Colorado State Football: 2022 Breakout Contenders

The Rams made a lot of sales during the offseason. Now it’s about who is the next man for the CSU.

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Who uses a fresh start?

Colorado State has a new head coach. They were predicted to be somewhere between two wins and .500 and a bowl game. The trainers have brought a breath of fresh air to this program and the community has started buying into it. Now it remains to be seen how that pays off for the Rams. But if these four Rams can show themselves, Colorado State will be a scary team sooner rather than later.

Clay Millen, QB

Millen was Carson Strong’s heir in Nevada before Jay Norvell left Reno for Fort Collins and succeeded him. He showed why he will be a four-year starter for the Rams during spring training and spring games. Millen consistently placed passes in the right spot for his receivers to catch. And even when he made a mistake, like a pick-six in the spring game, Millen wasn’t afraid to get right back to it.

Ty McCullouch, WR

McCullouch is now his third coach since joining Colorado State in 2018. After struggling for game time in his first two years, McCullouch woke up last season with 24 receptions for 415 yards and a touchdown (and that was a little offense first in a run). Imagine what he can do with a pass-first mentality in an air raid attack.

AJ King, DB

After playing a corner in Nevada, King will head to safety under the guidance of new defensive coordinator Feddie Banks. He was initially reluctant when the change was presented to him in Nevada but has accepted the challenge for this new-look Rams roster. Look for King to make more plays like the one below for the state of Colorado.

Drew Kulick, LB

Kulick worked for the Rams in the spring and that hard work paid off with an interception in the spring game. There’s a string of injuries for the Rams that played a role here, but Kulick capitalized on the chances ahead of him. Whether he’ll continue that progression into the fall or remain just a spring game star, especially within a unit that’s bringing back other stars like Dequan Jackson and Cam’ron Carter remains to be seen. However, if Kulick can continue that progression, it looks like the Rams will have a cornerstone defensive center for a couple of years.

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