Senior M.J. Mcpeek was definitely not Colorado State’s first choice for quarterback, as their starter, Garrett Grayson, has been on the injured list indefinitely since he received a broken collarbone against Air Force back in September. He started the season as a holder for field goals, but when Grayson was injured he became CSU’s go-to quarterback. In his first starting game since 2007, he threw for two touchdowns, a total of 292 yards. His efficiency rating is 125, only a single point behind Grayson’s. He has thrown for 533 yards this season, his longest pass 58 yards. With a completion percentage of 56, he has successfully thrown for 4 touchdowns.
Redshirt freshman corner back Deandre Elliott was named National Defensive Player of the Week in October. He wasn’t able to play in the season opener due to an ankle injury received during training, but his performance has been steady since his return. He got an interception against Hawaii, returning it for a 76 yard touchdown, which helped them win the game. He leads the team in pass break-ups, at five. He only has 29 tackles logged for the year, but he is known as being a game-changer.
Freshman linebacker Cory James always has a prominent presence on the field. James has 10 tackles for losses, a total of 50 yards, and 46 tackles total. In the season-opener against Colorado, he caused a crucial forced fumble that went on to help CSU to victory. He is the CSU team leader for sacks, at 7. When he completed his fifth sack of the year, against Utah State, he tied the school’s all-time record for most sacks for a freshman. He was the first person to earn mid-season honors from Phil Steele, a prominent college football personality.