Nov. 5, 2012
COLORADO STATE RAMS vs. UNLV REBELS
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 • 5:06 p.m. (MT) • Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium (32,500)
• Fort Collins, Colo. • KTVD-20/TWCSN/ROOTSPORTS
FULL NOTES PACKAGE IN PDF
Colorado State (2-7, 1-4) comes back home Saturday for a Mountain West showdown with UNLV (2-8, 2-3) seeking to win its second consecutive home game. The Rams look to bounce back from a loss to Wyoming in Laramie in the Border War, while the Rebels are coming off an impressive 35-7 home win over New Mexico. The Rams and Rebels meet for the 21st time, and for the 17th consecutive season. The game will be televised in Colorado on KTVD-20, and also by Time Warner Cable SportsNet and ROOT SPORTS.
The Rams have won seven of the last nine games against the Rebels, though UNLV has claimed wins in two of the last three meetings. The home team has won the last four games in the series, and the Rams have won four in a row against the Rebels at Hughes Stadium. In each of its last three victories over UNLV (2007, ‘08, ‘10), Colorado State has scored 41 or more points, while UNLV has scored 35 or more points in each of its two recent victories over CSU (2009, ‘11).
TELEVISION: The game will be televised by KTVD-20, Time Warner Cable SportsNet and ROOT SPORTS, with Tim Neverett (play-by-play) and Jay Leeuwenburg (analyst) calling the action. 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.
: The Colorado State Radio Network, originating from AM 560 KLZ in Denver carris the broadcast, with Brian Roth
(play by-play), former Rams great David Anderson
(analyst), Kevin McGlue
(analyst) and Marty Cesario
(sidelines) on the call. The broadcast also airs on KCOL 600 AM (Ft. Collins) KSIR 1010 AM (Ft. Morgan) and KNZZ 1100 (Grand Junction).
NOTES IN 140 < #CSURamsNotes | #MWFB (A Twitter-friendly look at this week’s top notes from Colorado State Football)
>> The Rams’ offense is tied for 16th in the nation, & No. 2 #MWFB, in red zone scoring (89.5%; 17-19). CSU is 11-12 since conference play began
>> CSU ranks 3rd in passing offense in conference-only games, at 244.4, & 4th #MWFB in all games (231.9)
>> The Rams’ 24.2 yards-per-catch average at Wyoming (11/3) is third-highest by any #MWFB team this year, & 387 pass yds. are 4th-most
>> CSU has started 3 different QBs this season (Garrett Grayson, M.J. McPeek & Conner Smith) because of injuries to Grayson & McPeek
>> Only two other schools, Maryland (5) & Southern Miss (4), have started more QBs this year. Four others have started 3 QBs like CSU
>> The 1981 Rams started 3 QBs--Tom Thenell (5), Terry Nugent (4) and Mark Miller (3)--in struggling to an 0-12 record
>> QB Conner Smith’s 326 passing yards are most by a Ram since Pete Thomas threw for 387 vs. San Jose State on Oct. 1, 2011
>> It also was the highest passing total by a CSU freshman since 2010 (Thomas) & his 14.2 yards/att. avg. is T-4th best by #MWFB player in ‘12
>> RB Donnell Alexander posted CSU’s second 100-yd. rushing game in a row & 1st of his career at Wyoming (11/3) with 114 & 1 TD on 20 att.
>> WR Charles Lovett is the only Ram with a reception in every game this season. He leads the team with 27-390 & ranks 2nd in TDs (2)
>> Lovett had just seven receptions for 53 yards for his career through the first two games of 2012
>> WR Thomas Coffman’s 75-yd. TD reception at Wyoming is tied for the 5th-longest reception by a #MWFB player this season
>> Coffman’s 146 receiving yards at Wyoming (11/3) are the most by a Ram since Lou Greenwood had 149 vs. San Jose State on Oct. 1, 2011.
