Head Coach Mike Bobo Had A Spring Camp Press Conference
The CSU Rams are starting spring practice and coach Mike Bobo was optimistic about Collin Hills chances to play.
There is a possibility Collin Hill plays in the 2018 season
To start the CSU Rams 2018 spring camp, head coach Mike Bobo held a press conference prior to the start of the first practice. One of the main things he talked about was the status of Collin Hill. As announced last week, Collin Hill tore his ACL again. While it was assumed that Hill would miss the 2018 season, coach Bobo hasn’t ruled it out yet.
“If there is a silver lining, it’s that it happened now, rather than a month from now or in fall camp,” Bobo said. “It’s about five-and-a-half months until the first game. It’s not out of the question, but it’s a long rehab. His mindset is right, but you can only go as fast as your knee will let you sometimes.”
For now, the Rams will prepare the three quarterbacks on the roster for the starting position. J.C. Robles, Justice McCoy, and Judd Erickson will compete for the starting position. There’s also the possibility that CSU brings in a graduate transfer as CSU has two open scholarships left. And according to the Fort Collins Coloradoan, the Rams have brought in another walk-on QB in Salvetti D’Ascoli from Ralston Valley High School in Arvada, Colorado.
With 23 players graduating and another 4 graduating and electing not to play their final year, the Rams will be a little short-handed this spring. In addition to Collin Hill’s ACL tear, a number of Rams will miss at least part of spring practice: Jeff Taylor (should be back), Ben Knox (shoulder, possibly misses all spring), EJ Scott (ACL tear last fall, will do limited work), Tyler Smith (surgery, out for spring),
Marcus McElroy (blood clots, Bobo hopes to have him back by summer), Jordan Fogal (shoulder), Jamal Hicks (arm), Christian Cumber (ACL tear, hopefully cleared by fall), Emmanuel Jones (surgery, doing limited work; hopes to get cleared by late spring), and Toby McBride (back, still recovering from back injury that limited him to four games in 2017).
Coach Bobo also said that wide receiver Preston Williams and defensive back Braylin Scott will participate in spring practice. Preston Williams sat out last season after transferring from Tennessee. Williams was suspended from the team last fall. Braylin Scott was suspended for the 2017 season after being arrested on burglary and theft charges. Those charges are still pending, as Scott is awaiting an April trial.
There were two position changes announced. After switching from defensive back to wide receiver for the 2017 season, Robert Awunganyi will return to the defensive side of the ball. Emmanuel Jones will switch from linebacker to defensive end.
The Rams will have 15 spring practices culminating in the spring game on April 21st at noon at CSU Stadium.