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Football Game Notes: Colorado State at Wyoming, Oct. 19

Oct. 14, 2013



Colorado State (2-4, 0-1) will travel to Laramie for the second consecutive year to take on Wyoming in the 104th Border War. Saturday will represent the first time CSU has had to travel north to Wyoming in back-to-back years since 1963 and ‘64.

Saturday’s contest between the Rams and Cowboys will be CSU’s first of back-to-back road games. CSU and Wyoming share the longest continuous rivalry west of the Mississippi, with the unofficial 105th Border War set for Saturday. The teams’ first meeting in 1899 was a CSU forfeit win, making this week officially the 104th meeting. CSU does not recognize forfeits in all-time won-loss records.

WHERE TO FIND THE GAME: Saturday’s game between Colorado State and Wyoming will be televised in the Rocky Mountain Region on ROOT Sports, with Mark Neely (play-by-play), Sed Bonner (analyst) and Marc Stout (sideline) calling the action. Additionally, fans across the nation that can’t watch the rivalry on ROOT can watch it online via the Mountain West Network or on CSURams.com. 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 Marty Cesario (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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- CSU’s 34-27 home loss to SJSU snapped the Rams’ 5-game home win streak, the longest since 2007-08
- The Rams also held a three-game home win Mountain West win streak, which was the longest since 2005
- CSU’s Sept. 1 loss to CU marked the first collegiate season-opening loss for @CoachMcElwain since 2004 when he coached at Michigan State
- .@CSUFootball is seeking its first true road win since defeating Utah State in double overtime on Sept. 24, 2011
- 59 points vs. UTEP 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
- Bama’s 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

- Weston Richburg, cand. for @outlandtrophy @rimingtontrophy & @lombardiaward, has graded out above 90% in all six games
- In those six games, Richburg has accumulated 16 knockdown blocks
- JR TE Kivon Cartwright became the first CSU player to score multiple receiving TDs in back-to-back games since Paul Turner in 1995
- Cartwright leads all MW TEs with 230 receiving yards and 5 TDs. Nationally these rank tied for 11th and tied for first among FBS TEs, respectively
- 7 of Cartwright’s 14 receptions have gone for a first down or touchdown
- SO RB Kapri Bibbs has rushed for 429 yards, 7th best in #MWFB but his 6.6 avg/rush is 3rd 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 100 starts, which ranks 12th in #NCAA according to @philsteele042
- JR QB Garrett Grayson has only been sacked four times in his last 130 pass attempts
- On the year, Grayson has only been sacked seven times, which ranks 21st nationally
- 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 were 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 freshman in CSU history and nationally the most by a freshman this season
- WR Charles Lovett, who returned vs. SJSU after missing five games with knee injury, has a catch in 13 straight games in which he has played.
- Lovett’s last game without a catch was Nov. 19, 2011 at TCU, 695 days ago

- Shaquil Barrett’s 12.5 TFL is tied for the highest total in in the #NCAA while his average of 2.1 per game is second in the country
- Barrett’s sack total of 6.5 is third in the country and his 1.1 average per game is fifth
- 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
- LB Aaron Davis averages 9.5 tackles per game, ranking 31st in the #NCAA
- 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 40 percent this year
- DB Bernard Blake intercepted an A.J. McCarron in the third quarter. McCarron had only been picked five times in two seasons prior to that point
- CSU’s defense held @AlabamaFTBL to 66 yards rushing, the lowest total by the Crimson Tide since Oct. 9, 2010 (36)

- Freshman punter Hayden Hunt’s 69-yd punt vs. Colorado is the longest in #MWFB. It is also the 19th-longest in #NCAA
- WR/KR Thomas Coffman is 2nd in #MWFB with a kickoff return average of 26.1 yards and his long return of 84 yards is 2nd in MW
- Coffman’s kickoff return average ranks 22nd in #NCAA
- WR/PR Joe Hansley is one of two #MWFB players with a punt return TD. Hansley’s 74-yard return is the 10th-longest nationally
- DB/PR Tyree Simmons is averaging 10.3 yards per punt return, ranking third in #MWFB and 29th in #NCAA
- The Rams are averaging 14.0 yards per punt return compared with a 9.5 average in 2012
- Opponents avg. just 7.4 yards/punt return after averaging 12.0 a year ago, and 18.6 yards/kickoff return compared to 23.5 last year.
- .@LouGrozaAward candidate Jared Roberts averages 1.7 FGs/game, 2nd in #MWFB and 21st nationally
- Roberts’ career field goal percentage of 90.5 percent is the second in the nation among 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 six teams in the country to block multiple kicks in one game
- Long snapper Tanner Hedstrom has a streak of 38 consecutive games without an errant snap

The Colorado State football team will continue to wear a helmet decal throughout the season 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.”

