Colorado State Will Play Two Quarterbacks Against San Jose State
Neither quarterbacks know who will get the start.
Carta-Samuels or Hill?
Let’s get this out of the way. The reason that Colorado State is struggling and have just one win on the year is not becauase of the quarterback play by K.J. Carta-Samuels. He is in the top four of most major passing categories in the Mountain West and that includes 11 touchdowns to four interceptions and completing over 60 percent of his passes.
During the bye week, head coach Mike Bobo decided to open up the quarterback position, plus otherse, to spark the team. Bobo has been quiet at who will start this week, but he did say that both quarterbacks will see the field against San Jose State.
“I have a pretty good idea, but I’m not going to announce it to anybody,” Bobo told the Coloradoan. “Both will play in this game.”
Bobo and his staff have been going over film more closely this week to try to figure out what quarterback does things better than the others.
“There are a lot of good things that K.J. has done and a lot of good things Collin has done in situations,” Bobo said. “But it’s not like we have something going great right now that I’m messing with. We’re not very good offensively right now, but I do believe we’re going to get there.”
True, the team is not great offensively as the running game is 11th in yards per play, and that unit was thought to be one of the best in the league. Also, the defense really could use an upgrade, pretty much anywhere, because that squad is giving up too many points and not making plays.
Maybe the competition will give both quarterbacks a sense of urgency.
“I’ve been having the gas pedal on ever since I got here; nothing’s really changed,” Carta-Samuels said. “… I think it’s been open for competition the entire time, so, no, I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing and keep battling and fighting and competing.”
Hill is just over six months removed from his second ACL tear and has seen time sparingly as he gets healthy.
“It’s kind of the same thing I’ve been saying,” Hill said. “I come and try to compete every day, and I think it’s just going to take care of itself eventually.”
In limited action this year Hill has not been all that impressive by completing just 12 of 32 passes for 143 yards, he has a pick and a touchdown and has been sacked twice. Hill is better than those numbers but that was when he was healthy in 2017.
The quarterback change, or competition, gets all the attention but that is not why the Rams are 1-4 and lost to an FCS team prior to the bye week.