July 22, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Colorado State seniors Ty Sambrailo, Kivon Cartwright and Jared Roberts were named to the 2014 Preseason All-Mountain West Team, the conference announced Tuesday morning at the league’s annual football media days at The Cosmopolitan.
Sambrailo, a 6-foot-5, 315-pound offensive lineman, has earned seven preseason honors in total. The native of Watsonville, Calif., who was on the Rotary Lombardi Award watch list last week, has been named first-team preseason All-MW by The Sporting News, USA Today, Lindy’s, Athlon Sports and now Mountain West media. He also received second team honors by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview.
In 2013 Sambrailo graded out above 89% in every game and recorded 47 knockdown blocks on his way to earning second-team All-Mountain West honors by vote of coaches and media. He helped propel the Rams to their most productive offensive performance in school history. Behind Sambrailo and his offensive line-mates CSU set school records for points (507) and yards (470.8) per game, and rushed for their greatest per-game average (204.4) since 2002 while topping the 500-yard mark eight times, most in school history.
Cartwright has been recognized as the Mountain West’s top tight end all offseason, earning first-team honors from four different publications and being named to the John Mackey Award preseason watch list.
The native of Pueblo, Colo., enters his senior season with 56 career receptions for 835 yards and nine touchdowns. In 2013, playing alongside Crockett Gillmore, a third-round selection of the Baltimore Ravens, Cartwright hauled in 27 passes for 462 yards and tied for a team-high six receiving touchdowns, the most by a MW tight end and third-most among FBS tight ends.
Roberts, like Sambrailo and Cartwright, is often listed as one of the top players in the Mountain West at his position. The senior kicker was named to the Lou Groza Award preseason watch list, an honor he was a semifinalist for in 2013.
As a junior in 2013, the Littleton, Colo., native connected on 21-of-24 field goals, the second-most in a single season in CSU history, and was a perfect 58-for-58 on point after attempts, a school record, on his way to first-team All-Mountain West honors. Roberts finished the 14-game campaign with 121 points, the most in a single-season by a CSU kicker and third-most among FBS kickers.
Roberts is the school's most accurate career field goal kicker with a .882 career field goal percentage, just ahead of Jason Smith (.776), who held the record since 2008.
Rams third in preseason projections
In only the second year of the two-division, 12-team conference format, the Rams were projected to finish third in the Mountain Division, as voted by select media throughout the league. Teams were ranked by predicted order of finish within the Mountain and West divisions.
CSU racked up 135 points, including one first-place vote. In 2013, the Rams were predicted to finish in fifth-place, and received 90 points. Boise State (183) and Utah State (176) are projected to finish ahead of the Rams. Border War rival Wyoming (90) is slated to finish fourth, ahead of New Mexico (56) and Air Force (53).
For the second-consecutive year, Fresno State (174) is favored to win the West Division, narrowly edging out San Diego State (172). Nevada is slotted in the third-place position, ahead of UNLV (95), San José State (87) and Hawai’i (35).
The two divisional winners will meet Saturday, Dec. 6 for the second Mountain West Championship Game, which will be held at the home stadium of the divisional champion with the highest College Football Playoff Committee ranking.
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