Football Game Notes: Colorado State vs. Fresno State, Saturday, Oct. 6

Cornerbacks Shaq Bell (3) and Bernard Blake (23) face a stern test defending the Fresno State passing attack on Saturday.

Cornerbacks Shaq Bell (3) and Bernard Blake (23) face a stern test defending the Fresno State passing attack on Saturday.

Oct. 1, 2012

GAME 6
COLORADO STATE RAMS vs. FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 • 5:06 p.m. (MT) • Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium (32,500) • Fort Collins, Colo. • TWCSN/KTVD-20

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THIS WEEK
The Rams (1-4, 0-1 MW) prepare to face new Mountain West member Fresno State Saturday in the their Homecoming game, the highlight of the annual Homecoming and Family Weekend. Kickoff is set for 5:06 p.m. at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium. The game will be televised by Time Warner Cable SportsNet, and broadcast in Colorado on KTVD-20. The radio broadcast can be heard across the Colorado State Radio Network. Fresno State enters the game with a record of 3-2 (1-0 MW), fresh off a 52-40 win over San Diego State in its first conference game as a member of the MW. The Rams lead 7-4 in the all-time series with the Bulldogs, which dates back to 1992. The teams last met in the 2008 New Mexico Bowl, won by the Rams, 40-35.

Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain was Fresno State's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2007. Other Rams coaches with experience at Fresno State include offensive line coach Derek Frazier (2006-11 and 2003-04), linebackers coach Tim Skipper (2006-11) and director of player personnel Drew Hill (2004-11, football operations).

The annual Homecoming and Family Weekend gets underway Thursday, Oct. 4, and features events that run through Sunday, Oct. 7. Highlights of the weekend include the Homecoming Parade, featuring 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Janay DeLoach as Grand Marshal. For more information, please visit http://www.colostate.edu/events/homecoming.aspx. CSU also will continue its tradition of collecting food at the game in advance of its 26th annual Cans Around the Oval event, scheduled for Oct. 17. Fans attending the game will have an early opportunity to make canned food or monetary donations from 3-4 p.m. in Ram Town and meet the wives of CSU's football coaches, who will lead the collection efforts.

Saturday's game will feature a special halftime recognition of former Rams All-American Greg Myers, in honor of his upcoming induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. The 1995 Thorpe Award winner will be honored on the field at the beginning of halftime, joined by his family, CSU President Tony Frank and Athletic Director Jack Graham.

ON THE AIR: The game will be televised by Time Warner Cable SportsNet in HD, and can be seen in Colorado on KTVD-20, with Barry Tompkins (play-by-play) and Jay Leeuwenburg (analyst) calling the action. CSU fans can find the radio broadcast on the Colorado State Radio Network, originating from AM 560 KLZ in Denver, with Brian Roth (play-by-play), former Rams great David Anderson (analyst), Kevin McGlue (analyst) and Marty Cesario (sidelines) on the call. The radio broadcast can also be heard on KCOL  600 AM in Ft. Collins, KSIR 1010 AM in Ft. Morgan and KNZZ 1100 in Grand Junction. The game video will be streamed online via the official website of the Rams, www.CSURams.com, outside Time Warner Cable SportsNet's geographic broadcast footprint of California, Nevada and Hawaii. For information on this subscription-based service, please visit the website and set up your account today.

