Four new­com­ers to watch

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Kyle Fredrick­son Love­land Re­porter-Her­ald

FORT COLLINS» With less than three weeks left un­til Colorado State be­gins the col­lege foot­ball sea­son against Ore­gon State, the Rams’ Week 1 depth chart for Aug. 26 is tak­ing shape.

CSU com­pleted a 100plus-play scrim­mage Satur­day as part of its com­mu­nity open-house event at the nearly com­pleted on-cam­pus sta­dium. Coach Mike Bobo spoke with re­porters and iden­ti­fied four new­com­ers who could be play­ers to watch head­ing into the sea­son:

1. Fresh­man wide re­ceiver E.J. Scott (6-foot-1, 185 pounds, Pow­der Springs, Ga.)

Scott turned down SEC schol­ar­ship of­fers (Mis­sis­sippi State and Van­der­bilt) to sign with the Rams in 2017. He hauled in five catches for 87 yards in the pub­lic scrim­mage but also had a fum­ble.

“I thought E.J. did a nice job. He made a lot of plays, one-on-one bat­tles, go­ing up and getting the ball,” Bobo said.

2. Fresh­man de­fen­sive line­man El­li­son Hub­bard (6-1, 270, Lo­ganville, Ga.)

Hub­bard tallied 58 tack­les, eight sacks and 28 quar­ter­back hur­ries as a high school se­nior. He was a force Satur­day with three tack­les, one sack, three pass breakups and a quar­ter­back hurry.

“He was in the back­field all day. We could not block him,” Bobo said. “He made a lot of plays and had a lot of op­por­tu­nity to make a lot more. He’s a guy that’s got a chance to be a very good player for us.”

3. Fresh­man safety Jadon Walker (6-0, 175, Lithia Springs, Ga.)

Walker might be a de­fen- sive back, but he thinks like a quar­ter­back, the po­si­tion he starred at for Chapel Hills High. As a se­nior, he threw for 1,074 yards, rushed for 895 and com­bined for 18 touch­downs — ath­leti­cism trans­lat­ing to a new po­si­tion.

“Jadon Walker was mak­ing some plays,” Bobo said.

4. Red­shirt fresh­man run­ning back Rashaad Bod­die (6-0, 225, Sam­mamish, Wash.)

CSU has three run­ning backs (Da­lyn Dawkins, Izzy Matthews and Marvin Kin­sey) who com­bined for 407 car­ries last fall. The Rams might need to make room for an­other rusher af­ter Bod­die ran for two scores Satur­day.

“He’s got to get a lit­tle bit bet­ter with his vi­sion run­ning the ball, but he’s a run­away train back there,” Bobo said. “He has im­proved so much from his first year. I’m re­ally proud of the way he’s pro­gressed.”

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