The Colorado State Rams are not normally thought of as one of the top teams in the nation, but they did finish the 2014 season with a 10-3 record. Looking ahead to 2015, a lot has changed on the roster. Obviously the biggest hole is at quarterback, but head coach Mike Bobo has officially named his new starting quarterback for the upcoming season.
The Rams have named redshirt sophomore quarterback Nick Stevens as their starter.
Stevens has huge shoes to fill, as Garrett Grayson was an absolute star for the Rams last season. He ended up getting taken in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints, which shows exactly how good he was in the nation. It won’t be easy for the young quarterback to live up to the high expectations, but he does have quite a bit of talent himself.
At 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, Stevens has very good size for a young college quarterback. He hasn’t played much in his short collegiate career, but has thrown for 136 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions when he has been on-the-field briefly.
Colorado State has a lot of talent around him, including one of the nation’s top underrated wide receivers. The presence of Rashard Higgins is going to be a major help for Stevens, and fans should expect to see them build excellent chemistry early on in the season. Stevens is going to need all the help he can get, and that is one player that can help him feel comfortable at all times despite having a major lack of experience.
All of that being said, it will be interesting to see how Colorado State plays this season. They have to go through a lot of changes, but every single college team has to move on from star quarterbacks at some point.
Expect to see Stevens pick up the speed of the game quickly, and to have a very solid season in 2015.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Seth McConnell, The Denver Post