NOTES IN 140 <     #CSURamsNotes | #MWFB   (A Twitter-friendly look at this week's top notes from Colorado State Football)
>>  P Pete Kontodiakos, candidate for @RayGuyAward, has had a punt of 50+ yards in 6 consecutive games.
>>  Kontodiakos earned honorable mention punter of week by @CFPerformance (Coll. FB Performance Awards) for 53-yd. avg. at AFA (9/29).
>>  His 73-yard punt at Air Force (9/29) is the longest by a MW punter this season, and second longest nationally.
>>  With a season average of 46.9 Pete ranks 5th NCAA, on pace for highest avg. in school history (Mike Deutsch, 46.1; `76).
>> Kontodiakos has 3 of top 4 punts in #MWFB this year (73, 72 & 69). His career best is 76 yards, vs. New Mexico, 10/30/2009.
>>  Sr. QB M.J. McPeek saw his 1st career snaps from scrimmage at Air Force in relief of injured Garrett Grayson & threw 2 2nd-quarter TDs.
>>  The 55-yarder to Greenwood, and a later 58-yarder from McPeek to Greenwood, were the 2nd- & 3rd-longest plays for CSU this year.
>>  They also are the 2nd- & 3rd-longest receptions of Greenwood's career; longest since 10/16/10 vs. UNLV (73).
>>  McPeek's first was a 55-yarder to Lou Greenwood and the second a 13-yard strike to tight end Crocket Gillmore.
>>  McPeek completed 22 of 34 for 292 yards & 2 TDs, with 2 INTs in 1st offensive snaps since his senior year of high school in 2007.
>>  WR Charles Lovett has 17 receptions in his last 3 games, most in 3-game span by a Ram since Rashaun in 2009 (18 rec.)
>>  Lovett had just seven receptions for 53 yards for his career through the first two games of 2012 before this three-game run
>>  Lovett's 7 rec. versus Utah State (9/22) were the most by a Ram since the 2011 season-opener (TE Joe Brown, 7).
>>  LB Cory James has a CSU freshman-record 5 sacks, 2nd-most in #MWFB (T-16th NCAA). He's also T-4th MW in tackles-for-loss (5.5).
>>  K Jared Roberts is T-3rd MW (T-49th NCAA) in field goals (1.0/gm.), 4th in FG pct. (83.3%) & has longest FG in MW this year (48).
>>  LB Shaquil Barrett is 16th in MW in tackles (34) and 8th in tackles for loss (0.75/game).
>>  Barrett's 7.8 tackles per game in 17 career games are 2nd-most MW, 15th NCAA, among active players w/15 games.
>>  DE Lanston Tanyi is T-3rd MW (T-16th NCAA) in fumble recoveries (2) & 2nd in tackles (33) among MW defensive linemen
>>  The Rams' offense ranks 4th in #MWFB passing (235.4) and 3rd in red zone scoring (8-9; 88.9%), T-26th NCAA
>>  The defense ranks 3rd in total yards (427.0), 4th in pass yards (208.0), 3rd in red zone (17-22, 77.3%), T-48th NCAA & T-3rd in sacks (9)
>>  The 4 teams to beat @CSUFootball this year have combined record of 14-4 & top opponents by combined score of 617-304 (34.3-16.9)
>>  CSU has had 3 of its 4 longest scoring drives of the season in the last 2 games: 95 (No. 1) & 84 yds. (No. 4) at AFA (9/29); 91 vs. USU (9/22).
>>  The Rams have improved in several statistical categories over 2011, incl. passing (235.4/gm.; was 184.6), yds. per catch (12.1; was 10.6)
>>  QB Garrett Grayson is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury after undergoing surgery on Oct. 1.
>>  Grayson's  69-yd. TD pass to @JohnMackeyAward candidate Crockett Gillmore vs. North Dakota St. (9/8) is 5th-longest in #MWFB this year.

THE MATCHUP

RAMS vs. BULLDOGS
All-time, overall: 7-4
All-time, in Fort Collins: 3-2
All-time, in Fresno: 3-2
First meeting: Sept. 19, 1992 in Fort Collins; FS won 52-21
Last meeting, Dec. 20, 2008; in Albuquerque; CSU won, 40-35
     (New Mexico Bowl)
 
Series streaks: The Rams have won the last three meetings dating back to 2003, with the most recent matchup coming in the 2008 New Mexico Bowl.
 
COACHES CAPSULES
CSU - Jim McElwain: 1-4, first season as head coach
FS - Tim DeRuyter: 3-2, first season as head coach
Head to Head: (first meeting)
Against Opponent: (McElwain: first meeting, DeRuyter: first meeting)
 
Tim DeRuyter was named the 17th head coach in Fresno State football history on Dec. 14, 2011.
 
DeRuyter comes to Fresno State with 22 years of experience, 16 of which have been spent as a defensive coordinator. He takes over the program after serving the past two seasons as the assistant head coach/defensive coordinator at Texas A&M. There, he also served as the interim head coach for the Aggies in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas against Northwestern on Dec. 31, leading A&M to a 33-22 victory. 
 
NOTABLE CONNECTIONS
Fresno State offensive coordinator Dave Schramm has a lot of experience coaching versus the Rams as he spent seven seasons coaching the Utah Utes.

