Returning Starters – Offense: 6 Defense: 7
Preview: Colorado State had tremendous success last season going 10-3 overall, but they looked overmatched in their bowl game losing to Utah by a final of 10-45. With their success Colorado State lost head coach Jim McElwain to Florida during the offseason and they went on to bring in former Georgia OC Mike Bobo as the new head man.
Offense will be under construction with top performers QB Garrett Grayson and RB Dee Hart moving on from the program. Colorado State will bring in a new offensive scheme and the highlights of returning players are 3 guys from the O-line along with WR Rashard Higgins who’s one of the top guys in the nation at his position. Next starting QB Nick Stevens has looked comfortable in Colorado State’s new offense and it’ll be interesting to see how that translate on the field. Colorado State will look to pound the ball on the ground with backs Dawkins, Jarrells, and Oden. The offense also has strength returning at TE with Walker and Cartwright.
The defense will move to the 3-4 scheme under new DC Summers who’s been integral in turning UCF into a defensive powerhouse. The strength of the defense looks to be with the LBs as guys like Davis, Robinson, Clyburn, and James leading the unit. The secondary also looks to be improved with all 4 starters back. More is expected out of the D-line this season as the coaching staff looks for them to make more plays in the new scheme.
Prediction: There’s little to no chance that this team has as much success as 2014’s group as the Rams make a transition not only at the head coaching position, but also at QB. Colorado State has some tough nonconference games coming against Minnesota and Colorado, but at least neither of those contests will be true road games. I might be more skeptical than most in terms of where I think this squad is headed in 2015 due to the amount of change in the offseason.
Projected Record: 5-7 (3-5)