K.J. Carta-Samuels believes he will see the field again in 2018

K.J. Carta-Samuels currently ranks in the top 20 in the FBS in passing yards (No. 6), passing touchdowns (No. 11) and completions per-game (No. 17). After being pulled late in the third quarter against Boise State on Friday, the graduate transfer was informed over the weekend that he would not be starting for the Rams in the Border War though. Instead, Collin Hill make his first start of 2018, after making brief appearances in six other games this season.

Following Monday’s practice, Carta-Samuels told reporters that despite being demoted, he plans to continue preparing the same way that he has all season. Carta-Samuels said that he is obviously disappointed that he will not be running the first-team offense this week, and that if he was not upset, then he should be playing football.

“If I was okay with it, then that that would be a problem for sure,” Carta-Samuels said.

Even after being leapfrogged by Hill on the depth chart, Carta-Samuels said that his relationship with the younger quarterback is still as strong as ever. Throughout the year, both QBs have been extremely vocal with their support of each other. That support appears to be unaffected by this week’s roster shake-up.

Senior quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels stands in the pocket against Hawaii.   PHOTO:   Elliott Jerge | Rocky Mountain Collegian

Senior quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels stands in the pocket against Hawaii. PHOTO: Elliott Jerge | Rocky Mountain Collegian


Both Carta-Samuels and Hill told reporters that they have always wanted whatever is best for the team, and that their relationship continues to be solid.

“We have a great relationship, and I will definitely support him,” Carta-Samuels said.

“We’ve always had a great relationship,” Hill said. “When I went in in little spurts and got to play, he was always really supportive, and I was supportive of him. Our relationship is not going to change.”

Moving forward, Carta-Samuels will continue to grind in practice, so that if his number is called again, he will be ready. The veteran quarterback does not think we have seen the last of him in a CSU uniform, so his preparation will remain the same.

Two months ago, Carta-Samuels told reporters that he transferred from Washington to CSU because he believed that this program gave him the best opportunity to succeed this year, and beyond. After practice on Monday, Carta-Samuels said he still believes that coming to Colorado State was the best decision for his future, and he has no regrets about his choice to come to Fort Collins or the work he has put in this season.

“I love Colorado, I love the team and I love the coaches,” Carta-Samuels said.

PHOTO: Elliott Jerge | Rocky Mountain Collegian