Media days are over in Las Vegas, leaving fall camp less than two weeks away. Some quick hitters coming out of the sessions:
- It was no surprise when Colorado State coach Jim McElwain said Garrett Grayson enters fall camp as the No. 1 quarterback, falling just short of naming him the starter. Over the summer, Grayson has continued to work with the top unit, and he said earlier this month he feels he has a firm grasp of the system.
- What may be a surprise is that McElwain said he likes the work his defensive line has done. The team has lost both returning starters at end (Nordly Capi and C.J. James) and they aren’t as big as he’d like inside. But he feels John Froland has adapted well to his switch to end and now understands what it takes to be a college athlete. McElwain’s confidence comes from the concepts the defensive coaches have come up with in the new 3-4 alignment. Being undersized, the Rams will move a lot along the front.
- Lindy’s Sports preseason look at the Mountain West also has the Rams finishing eight in the standings, but it did have some love for center Weston Richburg. The publication picked him as the fourth-best NFL prospect in the conference and named him the best run blocker. Chris Nwoke was was named the toughest to bring down, and tight end Crockett Gillmore was ranked the ninth best NFL prospect heading into his second full season at tight end.