CSU adds former Nebraska quarterback to the mix

Mamadou Balde

The Colorado State football team added former Nebraska quarterback Patrick O’Brien to their roster, head coach Mike Bobo announced Wednesday.

O’Brien redshirted his 2016 season and backed up 2018 NFL Draft pick Tanner Lee during the 2017-2018 season. He racked up 192 passing yards while completing 18-of-30 passes. O’Brien saw the most action on Nov. 11 against Minnesota where he recorded 137 passing yards, completing 12 of his 18 passes.


Out of high school, O’Brien was regarded as a four-star prospect and ranked in the top 10 for high school quarterbacks by 247Sports and Rivals.com. During his senior season at San Juan Hills High School in San Juan Capistrano, California, O’Brien led his team to the CIF Southern Section Playoffs by tallying up 2,895 passing yards with 32 touchdowns with a 74.3 completion percentage. He also finished with 626 rushing yards.

The addition will further strengthen the signal-calling room for the Rams. Following the loss of projected starter Collin Hill, Bobo has now added a pair of transfers in O’Brien and K.J. Carta-Samuels who will compete for the week one slot under center, with Hill rehabbing from yet another torn ACL. The pair will join Justice McCoy, J.C. Robles and Judd Erickson who were already on the CSU roster prior to Hill’s injury. 

Collegian sports reporter Mamadou Balde can be reached at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @mamadoubalde62.