FORT COLLINS, Colo. Colorado State senior Billy Farris was picked to be the Rams' No. 1 quarterback to start the season.
"I really liked the leadership and demeanor Billy showed in the spring. But he didn't take anything for granted at that point," first-year coach Steve Fairchild said Monday in naming Farris his starter over four other quarterbacks.
"He really took charge over the summer, during our conditioning program and the players' workouts. That was where he earned the respect and confidence of his teammates."
Farris, who has played in nine games and thrown 39 passes in his career, beat out junior Grant Stucker, redshirt freshmen T.J. Borcky and Klay Kubiak, and freshman Alex Kelly for the starting nod.
Farris replaces Caleb Hanie, who led the Mountain West Conference in passing efficiency last year before signing with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent.
Farris, from Baton Rouge, La., will make his first career start against Colorado in the Rocky Mountain Showdown at Invesco Field on Aug. 31.