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2014 COLORADO STATE FOOTBALL PREVIEW

June 19, 2014
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Colorado State Rams (1995 - Pres)


2013 Record: (8-6, 5-3)
2013 Bowl: Gildan New Mexico Bowl vs. Washington State (W 48-45)
Coach: Jim McElwain (12-14 at Colorado State, 12-14 overall)
Offensive Coordinator: Dave Baldwin
Defensive Coordinator: Marty English, Al Simmons

Returning Leaders:
Rushing: Garrett Grayson, QB, 119 yards
Passing: Garrett Grayson, QB, 3,696 yards
Receiving: Rashard Higgins, WR, 837 yards
Tackles: Max Morgan, LB, 134
Sacks: Cory James, LB, 8
Interceptions: Trent Matthews, S, 4

Other Key Returnees: WR Joe Hansley, TE Kivon Cartwright, K, Jared Roberts, OT Ty Sambrailo, LB Aaron Davis, CB Bernard Blake, S Kevin Pierre-Louis

Key Losses: RB Kapri Bibbs, C Weston Richburg, DL Shaquil Barrett, TE Crockett Gilmore, CB Shaq Bell, RB Donnell Alexander, OL Weston Richburg
 Colorado State Rams (1993 - Pres)

There is plenty of optimism at Colorado State after going eight in six in 2013. The Rams should secure back-to-back bowl games with the return of talented wide receivers and linebackers and the amount of depth they have on the defense. The Rams averaged over 36 points per game last year which ranked 22nd in the country. Quarterback Garrett Grayson returns for his senior season. During his junior year he ranked nationally in the top 30 in five offense categories. The running game will be hurt by the loss of Kapri Bibbs who left early for the National Football League. The Rams got more bad news when backup running back Donnell Alexander left the team for personal reasons. Colorado State will now rely on junior running back Jasen Oden to carry the load. Running the football will not be easy after the Rams lost four starters from their offensive line. One bright spot for the offense is the return of wide receivers Joe Hensley and Rashard Higgins.

 

Colorado State’s defense will need improvement if they plan on winning the Mountain West conference. The Rams gave up nearly 30 points per game and over 400 yards of total offense in 2013. They do return eight starters from last year’s defense including 11 candidates for playing time on the defensive line. Linebackers Corey James, Max Morgan and Aaron Davis will be the key for the Colorado State defense. James had eight sacks last year, Morgan was second in the conference in tackles at nearly 10 per game, and Davis averaged nearly 9 tackles per game. The Rams return all four defensive backs but they must improve in 2014. They gave up nearly 276 yards per game last season and they were next-to-last in the country in touchdown passes allowed with 33.

 

If Colorado State is to return to another bowl game they must find a way to run the football more effectively in order to take the pressure off of quarterback Garrett Grayson. The big plus for Grayson will be the return of five of his top pass receivers from 2013.

Colorado State Rams (1993 - Pres)

 

2013 Team Stats:
Rushing Offense: 204.4 (27th in nation, 3rd in conference)
Passing Offense: 266.4 (30, 6)
Total Offense: 470.8 (24, 5)
Scoring Offense: 36.2 (22, 3)
Rushing Defense: 140.6 (30, 3)
Pass Defense: 275.7 (114, 10)
Total Defense: 416.3 (80, 4)
Scoring Defense: 29.8 (81, 3)
Turnover Margin: 0.1 (53, 6)
Sacks:  2.29 (46, 4)
Sacks Allowed: 1.57 (37, 3)



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