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RS-Fr. QB Conner Smith is expected to make his first collegiate start on Saturday.

RS-Fr. QB Conner Smith is expected to make his first collegiate start on Saturday.

Oct. 26, 2012

FORT COLLINS, Colo.––Two Colorado State players have earned midseason recognition for their first-half play, as the Rams prepare to face Hawaii Saturday at Hughes Stadium.

Punter Pete Kontodiakos was named Friday to the official list of candidates for the Ray Guy Award (@RayGuyAward), after being placed on the award's preseason watch list earlier this year, and being named a candidate in 2011. He ranks seventh in the nation in punting average (46.1) and has the third-longest punt in the nation this year (73 yards).

Linebacker Cory James, who has a CSU freshman-recod 6.5 sacks through seven games, was named earlier this week by the College Football Performance Awards to the National Freshman Performer of the Year watch list. He ranks second in the Mountain West and tied for 20th in the nation in sacks.

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For the third time this season, Colorado State will introduce a new starting quarterback for Saturday's game. It's the first time since 1981 the Rams have started three different quarterbacks in the same season.

Kickoff for the Rams' annual “Orange Out” game is 5 p.m.  CSU will wear orange jerseys as a tribute to the school’s former school colors––pumpkin orange and alfalfa green––and fans are urged to do likewise.

Colorado State returns to action following a bye last week, a time Rams’ coach Jim McElwain said he and his staff used to sharpen his team’s skills and focus.

McElwain said earlier this week redshirt freshman Conner Smith will be the team’s starting quarterback Saturday.

During his weekly news conference, McElwain said, “He’s our starter right now. Here’s your opportunity; let’s take it, let’s run with it.”

McElwain said he’s  anxiously awaiting Smith’s performance as a first-time starter.  The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder from Richmond, Tex., completed his first 11 passes against SDSU on Oct. 13.  In just more than a half’s action in his first game action since high school, he finished the game completing 18-of-22 passes for 165 yards. 

Smith came on in the second quarter of the Rams’ game at San Diego State after M.J. McPeek was injured.  McPeek had started two games, after replacing the season-opening starter, Garrett Grayson, who was injured at Air Force Sept. 29.

Not since 1981 has CSU used three different starting quarterbacks in a season (Terry Nugent, Mark Miller and Tom Thenell).  Not until now, that is.

Meanwhile, running back Chris Nwoke, who suffered an ankle injury at SDSU, is said to be probable according to McElwain, along with McPeek, safety Kevin Pierre-Louis and defensive lineman Zach Tiedgen, the latter two of whom missed the San Diego State game.

Grayson, safety Austin Gray and defensive lineman Curtis Wilson are questionable because of injury, while defensive lineman John Froland and linebacker Nolan Peralta were listed as out.

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