Colorado State and Wyoming will look to hoist the Bronze Boot after Saturday’s 104th Border War, but what is the Bronze Boot?

Since 1968, the Bronze Boot has become possibly the most famous piece of footwear in college football history. This U.S. Army combat boot, gilded in bronze, is the traveling trophy that goes to the winning football team every year when Wyoming and CSU square off.

In the 45 years the boot has been exchanged, Wyoming owns a 23-21 advantage, making the Border War the most balanced rivalry in terms of wins and losses over the period since the boot was first introduced.

Few fans of both schools realize the history behind this famous boot before it became the trophy both schools live for each and every football season. It started as a United States-issued Army combat boot to Captain Dan Romero. Romero, a native of Colorado and 1955 graduate of Pueblo Central High School, attended Pueblo Junior College for two years before he graduated from Adams State College. While at Adams State, he met his wife and played varsity basketball and baseball.

As the war in Vietnam heated up and a draft was imminent, Romero joined the Army before he was drafted. He then attended Officer Candidate School (OCS), where he received his commission to become an officer. Romero was then sent to Vietnam for a tour of duty and in the spring of 1968 he returned to the United States, where he was assigned to the Colorado State University ROTC Military Science Department as an assistant professor. Since he was at CSU as an assistant professor, Romero enrolled as a graduate student as expected when officers are assigned to ROTC duty.

In 1968, CSU Army ROTC cadre member Maj. Vic Fernandez came up with the idea of having a trophy fitting of the rivalry between CSU and UW, an authentic, battle-tested combat boot. CSU Army ROTC graduate and cadre member Capt. Dan Romero donated a combat boot he wore during his 1966-67 tour in the Vietnam conflict. Romero had the boot bronzed and mounted on a walnut base in 1968. The base bears a plaque that holds the history of the Bronze Boot series. Close inspection of the boot will reveal small tears and cuts, scars of battle that have remained on the 48-year-old boot through the bronzing process and 45 years of travel between the rival universities.
Every year Army ROTC cadets from CSU and UW run the game ball from the visiting team’s stadium to the site of the Border War game and guard the trophy until the game is over.

Romero’s son, Jeff, is a Rocky Mountain High School graduate and walked onto the CSU football team in 1982 before following in his dad’s footsteps in the Army. Jeff now is an FBI agent.

Tradition starts with Bronze Boot Run Friday: This year’s Border War pits Colorado State against Wyoming for the 104th meeting (CSU doesn’t recognize the 1899 forfeit, or any forfeit in its all-time records), and extends the battle for the Bronze Boot in its fifth decade.

On Friday, the CSU ROTC cadets will run the ball 39 miles from Hughes Stadium to the Colorado-Wyoming border on U.S. Highway 287. Wyoming Army ROTC cadets will then run the game ball the remaining 26 miles to War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.

Entering the season tight ends Crockett Gillmore and Kivon Cartwright were regarded as the top players in the Mountain West at their position. Through the first six games they are demanding respect nationally.

Cartwright, who has hauled in 14 receptions for 230 yards, is tied at 21st in the NCAA with five receiving touchdowns. Among tight ends, Cartwright’s five touchdowns is tied with Ted Bolser (Indiana), Gator Hoskins (Marshall) and Nick O’Leary (Florida State) for the most in the nation. The native of Pueblo, Colo., leads all Mountain West tight ends with 230 receiving yards and ranks as the 11th most yards among all FBS tight ends. In back-to-back games Cartwright has pulled in two touchdowns. He is the first Rams player to record multiple receiving touchdowns in back-to-back games since Paul Turner in 1995. Turner had two touchdowns on Sept. 16 at Air Force and two touchdowns on Sept. 30 vs. BYU.

The last time a Rams receiver had five or more touchdowns in a season was Dion Morton in 2008. Morton registered 10 receiving touchdowns on 51 receptions in 13 games.

