What You Need To Know About The Colorado State Offense
– There’s a whole lot missing from the nation’s 11th-ranked offense. Nick Stevens was the only Ram to throw a pass last year. He’s gone, along with leading rusher Dalyn Dawkins and big-time target Michael Gallup. Throw in the loss of three starters up front, and it’s rebuilding time. To a point …
– How quickly can KJ Carta-Samuels get up to speed? Backup quarterback Collin Hill has the size and the smarts in the system, but the hope is for the former Washington Husky – who originally chose UCLA – to step in and add another dimension to the attack. He’s not going to be Stevens throwing the ball, but he can run.
– Replacing Gallup will be harder than replacing Stevens. All the new Dallas Cowboy did was catch 100 passes for 1,413 yards and seven touchdowns as the Mountain West’s most dangerous receiving weapon. Senior Olabisi Johnson is back after finishing second on the team with 41 catches, but there are other key targets to play around with, starting with Tennessee transfer Preston Johnson.
Biggest Key To The Colorado State Offense
Replace the offensive linemen in a big hurry. The Rams averaged over 200 yards per game on the ground, helped by a line that was good enough in all phases to get by on a consistent basis. It wasn’t a dominant line, but it was strong enough to make the league’s best O go.
Now it has to replace three all-stars in C Jake Bennett, and OT Zack Golditch and OG Trae Moxley on the left side. Colby Meeks is a veteran who’ll have to be a hit at guard, and there will be some shuffling around of the decent parts in place. There’s enough turnover in the other key spots – the line can’t be a concern.