Football Game Notes: Colorado State at Hawai'i, Oct. 26




Oct. 21, 2013

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THIS WEEK
Colorado State (3-4, 1-1) will conclude a mini two-game road trip in Honolulu on Saturday, Oct. 26, as the Rams take on Hawai’i. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. HT, 10 p.m. MT. CSU hasn’t traveled to Hawai’i since 1996 when the Rams prevailed 28-16.
 
The Rams hold a 12-9 edge in the series winning the past four meetings. Last season the two teams met at Hughes Stadium for CSU’s annual Orange Out on Oct. 27. The Rams defeated the Rainbow Warriors 42-27.

WHERE TO FIND THE GAME: Saturday’s game between Colorado State and Hawai’i will be televised on Oceanic/Time Warner but fans can also find it for free on the new Mountain West Network. The MWN offers free access to live events for fans across the world. Fans can find the event on CSURams.com or TheMW.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 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).

NOTES IN 140 | #CSURamsNotes | #MWFB | #1TTD

#TEAM

  • .@CoachMcElwain picked up his first true road win of his coaching career after beating Wyoming 52-22 on Oct. 19
  • Under @CoachMcElwain the Rams are 6-2 when leading at halftime and 7-1 with the lead after 3 quarters
  • CSU is averaging 33.1 points per game in 2013. The last time the Rams averaged 30-plus points per game was in 1997 (36.6)
  • Last season the Rams only averaged 21.2 points per game but have seen a 56% increase to this season (33.1)
  • The last CSU team to score 50 points in two separate games was the 1997 Rams
  • CSU’s 34-27 home loss to SJSU snapped the Rams’ 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
  • 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
  • Prior to 59-point outburst vs. UTEP the Rams hadn’t scored 50-plus points since Oct. 8, 2003 at BYU, a span of 3,666 days.
  • 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

#OFFENSE

  • Weston Richburg, cand. for @outlandtrophy @rimingtontrophy & @lombardiaward, has graded out above 90% in all seven games
  • In those six games, Richburg has accumulated 21 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 260 receiving yards and 6 TDs. Nationally these rank tied for 14th and first among FBS TEs, respectively
  • Cartwright’s six TDs are the most by a Ram pass-catcher since 2008 when Dion Morton had 10 and Kory Sperry had 6
  • SO RB Kapri Bibbs has rushed for 630 yards, 4th best in #MWFB but his 6.7 avg/rush is 3rd in conference
  • Bibbs set a career single-game high in rushing at Wyoming with 201 yards and three TDs
  • Bibbs became the first CSU running back to rush for three TDs in multiple games in a single season since 1996 (Calvin Branch)
  • Bibbs was only the 17th running back to rush for 200-plus yards in the NCAA this season
  • WR Joe Hansley set a career best with seven receptions against CU (9/1)
  • CSU’s offensive line starters have a combined 101 starts, which ranks tied for 11th in #NCAA according to @philsteele042
  • JR QB Garrett Grayson has only been sacked four times in his last 153 pass attempts
  • On the year, Grayson has only been sacked seven times, which ranks 15th nationally
  • Grayson has thrown 13 TDs, which ranks 28th in #NCAA, the most by a CSU QB since 2008 (Billy Farris - 19)
  • Grayson has thrown 3 TDs in three straight games, a feat that a Rams QB hasn’t accomplished since Terry Nugent in 1982
  • 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 14 straight games in which he has played.
  • Lovett’s last game without a catch was Nov. 19, 2011 at TCU

#DEFENSE

  • Shaquil Barrett’s 12.5 TFL tie for third most in the #NCAA while his average of 1.8 per game is seventh in the country
  • Barrett’s sack total of 6.5 is fifth in the country and his 0.9 average per game is T-8th
  • 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 Trent Matthews has picked off three passes this season, tying for the most by a Ram since 2009 and third most in #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 pass 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)

#SPECIAL TEAMS

  • 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 24th in #NCAA
  • WR/PR Joe Hansley is one of three #MWFB players with a punt return TD. Hansley’s 74-yard return is the 12th-longest nationally
  • DB/PR Tyree Simmons is averaging 11.5 yards per punt return, ranking second in #MWFB and 20th in #NCAA
  • The Rams are averaging 13.9 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 18.5 yards/kickoff return compared to 23.5 last year.
  • .@LouGrozaAward candidate Jared Roberts averages 1.6 FGs/game, 2nd in #MWFB and 22nd nationally
  • Roberts’ career field goal percentage of 90.9 percent is 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 and is second in #NCAA with 3 blocks on the year
  • Long snapper Tanner Hedstrom has a streak of 39 consecutive games without an errant snap

COLORADO FLOOD RECOGNITION
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.”

