Football Game Notes: Colorado State vs. San Jose State, Oct. 12




Oct. 7, 2013

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THIS WEEK
Colorado State (2-3, 0-0) comes off a bye week for its second straight home game, which will be the Rams’ 90th annual homecoming game. The Rams will open up conference play against San José State on Saturday, the latest start to conference play for CSU  since 2002 when they hosted Wyoming on Oct. 12. San José State is in its first year in the Mountain West but the two teams have met in the past two seasons. Fans can get more homecoming information at homecoming.colostate.edu

Saturday’s contest between the Rams and Spartans will be the seventh meeting and it will also feature a special recognition. At halftime, the athletics department will honor former safety Greg Myers by displaying his uniform number 3 on the press box. Myers will be the third player to have his number displayed at Hughes Stadium, joining “Fum” McGraw (48) and Eddie Hanna (21).

WHERE TO FIND THE GAME: Saturday’s game between Colorado State and SJSU will be televised on CBS Sports Network, with Brad Johansen (play-by-play), Randy Cross (analyst) and Rashan Ali (sideline) calling the action. CSU fans can listen to the game on the Colorado State Radio Network with new Voice of the Rams Gary Miller alongside Brian Roth (analyst) and Kevin McGlue (sideline). On the airwaves, fans can listen to the game across the state on: KJAC-FM 105.5 ESPN, KREL-AM 1580 ESPN (Colorado Springs), KSIR-AM 1010 (Fort Morgan), KRFD-FM 94.5 (Sterling), and KNZZ-AM 1100 (Grand Junction).

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#TEAM

  • After defeating UTEP 59-42 on Sept. 28, the Rams have a 5-game home win streak, the longest since 2007-08
  • CSU’s Sept. 1 loss to CU marked the first collegiate season-opening loss for @CoachMcElwain since 2004 when he coached at Michigan State
  • Saturday will be CSU’s 90th homecoming game and in those games the Rams are 45-43-1
  • Saturday will be the Rams’ latest start to conference play since 2002 when they hosted Wyoming on Oct. 12
  • CSU is 1-0 under @CoachMcElwain after a bye week and since 2000 have compiled an 8-6 record coming off a bye during the season
  • CSU currently holds a three-game home MW win streak, the longest since 2005
  • The 59 points was the most since Oct. 4, 1997 when the Rams defeated Hawai’i 63-0. The 59 points ties for the ninth most in program history
  • Seven true freshmen have made their collegiate debut this season (Berk, Clyburn, Higgins, Lovingood, Schlager, Simmons, Williams)
  • The temperature was 98 degrees at kickoff in Tulsa (9/7), the hottest game the Rams have played since Sept. 16, 2000
  • Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821) was sold out for the Sept. 21 contest vs. the Rams. It was the largest crowd to see a game featuring CSU
  • ‘Colorado State’ was trending worldwide for 15 minutes as the Rams took on Alabama on Sept. 21

#OFFENSE

  • Weston Richburg, cand. for @outlandtrophy @rimingtontrophy & @lombardiaward, has graded out above 90% in all five games
  • In those five games, Richburg has accumulated 15 knockdown blocks
  • In two home games the Rams average 562 yards of total offense, 13th best in the nation, and 8.09 yards per play, good for 10th nationally
  • SO RB Kapri Bibbs has rushed for 360 yards, 7th best in #MWFB but his 6.8 avg/rush is 2nd in conference
  • Bibbs set a career single-game high in rushing vs. UTEP with 147 yards and three TDs
  • WR Joe Hansley set a career best with seven receptions against CU (9/1)
  • CSU’s offensive line starters have a combined 99 starts, which ranks 12th in #NCAA according to @philsteele042
  • JR QB Garrett Grayson’s 39 pass attempts on Sept. 1 vs. CU was the third-highest total of his career
  • Grayson has only been sacked three times in his last 96 pass attempts
  • After not being sacked vs. Cal Poly, Grayson wasn’t sacked until the final play of the game at Alabama, a span of 120 minutes
  • FR WR Rashard Higgins’ 7 receptions at Alabama are the most by a CSU freshman since Chris Nwoke’s 8 at Utah on Oct. 23, 2010
  • Higgins’ 156 receiving yards vs. UTEP are the most by a frosh. in CSU history and nationally the most by a freshman this season
  • JR WR Charles Lovett has a catch in 12 straight contests in which he has played. He has missed the last 5 games due to injury
  • Lovett’s last game without a catch was Nov. 19, 2011 at TCU

