Multiple Rams take home conference awards after down year

Luke Zahlmann

With a fifth-place finish in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West Conference, the Colorado State football team’s 3-9 record fell short of many expectations. 

Despite a lack of success as a team, the Rams had three players named to All-Conference teams, announced Wednesday by the MW. 

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In his first full year on the field for the Rams, redshirt junior wideout Preston Williams made first-team All-MW on the offensive side of the ball. 

Williams, a former five-star recruit put up 96 receptions for 1,345 yards and 14 touchdowns. His numbers lapped the field for the Rams and his receptions and yards were both the top mark in the MW, with his touchdown tally falling two short of Hawaii wide receiver John Ursua (16). 

His receptions also tied former receiver Rashard Higgins for second-most all-time in a season for the program. His 14 touchdowns tied former Ram Michael Gallup for second-most in a season as well. 

In his final game against Air Force, Williams put up career highs in both yardage (248) and touchdowns (3). 

On the special teams’ end, sophomore Ryan Stonehouse earned first-team All-MW honors as well, just a year after receiving an honorable mention. 

Stonehouse tallied a 48.31 yards per punt mark, good for first in the conference and second in the nation. 

Redshirt senior Rams’ linebacker Josh Watson earned a spot on the conference’s second team. 

Watson accumulated a team-high 131 tackles on the year, 8.5 for a loss. The linebacker also scooped up a pair of fumble recoveries. The tackles mark was tied for sixth in the nation overall. 

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The trio of awarded players comes just a year after four Rams made the first-team All-MW team on offense, with former tailback Dalyn Dawkins as the lone offensive player on the second team. No defensive players made the cut last year. 

Luke Zahlmann can be reached at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @lukezahlmann.