Colorado St. Rams senior defensive end C.J. James has decided to transfer, and head coach Jim McElwain has granted James his release. There is no word at this time to why James has decided to transfer. This is the second Colorado State player to leave the program, the other was safety Drew Reilly who recently signed with BYU.
James has started 15 games for Colorado State over the past two years and played in 11 games as a freshman. Plus, James had a strong spring and was gaining praise from the coaching staff, so his decision to leave is an odd one.
The defensive line position is getting mighty thin for Colorado State as they already lost Nordly Capi, Mike Orakpo and Colton Paulhus -- all play on the defensive side of the ball -- due to a campus fight and have been expelled from school.
The Colorado State defense was already going struggle in 2012, but now after losing five defensive players they will certainly struggle stopping opposing teams offenses in the fall.
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