#DEFENSE

  • Shaquil Barrett’s 12.5 TFL is tied for the highest total in in the #NCAA but his average of 2.5 per game leads the country
  • Barrett’s sack total of 6.5 is second in the country and his 1.3 average per game is fourth
  • Barrett’s 13-tackle, 3-sack, 2-FF performance vs. UTEP earned him Bronko Nagurski Defensive POW honors, only the 2nd Ram to earn this award
  • Confirmed through research dating back to 1970, Barrett is the first Ram to block two kicks in one game
  • S Kevin Pierre-Louis racked up 15 total tackles on Sept. 1 vs. CU, the 4th-most single-game tackles in #MWFB.
  • Pierre-Louis’ 14 assisted tackles is the highest total since LB Ricky Brewer’s 12 at Utah on 10/23/10
  • After allowing opponents to convert 48 percent of their third-down tries last season, the #CSURams have reduced the rate to 35 percent this year
  • Bernard Blake has 7 PBUs on the season, ranking 3rd in #MWFB and 28th nationally
  • Blake intercepted an A.J. McCarron in the third quarter. McCarron has only been picked five times in two seasons prior to this point
  • CSU’s defense held @AlabamaFTBL to 66 yards rushing, the lowest total by the Crimson Tide since Oct. 9, 2010 (36)

#SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Freshman punter Hayden Hunt’s 69-yd punt vs. Colorado is the longest in #MWFB. It is also the 16th-longest in #NCAA
  • Hunt’s punt average of 42.0 is good for 4th in #MWFB
  • WR/KR Thomas Coffman is 3rd in #MWFB with a kickoff return average of 25.7 yards and his long return of 84 yards is 2nd in MW
  • Coffman’s kickoff return average ranks 28th in #NCAA
  • WR/PR Joe Hansley is one of two #MWFB players with a punt return TD
  • DB/PR Tyree Simmons is averaging 10.3 yards per punt return, ranking third in #MWFB and 29th in #NCAA
  • Simmons’ punt return average ranks 33rd in #NCAA and he is the only freshman in the top 50
  • The Rams are averaging 14.0 yards per punt return compared with a 9.5 average in 2012
  • Opponents avg. just 7.6 yards/punt return after averaging 12.0 a year ago, and 18.8 yards/kickoff return compared to 23.5 last year.
  • .@LouGrozaAward candidate Jared Roberts averages 1.6 FGs/game, 2nd in #MWFB and 18th nationally
  • Roberts career field goal percentage of 89.5 percent is the second in the nation in active players
  • Shaquil Barrett earned MW Special Teams Player of the Week after blocking two Cal Poly field goals (9/14)
  • CSU is one of five teams in the country to block multiple kicks in one game
  • Long snapper Tanner Hedstrom has a streak of 37 consecutive games without an errant snap

HONORING A LEGEND
On Saturday, former Rams safety Greg Myers will have his jersey number permanently displayed on the press box. He is only the third CSU football player to receive this honor as his No. 3 jersey will be hung beside Thurman “Fum” McGraw and Eddie Hanna. Myers, who is now an anesthesiologist in Denver, played at Hughes Stadium from 1992-95 where he picked off 14 interceptions. Dr. Myers is the only Western Athletic Conference athlete to earn first-team all-conference honors four years in a row. Nationally, Myers won the 1995 Jim Thorpe  Award, given to the best defensive back in the nation. The ceremony was originally schedule for the home-opener against Cal Poly but was postponed because of surrounding floods leading up to the game,

COLORADO FLOOD RECOGNITION
The Colorado State football team will continue to wear a helmet decal Saturday symbolizing the floods with the state flag displayed within a raindrop, in recognition of flood victims as well as rescue and recovery personnel. Additionally, McElwain, his assistant coaches and support staff will also be wearing the decal on their clothing. The Rams first wore the decal on Sept. 21 at Alabama.

