Broncos sign ex-CSU star Bibbs
Two of CSU’s best football players last fall could be playing in Colorado for years to come.
Running back Kapri Bibbs and linebacker Shaquil Barrett, both passed over in the NFL draft, agreed immediately afterward to free-agent deals with the Denver Broncos.
“I don’t mind that at all,” Barrett said. “I hate moving.”
Bibbs couldn’t be reached for comment but confirmed his deal with the Broncos on Twitter.
“Thankyou @johnelway for the opportunity broncos here we come!” he tweeted.
Tanner Hedstrom, CSU’s long-snapper, also will get a shot with the Broncos during a rookie minicamp that begins Thursday, he said.
Bibbs set a number of Colorado State University records in his only season with the Rams, running for 1,741 yards and an NCAA-best 31 touchdowns last fall. The 5-foot-9, 212-pounder also set school records for touchdowns in a game with six against New Mexico and rushing yards in a game with 312 against Nevada.
Bibbs averaged 6.2 yards a carry while running for more than 130 yards in six of the final 10 games of the season and for more than 200 yards three times in a five-game span from Oct. 19 to Nov. 16. He ran for three touchdowns or more in eight of the Rams’ final 10 games, including five in a row.
He had two years of eligibility remaining when he decided to declare himself eligible for the NFL draft soon after the running for 169 yards and three touchdowns in the New Mexico Bowl. He had said just a few days before the draft that he was certain he would be one of the 256 players selected in the seven-round draft. There were 22 running backs taken, but Bibbs wasn’t among them.
“God only gives the toughest battles to the strongest solider!” Bibbs tweeted minutes after the draft ended.
He later tweeted that he was excited to be heading to the same team as Barrett and to be remaining in Colorado. Although Bibbs grew up in Plainfield, Illinois, he was born in Colorado Springs.
“Best to have my fans behind me in Colorado lets go!” he tweeted.