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Nebraska graduate C Paul Thurston will transfer to Colorado State.

This will be Thurston's fifth year at the college level but never locked down a consistent starting gig. Thurston has served as the Cornhuskers' No. 2 center for multiple seasons, and perhaps he believes a path to the starting gig is available at Colorado State.
May 19 - 9:43 AM

Colorado State junior WR Deionte Gaine will transfer.

Gaines ran into trouble with the program last fall and was removed from the roster this spring. He's an electric returner.
May 13 - 5:41 PM

Seahawks signed Colorado State CB DeAndre Elliott.

Elliott (6'1/188) made 33 starts for the Rams, tallying 27 career pass breakups and seven interceptions. Elliott's stock received a jolt at the Combine, where he showed average long speed (4.55) but blew up the vertical (41") and broad (10'5") jumps as well as agility drills. Elliott gave up just one touchdown pass and a 40.5% completion rate on throws into his coverage as a senior. Elliott has plus traits, but he wasn't quite a dominant college player and his speed is concerning. Either way, he's worth a shot.
May 3 - 11:52 PM

Bucs signed Colorado State TE Kivon Cartwright.

Cartwright (6'4/243) made 34 starts for the Rams, parlaying 75 catches into 1,136 yards (15.1 YPR) and 11 TDs. He made honorable mention All-Mountain West as a senior. Snubbed for a Combine invite, Cartwright displayed adequate athletic ability at Colorado State's Pro Day, running 4.77 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-8 broad jump. Cartwright is built big with long arms (33 3/4") and huge hands (10 7/8"), but lacks fluidity in his movements and blocked poorly in college.
May 3 - 10:30 PM

Raiders selected Colorado State LB Cory James with the No. 194 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

James (6'1/229) made 46 starts for Coloado State, piling up 41 career tackles for loss, 24 sacks, and four forced fumbles. He split time between defensive end and middle linebacker and earned second-team All-Mountain West honors as a senior. James is undersized for both positions, but he did show NFL-level athleticism at CSU's Pro Day by running 4.6-flat with a 10-foot-7 broad jump and 35-inch vertical. James has an NFL future as a special teamer and perhaps an edge rusher in sub-package situations.
Apr 30 - 4:49 PM

Browns selected Colorado State WR Rashard Higgins with the No. 172 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Higgins (6'1/196) dominated the Mountain West before leaving school as a true junior, setting CSU career records for catches (239), receiving yards (3,649), and receiving TDs (31) in only three seasons. He earned first-team All-Mountain West accolades in both 2014 and 2015. Higgins' stock took a hit at the Combine, managing a 4.64 forty and 32-inch vertical. Higgins' athletic shortcomings are an obvious concern, but he may be able to overcome with standout ball skills and glue-like hands. He's sort of a mini Laquon Treadwell. An area of immense need, the Browns have now selected four receivers in the 2016 draft.
Apr 30 - 3:36 PM

Pro Football Focus pointed out that Colorado State WR Rashard Higgins cut back on his drops in 2015.

Higgins' 2014 campaign was one for the ages, as he caught 96 passes for 1,750 yards and 17 touchdowns. Hidden in all that meaty goodness, though, the 6-foot-1, 196-pounder did show one slight issue: He dropped eight passes. While his 2015 numbers were down (75 catches, 1,062 yards, eight touchdowns), he did manage to largely alleviate his drop issues. Higgins let only three passes slide last season. PFF ranks him as the ninth-best receiver in the 2015 pool and the No. 1 receiver outside of the Power-5.
Mar 31 - 3:35 PM

An anonymous donor gifted $20 million over the next 30 years to name Colorado State's new on-campus stadium Sonny Lubick Field.

For those who aren't quite up-to-speed on their Colorado State coaching history, Sonny Lubick served as the Rams' head coach from 1993-2007. His squads won or tied for six conference titles between the Western Athletic Conference and Mountain West. Lubick's crew earned nine bowl bids during his time with the program. In a statement, CSU President Tony Frank said of the impressive donation, "Coach Sonny Lubick showed CSU how to win and be competitive at the highest levels – and in doing so, he helped set a trajectory that continues to this day. Sonny means so much to our community; it’s wonderful to honor him in this way." Colorado State's new stadium is set to open in 2017.
Mar 25 - 4:43 PM

Colorado State redshirt senior WR Jordan Vaden is listed at corner on the spring depth chart.