“This is no doubt a tremendous opportunity and a great challenge for our football program to play Alabama,” he said.  “But at the same time, as The Colorado State University, it is not the most important thing we carry in our hearts.  We have had thousands of people across our state affected by the recent floods.  We are very thankful for everyone involved in rescue and recovery
efforts now taking place to assist those people affected by the flooding.  We want to be sure that every individual affected knows we carry them in our heart into this game.  We are proud to be The Colorado State University and carry the flag with us.”

FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS
Against UTEP the Rams had all facets of the offense rolling as junior QB Garrett Grayson threw for 307 yards, RB Kapri Bibbs rushed for 147 and WR Rashard Higgins hauled in 156 yards receiving. Colorado State hadn’t had a game featuring a QB throwing for 300-plus, a 100-yard rusher and a 150-yard receiver since Oct. 22, 2005 vs. Wyoming. In that game, Justin Holland threw for 419, Kyle Bell rushed for 123 and David Anderson racked up 169 receiving yards.

HOME SWEET HOME
Entering Saturday’s game vs. San Jose State, the Rams have rattled off five-straight home wins dating back to Oct. 27, 2012. This ties for the longest streak since 2007-08 when CSU won five consecutive games between Nov. 17, 2007 and Oct. 4, 2008. During the current home win streak, CSU putting up 38.4 points per game while its opponents only average 23.4. The Rams last home loss came on Oct. 6, 2012 vs. Fresno State (28-7). The last time the Rams won more than five-straight home contests was 2001-02 as the Sonny Lubick-led Rams won six-straight. CSU also holds a three game home win streak over Mountain West competition, the longest since 2005.

In two home contests in 2013, the Rams have racked up 93 points but most impressively CSU accumulated 1,124 yards of total offense. Nationally, this is the fourth-highest yardage total for any team that has played two or fewer home games. CSU’s average of 562.0 yards per game ranks 13th in the country and the Rams rank No. 10 averaging 8.09 yards per play.

PROTECTION
The Rams’ offensive line features four seniors (Biard, Gragert, Haynes and Richburg) and one junior (Sambrailo) who have accounted for 99 total starts, 12th most in the nation. This group continues to show improvement and it shows in the stats. Dating back to the end of  the game at Tulsa, the Rams offensive line has only allowed three sacks in 98 pass attempts. On the year, CSU ranks 26th nationally in sacks allowed. The protection also shows in the rushing numbers as the Rams average 159.6 yards on the ground per game, an improvement of over 30 yards from 2012. 

Senior center Weston Richburg is a large part of the offensive line’s success. Richburg, who is a candidate for the Outland Trophy, Rimington Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award, has graded out above 90 percent in all five games and has recorded 15 knockdown blocks.

A SPECIAL UNIT
Colorado State’s special teams units have improved dramatically in several statistical categories through five games. The punt return and punt coverage units are most notable. The Rams are averaging 14.2 yards per return compared with a 9.5 average in 2012. WR Joe Hansley averaged 30.7 yards on three returns with a long of 74 yards in Week 1, while CB Tyree Simmons has averaged 10.3 yards on nine returns with a long of 30 yards (vs. Cal Poly, 9/14).
Both coverage units are much improved. Opponents are averaging just 7.6 yards per punt return after averaging 12.0 a year ago, and 18.9 yards per kickoff return compared to 23.5 last year.

Among other special teams notables, K Jared Roberts is eight-for-nine on field-goal attempts and is perfect on 17 PATs this season. He has missed just two field goals in his two-year career, a 51-yarder vs. Utah State (9/22/12) and a 35-yarder vs. UTEP (9/28/13). Roberts is second in the nation among active kickers with a career field goal percentage of 89.5.

