LAFAYETTE, Colo. – Twelfth-ranked Colorado State was in need of some major help in its back row following the graduation First-Team All-Conference No. 8 Evan Geist and unavailability of flanker and Olympian Ben Pinkelman due to shoulder surgery. In a Man of the Match performance against Utah State, D1A Player of the Week Josh Collins filled that void.
Wearing the No. 8 jumper, Collins created several turnovers on defense and showed off some nifty skills by drawing defenders and offloading to teammates in traffic during the 50-37 win.
“Josh has really been a difference maker for us so far this season,” said Colorado State Coach Rod Hartley. “From day one Josh has worked very hard to be a contributor on this team.”
The game was especially meaningful for the sophomore from Parker, Colo. After graduating from Legend High School, Collins spent his freshman year playing rugby and studying at Utah State. Transferring to Colorado State allowed the Titan Rugby Club alum to move closer to home, and meant he got to take the pitch against his former teammates.
“Josh’s standout performance this past weekend against a very good Utah State Aggies team changed the game for us,” Hartley added. “He was powerful and dominant at all the contact areas and really put his body on the line for his teammates, and created the holes in the defense that allowed us to be successful on attack.”
Collins and the Rams are off this weekend, but return to the pitch Saturday, Oct. 29 on the road against Wyoming.