The Bulldogs' wide receivers coach, Ron Antoine, is a graduate of Colorado State. Antoine played for the Rams from 1993-96 and earned four letters while helping CSU to multiple WAC titles and bowl berths.

Multiple coaches on the Rams have gained coaching experience at Fresno State:
 --Offensive line coach Derek Frazier was a graduate assistant from 2003-04 before coming back to the Bulldogs and accepting the offensive line coaching job from 2006-11
 --Al Simmons has spent 18 of his 27 years coaching in California (Cal State Hayward, Los Angeles Raiders, San Francisco State, California, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, and San Jose State).
 --CSU's linebackers coach Tim Skipper, a 2000 graduate of Fresno State, coached the Bulldogs from 2006-11. Initially starting off as a running backs coach, he was switched to the defensive side of the ball and coached the running backs in Fresno. Skipper coached a Bulldogs rushing attack to 248 yards on the ground and four touchdowns against CSU in the 2008 New Mexico Bowl.

HOMECOMING AND FAMILY WEEKEND
It is the annual Homecoming and Family Weekend when the Rams host Fresno State on Saturday, Oct. 6. Festivities are planned from Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 4-7. Olympic bronze medalist Janay DeLoach will serve as Grand Marshal of the Homecoming parade, set for Friday, Oct. 5 and themed "Go for the Green and Gold!" Other Homecoming highlighted events include the Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet, Reunion on the Oval, a Mystery of CSU History tour, the parade, pep rally, bonfire, the Lory Student Center's 50th anniversary celebration, volleyball match against Wyoming and annual Homecoming 5K Race. For more information, please visit http://www.colostate.edu/events/homecoming.aspx.
 
RAMS TO HONOR GREG MYERS
In recognition of his upcoming induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, former Rams All-America safety Greg Myers will be introduced on the field at halftime Saturday, along with his family. Dr. Myers, now an anesthesiologist at Denver Health Medical Center, is one of 14 players and three coaches to be honored Dec. 4 at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, N.Y. He becomes the third individual in the history of Colorado State's football program to earn enshrinement in the Hall of Fame, joining consensus All-American Thurman "Fum" McGraw and former head coach Earle Bruce.

Myers won the Thorpe Award in 1995, as the best defensive back in college football. He helped lead Colorado State to back-to-back conference championships in 1994 and `95, and was the first player in Western Athletic Conference history to earn first-team all-league honors in four consecutive years (1992-95). Including special teams for his punt-return prowess, Myers received seven all-conference awards.

Myers was inducted into the CSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. He played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys in his five-year NFL career.

POSTGAME NOTES: Air Force 42, Colorado State 21
Sept. 29, 2012 -- Colorado Springs, Colo.

  • Senior QB M.J. McPeek saw his first career snaps from scrimmage today in relief of injured starter Garrett Grayson. He threw two second-quarter touchdown passes, the first a 55-yarder to senior WR Lou Greenwood and the second a 13-yard strike to tight end Crockett Gillmore.
  • The 55-yarder to Greenwood, and a later 58-yard connection from McPeek to Greenwood, were the second- and third-longest plays from scrimmage for Colorado State this year. They also are the second- and third-longest receptions of Greenwood's career; longest since Oct. 16, 2010 vs. UNLV (73). The touchdown was Greenwood's first since Oct. 1 2011, vs. San Jose State.
  • McPeek finished the game completing 22 of 34 pass attempts for 292 yards and 2 TDs, with two interceptions. Grayson was 2-2 for 20 yards before exiting the game.
  • Today's game marked the first time McPeek, a senior, had thrown a touchdown pass since his senior year of high school at Rangeview (Aurora, Colo.), in 2007.
  • Charles Lovett, Kivon Cartwright and Dominique Vinson each have caught a pass in all five games this season. Lovett had 5 catches for 44 yards, while Cartwright had three for 40 and Vinson had 2 for 21.
  • Lovett's five receptions today (44 yds.) give him 17 receptions in his last three games combined. That is the most in a three-game span by a CSU player since Rashaun Greer caught 18 over three games in 2009, from Nov. 7-27.
  • P Pete Kontodiakos unleashed punts of 73, 56 and 52 today, marking his sixth consecutive game with at least one punt of 50 yards or longer. Kontodiakos entered the game ranked seventh in the nation in punting average (45.9) and raised that average to 46.9 after today's performance. At that figure he is on pace to break the school record of 46.1 by Mike Deutsch in 1976.
  • S Kevin Pierre-Louis recorded the first forced fumble of his career in the first half, while LBs Aaron Davis and Cory James each snared their first career fumble recoveries. The Rams have recovered a fumble in every game this season and eight in a row dating back to last year.
  • Stats Roundup
    --CSU registered its highest yards-per-play average today, 6.3. The Rams entered the game with a season average of 5.0.
    --With just one sack allowed, Colorado State allowed its fewest of the season.
    --The Rams' 22 first downs today represent a season high (21, at San Jose State, 9/15/12).
    --CSU's 129 rushing yards are its most in a game this season (125, at Colorado, 9/1/12).
    --The Rams' 312 passing yards today are a season high, and most by CSU since 10/1/2011, vs. San Jose State (387).
    --The 41-yard kick return by Lee Clubb in the first quarter was the longest by a Ram this season and set up CSU's first touchdown of the day.
    --CSU converted 50% of its third-down attempts today (7-14). Last week's 42.1% figure (8-19 vs. Utah State) was its previous best.
    --Today's game was the Rams' first with more time of possession than their opponent (31:46) since the season-opener, at Colorado, 9/1/12.
    --Nine different Rams players caught passes today from Garrett Grayson and M.J. McPeek.
  • CSU's game captains: H-Back Jake Levin, CB Shaq Bell, LB Max Morgan & LS Tanner Hedstrom.
  • Air Force won the toss and elected to receive.

