The heat is on.
For Garrett Grayson – and any player on Colorado State's 0-2 football team – the pressure has been turned up a notch.
CSU's offense can't produce near the level they'd like, they can't sustain drives and can't finish games.
Many fans watch and argue it's all Grayson's fault, but that's simply not the case.
Sure, he's played poorly at times, connecting on only 50 percent of his passes with an equal number of touchdowns and interceptions (2) so far this season, but his teammates have to share the blame.
Rashard Higgins, Jordon Vaden, Austin Gray, Crockett Gillmore and others have combined for double-digit drops in the first two games, around one-third of the incompletions thus far. Both of the interceptions Saturday deflected off of Rams' receivers hands, and a timely catch could have made that second loss a first win on the season.
“Yeah, I think definitely we need to up those (reps) based on the performance,” McElwain said when asked of the possibility of seeing a new quarterback this Saturday. “Again, I'm not putting that performance on the quarterback as much as people around him. But at the same time, that's a position you need to generate some things for your offense. And we'll see how it goes. But he's our starter. We'll go with it from there.”
So, will Coach Mac put Grayson on a short leash?
“I don't look at it as a leash as I look at it as 'Let's produce.' Be productive and we'll go from there.”
And if he can't produce, who will be the next man up?
“Last week, Conner (Smith) was backup,” McElwain explained. “I thought Conner, last week, I felt like he had a pretty good week of practice, so we were going in with him as our two. We'll see how practice goes this week.”
So, while Grayson is still the starter, much seems to be up in the air as far as the Rams passing game is concerned.
The junior QB has to feel good that his coach still has confidence in him as the best player and leader at the position; others agree.
Jared Baird said he backs up Grayson Monday after McElwain talked. “He keeps his composure very well during games. He keeps a very good composure, he’s very encouraging. He’s very encouraging to the wide receivers and to us up front. He’s calm, cool and collected in the pocket and on the sideline. That’s part of playing quarterback, you going to get a lot of attention. It doesn’t have to necessarily be your fault. Again, these losses have been on the offense as a whole and on the team as a whole, not on just one guy.”
This Saturday brings the team's first home game of the season against Cal Poly and Colorado State is still searching for that elusive first win. The game kicks off at 1:30 p.m. MT at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium and College Football Hall of Famer Greg Myers will be celebrated.