FIRST-TIME ACTION
In 2013, Colorado State has had 17 players make their collegiate debut.
True Freshmen: DL Austin Berk, LB Deonte Clyburn, WR Rashard Higgins, DL Josh Lovingood, S Jake Schlager, DB Tyree Simmons and RB Eric Williams
Redshirt Freshmen: P Hayden Hunt, LB Danny Nwosu, WR Robert Ruiz and WR Jordon Vaden
Sophomore: DL Terry Jackson and DL LaRyan King
Redshirt Sophomore: RB Kapri Bibbs, RB Davon Riddick, DL Justin Hansen and WR Willie Udofia

BARRETT IS IN THE BACKFIELD
Senior LB Shaquil Barrett, a candidate for the Bronko Nagurski Award, has already amassed 12.5 tackles for loss for the Rams, which ranks first in the Mountain West and first nationally. Through just five games he has already surpassed his previous single-season best effort of 7.5 TFL set last year, and crushed his 2011 total of 4.5. Barrett now has 24.5 tackles for loss in 27 career games for the Rams.The senior linebacker’s 6.5 sacks ranks second nationally. Barrett entered 2013 with more tackles in the last two seasons than any returning player in the Mountain West. The 2012 honorable mention All-Mountain West selection made 166 tackles in the 2011 and ’12 seasons combined, as has scored three touchdowns in his two-plus seasons as a Ram after transfering from Nebraska-Omaha.

In the home-opener against Cal Poly (9/14), Barrett blocked two Mustangs field goals to earn Special Teams Player of the Week by the Mountain West. Confirmed through research dating back to 1970, the senior linebacker is the first Ram to block two kicks in one game. In a game at Falcon Stadium in 1990, Air Force’s Carlton McDonald blocked two CSU punts and a PAT.

BLOCK PARTY
After Shaquil Barrett’s two-block kick performance at home versus Cal Poly, CSU became one of five teams nationally to block two or more kicks in a single game in 2013.

WEEKLY HONORS
Week 1 vs. Colorado - Sophomore WR/PR Joe Hansley, Punt Returner co-Performer of the Week by College Football Performance Awards
Week 3 vs. Cal Poly - Senior LB Shaquil Barrett, MW Special Teams Player of the Week; Senior TE Crockett Gillmore, Tight End co-Performer of the Week by College Football Performance Awards
Week 4 at Alabama - Junior K Jared Roberts, Kicker co-Performer of the Week by College Football Performance Awards
Week 5 vs. UTEP - Senior LB Shaquil Barrett, Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week, College Football Performance Awards National Defensive Performer of the Week, MW Defensive Player of the Week, National Football Foundation Colorado Chapter Player of the Week; Sophomore RB Kapri Bibbs, College Football Performance Awards honorable mention Running Back of the Week; Junior TE Kivon Cartwright, John Mackey Tight End of the Week; Freshman WR Rashard Higgins, College Football Performance Awards honorable mention Wide Receiver of the Week, Earl Campbell Tyler Rose honorable mention

WEEKLY CAPTAINS
Week 1 vs. Colorado - LB Shaquil Barrett, TE Kivon Cartwright, DB Trent Matthews and OL Weston Richburg
Week 2 at Tulsa - OL Jared Biard, DB Bernard Blake, LB Aaron Davis and TE Crockett Gillmore
Week 3 vs. Cal Poly - DL Eli Edwards, WR Austin Gray, OL Brandon Haynes and LB Max Morgan
Week 4 at Alabama - DB Shaq Bell, LS Tanner Hedstrom, RB Chris Nwoke and DL Curtis Wilson
Week 5 vs. UTEP - OL Jordan Gragert, TE Jake Levin, DB Kevin Pierre-Louis and K Jared Roberts

GETTING OFF THE FIELD
In the past, Colorado State has struggled defensively getting off the field when its opponent faced a third-down. In 2012, opponents converted 48-percent of the time on third down but this season opponent conversions are down to 35 percent. Against the No. 1 team in the nation, Alabama only converted two third downs out of 10 attempts. Nationally the 35 percent ranks 36th and third in the Mountain West.

