Former CSU wide receivers shine in opening preseason games

The NFL preseason is officially here and a variety of former Colorado State football players will be fighting for roster spots this August. A trio of those former CSU players made their first appearances of the 2018 NFL season Thursday night, including a pair of former Biletnikoff finalists.

Michael Gallup (Cowboys) and Rashard Higgins (Browns) were superstars in their collegiate days with the Rams and they each appear to have a chance to make a real impact for their respective NFL teams in 2018. 

Higgins has not made much of a splash in the league since the Browns used a fifth round pick on the former CSU wide receiver (2013-15) in 2016, but based on reports from training camp, Higgins has developed solid chemistry with rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield.

That chemistry was on display Thursday night, as Higgins led the Browns in total targets in the first half with five. Higgins finished the game with four receptions for 66 receiving yards and averaged 16.5 yards per catch. His longest reception of the night was 26 yards. That came in the first quarter when Mayfield connected with him on a fade route. 

Gallup made his presence known almost immediately, scoring a 30-yard touchdown on a go route. The touchdown reception was his only catch in the first half, but the former CSU standout gave a taste of what Cowboys fans will be able to expect this season, as the Cowboys targeted him three times in the passing offense. Over the last two seasons, Gallup recorded 176 receptions for 2,690 yards and 21 touchdowns at CSU.

Along with the wide receivers, former CSU running back Dalyn Dawkins (Titans) made his professional debut as well. Dawkins recorded one carry for six yards in Tennessee's 14 point loss. Kapri Bibbs also made an impact for the Washington Redskins, leading the team in rushing with four carries for 48 yards. Bibbs also totaled one catch for 11 yards. 

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