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Colorado State loses QB Collin Hill for season

29 December 2015: A Colorado State Rams helmet sits on display during the NCAA football game between the University of Nevada Wolfpack and the Colorado State Rams at the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, AZ. (Photo by Carlos Herrera/Icon Sportswire)
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Collin Hill’s 2016 season won’t continue after the Colorado State quarterback suffered a torn ACL in the Rams’ win over Utah State on Saturday. He will miss the rest of the season, said head coach Mike Bobo on Monday.

Junior Nick Stevens will start for the 3-3 Rams on Saturday, replacing the true freshman, who had been solid in his debut campaign. Hill suffered the left knee injury while making an open-field cut during a 19-yard run in Colorado State’s 31-24 victory over the Aggies.

“It was non-contact,” Bobo said. “He was just planting off his left foot, and it buckled. Tough thing for Collin, tough for our football team. … You’re going to have injuries; you’re going to have setbacks; you’re going to have some adversity. And he is a well-grounded young man that is going to handle it, I think, extremely well, because he’ll go back to work, and he’ll work on the things to get back for this football team, and he’ll be a better player for it.”

Bobo hopes Hill can return in time for spring practice, however.

The 6-5 signal caller ranks third in the Mountain West Conference in passing yards per game, behind only Boise State’s Brett Rypien and Fresno State’s Chason Virgil. Averaging 219.2 passing yards per game en route to 1,096 total, Hill completed just more than 58 percent of his passes for eight touchdowns and two interceptions.

Since quarterbacks don’t do contact work during the spring session, Hill won’t have to be fully recovered to participate. Surgery will likely be scheduled this month.

Hill supplanted Stevens after the junior struggled in the Rams’ season-opener. Stevens will have a tough assignment in his first game back in the lineup, with Colorado State facing No. 15 Boise State.

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