Colorado State football 2022 depth chart before game vs. Washington State football team

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The roster for the first edition of Jay Norvell's Colorado State football team is set.

The depth chart was fairly consistent from spring ball through spring and preseason camp, with some small adjustments as new players entered.

This is a look at the official CSU depth chart and a breakdown of what it means by position group.

Last updated Sept. 12 in advance of CSU vs. Washington State football game.


  • Starter: Clay Millen

  • Backup: Giles Pooler

  • Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi/Jackson Stratton

What led Millen to CSU: Millen on why he followed Norvell from Nevada, Air Raid offense

Notes: Millen has been No. 1 since the day he transferred and that never changed. He's complete 70% of his passes for 393 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions in two games. He's also been sacked 16 times.

Running back

  • Starter: A'Jon Vivens

  • Backup: Avery Morrow

Notes: Vivens, a former receiver, has 76 yards on 22 carries (3.5 yards per carry) in two games. Morrow has 28 yards and David Bailey has 34 yards in two games.

More: What we learned about CSU football after spring game and what questions remain for the Rams

Wide receivers

  • Starter: Tory Horton

  • Starter: Melquan Stovall

  • Starter: Ty McCullouch

Notes: The backups on the two-deep are Louis Brown and Justus Ross-Simmons. There's now a hole at slot after Dante Wright left the team after Week 2. Thomas Pannunzio could be a candidate to fill his spot.

Wright exits:Dante Wright enters the transfer portal

Horton is the clear No. 1 threat and comfort zone for Millen. In two games he has 15 catches for 255 yards and four touchdowns. He's tied for third in the nation in touchdowns and sixth in yards per game. No one else has found much success, though. The second-leading receiver is Melquan Stovall with 75 yards.

Tight end

  • Starter: Tanner Arkin

More on Arkin: How he grabbed top tight end spot after Trey McBride’s departure

Notes: The Fossil Ridge product has mostly had to be used as a blocker with CSU's continued offensive line struggles. He has one catch in two games.

Offensive line

  • LT: Ches Jackson

  • LG: Dante Bivens

  • C: Jacob Gardner

  • RG: Gray Davis

  • RT: Dontae Keys

Notes: The line was the biggest question mark entering the season and it has proved a problem, with 16 sacks allowed in two games. The Rams already had depth issues and then starting left tackle Brian Crespo-Jaquez went down during practice before Week 2 with a season-ending knee injury. Then Dontae Keys was hurt early in the loss to Middle Tennessee.

The updated depth chart shows this lineup, but it would not be a surprise if Jacob Gardner slides from center to tackle where he previously played at Nevada. That would likely put Dirk Nelson at center. The team hopes Keys can play vs. Washington State.

Defensive line

  • DE: CJ Onyechi

  • DE: Mohamed Kamara

  • DT: Devin Phillips

  • DT: Cam Bariteau

Notes: Kamara is off to a fabulous start to the season. In two games he has two sacks, four quarterback hurries and a forced and recovered fumble. He's playing like a first-team All-Mountain West player.

Devin Phillips returned to the lineup against Middle Tennessee after being suspended for the Michigan game. He had 1.5 tackles for loss.

James Mitchell, Grady Kelly, Troy Golden and Mukendi Wa-Kalonji are all in the two-deep rotation. Tyler Quinn will see time as well. Defensive coordinator Freddie Banks said he'll go at least 8-9 deep in the rotation. Brandon Hickerson-Rooks has moved to defensive end and will be used as a pass-rush specialist.


  • Dequan Jackson

  • Drew Kulick

Notes: Banks lives in the 4-2-5 system and there will hardly ever be more than two linebackers on the field.

Cam'Ron Carter, despite technically being a backup, is second on the team with 18 tackles. Jackson has 17. Kulick is second on the team with three tackles for loss.

Defensive backs

  • Jack Howell (S)

  • Henry Blackburn (S)

  • Tywan Francis (nickel)

  • Chigozie Anusiem (CB)

  • Greg Laday (CB)

Notes: After much (unnecessary) fervor from fans about Jack Howell not being listed as a starter the first two weeks, he is now. He was a de facto starter anyways, landing near the snap count chart each game. Howell had 17 tackles and an interception against Middle Tennessee and he leads the team in tackles (24).

The other DB spots stay the same and King will still see the field as both a corner and safety.

Laday and Anusiem are the top two corners. King is listed as a CB backup, as is Brandon Guzman. Washington State transfer Ayden Hector is a backup safety who should see the field.

Special teams

  • Punter: Paddy Turner

  • Kicker: Henry Katleman

  • Long snapper: Jacob Raab OR Cody Pettitt

  • Kick returner: Morrow OR Stovall OR Pannunzio OR Vivens

  • Punt return: Stovall, Pannunzio (backup)

Notes: CSU finally has a special teams coordinator (Tommy Perry) who should help sort out the long-standing miscues the Rams have had. Starting kicker Cayden Camper left the team after two games (he was 0-1 on FGs and 1-2 on PATs at the time). Katleman will likely take his place, but Hawaii transfer Michael Boyle could be in the mix as well.

Turner wears the same number and replaces the great Ryan Stonehouse. The lefty hasn't had any major miscues but overall has been relatively short on punts with a net average under 40.

CSU is looking for its next Ross Reiter at long snapper. Raab transfers in from San Diego State and will split long and short snapping duties with Cody Pettitt. In kick returns it will be situational, with several players seeing the field. Stovall and Pannunzio will both likely see punt returns as well.

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