Colorado State Football: Hill, Kinsey On Track To Play This Year
Both Collin Hill and Marvin Kinsey Jr. are ready to show that their ACL tears are behind them.
Hill, Kinsey Almost Back To Full Strength
The Colorado State Rams had some good news on the opening day of fall camp. Quarterback Collin Hill and running back Marvin Kinsey Jr. were able to participate in practice; Kinsey still in a red no-contact jersey. Both Hill and Kinsey were great in their freshman seasons for the Rams.
Hill stepped in when Nick Stevens didn’t start to hot and showed that he is the QB for the future. Hill tore is ACL in the third quarter of the Utah State game. Kinsey was the third running back in the rotation and tore his ACL during practice for the Rams bowl game.
Hill got off to a good start when he was given the starting job after both Nick Stevens and Faton Bauta were ineffective in their starts. He showed that he was a competent QB as a freshman and has room to grow.
Hill finished the 2016 completing 75 passes on 129 attempts for 1096 yards with eight touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He also showed off his running ability with a 51 yard touchdown run against Northern Colorado.
After tearing his ACL, he sat in the coaches box the rest of the season and was able to learn from that perspective. Hill told Mike Brohard, of the Loveland Reporter-Herald, that there was a mental hurdle he had to get over.
Hill was able to participate in spring drills, but only individual and seven-on-seven drills. That mental hurdle was present during the spring as Hill said “he wasn’t finishing his throws because he didn’t trust his knee.
Hill had the following interview with Kelly Lyell of the Fort Collins Coloradoan after the first practice of the 2017 season for the Rams.
Marvin Kinsey Jr.
Marvin Kinsey Jr. was the third running back in the rotation for the Rams during the 2016 season. He was a game changing running back for the Rams; as any time Kinsey touched the ball he was a threat to take it to the house.
Kinsey finished the 2016 season with 93 carries for 546 yards and seven touchdowns. His longest carry of the year was a 75-yard touchdown run against New Mexico.
It was unknown, at first, as to whether or not Kinsey was going to be back for fall camp. Then head coach Mike Bobo provided an update during the summer that they hoped to have Kinsey back for conference play.
Kinsey then showed he was on his way to recovery when he was shown in a race with wide receiver Preston Williams during summer workouts. Now Kinsey is at practice and good be cleared for the first game.
“He looks really good right now. I’m not the trainer. He’s out right now and in red, but I feel really comfortable that we’re going to get him ready for the opener, but we’re going to be smart with him,” Bobo said of Kinsey. “He’s doing individual and a little it of seven-on-seven work, hold him out of the team stuff. I think structurally he’s fine, but we just want to be cautious.”
Both Hill and Kinsey should receive playing time this year. Kinsey will jump right back into the rotation at running back at some point this year once he is completely healed up. Hill will probably get some special packages for him, as Bobo likes to insert some ripples in the offense. Having both back will give some game experience to the Rams depth chart.