A Look At The Rams Linebacking Group
The Rams linebacking core will be key to the Rams run at a Mountain West title.
Rams linebackers look to anchor the defense
The Colorado State Rams lost their top linebacker who was also their top tackler from a year ago. Believe it or not but that loss gives them more experience and at the end of the day may make them better. The Rams return, essentially, four starters at the linebacker position and all are upperclassmen.
This means that there is a lot of game reps under their belts not to mention a wealth of experience to draw from in the locker room and in the film room. It’s experience that, in the Mountain West, can make the difference between a three yard gain and a busted play for a touchdown.
Deonte Clyburn (SR.), Josh Watson (JR.), Tre Thomas (JR.), Evan Colorito (SR.)
These four will have a significant say in how well the Rams defense plays this year and in turn how well the team does overall. They have a combined 34 starts from a year ago and when you add in the fifth year senior in Clyburn, who has eight career starts, it’s easy to see why this group will have a major impact on the Rams fortunes this season.
Watson is the ballhawk of the group. He recorded 90 tackles a year ago and twice had over a dozen tackles in a single game. Colorito had 10 tackles for a loss a year ago in his first full season as a starter and Thomas has so much talent that he’s seen significant playing time in his first two seasons in Ft. Collins.
When you added up all of this experience, it’s easy to see why some people are expecting big things from Colorado State this season. While they will be tested early with three Power 5 schools in the first four games, it is a challenge that doesn’t appear to be beyond their abilities.
The linebacking group should be the heart of the defense and if they perform up to expectations then the Rams faithful will have a lot to cheer about.