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"Combining drops with a slight build could be an issue" for Colorado State junior WR Rashard Higgins' draft stock, NFL Media's Lance Zierlein observes.

"Almost 54 percent of Higgins' total receiving yards came after the catch, which is not typical of how an NFL season will go for a wide receiver. More importantly, Higgins has 17 drops over his last two seasons, with several coming as focus drops," Zierlein wrote. The 6-foot-2, 188-pound Higgins had a monster season in 2014, leading the nation with 1,750 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns, hauling in 96 passes, averaging 18.2 yards per reception.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 26 - 3:46 PM

If Colorado State senior S Kevin Pierre-Louis enjoys another big season and follows it up with good postseason workouts, he should, per NFL.com's Chad Reuter, land "a fifth- or sixth-round slot as a reserve defensive back and special teamer."

"It's quite simple: This guy likes to hit people," Reuter wrote. "Often lined up in a two-deep formation, he takes correct angles and brings all of his force downhill to stop ball carriers in their tracks. He actually looks and plays like a linebacker." The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder has only 4.5 career TFL, but that's because the Rams play him so far back. He's posted 162 tackles over the past two years.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 23 - 5:27 PM

Colorado State senior RB Treyous Jarrells underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday.

The Rams are optimistic that Jarrells will be ready at the start of the season. Head coach Mike Bobo went as far as to label the injury "minor." Bobo added, "It's probably something he could have played on, but we wanted to go ahead and clean it up and make sure he's good to go for the whole season." Last season, the 5-foot-7, 185-pound senior rushed 87 times for 450 yards and six touchdowns while catching 11 passes for 92 yards.
Aug 18 - 9:13 PM

Colorado State sophomore QB Nick Stevens has been named the team's starting quarterback for the 2015 season.

Stevens has been battling it out with true freshman Coleman Kay for the Rams' starting gig. Head coach Mike Bobo cited Stevens' reliability as a major reason why he earned the job, saying "I thought over the 26 practices, the 15 (in the spring) and 11 (preseason), Nick was the most consistent guy." The 6-foot-3, 190-pound sophomore backed up Garrett Grayson last season and in limited action, completed 15-of-25 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown. ESPN ranked him as a three-star prospect out of high school.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 17 - 6:09 PM

If healthy, Colorado State redshirt senior TE Kivon Cartwright will "consistently threaten defenses over the middle and down the seam as a senior," NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter writes.

The NCAA granted Cartwright a sixth year of eligibility in the offseason after he missed all but one game last year due to an ankle injury. The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder was an honorable mention All-Mountain West honoree in 2013 with 27 receptions for 462 yards and six touchdown.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 9 - 2:55 PM

Colorado State junior WR Rashard Higgins is a "smooth athlete and natural receiver who is among the nation's most dangerous after the catch," observes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"Quarterback Garrett Grayson and coach Jim McElwain are gone from the prolific Rams offense, so it will be interesting to see what Higgins does for an encore after bursting onto the scene last year as a sophomore," Brown wrote. Brown grades Higgins as the No. 41 overall player in the country. The 6-foot-2, 188-pound Higgins recorded 96 catches for 1,750 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns last year, averaging 18.2 yards per reception and recording at least 98 yards in all but one game.
Aug 3 - 10:53 PM

Colorado State junior WR Rashard Higgins' "ability to snatch the ball out of the air on the run is almost as impressive as his ability to simultaneously change directions and accelerate," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Even though Higgins and CSU lost HC Jim McElwain and QB Garrett Grayson, Reuter believes the receiver is still the odds-on favorite to earn First-Team All-American honors. The 6-foot-2, 188-pound Higgins recorded 96 catches for 1,750 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns last year, averaging 18.2 yards per reception.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 26 - 5:23 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Colorado State junior WR Rashard Higgins as the No. 5 underclassmen wide receiver in the nation.

"Higgins has shown he was underrecruited coming out of Texas as he exploded for 96 catches and 1,750 yards last year. Already under the microscope as an emerging prospect, he'll have to continue his upward trajectory without Garrett Grayson at QB," Kiper wrote. The 6-foot-2, 188-pounder posted 96 catches for 1,750 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns last year, averaging 18.2 yards per reception.
Jul 8 - 1:55 PM

NFL Media names Colorado State junior WR Rashard Higgins their No. 4 most explosive athletes in College Football.

