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Colorado State senior QB Garrett Grayson completed 22-of-31 attempts for 425 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-21 drubbing of UC Davis.

Grayson has been up-and-down so far, showing flashes of stardom amidst inconsistencies against Colorado and Boise State. On Saturday, against inferior competition, he looked like a star. Respected draft analyst Tony Pauline called Grayson "a poor man's Blake Bortles" over the summer. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote in July that Grayson's skill set "doesn't scream NFL quarterback based on the size and arm strength," but added that the Rams' star is "a natural passer with the competitive appetite, football I.Q. and resolve to be a NFL draft pick."
Sep 14 - 8:29 PM

Colorado State redshirt senior MLB Max Morgan's "weaknesses were exposed on the blue turf" in a poor performance against Boise State on Saturday, wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Morgan did lead the Rams with 12 tackles versus the Broncos, but Brugler believes he left just as much production on the field. "Morgan isn't shy about attacking the teeth of the offensive line, but too often against Boise State he found himself stuck on blocks, struggling to keep himself clean to pursue the ballcarrier on the outside," Brugler wrote. "Although he has enough energy and play speed to be effective, he lacks the recovery quickness to routinely play from behind and needs to improve his backfield vision to properly fill run lanes and put himself in position to make the stop as the first line of defense. There is quite a bit to like about Morgan, but the Boise State game wasn't one of his proudest performances." The 6-foot-1, 231-pounder runs a 4.79 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 9 - 8:51 PM

Colorado State redshirt senior OT Ty Sambrailo is expected to miss three weeks with an MCL sprain.

It was originally feared that Sambrailo had suffered a season-ending knee injury, so this is great news. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote in July that Sambrailo "enters the 2014 season as one of the top-five seniors at his position." Brugler added that the 6-foot-5, 310-pound senior's "body type and anchor are average for the NFL ranks and he needs to max out his upper body."
Sep 1 - 1:54 PM
Dee Hart - RB - Rams

Colorado State grad senior RB Dee Hart rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in the school's 31-17 win over Colorado.

Hart transferred from Alabama during the offseason. He added 35 receiving yards on three receptions. Hart is not the type to break off huge runs, but he could be the focal point of this offense in 2014.
Aug 30 - 9:38 AM

Colorado State senior QB Garrett Grayson completed 13 of 23 attempts for 134 yards and a touchdown in the school's 31-17 win over Colorado.

Multiple media evaluators pegged Grayson as a mid- to late-rounder worth watching, but this was not his best performance. In fact, Grayson's leading receiver was the running back out of the backfield. Colorado State lost their best offensive lineman, center Weston Richburg, but Ty Sambrailo at left tackle is a quality prospect as well.
Aug 30 - 9:25 AM
Dee Hart - RB - Rams

Colorado State graduate senior RB Dee Hart is considered probable for the school's season opener against Colorado.

Hart, an Alabama transfer, is eligible to play immediately after entering a graduate degree program. In fact, that same program forced Hart to leave practice early on at least one occasion. He has been dealing with an ankle injury but appears to be fine. Hart has a history of knee injuries, which is something to monitor.
Source: Coloradoan
Aug 27 - 10:07 AM

Colorado State and HC Jim McElwain have agreed to a new deal that will extend to the 2019 season, according to CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler.

A raise is also involved. McElwain had a long history as a coordinator before joining Colorado State in 2012. He was an assistant head coach at Michigan State from 2003 to 2005, The Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach in 2006, Fresno State's offensive coordinator in 2007, and Alabama's offensive coordinator form 2008 to 2011. Senior quarterback Garrett Grayson is one to watch in 2014.
Aug 11 - 12:11 PM
Dee Hart - RB - Rams

Colorado State officially added former Alabama redshirt junior RB Dee Hart to the roster.

As a graduate transfer, Hart is eligible to play for CSU in 2014. "I’ve kind of known him since he was a freshman in high school and we’re really excited to give him an opportunity," Rams’ head coach Jim McElwain said. "I’m probably more excited than anything that he just finished his degree and he was the first member of his family to get his college degree, which I’m really proud of because that is something I promised him when I recruited him. Now we’ll give him an opportunity to go get a masters." Hart was rated as the No. 1 running back in the country back in 2011. His tenure with the Crimson Tide included two serious knee injuries, a brief switch to corner, and an off-field arrest for giving false information and possession of marijuana. Hart amassed 43 carries for 166 yards and a touchdown with Alabama.
Aug 5 - 3:34 PM
Dee Hart - RB - Rams

Former Alabama redshirt junior RB Dee Hart will transfer to Colorado State, according to Chris Hayes.

