For starters at the NFL scouting combine, Kapri Bibbs could not overlook his introduction.

The college football nation got to know Bibbs as a running back during his breakout sophomore season at Colorado State, where he tied for the NCAA major-college lead with 31 touchdowns rushing and ranked sixth with 1,741 yards rushing.

Bibbs the young man with the engaging personality, however, needed to be freed from the first-year muzzle rule of CSU coach Jim McElwain.

At the combine, Bibbs filled the room with his presence. He is outgoing, sharp, friendly, humorous. Where has this guy been?

CSU's marquee player was shielded from the media last season because even though Bibbs had attended two junior colleges before joining the Rams, and even though he is now 21, McElwain has a rule where first-year players aren't allowed to speak with the media.

"That's policy," Bibbs said. "I can't complain about that stuff. He said they don't let first-year guys talk in the media and he held his word from Alabama to Colorado State. I'm nobody to go in there and tell him you need to break those rules now and the way you've been doing things. I respected him for doing that."

Oddly, of all the tests and drills Bibbs underwent during his three-day football trial, the area in which he had the least experience — the interview — is where he flourished most.

Other prospects had eight- to 12-minute sessions with the media. The engaging Bibbs had to be pulled away near the 20-minute mark.

"We try to help our players with the transition to life at Colorado State," McElwain said during a phone interview Tuesday. "They come from all kinds of different backgrounds, and we think this helps with the transition."