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Colorado State Rams football spring preview: 5 players to watch

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The Colorado State Rams return to the practice field on Monday to kick off spring drills.  Here is a closer look at five players with the most to prove in 2018.

Quarterback J.C. Robles

When presumed starting quarterback Collin Hill re-tore his ACL, Robles became the most veteran passer on the roster. But that’s not saying much. Robles, a junior, appeared in four games over the past two seasons as a backup doing mop-up duty. At 6-foot-5, 215 pounds, it appears Robles has the frame and arm strength to thrive. Can he take the next step and secure the starting job should Hill be unable to play in Week 1 against Hawaii?

Quarterback Justice McCoy

Robles isn’t the only quarterback on CSU’s roster capable of earning the starting gig. McCoy, a redshirt freshman, has a high school pedigree that shows promise. McCoy was the No. 24-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the nation as a senior at Saint Augustine (New Orleans) in 2016. McCoy does not have elite size at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds. It’s his athleticism that makes him a wild card candidate to start.

Wide receiver Preston Williams

How do you replace a NFL talent at receiver in Michael Gallup? By inserting a talented FBS transfer, of course. Williams arrived in Fort Collins last fall after two seasons at Tennessee and sat out 2017 due to NCAA transfer rules. Williams appeared in 12 games with three starts for the Volunteers with 16 catches for 249 yards and two touchdowns. He is also a former five-star rated prospect out of Lovejoy (Ga.) High School. Williams (6-4, 210) must show he’s worthy of the hype. He can start by having a strong spring camp.

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