FIRST MEETING
The first meeting between Colorado State and Hawai’i was on Dec. 12, 1925 in Honolulu. When the Aggies, as they were called at the time, traveled to the island, they took three trains, one bus and the SS Manoa ship. The journey took 13 days and all but a handful of players were seasick after a nine-day boat ride through the Pacific Ocean. The Rainbow Warriors shutout the Rams 41-0.

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

Cartwright, who has hauled in 16 receptions for 260 yards, is tied for 17th in the NCAA with six receiving touchdowns. Among tight ends, Cartwright’s six touchdowns are the most by a FBS tight end. The native of Pueblo, Colo., leads all Mountain West tight ends with 260 receiving yards and ranks as the 14th most yards among all tight ends nationally. In the Rams’ last three games Cartwright has pulled in five touchdowns, including back-to-back games with two touchdowns (UTEP 9/28 and SJSU 10/12). 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 six 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 19 receptions but his 252 receiving yards is the second most by a tight end in the Mountain West. Fresno State’s senior TE Marcel Jensen is just behind Gillmore with 251 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 15th nationally.

Last week, Cartwright and Gillmore were named to the John Mackey Award midseason watch list, an award given annually to the nation’s top tight end. The Rams pass catchers were the only pair of teammates on the list, a feat only accomplished twice since 2006 (Stanford).

PROTECTION
The Rams’ offensive line features four seniors (Biard, Gragert, Haynes and Richburg) and one junior (Sambrailo) who have accounted for 101 total starts, tied for 11th 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 154 pass attempts. On the year, CSU ranks 15th nationally in sacks allowed. The protection also shows in the rushing numbers as the Rams average 175.0 yards on the ground per game, an improvement of just under 50 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 seven games and has recorded 21 knockdown blocks.

A SPECIAL UNIT
Colorado State’s special teams units have improved dramatically in several statistical categories through seven games. The punt return and punt coverage units are most notable. The Rams are averaging 13.9 yards per return, which is 19th nationally and second in the Mountain West, 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 11.5 yards on nine returns with a long of 30 yards (vs. Cal Poly, 9/14). Simmons 11.5 average ranks 20th nationally and second in conference. Thomas Coffman received midseason recognition for his production on kickoff returns. Coffman, who was named to Phil Steele’s All-Mountain West third team, averages 26.1 yards per return which is second in the conference and 24th in the NCAA. As a team, the Rams average 25.2 per kickoff return and only allow their opponents to average 18.5 per return. Both figures rank in the top-20 nationally, kickoff returns at 18 and kickoff return defense 19. 

The Rams’ punt coverage unit is also much improved. Opponents are averaging just 7.4 yards per punt return after averaging 12.0 a year ago.

Among other special teams notables, K Jared Roberts is 11-for-12 on field-goal attempts and is perfect on 27 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 90.9.

FIRST-TIME ACTION
In 2013, Colorado State has had 21 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, LB Bryan Ohene, WR Robert Ruiz, DL Johnny Schupp, WR Jordon Vaden and OL Fred Zerblis
Sophomore: DL Terry Jackson and DL LaRyan King
Redshirt Sophomore: RB Kapri Bibbs, OL Sam Carlson, RB Davon Riddick, DL Justin Hansen and WR Willie Udofia

ALL-AMERICAN

Senior LB Shaquil Barrett, a candidate for the Bronko Nagurski Award, was named to Phil Steele’s midseason All-America third team and was the Mountain West’s only defensive representative. Barrett has already amassed 12.5 tackles for loss for the Rams, which ranks first in the Mountain West and tied for third nationally. Through just seven 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 29 career games for the Rams.

The senior linebacker’s 6.5 sacks ranks tied for fifth 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.

BLOCK PARTY
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. On the year, the Rams have blocked three kicks (Barrett’s two field goals and Danny Nwosu’s punt block vs. Tulsa), which ranks tied for second nationally trailing only Minnesota (4 blocked kicks).

