By Grant Larson
FORT COLLINS, Colo.-- The Colorado State Rams held their 10th practice of spring ball on Tuesday afternoon out on the practice fields. After praising the performance of the offense following Saturday’s scrimmage, head coach Mike Bobo was disappointed with the lack of effort and complacency he saw on that side of the ball today.
“We have to have a better effort from the offense,” Bobo said. “Totally nonchalant today. Poor job by the coaches getting them ready to practice. They went out there and went through the motions, as a result we wasted a day. It is very disappointing when the leadership of your football team is primarily on offense.”
With injuries to multiple players in the secondary, the Rams have found themselves with just two healthy scholarship players at cornerback this spring in Kevin Nutt, Jr. and Robert Awunganyi. To help fill the holes left at that position, Bobo moved sophomore wide receiver Anthony Hawkins and senior safety Justin Sweet there for Tuesday’s practice.
“We made some changes today, as more of an experiment,” he said. “Anthony Hawkins is a guy we think has got short-area quickness and toughness. We will try him out the next six days. and see where he might have the best chance to help this football team be productive. Justin Sweet was out there, too. We need more depth out there at corner so we moved guys around.”
With just four practices left before the annual Green and Gold Spring Game, the Rams will try to regain the early edge they showed during the beginning of spring camp. CSU will practice again Thursday afternoon.
Future Rams honored at National Football Foundation Colorado Chapter banquet
On Monday evening in Denver, former CSU punter Hayden Hunt received the 2016 Colorado Special Teams Player of the Year award for the second consecutive year at the National Football Foundation Colorado Chapter awards banquet. The scholar-athlete awards banquet also honored 14 Colorado prep athletes for their performance on the field and in the classroom, and three of them will enroll at Colorado State in June. Corte Tapia from Windsor High School and Marcus McElroy from Mullen High School were announced on National Signing Day, and Mountain Vista quarterback Judd Erickson also will be wearing the green and gold.
“We are real excited about Judd (Erickson) and him coming to Colorado State,” Bobo said. “He was a guy that came to the team camp last year and did a really good job. Then he came back to our one-day camp and impressed us with his arm strength and his ability to see the field. He came in and ran a team where he knew no one and took leadership. I am excited to see him and what he can do for us in the future.”
Hunt visits practice
All-America punter—and 2016 Colorado State graduate—Hayden Hunt was in attendance for practice Tuesday and spent time working with the Rams’ special teams. Hunt hopes to join the ranks of the #NextLevelRams in two weeks during the 2017 NFL Draft.
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