POSTGAME QUOTES: Head Coach Jim McElwain
"You play an opponent that plays with more heart and imposes their will on you, give all the credit to Air Force. The only real hope we had for awhile was that maybe that running back would cramp up, maybe take himself out. But it's amazing because it's a defensive scheme that Marty (English) used that shut them down when he was at Wyoming. But you have to execute. You can't worry about what they do. You just have to run to the ball and tackle it. Our guys hung in pretty good. My hat goes off to Troy, they held the ball down here at the end (up 42-21), class act that he is. We're really disappointed. This was one that I really felt coming in that we would take care of business and we didn't."

"(Starting QB) Garrett (Grayson) obviously is going to be out for awhile. Not quite sure exactly what it is, but M.J. (McPeek) came in and did a couple of good things and we'll move forward with that and Connor (Smith) will move up."

(on whether he was disappointed in the effort)
"This is as low as I've been, but I do know we have some guys in that locker room who have heart and we're going to get it out of the guys this week and find out who's committed to being a champion and who isn't. It's that simple."

"We had a good sound scheme against them and they just outexecuted us, and they imposed their will on us."   *For complete postgame quotes, visit CSURams.com

2012 SEASON NOTES

KONTODIAKOS REACHING RARE STATUS: Senior punter Pete Kontodiakos has punted 188 times in his career, eighth-most among active punters in the NCAA. Remarkably, 55 of his 188 punts (29.3%) have gone for 50 or more yards. His career punting average of 43.41 ranks 11th in the nation among active players (min. 20 games played), and fourth-best among the group with 188 or more career punts. That figure ranks No. 1 among Mountain West punters and No. 2 all-time at CSU.

TWO-TIGHT END ALIGNMENT: The Rams have started the first five games of the season in a two-tight end set, with Crockett Gillmore and Kivon Cartwright. The last time a CSU team had begun a game with two tight ends prior to this year's opener was the 2011 home-opener against Northern Colorado (Sept. 10; Crockett Gillmore and Blake Jones). Gillmore and Cartwright each surpassed 100 receiving yards for the season in just three games. The last time a Rams team had two tight ends with 100 or more yards in a season was 2005 (Kory Sperry, 547 and Matt Bartz, 133).
Two TE sets since 2005: 2012: 5/5...2011: 1/12...2010: 0/12...2009: 0/12...2008: 3/13...2007: 1/12...2006: 12/12...2005: 4/12.