>> Soph. QB Garrett Grayson, starter of 1st 5 games, missed the next 3 w/a shoulder injury after surgery Oct. 1. He returned at Wyo. (11/3)
>> The Rams have improved in several statistical categories over 2011, incl. passing (231.9/gm.; was 184.6) & yds. per catch (12.8; was 10.6)
>> The defense ranks 4th in pass efficiency defense (136.3) and sacks (18); 5th in the Red Zone (83.3%) & pass yds. allowed (208.7; 37th NCAA)
>> In Mountain West games only, CSU ranks fourth in pass defense (179.0)
>> DE Lanston Tanyi leads the team with 70 tackles (7.8/gm.), most by a MW defensive lineman & 9th MW overall. Also T-4th in fumble rec. (2)
>> Tanyi’s 70 tackles rank second among all NCAA FBS defensive linemen, & are already 2nd-most by a CSU DL since 1991 w/3 games to play
>> Tanyi had career-high 13 tackles vs. Hawaii (10/27) & has 4 of the top 6 single-game tackle totals by a CSU defensive lineman since 2007.
>> LB Cory James is T-1st #MWFB with a CSU freshman-record 7.5 sacks, T-23rd NCAA. He’s also T-3rd MW/T-43rd NCAA in TFL (10.5)
>> LB Aaron Davis ranks 2nd on the team in tackles (69) & No. 7 among all #MWFB LBs. He posted a career 13 at Wyoming (11/3)
>> Davis’ 10 solo tackles vs. Fresno St. (10/6) were the most by a CSU player since Shaq Bell had 10 at Nevada in 2010 (9/11)
>> CB DeAndre Elliott owns the 4th-longest interception return by a #MWFB player this season (76-yd. TD, vs. Hawaii, 10/27)
>> Elliott’s two interceptions in #MWFB games (both vs. Hawaii, 10/27) are T-3rd in conference-only games
>> S Trent Matthews is tied for 8th among DBs in #MWFB with 55 tackles; team-high 8 pass breakups, 9th in MW & T-2nd in conf.-only games (7)
>> P Pete Kontodiakos, candidate for @RayGuyAward, leads #MWFB & ranks 2nd in NCAA in punting average at 47.7...50.1 in 5 MW games
>> Kontodiakos’ 47.7 avg is on pace to break the school record (46.1, Mike Deutsch, ’76). He has 4 of top 5 punts in #MWFB this yr (73, 72, 72, 69)
>> Earned 2nd career #MWFB Spec. Tms. Player of Week in win over Hawaii (10/27) w/conference-record 61.8 avg. on 4 punts, & 2 inside the 20
>> Kontodiakos has 3 @CFPerformance honorable mentions for national punter of the week: at SJSU (9/15), at AFA (9/29) & vs. Hawaii (10/27)
>> His 73-yard punt at Air Force (9/29) is the longest by a MW punter this season, and tied for sixth-longest nationally.
>> K Jared Roberts ranks 2nd #MWFB in FG pct. (85.7%) & has 2nd-longest FG in MW this year (48)
>> WR Thomas Coffman ranks 4th in MW in kick-return average (24.6; 38th NCAA), on 17 returns...ranks 2nd in #MWFB-only games (25.0)
>> Coffman’s 73-yd. KOR at SDSU (10/13) was longest by a Ram since Derek Good (74) vs. UNLV, 10/16/10, & 3rd-longest in an MW game this yr.
