by Grant Larson
FORT COLLINS, Colo.-- The Colorado State Rams held their 12th session of spring camp Saturday morning on the outdoor practice fields. With just a week left before the annual Spring Game and subsequent end of spring ball, head coach Mike Bobo is encouraged by the progress the Rams have made, but is adamant they still have a lot of work to do during this final stretch.
“I feel pretty good about spring practice,” Bobo said. “We got to see a lot of guys in some different spots, we have seen some guys grow up, and have put some guys through adversity. I told our team that we have a long way to go. I feel good about how we finished the last two days. We have the last week and we cannot waste a day. Three more opportunities to get better, and we want to get better.”
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Among those who have fought adversity and adjusted to new roles this spring is redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Richard King. King missed a large portion of spring practices with a concussion, but has made up for lost time upon being cleared for drills this week.
“Richard King has been battling a concussion and some other things personally,” Bobo said. “But to get him out there today--he could not do live, but could do some of the thud work--I thought he looked good. He is a guy that hopefully we can get back into the fold that will help us up front."
Additional position changes on the defensive front include switching Caleb Smith from defensive end to buck linebacker, and moving Darnell Thompson inside, from defensive end to defensive tackle.
“Caleb was a little bit more productive today,” Bobo said. “When he worked in buck earlier in the spring he had some productive days. The first two days he was not very productive, but I thought he was more productive today… (Darnell Thompson) has been good. He has brought us some quickness in there, and made us move our feet more on the offensive line, especially at the center position. He’s been able to create a little bit more pass rush."
The Rams will be back on the practice fields Tuesday afternoon as they begin their final week of spring ball. Follow @CSUFootball on Twitter and check CSURams.com for exclusive coverage and content.
Teams to be allowed 10 assistant coaches starting next season
The NCAA Division I Council announced this week that starting in the 2018 season, all teams will be allowed to hire a 10th on-field assistant coach. With an additional coach comes more opportunities to help student athletes grow on and off the field, and Bobo is excited to gain that extra edge next season.
“I think a 10th coach is a good idea. You have guys that are out there that can help you and I think you need more coaches to be more hands-on with players.”
When asked if he had a plan in mind for how to implement a 10th coach, Bobo said he knew what he was going to do had the rule gone into effect immediately, but now will wait and see how the season plays out and make that decision at that time.
Season tickets available now
While existing season ticket holders continue the seat-selection process for the new stadium, new season ticket commitments are available to be made. Demand has continued to be strong among fans eager to secure seats in anticipation of the first season in the on-campus stadium. For information on new season ticket commitments, please call the Rams Sales Team at 800-491-RAMS or visit www.CSURams.com/tickets and click “Request Season Tickets” from the Football menu. The seven-game package includes all six home games and the Rocky Mountain Showdown in Denver, vs. Colorado, starting at $225. The first game in the new stadium will kick off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, vs. Oregon State.
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