SOPHOMORE SIGNAL-CALLER: Starting quarterback Garrett Grayson was injured at Air Force (9/29) and underwent surgery to repair his left clavicle, He is out indefinitely. Before his injury Grayson was playing efficient and effective football, throwing just two interceptions through the first four full games of the season. The last time that was accomplished by a CSU starter was 1985 (Kelly Stouffer).
By throwing two touchdown passes and rushing for one at San Jose State (9/15/12), Grayson became just the third CSU quarterback in the last four seasons to rush for a touchdown and throw for multiple scores in the same game. He is the only Ram to do that in a road game in that period.
Player, Game (TDs)
Garrett Grayson, 2012 - 9/15 at SJSU (3, 1 rush)
Pete Thomas, 2011 - 10/1 vs. SJSU (4, 1 rush)
Grant Stucker, 2009 - 9/19 vs. Nevada (3, 1 rush)

Grayson had a career day on a number of fronts against San Jose State, setting four career highs and tying a fifth. His 337 yards of total offense (40 rush yards) are sixth-most by a Mountain West quarterback this season.

FRESHMAN IMPACT: Redshirt-freshman running back Donnell Alexander rushed for 59 yards on 12 carries (4.9) in the first start of his college career versus North Dakota State Sept. 8. His rushing total was the most by a Colorado State freshman in his first career start  since 1995, when Jaime Blake tallied 170 yards on 27 carries (6.3) vs. Hawai'i (11/11/95).

BEAST OF THE DEFENSE: Junior linebacker Shaquil Barrett led the Rams with a career-high 15 tackles vs. North Dakota State Sept. 8, the most by a Ram since Ricky Brewer notched 15 twice in November 2008 (11/22/08 at Wyoming and 11/8/08 at Air Force). His performance included a sack for a loss of 6 yards. Barrett's previous high of 14 came vs. San Diego State on 11/12/11 and at Utah State on 9/24/11.

TANYI'S TACKLES: Defensive end Lanston Tanyi, in his first year with the Rams after transferring from Appalachian State has recorded 8 (twice) and 10 tackles in three of the five games. His 8 stops vs. North Dakota State on Sept. 8 were the most by a Rams defensive lineman since C.J. James recorded 8 tackles against New Mexico last season, 9/3/11. He surpassed that with 10 at San Jose State, most in the category since Oct. 31, 2009 when Guy Miller recorded 12 vs. Air Force, and added 8 more at Air Force (9/29).

CSU Defensive Linemen with 8+ tackles in a game (since 2005)
16, Jake Pottorff--at Houston, Sept. 22, 2007
12, Guy Miller--vs. Air Force, Oct. 31, 2009
10, Lanston Tanyi--at San Jose State, Sept. 15, 2012
10, Erik Sandie--vs. Air Force, Oct. 13, 2007
10, Matt Rupp--at Houston, Sept. 22, 2007
9, Cory Macon--vs. Utah, Oct. 10, 2009
9, Jake Pottorff--vs. San Diego State, Oct. 6, 2007
8, Lanston Tanyi--at Air Force, Sept. 29, 2012
8, Lanston Tanyi--vs. North Dakota State, Sept. 8, 2012
8, 7 others; most recently C.J. James--at New Mexico, Sept. 3, 2011

LONG-DISTANCE THREAT TOO: Junior tight end Crockett Gillmore's 69-yard touchdown reception from Garrett Grayson vs. North Dakota State Sept. 8 was the longest by a Rams tight end since Joel Dreessen's 85-yard TD catch from Bradlee Van Pelt at California, Sept. 6, 2003, and is the fifth-longest by a Mountain West player this season.

TEAM CAPTAINS: The Rams in 2012 under Jim McElwain will have weekly game captains, instead of season captains.
Game 1 at Colorado: Junior RB Chris Nwoke, junior OL Weston Richburg, senior LB Shaquil Barrett and senior LB James Skelton.
Game 2 vs. North Dakota State: Senior WR Marquise Law, senior TE Austin Gillmore, senior CB Marcus Shaw and senior P Pete Kontodiakos.
Game 3 at San Jose State: Sophomore TE Kivon Cartwright, senior LB Broderick Sargent, senior CB Momo Thomas and senior RB Mark Woodbury.
Game 4 vs. Utah State: Sophomore WR Charles Lovett, senior DE Lanston Tanyi, senior LB Davis Burl and sophomore QB Garrett Grayson.
Game 5 at Air Force: Junior H-Back Jake Levin, junior CB Shaq Bell, sophomore LB Max Morgan & junior LS Tanner Hedstrom.