THE MATCHUP

RAMS vs. SPARTANS

All-time, overall: 3-3-0
All-time, in San Jose: 1-2-0
All-time, in Fort Collins: 2-1-0
First official meeting: Oct. 7, 1961 in San José; CSU lost 14-0
Last meeting: Sept. 15, 2012 in San José; CSU lost 40-20
Last meeting in Fort Collins: Oct. 1, 2011; CSU lost 38-31.

Series streaks: SJSU has won the last two meetings. 
 
COACHES CAPSULES: CSU — Jim McElwain: 6-11, second year overall as head coach
    SJSU — Ron Caragher: 46-25, seventh year as head coach
Head-to-head: First meeting  |  Against opponent: McElwain 0-1 vs. SJSU; Caragher first meeting vs. CSU

  • After leading teams to three conference co-championships in his first six seasons as a NCAA Division I head coach, Ron Caragher accepted the head football coaching position at San Jose State University.
  • Caragher comes to San Jose State from the University of San Diego (USD). The Toreros compiled a 44-22 win-loss record and were the 2007, 2011 and 2012 Pioneer Football League co-champions.
  • Twice, in 2007 and 2011, he was a nominee for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award established by The Sports Network to recognize the top head coach in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). After his third 9-2 win-loss season record at USD, he was named the 2011 Pioneer Football League Coach of the Year.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

  • CSU offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin was the head coach at San Jose State from 1997-2000. Baldwin posted an 18-27 record during his four seasons in San Jose, including a 7-5 record in 2000…Baldwin was also the Spartans’ wide receivers coach from 1980-83…He was part of a bowl game for the first time while coaching the wideouts in 1981 (California Bowl).
  • Another coach on the Rams’ staff with ties to San Jose State is Jeff Hammerschmidt. For the Rams Hammerschmidt coaches the running backs and is the special teams coordinator but for the Spartans he coached the linebackers for a season in 2007.
  • Also listing time at San Jose State on his resume is co-defensive coordinator Al Simmons. Simmons spent one year (2005) with the Spartans coaching the cornerbacks.
  • CSU’s redshirt freshman punter Hayden Hunt and SJSU’s freshman wide receiver Thomas Tucker both graduated from Long Beach Poly High School.

NOTABLE PERFORMERS VS. SJSU

  • In 2012, QB Garrett Grayson threw for 297 yards and ran for 40 more, while accounting for three touchdowns.
  • Wide receiver Charles Lovett hauled in five receptions for 99 yards in San Jose in 2012.
  • Aaron Davis record 12 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss.
  • Cory James and Calvin Tonga each recorded a sack last season at San Jose State.

PORTER JOINS STAFF
On July 31st Coach McElwain announced the addition of former CSU great and all-pro NFL linebacker Joey Porter as an undergraduate student assistant football coach at his alma mater.

“This is another example of reaching back into our past to help build our future at Colorado State,” said McElwain. “It’s an opportunity for him to complete his degree while he gains valuable experience with our coaching staff. We are proud to welcome one of the great Rams back to our campus, just as we welcome all of our former players to remain a part of the Rams football family.”

Porter, who has 18 credits to complete before earning his degree, was as excited as McElwain.

“It feels great; I am definitely excited about the opportunity, excited that Coach Mac gave me the opportunity to come back and be a part of the CSU family. It’s not like I never was when I left, but it’s always good to come back and be here in Fort Collins.

Porter wants to get into coaching one day and CSU is a great place to get that start. The Super Bowl champion linebacker has a great deal of knowledge that he can pass on to current CSU athletes and he is determined to make them, not only better football players, but better young men.

