Mountain West Football Top 50: No. 46, Colorado State RB Izzy Matthews
Colorado State’s Izzy Matthews and his nose for the end zone are next on our countdown.
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The Rams’ touchdown machine is just one part of a dangerous ground game.
Our 2017 football top 50 rolls on with yet another newcomer, as Colorado State running back Izzy Matthews makes his debut at #46.
As a sophomore, Matthews’s production took some time to come around but, like the rest of the Rams offense, he improved down the stretch by notching two 100-yard efforts against New Mexico and San Diego State. He finished 2016 with 734 rushing yards, a solid 4.8 yards per carry, and 13 touchdowns — the last figure tied for fifth in the Mountain West.
He also proved to be one of the Mountain West’s most reliable short yardage running backs, converting 13 of 19 opportunities on third down and three yards or less. If the Rams can hold onto their second-half gains from last fall, Matthews could be in for a big scoring year.