Colorado State Rams 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
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Colorado State Rams 2016 Preview
Mike Bobo and the Colorado State Rams look to go Bowling in their final season at Hughes Stadium.
Overview: Bobo has some voids to fill at receiver and on the defensive line if the Rams are to go to their 4th straight Bowl. It looks like a tough uphill struggle but Bobo does have some pieces to work with while proving to be a strong recruiter which will probably be more of a factor in 2017.
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Offense: Incumbent quarterback Nick Stevens threw for 2,679 yards on 60.8% with 21 scores and 12 interceptions and might be the frontrunner for the Rams with Georgia transfer Faton Bauta ready to step in if necessary. The Colorado State passing attack is a concern with 1,000 yard receiver Rashard Higgins heading to the NFL which leaves Xavier Williams, Jordan Vaden (might go to secondary) and Deionte Gaines as the most familiar faces back among the receiving corps. After approaching 900 rushing yards last year, Dalyn Dawkins has 1,000 yard potential behind an offensive line that features four starters back.
Defense: Colorado State has promoted Marty English to defensive coordinator as Tyson Summers heads to Georgia Southern. On first look the Rams defensive line loses their top four that combined for 29 TFL so somebody has to step up here with several three star recruits available although experience is lacking. The CSU linebacking unit returns virtually everybody that saw the field a season ago with Kevin Davis and Deonte Clyburn combining for 21 TFL. The Rams secondary gets back four of their top five corners with JUCO transfers Houston Haynes, A’Keitheon Whitner and Devron Davis each expected to provide immediate help.
Special Teams: Punter Hayden Hunt and his 46 yard average is the gem of the Rams special teams while placekicker Wyatt Bryan was nearly automatic on sub 40 yard field goals but just 2-6 from 40+ yards. Kevin Nutt and Jordan Vaden will handle kick returns while Preston Hodges handled a handful of punts a season ago.
Outlook: The Rams offense might have to carry most of the load which means developing a viable passing attack. The CSU defense has to come together quickly with the linebacking crew needing the rest of the unit to lend a helping hand. I think this team has Bowl potential if the defense is at least competitive.
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