In 2015 it was Nick Stevens and Coleman Key. In 2016 it was Stevens, Faton Bauta, and Collin Hill. In 2017 it will be Stevens.
“Nick Stevens is our starter right now,” football coach Mike Bobo said at his end-of-season news conference. “Nick Stevens is obviously our starter going into spring ball; Nick Stevens will be our starter going into fall camp.
“I expect Nick to be the starter next year."
For the past two seasons, the Colorado State Rams have had a quarterback battle in fall camp. Now heading into head coach Mike Bobo’s third year at the helm there won’t technically be one.
Competition is always happening at every position on the team, but for now Nick Stevens is the entrenched starter for both the spring and fall camps.
Stevens was the starting QB at the beginning of the year but was pulled after a disastrous performance against Colorado. He eventually regained the starting position after Collin Hill suffered a torn ACL against Utah State.
It is easy to say there is no competition as Hill is just three months removed from an ACL injury and will only be a partial participant in spring football, but he will not be full go until August when fall camp begins.
Nick Stevens finished the 2016 season with 1936 passing yards, 19 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions. He also finished in the top 10 rankings nationally for passing efficiency (5th), average yards per pass attempt (4th), and average yards per completion (7th).
Stevens showed maturity and poise after being benched. He’s also one of the leaders on the team. That is why coach Bobo trust’s him and is giving him a vote of confidence by naming him the starting quarterback for next year.