>> WR Joe Hansley returned a punt 76 yds. vs. Hawaii (10/27), 11th-longest in CSU history and longest since ’99 (Dallas Davis, 77, at UNLV)
>> Hansley’s 76-yard punt return vs. Hawaii is second-longest by a #MWFB player this season
>> The Rams have had 16 different players score touchdowns this year, tied with TCU for 3rd-most in nation. Navy & Marshall have 17
>> The 7 teams to beat the Rams this year have a combined record of 44-22 (.667) & outscore opponents on average 33.7 to 22.1 (2,227-1,458)
RAMS vs. REBELS
All-time, overall: 13-6-1
All-time, in Fort Collins: 7-4-0
All-time, in Las Vegas: 6-2-1
First meeting: Oct. 21, 1978, in Fort Collins; CSU lost, 33-6
Last meeting: Oct. 29, 2011, in Las Vegas; UNLV won, 38-35
Last meeting in Fort Collins: Oct. 16, 2010; CSU won, 43-10
Series streaks: CSU has won seven of the last nine games, though UNLV has won two of the last three
CSU – Jim McElwain: 2-7, first season as head coach UNLV – Bobby Hauck: 86-46, 10th season as head coach Head to Head: first meeting
Against Opponent: McElwain; first meeting vs. UNLV; Hauck 1-1 vs. CSU
Bobby Hauck, the winningest coach in Division I FCS, was hired as the 10th head coach in Rebel football history on Dec.
23, 2009, and was immediately charged with spreading an attitude of success and discipline throughout a program thirsting for prosperity.
Hauck (pronounced HOWK) immediately got to work rebuilding the UNLV program and guided his new school through the toughest schedule in its history, including taking on five conference champions and three opponents that finished ranked in the top 11 of the final AP poll. His first Rebel team emerged from that gauntlet with a 2-11 overall record but tied for sixth place in the Mountain West. The 2011 team also finished sixth after a 2-10 campaign.
Hauck had spent the previous seven seasons as the record-setting head coach of the University of Montana where he com- piled an overall record of 80-17, including leading the Grizzlies to three national championship games in the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA).
• Hauck was on the coaching staff at Colorado from 1995-98 and went 4-0 against the Rams during that time
• Jim McElwain and Bobby Hauck both have Montana roots, and trace their connection back to their fathers’ familiarity with one another through coaching and as school administrators
• Jim McElwain and Rebels offensive coordinator Brent Myers wer teammates and roommates at Eastern Washington University in the early 1980s
• UNLV quarterbacks coach Rob Phenicie and offensive line coach Chad Germer coached previously against the Rams, at Wyoming
• UNLV wide receivers coach Cedric Cormier has playing experience against CSU. Cormier was a four-year letterman for Colorado from 1998-2001 and in that time went 2-2 against the Rams
• CSU’s Immanuel Mitchell and UNLV’s Jason Koontz were crosstown rivals growing up in Corona, Calif.
• The Rebels roster includes one player from Colorado, OL Alex Novosel from Chatfieldm, the same school that produced CSU LB James Skelton
• UNLV QB Sean Reilly played with CSU WR Dominique Vinson at Saddleback College; both players transferred to Moun- tain West schools prior to the 2010 season
• Another pair of junior college teammates will meet as Saturday’s matchup features two players from Arizona Western: CSU’s Calvin Tonga and UNLV’s Dre Crawford
• Rams LB Shaquil Barrett and Rebels DB Mike Horsey both hail from Baltimore, Md.
TOP COLORADO STATE INDIVIDUAL EFFORTS VS. UNLV
• In the 2011 matchup, Shaquil Barrett returned an interception 52 yards for a score. He also had 9 tackles.
• James Skelton recorded 10 tackles and a sack in Las Vegas in 2011.
• Chris Nwoke rushed for a game-high 159 yards and scored a TD in 2011.
• The tight end duo of Crockett Gillmore and Kivon Cartwright both had 50+ yard receiving days. Gillmore had a game-high 81 and Cartwright had 50 receiving yards.
• WR Lou Greenwood had a then-career high 128 receiving yards in the 2010 win, including the longest reception of his career, a 73-yard TD. He had a career-most 65 rushing yards in 2009, before converting to WR.
• DT Zach Tiedgen had two tackles for loss at UNLV in 2009.
POSTGAME NOTES: Wyoming 45, Colorado State 31
11/3/12 -- Laramie, Wyo.
