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Colorado State officially added Nebraska redshirt sophomore QB Patrick O'Brien to roster.

O'Brien (6'4/23) announced his intention to transfer to Colorado State in early June. That move has gone off without a hitch. He's departing from Lincoln due to his imperfect fit in the offense of Huskers HC Scott Frost, whose scheme favors mobile signal-callers. It was difficult for O'Brien to gain depth chart traction in spring practice. He'll have two years eligibility remaining with CSU after he sits out the upcoming season in order to satisfy NCAA regulations. In backup action behind Tanner Lee last season, O'Brien completed 18-of-30 passes for 192 yards and an interception.
Source: csurams.com
Jun 21 - 11:07 AM

Nebraska redshirt sophomore QB Patrick O'Brien transferred to Colorado State.

O'Brien (6'4/230) was something of a square peg trying to fit snug in a round hole after Scott Frost took over as head coach in December. The pro-style quarterback struggled to keep up with his more mobile competition -- Tristan Gebbia, Andrew Bunch and Adrian Martinez -- during spring practice as Frost went to work setting up his new system. Seeing the schematic writing on the wall, O'Brien now will try to find traction with Colorado State. He played sparingly during his lone active year in Lincoln, completing 18-of-30 passes for 192 yards with an 0/1 TD/INT ratio while serving backup duty to Tanner Lee for the 2017 campaign. As an undergraduate transfer, he'll have to sit out the upcoming season to satisfy NCAA regulations. O'Brien will have two years eligibility remaining when eligible to once more take the field in 2019.
Jun 8 - 3:40 PM

Colorado State redshirt junior WR Preston Williams was suspended for the spring game.

This was part of his ongoing suspension for violating team rules in the fall. Despite the extended suspension, Athlon's Mike Bainbridge expects the 6-feet-4, 210-pound Tennessee transfer to be a "difference maker in 2018." He's expected to start alongside Warren Jackson and Bisi Johnson.
Source: Coloradoan
May 9 - 6:47 PM

Cowboys selected Colorado State WR Michael Gallup with the No. 81 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Gallup (6’1/205) spent two years at CSU after transferring from JUCO, tallying a 176/2,685/15.3/21 career receiving line and earning second-team All-American in 2017. PFF College credited Gallup with 657 yards after the catch last season, fourth most in the nation. Gallup’s 20 missed tackles forced were fifth most among D-I wide receivers. Not a long-speed burner (4.51) but a sudden short-area mover with plus route quickness and a noticeable knack for creating separation from defensive backs with quick and active hands, Gallup offers No. 2/3 wideout ability as a poor man’s Donald Driver, or potential modern-day Rishard Matthews. He'll been an immediate factor for the Cowboys, who are currently slated to start Allen Hurns, Terrance Williams, and Cole Beasley in Week 1.
Apr 27 - 10:06 PM

An anonymous NFL scout says Colorado State WR Michael Gallup offers "excellent speed and deep separation."

"Thing I liked most about him was run after the catch," he added. "Blocking was the only thing I had against him." Bob McGinn Football ranked Gallup as WR9 in its fabulous draft series. "We had him in the (interview) room," said another scout. "He may have the best hands in the draft but he can only play one position." Gallup struggled with academics in college, and BGF noted that there's a slight concern he'll have issues grasping an NFL offense. "Inconsistent," a third scout said. "Has pretty high-end traits. Needs a lot of route technique work. He’s a little bit rigid but has the size, the speed, the production and the strength that you want." Gallup is likely to go in Round 2. We'd disagree with the third scout in that Gallup is just about a sure-thing when you get the ball in his vicinity. He didn't drop a single catchable pass within 20 yards of the LOS last year, an astonishing stat.
Apr 24 - 4:55 PM

Rice redshirt senior CB V.J. Banks transferred to Colorado State as a graduate.

As a graduate transfer Banks will be immediately eligible to play for the Rams. In his time at Rice, Banks started in 22-of-36 games he played in and recorded two interceptions and a forced fumble. He will look to improve the Rams defense which allowed 27.7 points per game in 2017. He should fight for a starting job immediately at Colorado State and could be an every week starter by the start of the 2018 season.
Apr 22 - 11:25 PM

Nebraska redshirt sophomore QB Patrick O'Brien will transfer.

Huskers HC Scott Frost said that O'Brien was moving on to find an offensive system better suited to his set of skills, explaining that the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder had begun to lose steam in competition with Tristan Gebbia, Andrew Bunch and Adrian Martinez, who offer a better fit with Frost as dual-threat quarterbacks who can scoot around. That's just not the style of pro-style passer O'Brien. In his first taste of collegiate action this past season, the outgoing Nebraska signal-caller completed 18-of-30 passes for 192 yards, no touchdowns and an interception while playing backup to Tanner Lee. Should he opt to keep his transfer within the FBS, he'll have to sit out the 2018 season in order to satisfy NCAA regulations.
Apr 12 - 1:21 PM

An NFC South scout noted that Colorado State WR Michael Gallup is "learning how to really play the position."

