Morgan named season captain for second time
Four CSU players earn first-team All-MW honors
Sambrailo and Grayson in Senior Bowl; Grayson and Blake in East-West Shrine Game
Rams predicted third in Mountain Division
Honors continue to pour in for Rams' All-America candidate left tackle
CSU Football vs. Wyoming - photos by Don Reichert
CSU football vs. Wyoming - Oct. 25, 2014 (Dan Byers)
Colorado State earned a road victory at Nevada, 31-24, on Oct. 11, 2014. (Photos by Don Reichert)
CSU football vs. Tulsa - Oct. 4, 2014 (Tom Waido)
Colorado State takes on Tulsa at home
Career Division I games played/started: 47/41 (10/10 in 2014... 14/14 in 2013... 12/10 in 2012... 11/7 in 2011).
2014 (Senior): Voted first-team all-Mountain West by votes of coaches and media... has started ten games, missing the Boise State (Sept. 6) and UC Davis (Sept. 13) contests because of a knee injury suffered on the fourth play of the season opener vs. Colorado (Aug. 29)... returned to action in the Rams' 24-21 road victory over Boston College (Sept. 27) and helped pave the way for 414 yards of total offense...helped lead the Rams to their best record (10-2) since 2000... helped block for a 3,500-yard passer (Grayson - 3,779 and 1,200-yard rusher (Hart - 1,254)... the Rams topped the 500-yard mark five times, including twice surpassing the 670-yard mark... this CSU offense is on pace to break several single-season school records: offensive yards (5,974), total yards/game (497.8), passing yards (3,915), passing yards/attempt (9.5) and passing touchdowns (33)...named season captain along with Garrett Grayson, Aaron Davis, Max Morgan and Trent Matthews... chosen to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl on Jan. 24, 2015 in Mobile, Ala.
- Has graded out above 90-percent in every game he's played and made over 55 knockdown blocks
- Selected as a game captain in the season-opener vs. Colorado (Aug. 29), at Nevada (Oct. 11), at San Jose State (Nov. 1) and vs. New Mexico on Senior Day (Nov. 22)
- Returned at Boston College (Sept. 27), helping the Rams offense rack up 441 yards of total offense on the way to a 24-21 victory
- Has been instrumental in helping the Rams rack up a CSU single-game record 698 yards of total offense vs. New Mexico (Nov. 22) and 676 yards of total offense against UC Davis (Sept. 13), the third-most in CSU history
- The Rams did not allow a sack against Hawai'i (Nov. 8)
- CSU offense is converting 51.2-percent of third-down attempts, the fifth-best among FBS teams and well ahead of previous school record of 46.3 (1985)
- Rams are averaging 497.8 yards of total offense per game, which is on pace to shatter single-season school record (470.8 in 2013)
2013 (Junior): Voted second-team All-Mountain West by vote of coaches and media...started all 14 games for the Rams at left tackle and helped propel the Rams to their most productive offensive performance in school history...a key cog in a veteran offensive front for a unit that set school records for points (507) and yards (470.8) per game...the Rams rushed for their greatest per-game average (204.4) since 2002 and topped the 500-yard mark eight times, most in school history...helped block for the Rams' single-season record-holder for rushing yards, Kapri Bibbs, who recorded 1,741 yards and a school-and Mountain West-record 31 rushing touchdowns...the Rams' offensive line only allowed 22 sacks, the second-fewest since 2003 (18) at CSU.
- Graded out above 89% in every game and recorded 47 knockdown blocks.
- Helped Colorado State rush for at least 225 yards in eight of 14 games. One of the Rams' favorite plays is to run off of Sambrailo up the left side.
- Helped block for the Rams' leading rusher in a single season, Kapri Bibbs, who recorded 1,741 rushing yards and a school-and Mountain West-record 31 rushing touchdowns.
- The Rams' offensive line only allowed 22 sacks, the fewest since 2003 (18) at CSU
- On a gadget play, ran the ball for 11 yards and was brought down just short of a touchdown vs. Cal Poly (9/14)
- Named team captain vs. San Jose State (Oct. 12)
2012 (Sophomore): Carried over experience gained in 2011 to 2012, playing in 12 games and starting 10.
