April 20, 2017
by Grant Larson
FORT COLLINS, Colo.— The Colorado State Rams held their 14th spring practice on Thursday afternoon, the final session before Saturday’s Green & Gold Spring Game. Head coach Mike Bobo spoke to the media following practice, addressing the logistics of Saturday’s scrimmage, and what he hopes to see from his team.
“We’re playing at a pretty high level offensively, and I want to see that continue,” Bobo said. “It’s been a very good spring where there haven’t been a lot of down days or even down periods. There might have been some down plays, but they fought their way out of that by executing. Defensively, I feel like we’ve had a really good week. The last four practices, we’ve been improving, we’re understanding our zones and where we need to be. I want to see us take it to the next step of making the plays.”
Among those that Bobo wants to see stand out defensively on Saturday is sophomore Anthony Hawkins. Hawkins made the switch from wide receiver to cornerback earlier this spring, and Bobo believes that the young playmaker may have found his niche in the defensive backfield.
“I think it’s worked out,” Bobo said. “We agreed to six practices, but from his body language and brief conversations, I see him having fun and I think he sees himself having the chance to be a starter. We’ll sit down with each of our players on Monday and let them know where they stand and we’ll make the decision based off of where we think he gives us the best shot, but right now he’s rolling in with the (No.) 1s.”
The Rams will utilize an adjusted scoring system and timing format for the scrimmage, including 12-minute quarters with a running clock. Possessions will start on the 30-yard line with no kickoffs, and all punts will default as 40 yards net.
While touchdown and field goal scoring will remain the same for the offense, they can also earn extra points with 15+ yard runs, 20+ yard passes, and drives with at least three first downs all being worth one additional point.
The defense can earn six points for a defensive touchdown, three points for a missed field goal, two points for a sack, one point for a three-and-out, and six points for a forced turnover. With limited depth at skill positions, the game will be played with the No. 1 offense against the No. 1 defense, and so on down the depth chart.
Rams to recognize champions on Saturday
Pride will be what fuels the offensive and defensive players during Saturday’s spring game. Unlike past years, when the winning team has received a steak dinner while the losing team eats hot dogs, Bobo said the entire team will get together for a meal to honor specific players.
“We have a Champions Club that we started when we came back in January,” he said. “If you’re a champion through spring ball, you’ll eat a certain thing and get a piece of gear.”
Champions can be awarded for specific things – on and off the field – including performance, improvement, academics, attitude and offseason conditioning, to name a few.
Spring Game headlines Spring Sports Festival
The football game isn’t the only event on campus Saturday. In addition to the spring game, CSU’s track & field, soccer and softball programs will also compete, with fans encouraged to attend each event for the chance to win prizes.
“We’re encouraging our fans to come onto campus and enjoy all of the festivities,” Bobo said. “We get to come to campus and play, and for our fans, they get to picture themselves on campus, just like they’re gonna be doing when we play Oregon State in the first game.”
For more information on the Spring Sports Festival, including parking, food, times and more, click here.
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