Football team trending going into final home game

Grayson_passThe CSU football team had the weekend off but there was still plenty to celebrate leading up their final home game of this historic season.

The Rams (9-1, 5-1 Mountain West) moved up in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls despite not playing. They are 22nd in AP, 23rd in the coaches poll.

Individual accolades

And two individual players made headlines, with quarterback Garrett Grayson and wide receiver Rashard Higgins being honored for their spectacular individual seasons.

Grayson, a senior from Vancouver, Wash., was announced last week as one of 17 aspirants for the Heisman Trophy, which goes to the nation’s most outstanding player. Grayson, who holds numerous school passing records, is the first CSU player to be named to the aspirant list, which includes reigning Heisman winner Jameis Winston (Florida State), Marcus Mariota (Oregon), Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska), Everett Golson (Notre Dame), Dak Prescott (Mississippi State) and 11 other top players from across the country.

Monday, Higgins was named a semifinalist for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation’s top receiver. Higgins, a sophomore from Mesquite, Texas, leads the nation in touchdown receptions (13) and yards per game (142.2). CSU has never had a Biletnikoff Award winner.

Honoring CSU’s seniors

The Rams return to action Saturday, hosting New Mexico at 11:30 in their home finale. CSU will honor its outstanding senior class, which has led the transformation of the program the past two seasons, during Senior Day activities.

Tickets are available online, by phone (970-491-7267) or in person at the McGraw Athletic Center ticket office.