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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
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


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