Colorado State will begin a brand new college football season this weekend at home against Mountain West Conference opponent Hawaii, but it remains to be seen if head coach Mike Bobo will be on the sidelines to coach the Rams. Bobo remains in a hospital after checking in for medical evaluations last week.
An update from Colorado State Athletics Director Joe Parker on Monday confirmed Bobo has moved to a new hospital in Denver and continues to be evaluated to determine why he might have felt numbness in his feet recently. Parker said it is possible Bobo could be released from the hospital any day, but the Rams coaching staff will continue preparing the team for this weekend’s game as if Bobo will not be available just in case.
With that being the case, there is some uncertainty over how the staff would run the team with responsibilities like calling plays. That appears to be a detail the staff will worry about later in the week in the event it is determined such a need arises. In the meantime, Bobo has been able to stay in touch with the staff and review film to keep sticking to his job as head coach, but nobody at Colorado State is going to push Bobo to get back as soon as possible if there are concerns about his health still to deal with.
Colorado State faces Hawaii in the season opener on Saturday, August 25.
Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo was taking to a hospital and was evaluated by doctors after experiencing numbness in his feet, a statement from Colorado State said Monday afternoon.
The medical emergency occurred after Colorado State’s second scrimmage on Saturday. After reporting the numbness, Bobo was admitted to a hospital under the advice of doctors so more thorough medical examinations could be conducted.
The head coach of the Rams released a brief statement to recall his point of view and says he expects to be able to return to the football team soon.
“I feel very encouraged by the test results to this point and hope to have some answers soon,” Bobo said in his released statement. “I also feel very encouraged about our 2018 CSU Football team. We have excellent coaches and excellent leadership in this program, and I have full confidence that they will continue to have tremendous preparation on and off the practice field for as long as I must be away. My family and I appreciate all of the great care and support we are receiving.”
Colorado State Director of Athletics Joe Parker also said in a statement it is the top priority to ensure Bobo’s health is taken care of in the best way possible before he returns to the program.
“I share Mike’s confidence that we have tremendous leadership in our football program, and that the coaching staff will continue to successfully guide the team through practices and meetings while he is away,” Parker said in a released statement.
Bobo is entering his fourth season as head coach at Colorado State. The Rams have been 7-6 in each of the previous three seasons. Colorado State opens the 2018 season on August 25 at home against Hawaii in a Mountain West Conference game.
It seems former Tennessee wide receiver Preston Williams is out of Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo‘s doghouse. Preston Williams was back on the field as camp opened for the Rams, with Bobo informing the media his suspension had come to a close.
Earlier in the week, at Mountain West Conference media days, Williams was still serving a suspension for the team. Williams was initially suspended by Bobo in September 2017 due to an off-field misdemeanor assault charge. Williams plead guilty to the charge and was under suspension until proving to Bobo and the Rams staff he was worthy of being a participant in the program once again.
Apparently, it wasn’t just the coaches that were happy to see Williams redeem himself. He also seemed to have the support of his teammates.
“I’m very impressed,” wideout Bisi Johnson said, according to a report from Reporter-Herald. “I mean, he turned his whole life around. It was a little sketchy there at first, but he’s definitely figured it out, and we needed him. It’s good to have him on the team.”
Williams transferred from Tennessee to Colorado State in November 2016 and was forced by NCAA rule to sit out the entire 2017 season. Williams has played in 15 games and has recorded 247 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns from his time in two seasons with Tennessee. He has two years of eligibility at his disposal beginning with the 2018 season.
Colorado State will play the remainder of the season without freshman quarterback Collin Hill, the team’s leading passer. Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo announced on Monday Hill suffered a torn ACL that will sideline for the rest of the season.
Hill passed for 1,096 yards and eight touchdowns with just two interceptions in five games this season. As Bobo announced, the Rams will turn the offense over to junior Nick Stevens, who has appeared in three games and passed for 77 yards with two interceptions this season. Stevens was Colorado State’s leading passer in 2015 with 2,679 yards and 21 touchdowns with 12 interceptions.
Colorado State enters this week with a 3-3 record after knocking off Utah State this past weekend, 31-24. The Rams hit the road this week to take on Boise State and still have road games at Air Force and San Diego State remaining as the Rams look to scratch together three more wins in order to become bowl eligible.
Odds are pretty good Colorado State knows Nick Stevens is going to be the starting quarterback in Fort Collins for the next couple of years. With that being the case, the chances backup quarterback Coleman Key would be expected to get to play may be few and far between, barring injury of course. Key will pursue other opportunities in 2016, as he has been granted a full release from his scholarship by Colorado State, the school announced on Monday.
“We appreciate Coleman’s time here and his contribution to this team,” said head coach Mike Bobo. “He has expressed his desire to pursue other opportunities and we wish him all the best in that pursuit. He will be with us through the bowl game and be part of this team before pursuing those options next semester.”
Key has appeared in six games this season as a backup option to Stevens. In his limited playing time, Key ahs completed 47.7 percent of his pass attempts for 251 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions. A redshirt freshman, Key will have two more years of eligibility after sitting out the 2016 season at another FBS program due to NCAA transfer rules. He would be eligible again in 2017, or right away in 2016 if he transfers to a lower division school.