- Did not start the season-opener against Colorado (Sept. 1) but saw significant time at left tackle
- Earned first start at left tackle in home opener against North Dakota St. (Sept. 8), also starting in that position in CSU's first true road game at San Jose St. (Sept. 15)
- At home the next weekend against Utah State (Sept. 22) got the nod at left guard where he started for the next five games
- In the Rams home victory over UNLV (Nov. 10), played right guard as Colorado State ran for 231 yards
- Ended the season at right tackle in place of the injured Jared Biard
- By the time the 2012 season was wrapped up Sambrailo showed his versatility playing four of the five offensive line positions.
2011 (Freshman): An agile big man who can perform freestyle tricks on skis, played in 11 games with seven starts...Saw first-team reps during fall camp as the Rams adjusted their line due to injuries...Made his college debut in season-opening win at New Mexico (Sept. 3)...Saw several snaps in CSU's heavy package in Denver loss vs. Colorado (Sept. 17)...Made his first career start in exhilarating win at Utah State (Sept. 24), at strongside tackle, filling a void left by Joe Caprioglio (knee), who was injured the week before; played much of the Aggies game, including the late-game stretch when the Rams scored touchdowns on their final three possessions to win, 35-34, in double overtime, when he supplied a key block on Chris Nwoke's game-winning run...In losing cause at UNLV (Oct. 29), helped the Rams to 250 rushing yards, including 156 from Chris Nwoke; kept alive a key TD drive early in second half by recovering a fumble in the Rams' backfield; aggravated an elbow injury on the play, but returned on the next possession...In windy, 18-15 loss vs. San Diego State (Nov. 12), helped RB Chris Nwoke to 232 rushing yards, most by an FBS player in Week 11, and most by a CSU player ever at Hughes Stadium; the Rams averaged 7.83 yards per carry, sixth-best in program annals; also delivered a key block on Nwoke's 63-yard TD run in the first quarter...Played but did not start in loss at No. 19 TCU (Nov. 19), as C Weston Richburg shifted over with a broken snapping hand to start at tackle...In loss vs. Air Force (Nov. 26), saw second-half action as an extra tackle in the Rams' heavy package...Started at tackle in season finale vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3), helping RB Raymond Carter to 158 rushing yards and two TDs.
2010: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.
High School: The Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League Offensive and Defensive Lineman of the Year and a first-team all-state selection as a senior, lettered three years at St. Francis Central Coast Catholic High School in Watsonville, Calif., south of San Jose...A three-year team captain, played offensive tackle, defensive end, defensive tackle, tight end and placekicker for the Sharks, who advanced to the CIF north Division II playoffs in both 2008 and 2009...As a senior, garnered all-state recognition among small-school players from ESPN.com/CalHiSports.com and picked up second-team all-Northern California accolades from Scout.com/GoldenStatePreps.com, both for his efforts as an offensive lineman...Also earned first-team all-conference honors on both the offensive and defensive lines, as well as all-county recognition (Santa Cruz Sentinel) as an offensive tackle...Helped turn around a program that had lost all 10 games in 2007, finish a combined 13-8-1 and qualify for the CIF postseason his junior and senior campaigns...A second-team all-conference kicker as a junior, led the Sharks to a 7-4 mark and added first-team all-conference honors on offense and second-team honors on defense...Received honorable-mention all-conference respect as a sophomore...Also played soccer (one letter), basketball (one letter), and baseball...Head football coach was Joseph Gregorio...Had a 3.56 GPA...Drew recruiting interest from Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Southern Utah, Cal Poly, Washington State, New Mexico State, Sacramento State and Weber State.
Personal: Given name Tyler William Sambrailo...Nicknamed Sambo...Last name is pronounced sam-BRAY-loh...Born March 10, 1992, in Watsonville, Calif. ...Parents are Mark and Karen Sambrailo...Has an older brother and older sister...A versatile, athletic big man, can do back flips and freestyle skiing flips and tricks, and won the USSA titles in the Far West Division for his age group in the slalom, giant slalom and super G...Dad, Mark, graduated from the University of Colorado, where he was a pole vaulter...Mom graduated from the University of Denver...Brother, Erik, also is a CU graduate and competed as a skier in the Junior Olympics...Sister, Kiersten, played volleyball at Oregon State...Grandfather, Bill Sambrailo, played football at Santa Clara, helping the team to a berth in the Orange Bowl...Before 2011 spring practice, spent an afternoon at the Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County, helping kids with after-school programs...Before the 2011 season, spent a day with developmentally disabled kids at Respite Care of Fort Collins...Majoring in business administration...Hometown: Watsonville, Calif.
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