The rushing attack for the 2010 Colorado St. Rams was awful, the Rams were 103rd in the nation and seventh in the Mountain West in running the ball. The expectation last season for the Rams running game was to be led by UCLA transfer Raymond Carter, and to say the least he underachieved and had only 235 yards on the year.
In Saturday's spring game the running game showed up and thrived. The two backs who thrived was Chris Nwoke who led the green team to a come from behind victory by scoring a touchdown and rushed for 52 yards on 13 carries, and the other is senior-to-be Derek Good who rushed for 75 yards on 10 carries and also had a score. Last year, Good had only 52 yards last season.
While Nwoke did not have the most yards, he was the most impressive back on the day because of what he did on the final drive. On that final drive Nwoke had four carries on 27 yards and then scored the game-winning two-point conversion.
Hopefully, the running game for the Rams does improve for the 2011 season, because that will definitely help out quarterback Pete Thomas. Speaking of Thomas, he played sparingly in the game since the coaches know what they have in Thomas. They gave more reps to M.J. McPee who was just ok at 9-20 passing the ball with 75 yards and the other was Garrett Grayso who was 5-7 on 73 yards.
The final score was 15-14, and the defense did show up in this game. That is typical during spring practices since the defense usually reacts while the offense is thinking on the play for what to do next.
In addition to Thomas, to avoid injury coaches wanted to be smart and limit the snaps of stock-rising TE Crockett Gillmore, WR Lou Greenwood, OT Joe Caprioglio, NT Nuku Latu, OT Paul Madsen, DE C.J. James, DE Broderick Sargent and S Ivory Herd, all key in determining the Rams' success this fall.