Gillmore, a native of Bushland, Texas, didn’t enter the season under-the-radar like Cartwright did. The 6-foot-6, 255-pound tight end was on the preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, given annually to the nations best tight end. Gillmore is third on the team with 16 receptions but his 226 yards puts him in a tie for the second most receiving yards by a tight end in the Mountain West. Fresno State’s senior TE Marcel Jensen also has 226 receiving yards. Being the bigger of the two CSU tight ends, Gillmore finds himself in more blocking situations, an aspect of his game that has greatly improved and stats reflect that. CSU has only allowed seven sacks on the year, which ranks 21st nationally.

The Rams’ offensive line features four seniors (Biard, Gragert, Haynes and Richburg) and one junior (Sambrailo) who have accounted for 100 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 four sacks in 131 pass attempts. On the year, CSU ranks 21st nationally in sacks allowed. The protection also shows in the rushing numbers as the Rams average 155.8 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 six games and has recorded 16 knockdown blocks.

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 7.4 yards per punt return after averaging 12.0 a year ago, and 18.6 yards per kickoff return compared to 23.5 last year.

Among other special teams notables, K Jared Roberts is 10-for-11 on field-goal attempts and is perfect on 20 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 90.5.

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

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 tied for first nationally. Through just six 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 28 career games for the Rams.

The senior linebacker’s 6.5 sacks ranks third 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. Nationally, Barrett is the only player to block two kicks in one game nationally.

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

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, CFPA 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
Week 6 vs. SJSU - Junior TE Kivon Cartwright, CFPA Tight End Performer of the Week honorable mention; Senior TE Crockett Gillmore, CFPA Tight end Performer of the Week honorable mention

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
Week 6 vs. SJSU - LB Nu’uvali Fa’apito, QB Garrett Grayson, LB Cory James, OL Ty Sambrailo

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 40 percent. Against the No. 1 team in the nation, Alabama only converted two third downs out of 10 attempts. The 40 percent ranks fifth in the Mountain West.

Shaquil Barrett is no stranger to opponents backfields. The senior linebacker has racked up 12.5 tackles for loss through six games, a total that leads the nation. The Colorado State record for single-season tackles for loss is 23.5 set by Mike Bell in 1977 and again in ‘ 78.


All-time, overall: 54-44-5
All-time, in Laramie: 24-23-4
All-time, in Fort Collins: 30-21-1
First official meeting: Nov. 24, 1900, in Fort Collins; CSU won, 16-0
Last meeting: Nov. 3, 2012, in Laramie; CSU lost 45-31
Last meeting in Laramie: Nov. 3, 2012, in Laramie; CSU lost 45-31
Series streaks: Wyoming has won the last four meetings dating back to 2009.
COACHES CAPSULESCSUJim McElwain: 6-12, second year overall as head coach
    WYO — Dave Christensen: 26-30, fifth year as head coach
Head-to-head: Christensen leads 1-0  |  Against opponent: McElwain 0-1 vs. WYO; Christensen 4-0 vs. CSU

    • Dave Christensen concluded his fourth season as head coach of the Wyoming Cowboys in 2012. While his fourth campaign as head coach was marked by key injuries and close losses, his Cowboys capped off the season by winning three of their last four games.
    • Christensen’s fourth season saw the Cowboys excel off the field, as 11 team members earned Academic All-Conference honors. One of those was senior free safety Luke Ruff, who also was voted to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America First Team, becoming the first Cowboy to achieve that since Trenton Franz in 2004.

  • Rams co-defensive coordinator Marty English spent nine seasons on the Wyoming coaching staff as a linebackers coach and as the defensive coordinator.
  • CSU’s freshman defensive lineman Austin Berk will face his former Grand Junction High School teammate in Jame Diamanti, who also played on the defensive line in high school.
  • Wyoming’s roster features 22 players from the state of Colorado while the Rams’ roster doesn’t feature a player who played high school football in Wyoming.


  • In 2012, running back Donnell Alexader rushed for 114 yards and one touchdown.
  • Thomas Coffman hauled in four receptions for 146 yards, including a 75-yard TD pass on the Rams’ first play of the game at Wyoming last year.
  • Defensively in 2012, linebacker Aaron Davis recorded 13 tackles (8 solo).
  • In 2011, quarterback Garrett Grayson threw for 143 yards and rushed for a career-high 91 yards.

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.

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.

In Colorado State’s depth chart for the 2013 campaign, the Rams have 32 underclassmen (15 frosh. & 17 soph.)  on their two-deep. Nationally, 32 underclassmen ranks second.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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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