MR. RELIABLE
Senior center Weston Richburg is not only one of the most decorated Rams on the roster, he is also the most experienced. The 6-4, 300-pounder from Bushland, Texas, has started all 41 games of his career. A preseason candidate for the Rimington Trophy, Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award for the second year in a row, Richburg is one of just three centers in the nation with 36 or more career starts, joining Utah State’s Tyler Larsen (44) and Arkansas’ Travis Swanson (44). He is tied for 14th in the nation among all players in career starts entering 2013.

FIVE RAMS ARE CSU GRADUATES
Guard Jordan Gragert, long-snapper Tanner Hedstrom, tight end Joe McKay, running back Chris Nwoke and center Weston Richburg are playing their final season for the Rams in 2013 after having graduated with bachelor’s degrees this past spring or summer. Richburg (animal science) graduated after summer classes, while Gragert (sociology), Hedstrom (health & exercise science), McKay (liberal arts) and Nwoke (business administration) received their degrees in May.

NEW RADIO FLAGSHIP FOR RAMS IN 2013
The Colorado State Rams will have a new radio home in 2013 for football and men’s and women’s basketball, on 105.5 FM ESPN. A new play-by-play voice also joins the team this year, with veteran Denver television sportscaster Gary Miller behind the microphone, joined by long-time radio team member Brian Roth on color commentary. Roth is in his 15th year as part of the CSU football broadcast team, including the last three years in the play-by-play seat. In addition to its 105.5 flagship, the Rams Radio Network includes KREL 1580 AM ESPN in Colorado Springs and Pueblo; KSIR 1100 AM in Fort Morgan; KRFD 94.5 FM in Sterling and KNZZ 1100 AM in Grand Junction.

SCHEDULE NOTES
For the first time since 1996, the Rams will travel to Honolulu, Hawai’i to take on the Warriors. The Rams escaped Honolulu with a 28-16 victory. 2013 will mark the 12th visit to Hawai’i.
Colorado State and Wyoming have met every year since 1946 and only twice since have the Rams played back-to-back years in Laramie. In 2013, CSU travels north to Laramie, just like last season. The last time the Rams made consecutive trips to Laramie was in 1963 and ‘64.
The Rams look to snap a streak of seven consecutive losses to Air Force, when the Falcons come to Fort Collins on Nov. 30.

MENTAL CONDITIONING
Colorado State football is among a handful of programs to adopt a mental conditioning program. It is a program that McElwain became familiar with at Alabama and one that he thought would be criticial in bringing success to Fort Collins. Immediately, McElwain hired Dr. Lowell Wightman after meeting during a player academic meeting where the two discovered they shared a belief that shaping and changing a team culture requires the brain and body working together.

During the summer players go through a mental conditioning program and meet with top experts in this field. For the second consecutive year, McElwain invited Trevor Moawad, Vice President of Mindset Programs from Athlete’s Performance, to come speak to his team. McElwain and Moawad met at Alabama and have since become friends.

FREE TUITION
On Saturday, Aug. 24, the Colorado State athletic department hosted its first annual RAMbunctious Pep Rally. This event was designed to get incoming freshmen at CSU excited about athletic events as part of Ram Welcome activities. During the event Andrew Schneeweis made a half court shot for a year’s worth of tuition, paid for by head coaches Jim McElwain, Larry Eustachy (men’s basketball), Tom Hilbert (volleyball), and Ryun Williams (women’s basketball). The four had come up with the plan just days before the event.

“We’re really excited we could be a part of something like that. Our students are such a big part of what we do, and we appreciate their support of our programs. To have all those new students come out and show their excitement last night was outstanding, and we as coaches wanted to do something to show our appreciation,” McElwain said. “Andrew Showed he has what it takes to operate under pressure. We talk to our student-athletes all the time about rising to the occasion and responding in pressure situations, and what Andrew did last night speaks volumes about that very thing. It was incredible to see that shot go in.”

