Sep 232010
 
Authors: Cris Tiller

For the first time this year, Colorado State will play in front of its home fans at Hughes Stadium, as the Rams host Idaho on Saturday.

After a winless start to the season, the Rams (0-3, 0-0 MWC) look to gain momentum going forward by wearing orange uniforms in honor of “Ag Day.”

Junior running back Raymond Carter is excited for the chance to finally play at home.

“It’s a whole different attitude coming to play at home, we got to defend our home,” Carter said. “We’ve got to be undefeated at home and the season starts right here at home.”

In hopes of jump-starting the rushing attack, CSU coach Steve Fairchild mixed up the starting lineup on the offensive line by moving redshirt freshman Weston Richburg from guard to center and starting sophomore Joe Caprioglio at guard.

The move leaves out junior Tyler McDermott, but he is still expected to play several snaps at center.

“Hopefully it helps us a lot,” Carter said. “Obviously, we’ve been struggling. In order to get this offense moving, our run game has got to work.”

Richburg will be expected to take on a lot more responsibilities as the leader of the offensive line.

“I’ve got to make calls and point out where the linebackers are,” Richburg said. “(Playing center) is being an overall leader, so I’ve got to step up and be a little more vocal.”

Finding a way to get production on the ground may be as important as ever because the Vandals bring an experienced defensive unit.
“From where we are, we’re not going to lead the nation in rushing, but if we can get a little improvement, that would be good,” Fairchild said. “This will be a good challenge for us. (Idaho) has a good front seven.”

Fairchild said in a press conference on Sept. 20 that this Idaho defense will likely be the best CSU has seen so far this year.
“From what I’ve seen, (Idaho) is really aggressive,” Carter said. “It’s going to be a tough, hardnosed game.”

Idaho (2-1, 0-0 WAC) enters Saturday fresh off a victory last week over Mountain West Conference opponent UNLV, 30-7.

The Idaho defense is led by captains Jo Jo Dickson as linebacker and safety Shiloh Keo.

Keo has three of Idaho’s four interceptions on the year.

The Vandals’ senior quarterback, Nathan Enderle, will provide the CSU secondary with opportunities for takeaways, having thrown seven interceptions to just four touchdowns in three games.

“We need to continue as a defense to put ourselves in positions to get those balls back for our offense,” junior safety Ivory Herd said.

Fans are expected to wear orange to the game to match the team’s newest, temporary jerseys and show support for CSU’s past players.

The game will also be played in honor of former CSU tight end and president of the Colorado Rockies, Keli McGregor, who passed away earlier this year.

Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Hughes Stadium and the parking lot will open at 11 a.m.

Football Beat Reporter Cris Tiller can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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