April 3, 2010

Top 5 key defensive players in 2010

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2010 Colorado State Key Defensive Players

Ricky Brewer
In 2009, Brewer's absence from the team hurt the Rams tremendously as Myke Sisson became the only linebacker with true experience. With Brewer back in 2010, CSU returns their 2nd leading tackler from 2009, along with better athleticism and pass coverage at the OLB, opposite of Sisson.

Elijah-Blu Smith
Ram fans need to get used to it, the Klint Kubiak era is over. The big name at safety for Colorado State is now Elijah-Blu Smith. Smith started the 2009 season hot, with three interceptions in the Rams' first three games, but wasn't able to bring one down in the final nine. Still, he managed to garner 74 tackles, good for second on the team. Smith is one of two veteran players in the secondary for CSU, and he'll have to stop some prolific Mountain West Conference passing attacks in 2010.

Momo Thomas
Yes, that's right, even the media guide is now referring to Gerard Thomas as "Momo." With two years of starting experience under his belt, the CSU junior corner is going to have a lot of responsibility in 2010, especially after how much the Rams' defense was torched by passing attacks in conference last season. Thomas will have some help from DeAngelo Wilkinson, who after playing last season at nickelback, is expected to play CB in place of Nick Oppenneer.

Chris Gipson
This one could have gone to either Gipson or Alex Williams, but due to Williams seeming prone to injury, that places even more importance on number three. Gipson didn't see a lot of playing time early, but the second half of the season he looked like a man among boys at middle linebacker, playing well beyond the rate a redshirt freshman is expected to. He was fourth on the team in tackles in 2009 with 4 TFL and 3 sacks (second on the team behind Sisson). It's still unsure whether or not he'll start, but either way, he'll see a lot of playing time at the Mike position.
Ty Whittier
Will he play defensive tackle or defensive end? That's still the question. Either way, Whitter will be a huge element to the Rams' defense in 2010 as they look to imrove on their 2009 campaign, which was lightyears ahead of where the DLine was in 2008. Whittier was slowed a bit by injury last year, where he played in nine games, collecting only 13 tackles. He and Guy Miller should be the key names on the defensive line for the Rams in 2010, but Whittier needs to step up and have a big year in order for the CSU defense to be more effective.

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