The scout explains that while Gallup's statistical output in 2017 only showed a decent bump from that of the 2016 season, the wideout took phenomenal steps forward in his overall development. "I think he will keep getting better," the evaluator said. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder tested in the 77th percentile of NFL wideouts at the combine -- a very strong mark -- and is one of a number of intriguing receivers who will be in play for a Day 2 selection. This isn't the most top heavy of position classes for the draft (certainly nothing close to last year's), but we see real depth, here.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 9 - 6:51 PM

Louisville redshirt senior OL T.J. Roundtree transferred to Colorado State as a graduate.

Roundtree (6'5/315) lands in a perfect spot to fight for playing time, as Colorado State is looking to replace three starters -- Jake Bennett, Zack Golditch and Trae Moxley -- this offseason. At Louisville, the lineman played in five games for the most recent campaign after seeing the field for all 13 of the Cardinals' contests in 2016. He is the second notable transfer to land at CSU in the last week or so, joining former Washington QB K.J. Carta-Samuels.
Mar 31 - 3:10 PM

FBSchedules.com reports that Colorado State and Washington State have agreed to a two-game series to be played in 2022 and 2023.

The Rams will be heading off to Pullman for a Sept. 17, 2022, date with the Cougars, a hosting favor which will be returned when CSU hosts WSU on Sept. 2, 2023. There's almost no prior history between the two teams, who have faced off all of one time to date, in the 2012 New Mexico Bowl. Colorado State came away from that contest victorious.
Mar 29 - 7:21 PM

Pro Football Focus lists Colorado State WR Michael Gallup as the wide receiver with the best drop rate of any draft-eligible player at the position in the red zone.

Gallup's drop rate from the 20 in? That would be 0.0. Every other player in the class has a drop rate of at least 7.7, with Boise State's Cedrick Wilson coming in second behind the former Ram wideout. Gallup has some concerns from some analysts about his fluidity and ability to make impact plays, but his ability to hang onto the football isn't among those concerns. He should be off the board before the end of the second round.
Mar 26 - 12:52 PM

Washington redshirt senior QB K.J. Carta-Samuels transferred to Colorado State as a graduate.

Rams HC Mike Bobo desperately needed a graduate transfer quarterback following the graduation of former starter Nick Stevens and the ACL tear of presumed 2018 starter Collin Hill in March. Bobo landed his man through unlikely circumstances, convincing Carta-Samuels to leave his commitment to join UCLA (after transferring out of Washington in January). The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Carta-Samuels threw for a little over 300 years in his Huskies career as a backup to Jake Browning. Coming out of high school, he was Rivals' No. 10 pro-style quarterback. With Hill probably out for the year (or at least the first half of it), Carta-Samuels will only need to fend off J.C. Robles and Justice McCoy to start Week 1 for the Rams.
Source: Coloradoan
Mar 25 - 5:32 PM

Colorado State HC Mike Bobo announced that Colorado State redshirt sophomore QB Collin Hill underwent successful surgery to repair his torn ACL.

Hill tore his ACL in a pickup basketball game earlier this month, and it's the same injury that he occurred in 2016. Bobo told reporters that it's "too early" to say if he'll be ready to play this fall. He also mentioned that he's confident in his other quarterbacks, mentioning Justice McCoy and JC Robles as potential replacements for Hill if he can't play.
Mar 19 - 3:39 PM

Pro Football Focus notes that Colorado State WR Michael Gallup had the highest passer rating of any wide receiver in the class on screen passes.

Gallup excelled in several different options on the route tree, but was particularly exceptional in the short-to-intermediate passes. "Gallup was targeted 34 times on screens and fielded a passer rating 13.9 points higher than the NCAA average," they write. They also note that Gallup was effective on deeper passes as well; particularly on post and corner routes. He's not as flashy as some of the other wideout prospects in the class, but Gallup's efficiency could make him an excellent starting wide receiver someday.
Mar 19 - 2:02 PM

Colorado State redshirt sophomore QB Collin Hill sprained his ACL in a pickup basketball game and will miss all of spring practices and undergo surgery on Wednesday.

It's the same ACL that Hill tore in 2016 as a true freshman, so this makes a bad injury potentially worse. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound signal-caller is expected to be the starting quarterback for the Rams in 2018, taking over for the graduating Nick Stevens. While it's not a foregone conclusion he'll miss the year, his season is in doubt, which means the quarterback job could be wide open.
Mar 12 - 7:07 PM


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