Best Colorado State Offensive Player
WR Preston Williams, Jr.
The Tennessee transfer was a superstar recruit is getting a shot to show what he can do after being suspended from the team after being arrested on charges around an argument with a girlfriend. On the field, he’s got all the tools to be special, with 6-4, 210-pound size and track star speed and athleticism. He ripped it up this spring.
2. QB KJ Carta-Samuels, Sr.
3. WR Olabisi Johnson, Sr.
4. RB Izzy Matthews, Sr.
5. OG Colby Meeks, Sr.
Best Colorado State Defensive Player
LB Josh Watson, Sr.
The 6-2, 240-pounder has the size, the bulk, and the thump to be the leader for a defense that needs to do a whole lot more. He led the team with 109 stops, highlighted by a 17-tackle game against Air Force in a run of 39 in three games. He won’t get behind the line, but he’ll operate in the middle and make the hits that come his way.
2. S Jordan Fogal, Sr.
3. P Ryan Stonehouse, Soph.
4. LB Emmanuel Jones, Soph.
5. CB Anthony Hawkins, Jr.
Key Player To A Successful Season
QB KJ Carta-Samuels, Sr.
It’s finally his time to start playing again. Sitting behind Jake Browning at Washington, Carta-Samuels hasn’t been able to do much of anything over the last few years. Wanting to be a part of something big, he transferred to UCLA, but with Michigan’s Wilton Speight transferring in, and with a slew of great options, it was going to be a fight to get a gig.
At Colorado State, he has a shot to take the program and make it his. Last year’s No. 2 guy Collin Hill has to get past a torn ACL – it’s asking a lot for him to be ready by August. If Carta-Samuels is great, the offense will be fine again. If he struggles, it’s going to be a long year.
Key Game To The Colorado State Season
Wyoming, Oct. 27
Assuming everything goes according to plan, Colorado State should beat Hawaii, Illinois State, San Jose State and New Mexico, and lost to Colorado, Arkansas, at Florida, and at Boise State for a 4-4 start. After losing to Wyoming the last two years, this could be the swing game to make-or-break bowl hopes.
The last three games aren’t exactly nasty – at Nevada, Utah State and at Air Force – but that’s a whole lot of pressure if the Rams can’t pull this off.
2017 Colorado State Fun Stats
– Onside Kicks: Opponents 3-for-3 – Colorado State 0-for-1
– Sacks: Colorado State 27 for 186 yards – Opponents 13 for 75 yards
– Time of Possession: Colorado State 31:56 – Opponents 28:04