Rams center Richburg impressing coaches
Colorado State takes field for its second spring drills under Jim McElwain
James set CSU freshman sack record with 7.5 in 2012
Year-End Review for 2012
Rams also vote on season captains for 2012
Pictures from Saturday's spring practice (Photos taken by Stu Buchanan)
CSU football vs. Utah State - 9-22-12
CSU vs. Utah State; Sept. 22, 2012
CSU vs. North Dakota State; Sept. 8, 2012
Colorado State at Colorado - Sept. 1, 2012
Career Division I games played/started:36/36 (12/12 in 2012; 12/12 in 2011; 12/12 in 2010).
2012 (Junior): For the second consecutive year was named a candidate for the Rimington Trophy, an award given annually to the nation's most outstanding center, and was also named to the Outland Trophy (best interior lineman) and Rotary Lombardi Award (top lineman or linebacker) preseason watch lists. Started at center in all 12 games for the Rams.
2011 (Sophomore): A Rimington Trophy candidate, one of four sophomores on the preseason watchlist for the nation's best center, was the anchor of the Rams' offensive line and started all 12 games, 10 at center and two at offensive tackle... A second-team all-conference selection (MW coaches/media, Phil Steele), ended the year with a share of the team's longest streak of consecutive starts, 24 (which becomes the team's longest active stretch after the graduation of G Jake Gdowski)...Selected first-team midseason all-conference by CollegeFootballNews.com on Oct. 21...A former high-school quarterback, had not played center before his freshman season at CSU, and earned freshman All-America honors...One of three offensive starters from tiny Bushland (Texas) High School...Showed his versatility during fall camp; with occasional reps at tackle on an injury-depleted line...Helped CSU rush for 242 yards in home-opening win over Northern Colorado (Sept. 10)...In Denver loss vs. Colorado (Sept. 17), made a lead block on a 34-yard Crockett Gillmore screen that set up the game's first touchdown, then on a second-half TD drive, threw a nice block to spring Raymond Carter for 16 yards...Quietly helped the Rams to exhilarating, 35-34 win in double overtime at Utah State (Sept. 24), helping RB Chris Nwoke (11 carries, 47 yards, two TD on final three possessions) earn MW Offensive Player of the Week as CSU erased a 21-13 deficit in the final minute of regulation...Earlier in Aggies contest, alertly snapped the ball with a USU player in the neutral zone to give CSU 5 yards...Started at center, but saw fourth-quarter action in loss at UTEP (Oct. 22) at tackle, to fill a void created by injuries...In losing cause at UNLV (Oct. 29), helped the Rams to 250 rushing yards, including 156 from Chris Nwoke; also played tackle to spell an injured Paul Madsen in Rebels contest...With 12 minutes remaining in fourth quarter of windy, 18-15 loss vs. San Diego State (Nov. 12), got his snapping hand caught on a defender's jersey and broke a bone; went to the locker room to cast the injury and could've returned but sat out the remaining minutes; prior to the injury, helped RB Chris Nwoke to 232 rushing yards, most by an FBS player in Week 11, and then the most by a CSU player ever at Hughes Stadium; the Rams averaged 7.83 yards per carry, sixth-best in program annals; made key blocks on each of Nwoke's big first-half runs, a 63-yard TD and a 67-yard burst, on which he took out a defender at the point of attack...Spent the week before CSU's trip to No. 19 TCU (Nov. 19) snapping with his left hand while practicing at tackle, and made his first career start at tackle in Frogs contest, playing the entire game there, keeping alive a streak of consecutive starts...In loss vs. Air Force (Nov. 26), made a kick-out block to help spring Chris Nwoke on a 62-yard TD run in the third quarter, assisting the RB to a Hughes Stadium record 269 rushing yards, third most in CSU history and third most by an individual at the FBS level in 2011...Helped Nwoke become first player in Rams history with multiple 200-yard rushing games in the same season...Returned to start at center in season finale vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3), snapping with his left hand; sustained the first bad snap of his career, breaking a string of 1,179 successful snaps...In Cowboys contest, still managed to throw a key block to spring QB Garrett Grayson on a 20-yard run that set up the game's first points, a first-quarter FG, and help RB Raymond Carter to 158 yards and two TDs on the ground.
2010 (Freshman): A first-team Freshman All-America center (Phil Steele, CollegeFootballNews.com) and honorable-mention all-Mountain West Conference, started all 12 games for the Rams, the first three at guard and the final nine at center...Did not have a bad snap all season and allowed only one sack all year, and no other pressures...Posted a team-high 54 knockdown blocks and also led the team with 22 outstanding efforts and 12 "Meyer mauls," the coveted game-film award distributed byformer offensive coordinator/line coach Pat Meyer...Graded out at 85 percent or better in every contest, and was the line's most valuable player on eight occasions...Played his first college game in season opener vs. Colorado (Sept. 4), at Invesco Field, also his first career start...Talked to the Rams' 2009 team MVP, OT Cole Pemberton, prior to CU game in the locker room...At Nevada (Sept. 11), got his first NCAA snaps at center on CSU's final drive...At Miami-Ohio (Sept. 18), started at guard but played the entire second half at center...Earned the start at center the following week, a dramatic, 36-34 win vs. Idaho (Sept. 25); however, played guard in the second and third quarters after a Mark Starr injury forced the Rams to shuffle their line, then was ejected for fighting at the beginning of the fourth quarter...In loss at No. 25 Air Force (Oct. 9), helped the Rams pile up more rushing yards (285) than the Falcons' nation-leading rushing offense (248), including Leonard Mason's career-best 139, and recovered a first-quarter fumble...In 43-10 win vs. UNLV (Oct. 16), helped Mason to 121 more on the ground, and 259 team rushing yards, including a key block on Mason's first-quarter TD run; started at center but also played guard against Rebels...In 38-14 triumph vs. New Mexico (Oct. 30), helped lead the Rams to 328 rushing yards, their most since the 2008 New Mexico Bowl... At SDSU (Nov. 6), preserved a second-quarter drive by recovering a fumble.
2009: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility...Participated on the CSU track & field team in the spring.
High School: Earned first-team all-district honors as a senior lineman...A team captain, helped the Falcons to a flawless 10-0 regular season and a district title...Recorded two sacks as a senior defensive lineman...BHS lost in the first round of the 2A Division I playoffs to eventual state champ Muleshoe...Played quarterback and linebacker as a freshman before growing out of the positions...Holds a school record in the shot put with a throw of 60 feet, 1 inch, the fourth-best throw by a Texas prep athlete in any classification and worthy of the Texas Class 2A gold medal...Also was a hurdler on his track team earlier in high school...Also played basketball...Head football coach was David Flowers...Chose CSU over an offer from TCU...Owned a 3.4 GPA.
Personal: Given name Weston Blaine Richburg...Born on July 9, 1991, in Louisville, Ky. ...Son of Danny and Ruth Richburg...Has a younger brother and a younger sister...Two relatives played football at Texas Tech, Nathan and Aubrey Richburg...A member of the National Honor Society...Helped members of the Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County with homework and reading, and also participated in the club's sports programs in March before the '10 season...Hasmade several appearances visiting with developmentally disabled kids at Respite Care of Fort Collins, in February 2010, February 2011 and July 2011...For a month during the summer of 2010, interacted with low-income Linton Elementary students at a local clubhouse, in conjunction with the Larimer County Food Bank, Fort Collins Recreation and Vineyard church...Major is animal science...Hometown: Bushland, Texas.