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Joe Cox - QB - Rams

Colorado State promoted offensive graduate assistant Joe Cox to TE coach.

Cox was with the Rams as an assistant during the 2015 campaign. He and HC Mike Bobo have a history together beyond that one year, with Bobo coaching Cox at Georgia when the former was serving as the Bulldogs' offensive coordinator. In a statement, Bobo said, "Joe was very instrumental this past season in coaching our tight ends, game-planning and recruiting, including his role as our lead recruiter on Christian Colon. He has a very bright future in this profession. Ram Nation, let’s welcome Joe to his new role in the Ram Family."
Source: CSU Rams
Feb 5 - 3:34 PM

Colorado State junior WR Rashard Higgins announced he will enter the 2016 NFL Draft.

Higgins shined in 2014 under Jim McElwain while catching passes from Garrett Grayson, producing 1,750 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns on 96 receptions. He still surpassed 1,000 receiving yards this season, but an obvious step back in production was expected. Higgins is an intriguing player who will receive plenty of interest in the second- to fourth-round range.
Jan 14 - 10:28 AM

Colorado State senior CB Deandre Elliott accepted an invitation to participate in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Elliott picked off two balls and defended five more across 10 starts in his final season of eligibility (he missed Colorado on 9/19 and Air Force on 10/17). He's had a regular role with the defense since he stepped onto campus. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder posted seven interceptions across his career. Elliott offers length to the NFL.
Source: NFLPA Bowl
Jan 6 - 8:31 PM

Colorado State junior WR Rashard Higgins caught nine passes for 129 yards in Tuesday's 28-23 loss to Nevada in the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl.

Higgins ended with a nice yardage total, but he also dropped a would-be touchdown in the first half for the occasionally offense-challenged Rams. The 6-foot-2, 188-pound junior averaged 14.3 yards per reception. Higgins finishes the season with 75 catches for 1,062 yards and eight touchdowns. He didn't come close to matching his bonkers 96-1750-17 from 2014, though to be fair, it would have taken a near-perfect season to match those statistics.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 11:51:00 PM

Colorado State sophomore QB Nick Stevens completed 22-of-42 passes for 310 yards in Tuesday's 28-23 loss to Nevada in the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl.

Stevens did manage a one-yard touchdown run with 7:04 remaining in the first half, but he didn't throw for a score in the contest. This was his fourth touchdown-less performance of the season. While that void might have helped doom the Rams versus Nevada, the 310 yards passing represented a season-high for Stevens. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound sophomore closes the 2015 campaign with 2,679 passing yards and a 21/12 TD/INT ratio.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 11:34:00 PM

Colorado State junior WR Rashard Higgins will likely declare for the NFL after the school's bowl game against Nevada.

"The NFL is calling, and Higgins is ready to move on," beat writer Kelly Lyell said, adding it is hard to imagine the productive receiver staying around for another season. Higgins shined as a sophomore while playing with Garrett Grayson under Jim McElwain. His production took a step back this year (66 catches for 933 yards and eight touchdowns), but Higgins seems headed for a mid-round selection.
Source: Coloradoan
Fri, Dec 25, 2015 09:31:00 AM

Colorado State (7-5) plays Nevada (6-6) in the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl on Dec. 29.

The Rams are three-point favorites. Its a deserved distinction. The Wolf Pack's defense ranks No. 104 by S&P+’s metrics. They struggle against the run (No. 92) and are truly awful against the pass (No. 103). That's going to be problematic against CSU WR WR Rashard Higgins (66 catches for 933 yards and eight touchdowns). Nevada can't throw, so it will have to hope its two-headed backfield duo of James Butler (1,156 yards and eight TDs on 6.3 yards per carry) and Don Jackson (1,025 yards and eight TDs on 4.6 YPC) can carry the day.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 09:33:00 PM

Following the conclusion of a meeting of the Mountain West Board of Directors, it was announced that the conference will not be expanding for the time being.

The Mountain West currently stables 12 teams, a number that's not going to be changing. At the same time, future expansion was not ruled out. In a released statement, the conference indicated that it would "continue to monitor the membership landscape." San Diego State finished out the 2015 campaign on a nine-game winning streak to secure the conference title.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 04:01:00 PM

Colorado State redshirt senior LB Cory James accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

James started all 12 games in 2015, ranking fifth on the team with a career-high 65 tackles (28 solo). He chipped in two sacks and 10 tackles for loss. James, named to the Mountain West second team, ranks fourth on CSU's all-time sacks list with 24.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 05:19:00 PM

Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson called the bowl match-up between Nevada (6-6) and Colorado State (7-5) in the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl "a travesty."

We'll let Thompson lay out his case here. Said the commissioner, "The NCAA decision to allow 5-7 teams to be added to the pool on an equal footing with 6-6 teams was flawed." He went on to argue that 6-6 squads should have been given first priority in bowl selections, and only then would teams with worse records be slotted in. And he's not wrong. There are several glaring examples of his point, most notably a 5-7 Nebraska team earning a high-profile spot against 8-4 UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl. Despite Thompson's righteous rage, nothing's going to be flipped on the schedule. Nevada and Colorado State will still be squaring off in the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl in Tucson on December 29.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 03:44:00 PM

Colorado State redshirt senior TE Kivon Cartwright will participate in the East-West Shrine Game.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound tight end showed promise earlier in his career but has caught only 19 balls over the past two seasons due to injury and inconsistency. Rotoworld's Josh Norris does not rank Cartwright as a top-nine TE.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 09:33:00 PM

Colorado State redshirt senior OL Sam Carlson will play in the NFLPA Bowl.

This two-year starter leads a line blocking for an offense that ranks No. 3 in the Mountain West with 417.0 yards per game. "I'm extremely honored to have been given this opportunity by the NFLPA and to represent Colorado State University," Carlson said. "It's another chance for me to play and showcase my abilities and I'm grateful to the NFLPA for the opportunity."
Source: NFLPA Bowl
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 07:41:00 PM

Colorado State sophomore QB Nick Stevens completed 16-of-23 passes for 264 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 28-21 win over New Mexico.

Stevens got the lone touchdown pass out of the way early, hitting Kivon Cartwright on an eight-yarder near the end of the first quarter. He was coming off a four-touchdown performance against UNLV in last weekend's win, but no such luck against New Mexico. 10 of his 20 touchdown passes have come in just three games. This kind of all-or-nothing performance makes him a risky--but rewarding when it works--DFS play.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 10:51:00 PM

Colorado State junior WR Rashard Higgins caught eight passes for 140 yards in Saturday's 28-21 win over New Mexico.

No touchdowns for Higgins, but he did average a juicy 17.5 yards per reception. This was his sixth game with at least seven catches. The 6-foot-2, 188-pound junior also posted his second consecutive effort of 100-plus receiving yards, this after he went through a four-game cold spell in which he didn't hit the mark once. For the season, he holds a 65-909-8 line through 11 games. He missed two due to an ankle injury.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 10:36:00 PM

Colorado State junior WR Rashard Higgins caught seven passes for 102 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 49-35 win over UNLV.

Higgins opened the game's scoring with a nine-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. He would later hit the end zone on a pair of short receptions after halftime. With Saturday's nice receiving effort, the 6-foot-2, 188-pound junior snapped out of a recent four-game cold streak in which he posted two contests with under 50 yards receiving. For the season, Higgins has caught 57 passes for 769 yards and eight touchdowns. It's been a down year after he exploded for 1,750 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2014.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 05:46:00 PM


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