HC Mike Bobo is going all Dr. Frankenstein with his roster, experimenting in particular with Vaden. Per Bobo, the plan is to try the 6-foot-3, 185-pounder out at corner this spring and see if that works. If Vaden takes to it like a duck takes to the combination of ponds and bread, he'll stick there. If not, Bobo will move him back to wideout. For his career, Vaden has 38 catches for 481 yards and three touchdowns.
Mar 22 - 10:51 PM

Pro Football Focus sees Colorado State WR Rashard Higgins as a second-round value.

The site also ranks him as the ninth-best receiver in the class. "His timed speed of 4.64 seconds in the 40-yard dash [at the Combine[ didn’t help his case, but Higgins showed good hands in college, with just 11 drops from the 182 catchable passes thrown his way in the past two seasons," Gordon McGuiness wrote. The 6-foot-2, 188-pound Hollywood Higgins posted a 96-1,750-17 line 2014 with 23 broken tackles. Last year, he regressed slightly to 1,062 yards and eight missed tackles forced on 75 receptions. To be fair, he had HC Jim McElwain and QB Garrett Grayson in 2014 and not a lot of help under a new regime in 2015.
Mar 15 - 8:34 PM

Colorado State CB Deandre Elliott met with the Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday.

Those teams were in town for CSU's pro day event. Elliott didn't test at all because he's still not fully recovered from a hamstring injury suffered at the Combine. Prior to suffering that, Elliott dominated the event, testing out in the 95th percentile of the SPARQ system.
Mar 10 - 7:19 PM

Former NFL Personnel man and current Cowboys reporter Bryan Broaddus considers Colorado State WR Rashard Higgins a third-rounder.

The 6-foot-2, 188-pound Hollywood Higgins posted a poor 4.64 second 40-yard dash at the Combine. He excels in route running and technical aspects of the game. For those reasons, Erik Galko of Optimum Scouting and Sporting News compares Higgins to Tyler Lockett in terms of early NFL potential.
Mar 7 - 11:05 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell notes that Colorado State WR Rashard Higgins "didn’t jump off the charts in any category" at the NFL Scouting Combine.

"[Higgins] needed a big combine to shoot up the board, and he didn’t really have one," Farrell wrote. The 6-foot-2, 188-pounder's a sterling route runner, but Farrell's correct in questioning his measurable aspects. Hollywood Higgins ran the 40-yard dash in a sluggish 4.64 seconds and managed a vertical leap of 32 inches at the combine. The numbers read almost like more of those of a top tight end prospect than an NFL wideout, but Higgins doesn't have the size to realistically change positions at this point. It's impossible to tell just how much these lackluster measurable showings will hurt him given his prolific career in college, but at the very least, he's probably slipped out of contention as a Day 2 wideout.
Source: rivals.com
Mar 6 - 7:44 PM

At the NFL Combine, Colorado State CB Deandre Elliott tested out in the 95th percentile of Rotoworld contributor Zach Whitman's SPARQ system.

Elliott tested very well -- he's got speed for days -- and is over 6-feet with 32-inch arms. Pete Carroll, did you hear that? Elliott came into the event projected as a UDFA by NFL Draft Scout, but corners that big, rangy, fast, athletic and long-armed rarely get out of Day 3. Expect to see him get popped late in Day 3 by a team that will gamble on its coaching staff. Cough. The Seahawks. Cough. Cough. Sorry, it's a bit drafty in here. By here, I mean in this text box. And by drafty, I mean we're ending this blurb with a pun party.
Mar 1 - 5:11 PM

Erik Galko of Optimum Scouting and Sporting News posits that Colorado State WR Rashard Higgins' "ability to finish as a receiver despite size deficiencies" make Tyler Lockett a "great starting point when projecting Higgins’ NFL potential—especially early on."

Galko makes the caveat that Higgins is not an amalgamation of the Seahawk upstart rookie, but rather that he has a chance to mirror Lockett's instant impact due to several key shared characteristics. Here are a few: slight frames, great quickness, mastery of the entire route tree, veteran-like moves such as "head fakes, double moves and combination routes in a fluid, efficient and catching-effective manner" and "high-level, instinctive nature[s]." Higgins, three inches taller than Lockett at 6-foot-2, "doesn’t have the same elite vertical speed or high-end return ability Lockett does," per Galko, but Lockett "doesn’t have the underneath route polish" of Higgins. He concluded: "Higgins has concerns in terms of his body type, scheme/role limitations and potentially good-not-great vertical speed, but his maximization of his assets coupled with impact receivers like Lockett pave the way for Higgins' NFL interest and early-on pro success."
Feb 16 - 2:04 PM


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