The Colorado State Rams are said to be in a re-building year going into the 2018 season and are relying heavily on graduate transfer QB K.J Carta-Samuels for offensive production. With Preston Williams transferring in from Tennessee and serving his one year of residency at CSU, he is ready to pair up with (SR) WR Olabisi Johnson who caught 69 passes last season for over 1,200 yards. Warren Jackson had two touchdowns last season against Alabama and looks to add another dynamic deep-threat to this fantastic trio of receivers. I believe this is a big reason that Carta-Samuels was named to the 2018 Johnny United Golden Arm "Watch List" heading into this season. I applaud Coach Bobo and staff for being able to land a QB late in the game like K.J, as they had their leading candidate for starting Quarterback go down with his second ACL tear in February in Collin Hill, whom Coach Bobo is not ruling out to compete this fall. Rumors have circulated that K.J was committing to UCLA but that Coach Bobo was able to convince him to change his mind last minute, in order to solidify the Rams' QB spot. The Rams have a solid rushing attack returning with (SR) RB Izzy Matthews, who has rushed for nearly 2,000 yards in 3 seasons, along with 26 touchdowns for the Rams. The Rams should be able to put up plenty of points this season, but do have questions on the offensive line that have hopefully been addressed in beautiful Fort Collins, CO at Fall Camp. Looking with a unbiased approach, as I am moving in the "Uncommon" Colorado State student housing this week, I think the Rams number one concern is can they stop the likes of Boise State from scoring more points? In one possession finishes against top 100 FBS programs they are 1-6 under Coach Bobo. This newly formed offensive unit will have to produce points in intense moments, unlike the Rams of the past who have folded when the going gets tough. With veteran leadership from players like Carta-Samuels and Olabisi on the offensive side of the ball, the Rams look set for a collision course with the high powered Run-and-Shoot offense of the Hawaii Warriors. The Rams return five offensive linemen with starting experience and have more key transfers in former Louisville linemen T.J Roundtree and JuCo transfer Keith Williams. Coach Bobo has been able to land 52 three-star prospects over the last three recruiting classes and has plenty of highly touted sophomores to rely on to provide depth to the struggling Rams defense. The defense will need to improve drastically in 2018 for the Rams to have a chance against the likes of Wyoming and Boise State, which will allow them to compete in the Mountain West Championship game.
The Rams Defense Allowed 431.6 yards a game in 2017.
Any defense that allows over 400 yards a game has issues and is the main reason the Rams find themselves ranked 96th out of 130 FBS teams by SB Nation heading into the 2018 season. This is why Coach Bobo brought in new Defensive Coordinator John Jancek and the Rams are desperately looking for a drastic turnaround from this years defense. They will be playing a more aggressive defense, as I have seen Coach Helow teaching his safeties techniques to dislodge the football to create turnovers for the Rams defense in 2018. The Rams had a majority of their problems last season up front and are transitioning from a 3-4 alignment to a 4-3 alignment, as Coach Jancek ran as Defensive Coordinator at the University of Tennessee from 2013-2015. It will be imperative that the Rams be stout up front with (DE) Arjay Jean, (DT) Richard King and Sophomore Ellison Hubbard. If they can provide stellar run support and a adequate pass rush, linebackers like Josh Watson can fly around and stuff plays before they can get going. Max McDonald is a Fort Collins native who attended Rocky Mountain High School and will be looked to step up in this new 4-3 system that Coach Jancek will implement. Speedy Linebacker (SR) Tre Thomas looks to build off of a great career thus far as a Ram and will fill the strong side backer most likely in the 4-3 system. Braylin Scott will return for 2018 and was cleared to practice during the spring, after snagging three interceptions for the rams defense in 2016. He missed 2017 for personal reason and the Rams are extremely excited to have him back in the defensive backfield. Anthony Hawkins will be lining up on the other side of the field and players like Darius Campbell look to fill the nickle back roll. Depth is a key concern for the Rams at corner, but the safety position is solidified by former returning Utah Safety Jordan Fogal. When opposite safety Jamaal Hicks went down last season, the Rams hit a steady decline at the end of the 2017 season. He returns from a broken arm that kept him out the last 5 games of last season, and it will be key for the Rams to stay healthy for an entire season. The Rams consistently have some of the best special teams units in all of college football and returning kicker Wyatt Bryan, punter Ryan Stonehouse and kickoff specialist Braxton Davis. Johnson will look to fill the return man role, left open by the departure of Ram great Detrich Clark.
Our regards go out to Colorado State Head Coach Bobo and his family, as he was hospitalized as of late for feeling "numbness in his feet". We send our thoughts and prayers to the Colorado State family and Coach Bobo, as they continue to prepare for their upcoming battler with the Hawaii Warriors on August 25th, 2018.
Colorado State 2018 Football Schedule - Picture Taken Downtown Fort Collins (Old Town) at Tony's Bar.
Colorado State 2018 Prediction
The Hawaii match-up will give us a very clear look at how good Colorado State will be this year, as they will have to defend the high scoring run and shoot offense. The Rocky Mountain Showdown will prove to be a great contest against the in-state rivals CU Buffs and then they welcome their first SEC opponent to Fort Collins, Co when the Razorbacks come to Canvas Stadium. I believe after they go up against yet another highly touted SEC opponent @ Florida, we will be able to see if they can compete in the Mountain division of the up and coming Mountain West Football Conference.
An Uncommon Year For Mountain West Football
We now live in downtown Fort Collins and will be covering Mountain West Football, along with other college football stories. We will be sponsoring the 2019 Scout Trout All-American Bowl at the Gulf Shores Sports Complex in Alabama and preparing for this up and coming season. It is a very "Uncommon" football season that we will be embarking on and with the help of the Colorado State faithful and coaches, I believe they can bring home a championship if the stars align in accordance. If you would like us to cover your games live, please do not hesitate to ask us to stop by your establishment for the most enlightened football knowledge on the planet.
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