ON SCHOLARSHIP
In 2012, just nine days before the Rocky Mountain Showdown, McElwain presented quarterback M.J. McPeek, running back Mark Woodbury and kicker Jared Roberts with scholarships. Their hard work in fall camp finally paid off.

This year, two more student-athletes were rewarded with scholarships after strong showings in fall camp. Tight End Joe McKay, a redshirt senior from Akron, Colo., and linebacker Ken Hulbert, a product of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Joe McKay, a redshirt senior first received the honor on Aug. 25.

McKay has played in 23 games for the Rams since 2011 and is a major contributer on special teams. In his career, McKay has registered seven tackles, two forced fumbles and a blocked punt.

Hulbert is another contributor on special teams. The junior linebacker has recorded two tackles in eight career games.

“These are two guys who have really earned it. They have worked their tails off and not only do we appreciate what they do, but our team recognizes these were two very deserving guys, as were other guys. It goes to show we do reward those guys who come here and work hard and earn it. There is a strong tradition here of walk-ons playing a strong role in the team’s success and earning scholarships. We really value the hard work and commitment those walk-on players show, and recognize their importance to our team,” McElwain said.

RETURNING TALENT
The Rams return 19 starters in 2013, nine offensively, eight defensively and two from the special teams unit. Colorado State brings back 78 percent of its passing yardage, and 85.7 percent of its net rushing.

Quarterbacks Garrett Grayson and Conner Smith return after registering a combined nine starts in 2012. Grayson threw for 946 yards and Smith for 1,022. Running backs Donnell Alexander and Chris Nwoke both return after rushing for 587 and 570, respectively in 2012.

Defensively, the Rams return 100 percent of their interceptions, 92.8 percent of their forced fumbles, 78 percent of their sacks and 77.4 percent of tackles from 2012.

The Rams return the 2012 statistical team leader for every major offensive and defensive category.

THE NEWEST RAM
Head Coach Jim McElwain announced on Aug. 20 the addition of Jack Miller, a nine-year old from Louisville, Colo., who has been battling brain tumors for the past six years. Miller, who connected with the Rams through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, was given his own jersey with his name on the back and a “One Town, One Team, One Dream” wristband.

Miller, who met the team prior to the end of fall camp, was with the team before, during and after the both CSU games played in Colorado (9/1 Rocky Mountain Showdown, 9/14 Cal Poly). Miller is always the first to greet the Rams as they get off the bus and the first Ram onto the field. Hanging inside of the Rams’ locker room is a framed No. 1 jersey, the number given to Jack Miller before the season.

RAMS IN THE NFL
Colorado State has manufactured five current players playing in the National Football League. Joel Dreessen (Denver Broncos), Mike Brisiel (Oakland Raiders), Kory Sperry (Arizona Cardinals), Eric Pears (Buffalo Bills) and Shelley Smith (St. Louis Rams).

Jim McElwain RADIO SHOW
The Coors Light Jim McElwain Coach’s Show will be hosted every Thursday at C.B. & Potts Restaurant and Brewery in Fort Collins at 6:30 p.m. For fans who can’t make it in-person, the show will air on the new home of the CSU Rams Radio Network, FM 105.5 ESPN, as well as across the state on the network affiliates.

RAMS REPORT WITH @CoachMcElwain
The Rams Report with Coach McElwain airs every Thursday on Root Sports at 6 p.m. MT. Fans are encouraged to tune in and listen to Head Coach Jim McElwain recap the previous game and preview Colorado State’s upcoming opponent. CSU fans also get a volleyball update from Tom Hilbert, head coach of the nationally ranked women’s volleyball team.

WATCH PARTIES
The Colorado State athletics department will host official game-watch parties for all of the Rams’ road football games in 2013. Taps Sports Bar & Grill will serve as the home for the Rams’ watch parties, giving fans the chance to gather to watch their team play. Taps is located at 165 E. Boardwalk Drive in Fort Collins. While they gather to watch the games, fans also contribute to the well-being of CSU   student-athletes, as 10 percent of each bill goes back to the CSU Athletics general scholarship fund.


 

 

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