AWARDS AND HONORS
Game 1--at Colorado (9/1)
    Mountain West Player of the Week--LB Cory James (defense), K Jared Roberts (special teams)
    College Football Performance Awards, National LB of the Week--Cory James
Game 2--vs. North Dakota State (9/8)
    College Football Performance Awards, Honorable Mention, National TE Performer of the Week--Crockett Gillmore
Game 3--at San Jose State (9/15)
   College Football Performance Awards, Honorable Mention, National Punter Performer of the Week--Pete Kontodiakos
Game 5--at Air Force (9/29)
   College Football Performance Awards, Honorable Mention, National Punter Performer of the Week--Pete Kontodiakos

BACK TO OUR ROOTS: Colorado State debuted a new look this season with a return to a simpler uniform. The Rams also have added a pumpkin orange "A" on the back of their helmets as a nod to the team's heritage as the Colorado A&M Aggies, symbolizing the school's history as a Land Grant institution.

SIDELINE SWITCH: Head coach Jim McElwain introduced another new tradition with his choice to have the Rams inhabit the west sideline at Hughes Stadium for home games. The Rams had previously been stationed on the east sideline for their entire history at Hughes Stadium. In fact, it is believed that the last Colorado State team to use the west sideline for its home games was coached by Hughes Stadium namesake Harry Hughes, whose career spanned 1911-41.

Jim McElwain AT A GLANCE:
Newly appointed Athletic Director Jack Graham hired Jim McElwain on Dec. 13, 2011.
McElwain, who opened up the Bold New Era with a win over in-state rival Colorado, still hasn't dropped a season-opener at the college level since 2004 as an assistant head coach at Michigan State.
McElwain knows the territory of being bowl eligible. He has been to a bowl games in nine of the past 11 years, including two national championships with Alabama (2009, 2011. He compiled a 47-6 record at Alabama.

CSU LEGEND MYERS TO ENTER COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME: Former Jim Thorpe Award winner Greg Myers, a two-time All-American at Colorado State, was selected for enshrinement in the College Football Hall of Fame in late May. He became the third individual in the history of Colorado State's football program to earn enshrinement in the Hall of Fame, joining consensus All-American Thurman "Fum" McGraw and former head coach Earle Bruce.

In Fort Collins Myers led the Rams to a pair of league championships (1994-95) and consecutive Holiday Bowl berths. During Myers' junior season, CSU appeared in the national rankings for 13 weeks, including the highest ranking in program history, No. 10 over the last five polls of the regular season prior to a loss to Michigan. The Rams finished No. 14 in the final 1994 rankings.

Rams head coach Jim McElwain invited Myers to speak to the team on the first day of fall camp on Aug. 4, 2012. McElwain encouraged Myers to bring his Thorpe Award back to campus and gave it a permanent home in the football offices so those in the program could continue to recognize and draw inspiration from Myers' special accomplishment achieved as a Ram.

A NOD TO THE PAST: New Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain has said often since his hire that he intends to "reach back into our history to help our future." Specifically, he has invited former players and coaches back to campus to be close to the program, and impart some of their wisdom on his current team. In addition to former All-American and Thorpe Award winner Greg Myers and his former head coach Sonny Lubick, speaking to the team, McElwain was proud to announce in August the hire of former CSU standout defensive lineman Greg Pollard in the Rams' student-athlete academic services department.

GRAHAM USHERS IN NEW LEADERSHIP AT COLORADO STATE: The 2012 season is the Rams' first under the leadership of director of athletics John C. "Jack" Graham, hired Dec. 1, 2011. From that moment Graham has boldly placed Colorado State's program on an ambitious path towards national prominence with his visionary leadership. A successful business leader and former Rams quarterback, Graham has energized the department under the motto, "Dream big, work hard and settle for nothing less than excellence." Graham, a Rams quarterback from 1973-74, went to work quickly on his plans. His first major initiative was to conduct a thorough evaluation of all athletic programs and to engage with donors and supporters about their goals for CSU athletics. Graham has been bold in his pursuit of a plan to build an on-campus stadium at CSU, the feasibility of which is being considered at this time by Colorado State University President Tony Frank.

JACK GRAHAM AT A GLANCE
Education: Bachelor's degree, U.S. history; Colorado State, `75
Personal:
Played quarterback for CSU from 1973-74
Drafted by the Miami Dolphins
Successful 30-year career in the international insurance and reinsurance markets
Founded iCAT Managers, a leader in catastrophic risk insurance products
Advisory board member of the National Center of Atmospheric Research
Married to wife, Ginger Graham


 

 

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