Roaring Fork’s Farrias picks Adams State |

Roaring Fork’s Farrias picks Adams State

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
contributed photoRoaring Fork senior Cesar Farrias signs his letter of intent to play football at Adams State College on Wednesday.

CARBONDALE, Colorado – Football is still relatively new to Roaring Fork senior Cesar Farrias. And that’s a scary thing.

In his one year of varsity football as a Ram, Farrias excelled in whatever role his coaches assigned him.

As a running back, he rushed for 956 yards in just six games.

As a kicker, he booted four field goals measuring 40 or more yards.

As a kick returner, he routinely set his team up with good field position.

As a wide receiver, he made an impact with his sure hands.

No matter the situation, Farrias made the most of it. He hopes to do the same for Adams State College’s football team after inking a letter of intent to play at the Alamosa school on Wednesday, college football’s National Signing Day.

Farrias, who moved to the Roaring Fork Valley from Washington last school year and will be the first in his family to go to college, had just two years of football under his belt entering his senior season.

He opted to work a job at Aspen/Pitkin County Airport his junior year rather than play football. As a freshman and sophomore in Washington, he played left guard and tackle. He never played pee-wee ball.

He sorely missed the sport last school year. Consequently, Farrias wasn’t about to squander the opportunity to suit up one last time as a high schooler.

“I just love playing football and I wasn’t going to waste my senior year working all my weekends,” Farrias said. “I decided to play football. Senior year is supposed to be fun.”

The Roaring Fork coaching staff instantly recognized Farrias’ value, sticking him at receiver. It wasn’t long before the speedy senior assumed a greater role.

“It was the first year he played for us,” Roaring Fork head coach Greg Holley said. “We didn’t really know what to do with him. We noticed he had great hands and great speed, so we put him at wide receiver. But we needed somebody who we could get the ball to 65 or 70 percent of the time. He couldn’t do that as a wideout. So we put him in the backfield and things just started to click.”

Once Farrias moved to the backfield, the Rams’ offensive numbers improved.

“He was a big threat on offense,” Holley said. “Gosh, you know, I think we averaged six or seven points a game the first few games. When he got in there, we averaged 20, 21 points a game. It was a huge difference.”

At Adams State, Farrias will join Roaring Fork graduates Dana Holley and Jon Araujo on the football team. Farrias actually crashed with Holley while on his recruiting visit.

While on that visit, it wasn’t long before Farrias tabbed Adams as his college choice.

“I liked how they played,” he said. “I liked the town, too.”

On the field, Farrias isn’t sure where he’ll play for the Grizzlies. As long as he’s competing at the next level, he’ll play wherever they put him.

Said the soon-to-be Grizzly: “Since I started playing football, I’ve always wanted to go play college football.”

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