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Colorado State and head coach Mike Bobo took the second spring scrimmage down south to Dove Valley, home of the Denver Broncos, on Saturday morning. The Rams ran a 109 offensive play scrimmage in front of 1,000 season ticket holders and Ram Club members.
"It always feels good to get on the bus and go somewhere and play, and when you get more people at practice it brings a little excitement to the scrimmage," Bobo said. "Our guys were excited about the day, and we had beautiful weather and a great turnout, and it was just an awesome place. We appreciate the Broncos letting us do this."
After the scrimmage, Bobo said he saw dramatic improvement from last Saturday's scrimmage and he was impressed with the overall execution by his team.
"I thought we improved from the last scrimmage," Bobo said. "We improved in our execution in-between the 20s offensively, but inside the 20 we turned the ball over too many times. We had missed snaps and missed assignments but I thought the execution was better. A lot of big plays. Defensively, I thought we ran to the ball harder, I thought we hit harder."
Offensively, quarterbacks Coleman Key and Nick Stevens looked impressive, combining for more than30 completions on the day. Stevens, who took most of the reps with the first-team offense and played against the first-team defense, was 16-of-27 for 165 yards and threw two touchdowns. Key was 18-of-28 for 298 yards and he tossed one touchdown.
The first-year head coach was very complimentary of both quarterbacks after the scrimmage.
"I thought both of them had their moments," Bobo said. "Nick knew where he was going the whole day, throwing to the right guys. I thought he was aiming the ball a little bit and he was high on some stuff, high on way too many throws just trying to be a little bit cautious instead of letting it rip but he knew where to go. Coleman had a better day than he did last time of knowing where to go with the ball. He threw some good balls. He's still just got to keep learning the offense and feeling comfortable. He's still not quite as comfortable as Nick is but he's improving and I am definitely pleased with both of those guys."
The top receiver on the day was Sammie Long IV, who hauled in five receptions for 140 yards, including a 69-yard catch to take the offense down to the one-yard line. Bobo continued to express how pleased he is with Cole Anderson, who also had five catches on Saturday.
"If we were playing tomorrow, Cole would be in our top four," Bobo said. "He's done an outstanding job at every practice and every scrimmage. He's tough, he makes the tough catch and blocks, and I am really glad Cole is on our football team. He's made an impression on us and he's been playing some at number one and co-one this week, so he will continue to get more reps because he's making plays."
Defensively, Cory James and Trent Matthews led the defense with nine and eight tackles, respectively. Matthews recorded one of the defense's two interceptions. Arvada, Colo., product Jakob Buys also picked off a pass. Linebacker Bryan Ohene-Gyeni registered two sacks.
The Rams have a busy week as they prepare for the annual Green and Gold Spring Game, which will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 18 at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium. It is free of charge and open to the public. CSU will practice on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday before the game on Saturday.
Head Coach Mike Bobo quotables
(on the Denver Broncos' facility)
"It's a beautiful facility. We really appreciate it. For our guys to come over here and practice where the pros play...they all have aspirations of playing in the NFL and to come over here and practice in this facility is just awesome. We've got to get whoever does this grass to come over to our place and get the turf just like they have it. This is awesome grass (laughing)."
(on the play of Dalyn Dawkins)
"I've mentioned Dalyn Dawkins a couple times to you guys, but pound-for-pound he's probably the most physical guy on our football team. He has no fear. He runs explosively, he's got a homerun hit ability and he's doing a nice job in the passing game, in protection and getting out on a route. We just got to get him to slow down a little bit. He's a little bit out of control at times but he's got no fear and when you have no fear, you can play."
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