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Football players earn preseason honors

July 24, 2009

Senior offensive lineman Shelley Smith and senior wide receiver Rashaun Greer have been selected today as members of the Mountain West preseason all-conference team. The announcement was made at MWC Football Media Days July 21.

Most experienced offensive line in nation

Shelley Smith (at right), a 6-foot-4, 300-pound guard out of Phoenix, Ariz., will be a third-year starter for the Rams entering the 2009 season. He anchors the most experienced offensive line in the nation. CSU's 2009 roster has 125 career starts on the offensive line, more than any school in the country.

At the end of last season, Smith was a second-team all-Mountain West Conference choice and has been a key component in bringing Colorado State back into contention and giving the Rams their first winning season since 2003.

Wide receiver a solid target

A 6-foot-1, 202-pound wideout from North Las Vegas, Nev., Rashaun Greer capped off an amazing 2008 season for Colorado State. A former track athlete for CSU, Greer became a solid target for quarterback Billy Farris throughout the season. He finished with 1,114 receiving yards, making him the first CSU player with over 1,000 yards since David Anderson in 2005.

At the end of the season, Greer had finished 10th nationally in average yards per catch with 17.7. Like Smith, he had earned second-team all-Mountain West Conference honors, and should be a major weapon this season.

Rams picked to finish sixth in MWC

In a poll of the members of the media, Colorado State was picked to finish sixth in the Mountain West Conference this season. TCU was picked to finish first.