Higgins selected by Cleveland (5th round), James taken by Oakland (6th)
NFL hopefuls work out in front of scouts, coaches
NFL hopefuls will work out for teams' scouts, personnel
Pair of former Rams will showcase skills in front of NFL scouts
Rams finish above .500 for 3rd consecutive season
15 former Rams worked out in front of NFL scouts and coaches on March 9, part of CSU's annual pro day. Photos by Don Reichert.
Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl vs. Nevada - 12/29/15 [Photos by Don Reichert]
CSU fell to the Nevada Wolf Pack in a hotly contested affair.
Colorado State closed the regular season with a 34-31 win at Fresno State - 11/28/15 (Photos by Don Reichert)
CSU vs. UNLV
Selected by the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 172nd overall, on April 30. Higgins and linebacker Cory James (Oakland, 6th rd., 194th overall) were both drafted in 2016, giving Colorado State multiple players drafted in three consecutive seasons for the first time since 1999-2001. The Rams had two draft choices in 2014 (C Weston Richburg in the 2nd round by the New York Giants and TE Crockett Gillmore in the 3rd round by the Baltimore Ravens) and two in 2015 (T Ty Sambrailo in the 2nd round by the Denver Broncos and QB Garrett Grayson in the 3rd round by the New Orleans Saints). Higgins is the third Rams player to have been drafted by the Browns, joining CB Selwyn Jones (1992; 7th rd., 177th overall) and QB Terry Nugent (1984; 6th rd., 158th overall). Higgins is the first CSU wide receiver to be drafted since David Anderson in 2006 (Houston, 7th rd., 251st overall), and was drafted higher than any CSU wide receiver since 1979 when Mark R. Bell was chosen in the 5th round, 130th overall, by the St. Louis Cardinals.
2015 (Junior): Named first team All-Mountain West by vote of media and coaches... played in 12 games and started 11, recording 75 receptions for 1062 yards (14.2) and eight touchdowns... Colorado State's all-time leader in receptions (239), yards (3649), and touchdowns (31)... recorded a reception in all 38 games of his collegiate career... his 6.3 receptions per game and 90.9 receiving yards per game ranked 24th and 22nd in NCAA FBS, respectively... missed the Minnesota game (Sept. 12) because of a foot sprain suffered in the season opener.
- Recorded eight catches for 125 yards and a touchdown (25 yards, 1st qtr.) against Colorado (Sept. 19)
- Pulled in five catches for 103 yards including a 38-yard touchdown at UTSA (Sept. 26)
- Moved past Jeff Champine for third place in CSU history with 2,899 career receiving yards at UTSA (Sept. 26) and tied Champine for third place in career receptions (184) in the same game
- Recorded 10 catches for 114 yards and a touchdown at Utah State (Oct. 3), his 15th career 100-yard receiving game, just behind school leader David Anderson (16; 2001-05) and tied with Willie Miller (15; 1972-74)
- His 10-catch performance at Utah State (Oct. 3) marked the seventh game of his career with 10 or more catches
- Recorded his 200th career reception in a win against Air Force (Oct. 17), a game in which he pulled in seven catches for 74 yards
- Pulled in seven catches for 102 yards and a season-high three touchdowns in a win against UNLV (Nov. 14)
- Recorded a season-high 140 receiving yards on eight receptions in a road win against New Mexico (Nov. 21)
- Recorded nine catches for 129 yards in Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl, his 18th career game with 100+ receiving yards
- In last 20 games played had 24 touchdown receptions (1.2/game) and averaged 7.4 catches for 125 yards in that span (148-2,499)
Entered 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 who returned from list of final candidates for 2014 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award
- Was 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
- In first two seasons out of high school amassed 164 receptions for 2,587 yards (15.8) and 23 touchdowns with an average of 99.5 yards per game, and 12 100-yard receiving games--including 10 in a row to end 2014
- In just two seasons already held CSU record for receiving touchdowns and ranked 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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