While the Colorado State defense allowed an average of 31.2 points a game in the 2011 season and ranked No. 91 among FBS teams, it wasn't the fault of the pass defense. With just 179.6 passing yards allowed per game, the Rams ranked No. 13 in pass defense. It was a strength for CSU in 2011 and is expected to be a strength again during the 2012 season.
Speaking to the Coloradoan on Monday, new head coach Jim McElwain echoed that sentiment:
"I'm really proud of what they're doing that way, because as long as everybody's on the same page, you've got a chance not to leave somebody there screaming wide open, so I think that's No. 1. And I really believe they're playing physical, and you know I like that. We've got some safeties that can fill it, and that's a good deal."
With Momo Thomas and Austin Gray both returning to start in the secondary for Colorado State, the team will have some experience and some fresh young talent in pass defense.