• Colorado State produced a season-high 512 yards of offense today, its highest total since Oct. 30, 2010, vs. New Mexico (584 yards).
• The Rams averaged 8.8 yards per play today, easily a season high and the most by a Colorado State team since Oct. 16, 2010, vs. UNLV (8.8).
• Colorado State’s 387 passing yards are its most in a game since throwing for 387 last season vs. San Jose State (10/1/11).
• The Rams today had a 100-yard rusher (Donnell Alexander, 114) and 100-yard receiver (Thomas Coff- man, 146) in the same game for the first time since Sept. 25, 2010, vs. Idaho (Raymond Carter, 104 rushing; Carter, 120 receiving).
• RS-Fr. RB Donnell Alexander made the third start of his career today and rushed for 114 yards on 20 carries. It was his first 100-yard rushing performance, and was the first by a Colorado State freshman since 1995 (Jaime Blake, 170, vs. Hawaii).
• Alexander recorded a rush of 32 yards in the first quarter, second-longest of his career and longest by a Ram in a game vs. Wyoming since 2005 (Kyle Bell, 38 yds.).
• Alexander finished the first half having already accumulated a career-high 87 rushing yards on 11 attempts, including his first career touchdown on an 11-yard run.
• RS-Fr. QB Conner Smith made his second consecutive start and threw for 326 yards and two touch- downs on 13-23 accuracy. Smith’s 326 passing yards are the most by a Ram since Pete Thomas threw for 387 vs. San Jose State on Oct. 1, 2011. It was also the highest total by a CSU freshman since Thomas topped the 300-yard mark in a 2010 game.
• Smith’s 75-yard first-quarter touchdown pass to Thomas Coffman was the longest offensive play by Colorado State since 2008 (9/20 at Houston; Billy Farris to Dion Morton).
• Smith did not play in the third quarter, but returned early in the fourth quarter, making his passing totals even more remarkable, playing just three quarters.
• Soph. WR Thomas Coffman finished the game with a career-high 146 yards on four receptions, including the aforementioned 76-yard reception from Conner Smith.
• Coffman’s 146 receiving yards were the most by a Ram since Lou Greenwood had 149 vs. San Jose State on Oct. 1, 2011.
• Soph. QB Garrett Grayson started the second half for the Rams, his first game action since suffering a broken left collarbone at Air Force Sept. 29, and undergoing surgery Oct. 1. Grayson left the game, replaced by Smith, early in the fourth quarter. Grayson completed 3 of 9 passes for 61 yards, including a long of 42 to Coffman.
• Soph. WR Charles Lovett extended his streak to nine games with a pass reception, hauling in a 65-yarder from Smith in the fourth quarter. Lovett is the only Ram to have caught a pass in every game this season.
• RB Joe Brown scored a touchdown on a 3-yard rush in the fourth quarter, becoming the 16th different Rams player to score a touchdown this season. Brown finished with 18 yards rushing on 3 carries.
• Sr. WR Marquise Law caught a 41-yard pass from Smith in the second quarter, the longest pass reception of his career. That play helped set up Alexander’s 11-yard touchdown run. Law finished with 3 receptions for 59 yards.
• Soph. LB Aaron Davis made a career-high 13 tackles (8 solo) to lead the Rams.
• Jr. CB Shaq Bell recorded his first career sack in the first quarter, dropping Wyoming QB Brett Smith for an 8-yard loss. Bell finished with 5 tackles (4 solo).
• DE Lanston Tayni had double-figures in tackles for the fourth time this season, recording 10 (5 solo).
• Tanyi now has 70 tackles on the season, the most by a CSU defensive lineman since Clark Haggans had 87 in 1999.
• Fr. CB Jasen Oden recorded a career-high two tackles for loss.
• RS-Fr. LB Cory James posted two tackles for loss to raise his season total to 10. He entered the game ranked fifth in the Mountain West.
• Senior P Pete Kontodiakos entered the game ranked fourth in the nation in punting average (47.7), and averaged 47.5 yards today on four punts, including two inside the 20.
