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Summer workouts bring Rams one step closer to 2017 season

June 13, 2017

The familiar clang of weights, the booming music and shouts of encouragement from an attentive strength and conditioning staff reverberate through the hallways surrounding Moby Arena.

The Rams are back. This week marks the beginning of summer workouts and the first week of summer classes for many Colorado State student-athletes. The football team welcomed a large class of newcomers who make up the Class of 2017, each embarking on his own journey to fulfill life-long dreams.

Sunday’s move-in day and orientation meetings have given way to the next steps of the acclimation process as workouts begin with the full team back together for the first time in weeks. It began with a 6 a.m. run on Monday for the returnees, followed by three separate weight-lifting groups, which concluded just after noon. The first lifting session for the newcomers was Monday afternoon. Tuesday, sandpit work and speed training outdoors continued to challenge the players with the variety and scope of the workouts.

Head Coach Mike Bobo emphasized the importance of each step in preparation for the season, including the responsibility of being the first CSU team to play a game in the new on-campus stadium, which opens Aug. 26 vs. Oregon State.

“We need to do the work on a daily basis that will allow us to earn the right to play in the new stadium,” Bobo said. “It is a tremendous responsibility, and our time is short this summer, so we must make each day count. Every workout, every rep, every class—all of it put together, day-by-day, is what will put us in position to earn that right.”

Senior All-Mountain West center Jake Bennett is among the many Rams players who grasp the sense of urgency as the team reassembles for summer school and workouts under head strength and conditioning coach Ryan Davis.



“We have to get the guys back and get them in shape,” Bennett said. “We have to get them to understand what we’re trying to accomplish this year in the shorter time that we have this summer to get it done.”

Last Friday marked the date of substantial completion for the new stadium, and the move-in process will stretch over the next four weeks for the football program. Until then, the team continues to work out in the familiar surroundings of the Moby Arena/McGraw Athletic Center complex. Earning the right to move into the new training facilities, as Coach Bobo emphasized, includes helping the newcomers get acclimated to being CSU Rams—and quickly.

“We just have to show them the ropes and they are going to have to figure some things out,” Bennett said. “It’s going to be rough for a bit, and it’s kind of intimidating when you first get here because there’s so much thrown at you. So I think the older guys just have to be able to steer them through that and show them what to do and what not to do. At the end of the day they are going to have to figure some things out.”

When he went through the experience four years ago, Bennett had a strong example to follow. And he has advice for those just learning their way around campus.

“Latch onto an older guy,” Bennett said. “I latched onto Weston (Richburg, fourth-year center for the New York Giants)…he was like my mentor. He showed me so much in that one year that I was with him (2013) that I’ve carried that on throughout my whole career.”

That guidance has helped Bennett become a second-team All-Mountain West performer—one of three the Rams return for a 2017 season marked by great anticipation and high aspirations.

This is not the first week of the offseason, but it is a significant marker in a sequence of phases that make up the team’s preparation for its historic 2017 season.

“Every day we need to challenge each other to respond to the pressure of high expectations,” Bobo said. “We won’t back down from responsibility, from expectation or from the challenge in front of us. We have six weeks to make this phase of the offseason count, and that will pay dividends for us down the line.”

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