"Higgins led the nation in receptions of at least 20 yards (30), 30 yards (20), 40 yards (12) and 50 yards (seven). He also had three of at least 60 yards and two of at least 70. His TD receptions averaged 31 yards, with four covering at least 51 yards," College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin wrote. The 6-foot-2, 188-pound junior led the nation with 1,750 receiving yards and with 17 touchdowns, hauling in 96 passes, averaging 18.2 yards per reception last season. In just two seasons, Higgins has posted 164 receptions for 2,587 yards and 23 touchdowns, averaging 99.5 yards per game.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 3 - 4:01 PM

Colorado State junior WR Rashard Higgins "has the juice out of his breaks and after the catch to overwhelm lesser defenders," believes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

The 6-foot-2, 188-pound junior caught 96 passes for 1,750 yards and 17 touchdowns in 12 games last year, posting nearly 1,000 yards after the catch, but Zierlein doesn't think he'll match those numbers with head coach Jim McElwain gone. The scribe ranks Higgins as the No. 10 receiver in the country. "Higgins can focus like a laser when the ball is in the air and is very easy and natural in his routes," Zierlein wrote. "His play strength is a shade below where it needs to be and he will have to prove that he can fit into the offense of new head coach Mike Bobo."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 29 - 11:02 PM

Colorado State junior WR Rashard Higgins "will likely head to the NFL draft after this season, and for good reason," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The 6-foot-2, 188-pound junior caught 96 passes for 1,750 yards and 17 touchdowns in 12 games last year, posting nearly 1,000 yards after the catch. "Now comes a big test: He lost his coach, Jim McElwain, to Florida. He lost his quarterback, Garrett Grayson, to the NFL. He even lost his running back, Dee Hart," Brown wrote. "He may not duplicate last year's numbers, but he'll be fine." Brown says Higgins is the No. 3 receiver in the nation.
Jun 10 - 8:40 PM

ESPN correspondent Phil Steele advises bettors to take "under" 7.5 wins on Colorado State.

"Usually in a coaching change, the first season has a learning curve with the new coaches having to learn the players' strengths and weaknesses and the players having to learn new schemes," Steele wrote, noting the key loss of former HC Jim McElwain to Florida. "The Rams lost QB Garrett Grayson and LT Ty Sambrailo to the NFL, as well as RB Dee Hart (1,275 yards on 6.6 yards per carry in 2014). Prior to last season's 10-win total, the Rams hadn't topped 7.5 wins in the regular season since 2002, and they have a tough schedule with Minnesota, a much improved Colorado, Boise State, Utah State and San Diego State all on it." The Rams also have difficult games against Fresno State and Wyoming scheduled. Star sophomore WR Rashard Higgins is going to have his hands full trying to push his team to bowl eligibility.
Jun 9 - 1:46 AM

Vanderbilt redshirt freshman transfer Mitch Parsons has been granted immediate eligibility to play for Colorado State in 2015.

Parsons transferred closer to home last January after sitting out his only collegiate season with Vanderbilt. Out of high school, Parsons was the No. 2 recruit out of Colorado and No. 7 national tight end.
Jun 2 - 10:07 AM

NFL Media ranks Colorado State sophomore WR Rashard Higgins as the No. 13 offensive player in the nation.

"When CSU quarterback Garrett Grayson was busy attracting NFL scouts last year, this is the guy he was usually looking for," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. "Higgins was a consensus first-team All-American and a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award. This fall, he'll have to overcome the transition to a new coach, a new offense and a new quarterback." Higgins caught 96 passes for 1,750 yards and 17 touchdowns last year to become a consensus first-team All-American and a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award.
Source: NFL.com
May 23 - 5:56 PM

Packers signed Colorado State CB Bernard Blake.

Blake (5'11/177) made 25 starts for the Rams, managing 8.5 career tackles for loss and two interceptions. He ran 4.49/4.52 at the CSU Pro Day, but was exposed as a severely deficient athlete with a 31 1/2-inch vertical and brutal 7-foot broad jump. Not quick enough to cover slot receivers and no match for big perimeter wideouts in the NFL, Blake will have to earn his keep on special teams.
May 3 - 9:02 PM


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