Hart reportedly graduated in June, so he will be eligible to play immediately. Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain was a member of Alabama's staff when the school signed Hart back in 2011. Hart's tenure with the Crimson Tide included two serious knee injuries, a brief switch to corner, and an off-field arrest for giving false information and possession of marijuana. He amassed 43 carries for 166 yards and a touchdown with Alabama.
Jul 31 - 2:43 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler sees Colorado State redshirt senior TE Kivon Cartwright as a "wideout/tight end hybrid."

Cartwright earned honorable mention All-Mountain West recognition last year by hauling in 27 passes for 462 yards (17.1) and six touchdowns. Judging by his YPC and red zone effectiveness, Rams coaches didn't get him the ball enough last year. Here's to guessing they'll make up for the mistake in 2014. "He is more of a wideout/tight end hybrid instead of a traditional in-line player, but look for Cartwright to be a 'riser' between now and next spring as more catch on to him," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder runs a 4.78 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 17 - 11:56 PM

Colorado State senior QB Garrett Grayson skill set "doesn't scream NFL quarterback based on the size and arm strength," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"But he is a natural passer with the competitive appetite, football I.Q. and resolve to be a NFL draft pick," Brugler added. "Keep an eye on Grayson throughout the season, especially in a weak senior quarterback class." The Rams’ star signal-caller threw for 3,696 yards and 23 touchdowns and completed 62.1% of his passes in 2013. Respected draft analyst Tony Pauline called Grayson "a poor man's Blake Bortles" earlier this summer.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 15 - 5:22 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Colorado State redshirt senior OT Ty Sambrailo may need a year "in a NFL weight and conditioning program before he's ready to match up with NFL rushers."

"Sambrailo might need a year in a NFL weight and conditioning program before he's ready to match up with NFL rushers, but he enters the 2014 season as one of the top-five seniors at his position," Brugler writes. Brugler adds that the 6-foot-5, 310-pound senior's "body type and anchor are average for the NFL ranks and he needs to max out his upper body," which could lead evaluators to question his "functional strength" needed for the NFL. While the Colorado State prospect may have questions about his physical attributes, NFL coaches should love his football IQ, assertiveness and competitive mindset, according to Brugler.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 14 - 3:37 PM

Colorado State senior QB Garrett Grayson said he was motivated to rehab his left (non-throwing) shoulder injury so he could take part in the 19th annual Manning Passing Academy.

Grayson will be joined at the event, beginning on July 9, by a who's-who of college studs including Florida State’s Jameis Winston, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, Baylor’s Bryce Petty and UCLA’s Brett Hundley. "Peyton has been my favorite quarterback, and it’s always been my dream to meet him, so obviously that’s pushed me really hard to get in there and do multiple rehabs if I can," Grayson said. "Just make sure it’s healthy and good to go, because I know scouts go to that camp and that’s kind of where (former San Jose State quarterback) David Fales‘ name kind of took off. I want to go down there as healthy as possible and do the best for myself." The Rams’ fourth-year senior threw for 3,696 yards and 23 touchdowns and completed 62.1% of his passes in 2013. He'll be ready to go in the fall.

Colorado State redshirt senior TE Kivon Cartwright "comes with natural pass catching skills and good length," according to Tony Pauline.

"Speed will be the determining factor in his final draft grade as Cartwright does not present himself as a true seam stretcher," Pauline wrote. Cartwright earned honorable mention All-Mountain West recognition by hauling in 27 passes for 462 yards (17.1) and tying for the team lead with six touchdowns. He's in line to become a bigger part of the aerial attack in 2014.
Jul 5 - 5:22 PM

Colorado State redshirt senior OT Ty Sambrailo is considered by NFL scouts as "one of the better senior tackle prospects in the nation," according to Tony Pauline.

Interestingly, Pauline also notes that he and scouts both view Colorado State as a 2014 sleeper team. "I recently saw USA Today rated Colorado State as the 73rd ranked team in the nation, which is surprising," Pauline wrote. "NFL prospects aside I’ll go on record and say the Rams will contend for the Mountain West title this year. Scouts love the next level potential at CSU and it starts with tackle Tyler Sambrailo." CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote last month that Sambrailo was one of the best senior OTs he'd studied. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound senior was voted second-team All-Mountain West last year.
Jul 4 - 2:59 PM


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