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    [h=3]Colorado Daily – Colorado State[/h]August 27th
    CSU depth chart contains a few surprises …
    From the Coloradoan … Jim McElwain could have gone strictly with experience and had as many as nine players who started games last season on the CSU football team’s starting defense for Saturday’s season-opener.
    The game-week depth chart released Monday by the Rams’ first-year coach, though, has two redshirt freshmen and five sophomores listed at the top of their positions on defense – many in front of players who started last fall for former coach Steve Fairchild.
    For instance, redshirt freshman Cory James is listed No. 1 at strong-side linebacker, ahead of senior Davis Burl, who started four games at defensive end last fall. And sophomore Bernard Blake is listed ahead of junior Shaq Bell, a starter in six games last season, at left cornerback.
    Sophomore Alex Tucci, a 6-foot-3, 300-pounder, is listed as a starter at defensive tackle ahead of two juniors who started games at that position last year, Te’Jay Brown and Curtis Wilson.
    Cory James, a 6-foot, 235-pounder from Los Alamitos, Calif., and strong safety Trent Matthews, a 6-3, 210-pounder from Converse, Texas, are the two redshirt freshmen in the starting lineup. Two of the sophomore starters on defense, left end John Froland and free safety Austin Gray, started last year as redshirt freshmen, and two of the others – Blake and weak-side linebacker Aaron Davis – played well in backup roles.


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