU record for receiving touchdowns and ranks fifth in career receptions and receiving yards
2014 (Sophomore): First Rams football player since 1995, and only third in school history, to be named consensus first-team All-America (AP, FWAA, Walter Camp)... Finalist for Biletnikoff Award and attended College Football Awards Show in Orlando, Fla., Dec. 10-11 with fellow finalists Amari Cooper (Alabama) and Kevin White (West Virginia)... Named one of 15 Players to Watch in November for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award... Voted first-team all-Mountain West by vote of coaches and media... selected Male College Athlete of the Year by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame...Started 12 games and led the team with 96 receptions (10th FBS) while leading the nation with 1,750 yards (18.2) and 17 touchdowns, setting CSU single-season records in those two categories... ranked first in the nation in yards-per-catch among players with 65+ receptions... his 17 touchdowns averaged an astonishing 34.9 yards in length, and include two touchdowns of 73 yards, both tying for the longest receptions of his career... has 12 career 100-yard receiving games, including 10 in 2014, and a school-record streak of nine in a row, which was the longest active streak nationally... The 10 100-yard receiving games in 2014 ranked second all-time among Mountain West Players.
- Registered a then-career-high 11 receptions for 143 yards at Boise State (Sept. 6)
- Had seven receptions for 147 yards against UC Davis (Sept. 13), putting him over the 1,000-yard receiving mark for his career in just 17 games
- His 21-yard touchdown catch against Boston College (Sept. 27) helped the Rams win their third consecutive game against teams from Power 5 conference
2013 (Freshman): Started all 14 games as a true freshman and led the Rams with 68 receptions for 837 yards (12.3) and six touchdowns...his six receiving touchdowns rank fourth among all NCAA FBS freshmen (three players had seven)...also third in receptions and fourth in receiving yards nationally among freshmen...earned honorable mention on Campus Insiders' FBS All-Freshman team.
- Broke the CSU freshman record for receptions in a season with 68, a number that ranks sixth in CSU single-season history
- His 68 receptions were the most by a Rams pass-catcher since David Anderson's 86 in 2005
- His 837 receiving yards were the most by a CSU player since Rashaun Greer in 2008 (1,114)
- At Alabama (Sept. 21) caught seven passes for 71 yards
- Set a CSU freshman record by registering 156 receiving yards vs. UTEP (Sept. 28), the most by a freshman in the Mountain West in 2013...also hauled in a career-high 2 touchdowns...named College Football Performance Awards honorable mention Wide Receiver of the Week and Earl Campbell Tyer Rose honorable mention
- Caught 10 passes vs. Boise State (Nov. 2) to tie the CSU freshman record and set a new career high. It was the most receptions by a Rams pass catcher since Tyson Liggett's 11 receptions on Sept. 26, 2009 at BYU
- Earned player of the game honors from coaching staff vs. Nevada (Nov. 9) for his downfield blocking to help running back Kapri Bibbs set the school rushing record with 312 yards
- In the Rams' regular season finale vs. Air Force (Nov. 30), caught 7 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns, tying a career high
- In the Rams' win over Washington State in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 21) caught four passes for 42 yards
- Earned nine letters, including three in football, at Mesquite (Texas) High School.
- Hauled in 69 receptions for 1,136 yards (16.5) and 10 TDs as a senior for the Skeeters.
- In 49-35 win over Plano West, had a career-best eight receptions for 155 yards and a TD. On the first play of the second quarter, caught a pass and took it 70 yards to give Mesquite a 14-7 lead.
- Skeeters offense outscored opponents on average 43-21 while compiling an 11-1 record and becoming District 12-5A and Bi-District champions.
- One of only six undefeated teams to make the Texas state playoffs...advanced to the second round but lost to eventual state champion Allen High School 50-28.
- Finished his senior year earning first-team District 12-5A, All-Texas first-team and honorable mention by the Associated Press in the 5A classification.
- Earned the Mesquite High School Outstanding Receiver Award.
- Junior season, named first-team All-District 11-5A, helping Mesquite to a 7-6 record and their first winning season in three years.
- Advanced to the third round of the Texas state 5A playoffs with upset wins over 8-3 Belton and 9-3 Garland before losing 24-6 to The Woodlands.
- 2011 campaign ended with the Skeeters becoming Bi-District and area champions after making it to the regional semifinals.
- Head football coach was Robbie Robinson.
- Also played basketball, averaging 17 points per game, and ran track at Mesquite.
Personal: Given name is Rashard Malick Higgins..born Oct. 7, 1994 in Dallas, Texas...mother's name is Jeanette Jackson...Has two older siblings, one sister and one brother...Pre-construction management major at CSU...Hometown: Mesquite, Texas.
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