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CSU football spring notebook: Practice 6

Tight ends Crockett Gillmore and Kivon Cartwright have been impressive during spring

April 3, 2013

By Stuart Buchanan
Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – After Wednesday the Rams moved one day closer to Saturday’s scrimmage at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium.

Saturday’s scrimmage will be the first opportunity for fans to check out the 2013 squad.

In preparation for the first live, situational scrimmage, Colorado State continued with recall and worked on adding more install.

After the sixth practice Head Coach Jim McElwain, as he has done numerous times this spring, spoke highly of how well the team is grasping the offense. This is a sentiment that was echoed by quarterback Garrett Grayson.

“I think the receivers, they aren’t relying on the coaches to get lined up or know the routes, they’re actually helping each other,” Grayson said. “The tight ends are telling each other what they have. I think we have taken big steps coming into this season.”

This could be credited to a greater dedication that CSU hasn’t seen.                              

For example, thirty minutes after practice tight ends Crockett Gillmore and Kivon Cartwright were still on the field working with Grayson as they worked on routes and timing. It is clear Grayson is developing a couple favorite targets.

“If they keep doing what they’re doing out here then I think they can be unstoppable,” Grayson said. “They can be the biggest one-two punch in the Mountain West.”



The Rams have one more practice Friday before Saturday’s 11 a.m. public scrimmage, which has Grayson pumped up.

“I’m excited to see what everybody can do,” Grayson said. “It’s the first scrimmage so everybody is always excited for that one.”

The quarterback also knows that he can’t let the excitement get the best of him; he knows what the coaching staff will be looking for.

“I don’t want to be throwing interceptions but I also think Coach Mac will be looking for leadership in all of us so I just want to show him that I can be that guy and lead by example,” Grayson said.

Important Dates:

Infinity Park Practice: For the second consecutive year McElwain and the Rams will travel down to Denver for a public practice. With more than 43,000 alumni living in the area, the Bold New Era has made an emphasis on connecting with that group of Rams.

Colorado State will practice at Infinity Park in Glendale on Friday, April 12 starting at 5:45 p.m. The practice is free and Ram Town interactive area will open at 5 p.m. Ram fans can purchase 2013 season tickets and official apparel. Food and beverages will be available.

2013 Spring Game: The Rams will conclude their second spring camp under McElwain on Saturday, April 20 as fans are invited to attend the annual Green vs. Gold game.

Starting at 10 a.m. The Ram Town interactive area will open and only an hour later the spring game will kick off. Admission is free and fans will have an opportunity to purchase 2013 season tickets and take pictures with CAM the Ram and cheerleaders.

For more information about both events click here.

More Garrett Grayson quotes:

(more on tight ends)
“Kivon (Cartwright) and Crockett (Gillmore) they’re different. I think Crockett is a better blocker but Kivon has more speed. They are going to be put in situations to succeed that is what Coach Mac is good at, putting us in the right situation to excel and be perfect.”

(on first scrimmage last year)
“I think last year, the first scrimmage we had it was ugly. We didn’t know what the heck we were doing so I think having a year in the system, and I think it showed the last four or five games that we had last year, how we finished. We are taking it into spring ball. I think everybody knows what the heck we’re doing.”

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