Gillmore and Richburg again earn preseason watch list recognition

Weston Richburg

Weston Richburg

July 9, 2013

NEW YORK-- Two Colorado State Rams find themselves in familiar territory, earning placement today on preseason watch lists for being considered among the best in the country at their respective positions.

Senior tight end Crockett Gillmore was named to the Mackey Award preseason watch list for the second year in a row, while senior center Weston Richburg earned a spot for the third consecutive year on the Rimington Trophy watch list. Both are graduates of Bushland (Texas) High School.

Mackey Award Watch List| Rimington Trophy Watch List

Gillmore is one of 37 players in the country to earn a place on the Mackey Award watch list and one of three from the Mountain West, while Richburg is included among a list of 44 Rimington Trophy candidates, including six from the Mountain West, second-most of any conference.

Gillmore (6-6, 245 lbs.) enters 2013 having played in 32 career games with 22 starts. For his career he has caught 64 passes for 731 yards (11.4) and six touchdowns. He had a breakout 2011 season after switching from defensive end, catching a career-high 45 passes for 468 yards (10.4) and four touchdowns.

Gillmore pairs with talented junior Kivon Cartwright to give Colorado State one of the most potent tight end combinations in the nation. The two enter 2013 with a combined 93 career receptions for 1,104 yards (11.9) and nine touchdowns.

Richburg (6-4, 300 lbs.), who has started all 36 games of his career for Colorado State, was a second-team All-Mountain West selection in 2011, and received honorable mention All-MW in 2010 and '12. He enters his senior season as one of just 24 players in the nation with 36 or more career starts under his belt. Richburg has the third-most career starts of any center in NCAA Division I behind Utah State's Tyler Larsen (38) and Arkansas' Travis Swanson (38).

A team captain, Richburg anchored an offensive line that saw five different starting combinations a year ago, but steadily improved as the season progressed, helping the Rams to three victories in their final five games.

The Rams averaged 169.6 rushing yards per game over the last five contests of 2012, up from 99.7 the first seven games, and reduced their sacks allowed to 1.0 per game over the final five games--including just two in the final three games combined--after surrendering an average 3.6 the first five games. Richburg was a game captain at Colorado (9/1).

Last year, in addition to the Rimington Trophy watch list, Richburg also was named to the Outland Trophy (best interior lineman) and Rotary Lombardi Award (top lineman or linebacker) preseason watch lists. The 2013 Outland Trophy watch list will be issued July 11 and the Lombardi watch list will follow on July 15.

The Rimington Trophy winner will be honored at the Rimington Trophy Presentation banquet at the Rococo Theater in Lincoln, Neb., on January 11, 2014. The John Mackey Award recipient will be presented live on December 12, 2013, at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show at 6 p.m. ET on ESPNU. Other key dates include the announcement of the 2013 Mackey Midseason Watch List on October 14, 2013, the Mackey Semi-Finalists on November 18, 2013 and the announcement of the 2013 Mackey Finalists on November 25, 2013. All future announcements can be found at www.johnmackeyaward.com.

A native of Bushland, Texas, Richburg 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.

Colorado State will open fall camp Aug. 6. The season opener is scheduled for Sept. 1, 2013 vs. Colorado at Denver's Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. MT, and the game will be shown nationwide on CBS Sports Network.


 

 

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