Draft choices Richburg and Gillmore in their first NFL camps
Brown, Sharbono honored as top athletes of year
63 individuals garner MW's highest academic honor
List includes 16 sports, 7 colleges
Richburg is Rams' ninth-highest selection
On Wednesday, CSU hosted its annual Pro Day in front of 35 scouts representing all 32 NFL teams.
Colorado State takes on WSU in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl
CSU Football vs. Nevada - photos by Dan Byers
Colorado State vs. Boise State
Career Division I games played/started: 50/50 (14/14 in 2013; 12/12 in 2012; 12/12 in 2011; 12/12 in 2010).
Finished his career in 2013 as a four-year starter who recorded 50 consecutive starts, never missing a game, and setting the school record for career starts (50)...named first-team All-Mountain West in 2013 after earning honorable mention in 2012 and second-team honors in 2011 as a sophomore...named to watch lists for Lombardi Award, Outland Trophy and Rimington Trophy as both a junior and senior...Rimington Trophy Watch List for first time as a sophomore...honored in April 2014 with selection to the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society, comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career...selected by the New York Giants in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft on Friday, May 9...highest draft selection by a former CSU player since Kelly Stouffer (6th overall) in 1987.
2013 (Senior): Started all 14 games for the Rams at center, his fourth consecutive year starting every game, and helped the Rams to their best record (8-6) since 2002...voted first-team All-Mountain West for anchoring an offensive line that paved the way for the most prolific scoring offense in school history...the Rams rushed for their greatest per-game average (204.4) since 2002 and set a school record by averaging 470.8 total yards per game...with Richburg at center the Rams topped the 500-yard mark eight times in 2013, most in a single season in school history...closed his career in New Mexico Bowl win over Washington State by starting his school-record 50th career game, never missing a start in his four years at CSU...chosen to play in the Senior Bowl Jan. 25, 2014, in Mobile, Ala., and accepted an invitation to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in late February.
- Accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl, the first Ram to represent the green and gold in that particular all-star game since Joel Dreessen in 2004
- Named first-team All-Mountain West for the first time after second-team honors in 2011 and honorable mention in 2012
- Started all 14 games for the Rams at center and chosen to Phil Steele's midseason All-MW first team
- Preseason Watch List for Rimington Trophy (third time), Outland Trophy (second time) and Lombardi Award (second time)...preseason first-team All-Mountain West selection
- Graded out above 90 percent in all 14 games, and recorded 54 knockdown blocks, including a career-best 9 in the New Mexico Bowl win over Washington State on Dec. 21 and 7 vs Boise State on Nov. 2
- Blocked for the nation's sixth-leading rusher Kapri Bibbs, who set a school-record with 1,741 yards and NCAA-best 31 touchdowns. The 31 rushing touchdowns also represented a CSU and Mountain West single-season record
- The Rams' rushing attack averaged 204.4 rushing yards per game, their highest average since 2002 (205.7)
- Leader of an offensive line that allowed just 22 quarterback sacks, the second-fewest by a CSU team since 2003 (18)
- Behind Richburg and his linemates Garrett Grayson threw for the most yards in a single season in program history (3,696)...Grayson is only the fourth Ram quarterback to throw for 3,000-plus yards in a season
- Leader of the only offense in NCAA FBS to produce a 3,500-yard passer and 1,500-yard rusher in 2013
- The Rams' offense compiled the most yards (6,591) and points in a season (507), and the second-most touchdowns (63) in CSU history
- Served as a game captain for the Rams vs. Colorado (Sept. 1), at Hawai'i (Oct. 26), vs. Air Force (Nov. 30) and Washington State in the New Mexico Bowl.
- Prior to the Rams' regular season finale, was named a season captain along with Shaquil Barrett, Shaq Bell and Max Morgan
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.
- Was a preseason first-team All-Mountain West selection by five publications: Athlon, Blue Ribbon, Lindy's, MW media, and Phil Steele.
- Named the nation's 17th best interior lineman by Yahoo! Sports.
- Midseason second-team All-Mountain West selection by Phil Steele.
- Ended the year with a team-leading 36 consecutive starts.
- Was an All-Mountain West honorable mention at the conclusion of the year and Phil Steele named him to third-team All-MW.
- Coaches and teammates named Richburg one of four end of the year captains.
- Was voted a weekly captain by teammates and coaches prior to the season-opener against Colorado (Sept. 1). Against the Buffaloes helped the Rams ground attack rush for 125 yards in a victory in the Rocky Mountain Showdown.
- At Air Force (Sept. 29) contributed to an offensive line that did not allow a sack.
- At San Diego State (Oct. 13), blocked for a rushing attack that ran for 121 yards.
- Provided large holes for the Rams rushing attack against UNLV (Nov. 10), as they ran for a season-high 231 yards and two scores.
- At Boise State, one of the top defenses in the MW, helped the Rams rush for 157 yards.
- Consistently graded out above 90%, leading the offensive line.
- Led the offensive line unit in knockdown blocks.
- Was penalty-free all season.
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...Has made 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...Will complete his bachelor's degree in animal science this summer, and will be pursuing a second degree while playing his final season in 2013....Hometown: Bushland, Texas.
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