Colorado State football 2022 depth chart before game vs. Nevada 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 Oct. 4 in advance of CSU vs. Nevada football game.


  • Starter: Clay Millen

  • Backup: Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi

  • Giles Pooler

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Notes: While Norvell hasn't publicly ruled Millen out of the Nevada game, it is expected that Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi will start in place of the injured Millen. Giles Pooler will be his backup.

Running back

  • Starter: A'Jon Vivens

  • Backup: Avery Morrow

Notes: Vivens, a former receiver, has 107 yards on 32 carries (3.3 yards per carry) in three games. Morrow has 69 yards.

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

Wide receivers

  • Starter: Tory Horton (backed up by Justice McCoy)

  • Starter: Justus Ross-Simmons (backed up by Mehki Fox)

  • Starter: Louis Brown (backed up by Thomas Pannunzio)

Notes: Freshmen are now in prominent roles after the departures of Ty McCullouch, Melquan Stovall and Dante Wright. Tory Horton leads the Mountain West in receiving yards with 427 on 23 catches and five touchdowns in four games.

Tight end

  • Starter: Tanner Arkin

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Notes: The Fossil Ridge product has mostly had to be used as a blocker with CSU's continued offensive line struggles. He has three catches for 20 yards.

Offensive line

  • LT: Jacob Gardner (backed up by Aaron Karas)

  • LG: Dante Bivens (backed up by Sammy Norris)

  • C: George Miki-Han (backed up by Dirk Nelson)

  • RG: Gray Davis (backed up by Trevyn Heil)

  • RT: Dontae Keys (backed up by Owen Snively)

Notes: The line was the biggest question mark entering the season and it has proved a problem, with 25 sacks allowed in four games. The Rams already had depth issues and then starting left tackle Brian Crespo-Jaquez went down during practice before Week 2 with a significant knee injury. Keys also has missed basically three games.

This is close to CSU's ideal five, with the exception of Crespo-Jaquez's injury.

Defensive line

  • DE: CJ Onyechi (backed up by Troy Golden)

  • DE: Mohamed Kamara (backed up by Mukendi Wa-Kalonji)

  • DT: Devin Phillips (backed up by Grady Kelly)

  • DT: Cam Bariteau (backed up by James Mitchell)

Notes: Kamara and Onyechi are off to excellent starts this season. Kamara has 3.5 sacks, 5.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. Onyechi has two sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss.


  • Dequan Jackson (backed up by Tavian Brown)

  • Cam'Ron Carter (backed up by Drew Kulick)

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

Jackson is second on the team with 33 tackles and Carter is third among active players with 26.

Defensive backs

  • Safety: Jack Howell (backed up by Titus Jones)

  • Safety: Henry Blackburn (backed up by Ayden Hector)

  • Nickel: Robert Floyd (backed up by Angel King)

  • Cornerback: Chigozie Anusiem (backed up by Angel King)

  • Cornerback: Greg Laday (backed up by Brandon Guzman.

Notes: Howell leads the team with 45 tackles to go with three interceptions. Both he and Blackburn are "day-to-day" leading into the Nevada game.

Floyd is now the nickel after Tywan Francis left the team.

Special teams

  • Punter: Paddy Turner

  • Kicker: Henry Katleman (kickoffs) and Michael Boyle (placekicking)

  • Long snapper: Jacob Raab OR Cody Pettitt

  • Kick returner: Morrow OR Pannunzio OR Vivens

  • Punt return: Pannunzio

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