• Soph. K Jared Roberts converted his only field goal attempt (30 yards), Colorado State’s first since the Utah State game on Sept. 22. The Rams had not attempted a field goal in the four games until today.
• Roberts is now 6-7 (85.7%) for the season. He entered the game ranked second in the Mountain West in field-goal accuracy.
• Coffman and TE Austin Gillmore made their first starts of the season. Coffman started three games last season and Gillmore started one.
• The Rams, with 31 points today after scoring 42 last week, have scored 31 or more points in consecutive Mountain West Conference games for the first time since 2008. (W 38-34 at San Diego State Oct. 25; L 45-42 vs. #17 BYU Nov. 1).
• CSU’s game captains today: LB James Skelton, DT Zach Tiedgen, T Joe Caprioglio and TE Kivon Cartwright.
• Colorado State won the coin toss and elected to kick off.
Jim McElwain At A Glance:
Jim McElwain became the 20th head football coach in Colorado State program history on Dec. 13, 2011.
McElwain, 50, came to Fort Collins from Alabama, where he had served as Nick Saban's offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach from 2008-11. McElwain played a key role in navigating the team to
two national championship victories in the last three seasons. Alabama defeated No. 1 LSU in January 2012, several weeks after becoming CSU's new head coach, after having topped Texas to claim the
2009 championship. By leading his Rams team to victory over Colorado in his head coaching debut on Sept. 1, McElwain became the first CSU mentor since 1970 to win in his first game since Jerry Wampfler. McElwain also became the only Colorado State coach to win in his first matchup against rival Colorado.
• McElwain hasn't lost a season-opener at the college level since 2004, when he was assistant head coach at Michigan State.
• McElwain has been to a bowl games in nine of the past 11 years, including two national championships with Alabama (2009, 2011).
• McElwain's offenses at Alabama led the nation by committing only 57 turnovers in his four years. Ohio State was second with 59.
• Sent two players to the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York: 2009 winner Mark Ingram and 2011 finalist Trent Richardson.
• Played key role in Crimson Tide's 47-6 record from 2008-11.
• Ranked among the top units in the Southeastern Conference.
• In 2011 `Bama led the SEC with 219.8 rushing yards per game, and finished second with 433.4 total yards per contest, and third in scoring (36 points per game). In 2010, the team was third in both total yards and scoring.
• The offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Fresno State in 2007, McElwain improved the Bulldogs' output from 338.2 total yards per game the year before his arrival to 419.5 (No. 38 in the nation), and from 23.0 points per contest to 32.9 (No. 32). Fresno State went 9-4 in his only season, including a 40-28 win over Georgia Tech in the Humanitarian Bowl.
• In 2006, he coached the quarterbacks of the NFL's Oakland Raiders, under Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Shell.
• Coaching wide receivers at Michigan State in 2003, McElwain helped lead the team to the Alamo Bowl, establishing school records with 312 receptions and 3,510 receiving yards.
• In 2004 he coached an All-American, punter Brandon Fields, and the Big Ten's scoring leader, kicker Dave Rayner. And prior to his departure for the NFL, Michigan State set a school mark with 24 touchdown receptions in 2005, when five of his wideouts had at least 28 catches.
• Coached against Colorado State in the 2000 Liberty Bowl in his first season with Louisville.
• In his three seasons with the Cardinals, four of his players earned first-team all-conference honors. Three of his pupils ranked among Louisville's all-time leading receivers, including future Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch.
• McElwain started his coaching career at his alma mater, Eastern Washington in 1985 as a graduate assistant.
• During his time on the staff, the Eagles earned a berth in both the 1992 and 1995 Division I-AA playoffs, and a share of the 1992 Big Sky crown.
• A 1984 graduate of Eastern Washington. Played quarterback from 1980-83.
• McElwain earned his degree in education.
• Jim and his wife Karen have three children, JoHanna, Elizabeth & Jerret.
