There is no 82 on the roster, soooo let’s do something else.
While I’ve been ranking all the games of the Mike Bobo Era, it got me thinking about what an All-Mike Bobo Era Opponents all-star team would look like. I did my best to compile that team, taking into account the player’s college career, but also weighing in how they fared against CSU. So guys like Jerry Jeudy and Rashaad Penny (buried on the depth chart) and Rashaan Evans (missed game because of injury) won’t make the team.
Without further ado, the All-Mike Bobo Era Opponents Team Offense:
Jalen Hurts • Alabama
Hurts’ college career was full of accolades: First Team All-SEC, First Team All-Big 12, SEC Offensive Player of the Year, National Champion. Against CSU, he played as close to a perfect game you can get, throwing for 250 yards and 2 TD’s, running for 100 yards and a score. Hurts would get drafted in the 2nd round by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Other QB’s considered (but not really): Jordan Love (Utah State), Josh Allen (Wyoming), Brett Rypien (Boise State)
Donnel Pumphrey • San Diego State
Pumphrey put up insane stats over his career, including seasons of 1,876 and 2,018 yards. He passed Ron Dayne as the leader for FBS career rushing yards during the Las Vegas Bowl, which was kind of funny because Dayne’s yardage in bowl games isn’t counted for some insane reason that only makes sense in the idiotic world of college athletics. Donnel would be win MWC Offensive Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016, and first-team All-American in 2016.
Pumphrey faced the Rams twice: 121 yards and 2 TD’s in 2015 and held in check for 53 yards and a TD in 2016.
The Eagles selected Pumphrey in the 4th round of the 2017 draft.
Alexander Mattison • Boise State
Mattison is the latest in a long line of dominant Boise State running backs. He earned first team All-MWC honors in his first season as the lead back in 2018. He had a 242 yard, 3 TD game against CSU in 2017, which edged him past other worthy RB candidates.
The sky was the limit for Mattison’s senior season, but he couldn’t fathom spending another year of his life in Boise and decided to enter the draft instead. The Minnesota Vikings grabbed him in the 3rd round.
Other RB’s considered: Jeremy McNichols (Boise State), Brian Hill (Wyoming), Phillip Lindsay (Colorado), James Robinson (Illinois State), every Air Force running back
Calvin Ridley • Alabama
Ridley started his career with a bang, becoming a freshman All-American. He’d earn second-team and first-team All-SEC in the following seasons. Against CSU, he breezed to 92 yards and a touchdown in a game where the receiving corps wasn’t featured much.
Ridley left college early and was drafted in the first round of the 2018 draft by the Atlanta Falcons. He has been a mild disappointment on my fantasy team ever since.
Laviska Shenault • Colorado
Shenault’s college career was tarnished by injuries, but that didn’t stop him from sticking it to our beloved Rams. In his first career start he’d go off for 211 yards and a touchdown. The next year he’d rack up 90 scrimmage yards and a score. He was named first team All-PAC 12 in 2017 and second team in 2018.
Shenault couldn’t stand living in Boulder any longer and left early for the NFL draft. He was selected in the 2nd round and will now live in Jacksonville, Florida. Upgrade!
Other WR’s considered: John Ursua (Hawaii), Cedrick Wilson (Boise State), KeeSean Johnson (Fresno State), Thomas Sperbeck (Boise State), Tanner Gentry (Wyoming)
David Morgan • UTSA
Slim pickings at the Tight End position. CSU just missed playing against guys like Maxx Williams (Minnesota) and OJ Howard (Alabama). I’m sure I’m forgetting someone, but David Morgan is the most accomplished tight end I could find. Morgan was a second-team All-American, the first (and I assume only) All-American in UTSA history. He scored a touchdown against the Rams and I’m sure he had some nice blocks. Morgan would go on to get drafted in the 6th round by the Vikings.
Other TE’s considered: David Wells (San Diego State), Jake Roh (Boise State), Jacob Hollister (Wyoming)
Jonah Williams • Alabama
Unanimous All-American, two time All-SEC first team. First round selection by the Cincinnati Bengals. Obvious pick for this team.
Ezra Cleveland • Boise State
Cleveland was a two time All-MWC first teamer. Left Boise a year early and was drafted in the second round by the Vikings.
Nico Siragusa • San Diego State
Two time All-MWC first team and voted All-America first team by USA Today. Has a famous dad. Drafted in the 4th round by the Baltimore Ravens.
Ross Pierschbacher • Alabama
Four year starter at Alabama. Two time All-SEC first team. Long last name. 5th round pick by the Washington Redskins.
Chase Roullier • Wyoming
First-team All-MWC in 2016, second-team All-MWC in 2015. Hot take: He was just as important to Wyoming’s success as Josh Allen. Drafted in the 6th round by the Redskins.
Other OL’s considered: Jawaan Taylor (Florida), Austin Corbett (Nevada), Martez Ivey (Florida), every lineman on Alabama’s two-deep
Jason Sanders • New Mexico
Drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the 7th round of the 2018 draft. He’s a kicker.
Other K’s considered: Your mom
That concludes the offensive portion of the All-Opponents team, look for the defense to be named the next time we don’t have a roster number.