Four newcomers to watch
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.”