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, 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 7 vs. Wyoming - Sophomore RB Kapri Bibbs Helmet Sticker from ESPN’s Mark May; College Football Performance Awards Running Back Performer of the Week 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
Week 6 vs. SJSU - LB Nu’uvali Fa’apito, QB Garrett Grayson, LB Cory James, OL Ty Sambrailo
Week 7 vs. Wyoming - LB Ken Hulbert, WR Charles Lovett, TE Joe McKay, LB Steven Michel

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 40 percent on pace to be the lowest percentage allowed by CSU since 2006 (38%). Against the No. 1 team in the nation, Alabama only converted two third downs out of 10 attempts. The 40 percent ranks sixth in the Mountain West.

FIRST TIME IS A CHARM
This season CSU has had two pass catchers score touchdowns on their first career catch. At Tulsa (9/8), TE Joe McKay caught a two-yard touchdown pass from Garrett Grayson and last week at Wyoming Austin Gray, who spent his first two seasons with the green and gold at safety, caught a 22-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

SCORING OUTBURST
After seven games the Rams have posted 232 points on the scoreboard, an average of 33.1 per game ranking 45th nationally, and a total that has increased 56 percent compared to last seasons 21.2. The last season a Coloraado State team averaged more than 30 points per game was in 1997. Over a 13 game span the 1997 Rams averaged 36.7 points per game. The Rams’ high scoring average in 2013 is due to two games scoring 50-plus points (59 vs. UTEP 9/28, 52 at Wyoming 10/19). The last time a CSU team scored 50-plus points in multiple games was in 1997 when CSU hung 63 on Hawai’i and followed it up with a 55-point outburst vs. San Jose State.

Prior to this season, the Rams hadn’t scored 50 points in a single game since Oct. 8, 2003 at BYU. Until the 59-point performance vs. UTEP, the Rams went 3,666 days between 50-point games and it only took 21 days for the Rams to put together another 50-point game.

THE MATCHUP

RAMS vs. RAINBOW WARRIORS

All-time, overall: 12-9-0
All-time, in Honolulu: 4-7-0
All-time, in Fort Collins: 8-2-0
First official meeting: Dec. 12, 1925, in Honolulu; CSU lost, 41-0
Last meeting: Oct. 27, 2012, in Fort Collins; CSU won 42-27
Last meeting in Honolulu: Oct. 5, 1996; CSU won 28-16
 
Series streaks: Colorado State has won the last four meetings dating back to 1995.
 
COACHES CAPSULES: CSU — Jim McElwain: 7-12, second year overall as head coach
    UH — Norm Chow: 3-15, second year as head coach
Head-to-head: McElwain leads 1-0  |  Against opponent: McElwain 1-0 vs. UH; Chow 0-1 vs. CSU

  • With nearly 40 years of experience as an assistant coach at both the collegiate and professional ranks, Norm Chow spent the 2012 season as a head skipper for the first time in his career. Chow and his Hawai‘i Warriors were faced with a daunting schedule that included road games at USC and Brigham Young — two former stomping grounds for Chow — which led to a 3-9 finish in the program’s first season in the Mountain West.
  • Statistics aside, Chow spent his inaugural season instilling discipline and a new offense to a program which at one time appeared in eight bowls during a 12-year span. UH switched from the Run-and-Shoot offense to a more conventional Pro-Set offense, which Chow has mastered and become known as one of the top offensive minds in the country.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

  • Rams wide receiver Sammie Long, Hawai’i’s running back Willis Wilson and defensive back Dee Maggitt all graduated from Lakes High School in Lakewood, Wash.
  • CSU redshirt freshman punter Hayden Hunt and the Rainbow Warriors’ senior linebacker George Daily-Lyles both attended Long Beach Poly High School.
  • Hawai’i’s Brenden Urban and Ben Clarke both are products of Chatfield High School in Littleton, Colo.

NOTABLE PERFORMERS VS. HAWAI’I

  • In 2012, running back Chris Nwoke rushed for 115 yards and one touchdown.
  • Joe Hansley returned a punt 76 yards before being dragged down inside UH’s five-yard line.
  • Defensively in 2012, linebacker Aaron Davis recorded 11 tackles (6 solo).
  • Trent Matthews last season vs. UH recorded a single game career high two tackles for loss.

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 43 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.

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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