Update: McElwain Era at Colorado State Begins with Quarterback Mulling Transfer

Nick Davis@_nick_davis_Contributor IIIJanuary 10, 2012

FORT COLLINS, CO - OCTOBER 15:  Quarterback Pete Thomas #4 of the Colorado State Rams delivers a pass against the Boise State Broncos at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium on October 15, 2011 in Fort Collins, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Rams 63-13.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Starting quarterback and former four-star recruit Pete Thomas may be leaving Colorado State after two seasons, and if he does transfer he is likely heading to Vanderbilt, this according to Rich Kurtzman. In 2010, Thomas completed nearly 65 percent of his passes for 2,662 yards as a true freshman. However, after a promising freshman season, Thomas fell to 62 percent, along with throwing for 1,607 yards and seven touchdowns to eight interceptions.

Thomas was replaced by Garrett Grayson due to injury, yet there were talks of Thomas being replaced regardless, after the Rams began the season 3-1 and then failed to win another game under Thomas. Grayson took over for Thomas against San Diego State, and went 6-15 for 26 yards in a losing effort. Grayson also gives the Rams a threat running the ball, rushing 43 times for 193 yards. Thomas finished his Colorado State career with 133 total rush attempts—71 which are sacks—for -292 yards.

Then-head coach Steve Fairchild was criticized for replacing Thomas with Grayson. At the time, Grayson was being redshirted, and the season looked like it wasn't going anywhere. A lot of critics of Fairchild believed that Fairchild was playing Grayson in order to keep his job. Well, that didn't work. Grayson and the Rams failed to win a game the rest of the way. Fairchild was then replaced by former Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain.

After Grayson replaced Thomas, Grayson went 43-77 for 542 yards, with two touchdowns and six interceptions. Those numbers won't blow anyone away, yet watching the young quarterback gives the Rams hope for a positive future.