Three Rams invited to NFL camps




April 27, 2013

By Stuart Buchanan
Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Colorado State offensive lineman Joe Caprioglio, punter Pete Kontodiakos and cornerback Momo Thomas have been invited to NFL camps.

Caprioglio, a 6-foot-6, 315-pound native of Highlands Ranch, Colo., joined with the Arizona Cardinals. Caprioglio was a force on the offensive line as he started 22 games during his CSU career.

As a senior Caprioglio started all 12 games, 10 at left tackle, as he helped produce a pair of 500-yard rushers. The Rams rushing attacked put together five consecutive games with 100-yard rushers to end the 2012 season.

"I was blessed to even be in the conversation to move on to the next level," Caprioglio said. "It looks like the Arizona Cardinals are going to give me a shot and to just get in front of them and show them what I can do is just a blessing." 

Kontodiakos, a four-year punter for the Rams, has been invited to a rookie minicamp with the Carolina Panthers. Kontodiakos finished his career in Fort Collins as one of the best punters in program history. When it was all said and done the Tarpon Springs, Fla. native ranked No. 2 on Colorado State's all-time punting list with a gross average of 43.8 yards per punt. Kontodiakos spent his junior and senior seasons on the Ray Guy Award candidate list.

As a senior, `Pete the Punter' earned first-team All-Mountain West honors and broke the program single-season record for punting average with a 46.5 average. He booted 19 punts 50 or more yards and had three punts of 70-plus yards.

"It's a dream come true to even get a shot at this level," Kontodiakos said. "My family and I are really thankful for an opportunity to do something big."


 

 

Thomas, who started 35 games for the green and gold, will be heading south to Atlanta to join the Falcons.

"I can't even explain how I feel," Thomas said. "With my injury and everything I had to go through, I just want to thank the whole program from the athletic director (Jack Graham) to Coach Mac and Terry (DeZeeuw) for getting me through the surgeries. Without them I wouldn't be where I am today."

Thomas, a four-year starter in the Rams secondary, has been a face of the program since 2008. The cornerback from Kissimmee, Fla., finished his career with over 150 tackles and five interceptions.

As a senior, he only played in three games as he suffered a shoulder injury against San Jose State. Before getting injured he accumulated 10 tackles and three pass breakups, leading the secondary in both categories.

Thomas was also a threat in the return game as he averaged 10.0 yards per return on 21 punts during his junior campaign.

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