2012 SEASON NOTES
KONTODIAKOS REACHING RARE STATUS: Senior punter Pete Kontodiakos has punted 202 times in his career, eighth-most among active punters in the NCAA. Remarkably, 61 of his 202 punts (30.2%) have gone for 50 or more yards. His career punting average of 43.8 ranks 11th in the nation among active players and third-best among the group with 200 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 eight of the nine games this season in a two-tight end set, with (Kivon Cartwright all 9; C. Gillmore 7, A. Gillmore 1). 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 Colo. (Sept. 10; Crockett Gillmore and Blake Jones).
C. Gillmore and Cartwright each surpassed 100 receiving yards for the season in just three games and 200 yards in seven games. The last time a Rams team had two tight ends with 200+ yards was 2004 (Joel Dreessen, 427; Kory Sperry, 225).
Two TE sets since 2005: 2012: 8/9...2011: 1/12...2010: 0/12...2009: 0/12...2008: 3/13...2007: 1/12...2006: 12/12...2005: 4/12.
TANYI’S TACKLES: Defensive end Lanston Tanyi, in his first year with the Rams after transferring from Appalachian State, leads all Mountain West defensive linemen and ranks No. 2 in the nation at his position with 70 tackles. That total leads the team and already is second-most by a CSU defensive lineman in a season since 1991. He has recorded 8 or more tackles six times this year (13, 12, 10 twice and 8 twice). His 13 stops vs. Hawai’i on Oct. 27 were second-most by a Rams defensive lineman since 2005, and most since Jake Pottorff had 16 at Houston in 2007 (Sept. 22).
BEAST OF THE DEFENSE: Junior linebacker Shaquil Barrett has a career average of 7.4 tackles per game in 21 games, second-most among Mountain West players and among the top 25 in the nation. He 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.
FRESHMAN IMPACT: Redshirt-freshman running back Donnell Alexander made the third start of his career at Wyoming (11/3) and rushed for 114 yards on 20 carries. It was his first 100-yard rushing performance, and was the first by a Colorado State freshman since 1995 (Jaime Blake, 170, vs. Hawaii). Alexander recorded a rush of 32 yards in the first quarter, second-longest of his career and longest by a Ram in a game vs. Wyoming since 2005 (Kyle Bell, 38 yds.). Alexander, who leads all Rams in yards per carry (5.3) and ranks second in yards (278), scored his first career touchdown on an 11-yard run in the second quarter.
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.
• Game 6 vs. Fresno State: Senior QB M.J. McPeek, senior T Joe Caprioglio, sophomore CB Bernard Blake & sophomore DT Alex Tucci.
• Game 7 at San Diego State: Senior WR Dominique Vinson, Junior G Jordan Gragert, sophomore LB Aaron Davis & junior DT Curtis Wilson.
• Game 8 vs. Hawaii: Senior WR Lou Greenwood, freshman S Trent Matthews, sophomore S Conner Roggy & sophomore K Jared Roberts.
• Game 9 at Wyoming: Senior LB James Skelton, senior DT Zach Tiedgen, senior T Joe Caprioglio & sophomore TE Kivon Cartwright.
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
Game 8--vs. Hawai’i (10/27)
Mountain West Player of the Week--P Pete Kontodiakos (special teams)
College Football Performance Awards, National DB of the Week--DeAndre Elliott
College Football Performance Awards, Honorable Mention, National Punter Performer of the Week--Pete Kontodiakos
National Football Foundation Colorado Chapter Player of the Week--Lanston Tanyi
MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Mountain West Player of the Week (online vote)--CB DeAndre Elliott
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. Head coach Jim McElwain has said often since his hire that he intends to “reach back into our past 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.
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.
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 was recognized for the honor at halftime of the homecoming game against Fresno State on Oct. 6. Myers 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 a trophy case so those in the program could continue to recognize and draw inspiration from the special accomplishment Myers achieved as a Ram.
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.