Aug. 6, 2014
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The intensity and temperatures were turned up on Wednesday for Colorado State’s third practice of Fall Camp.
“It was good to get out here in a little bit of heat,” Head Coach Jim McElwain said, referring to the temperature which was in the upper 80s. “We need a good week-and-a-half were we get some high-heat. Hopefully when we get done with (summer) school, and back on a normal schedule, we’ll get some more heat of the day, and I think that is something we need.”
Wednesday marked the first day in shoulder pads for the Rams, and you could really hear them pop. In 11-on-11 drills, defensive players were flying to the ball while the offense was pounding the rock up the middle.
“First day in shells, and I liked the tempo of team run today,” McElwain said. “I liked the way the offense handled the fourth kind of tempo that we run. I feel like they are getting a little more acclimated to the things we want to get done.”
In the early part of practice, wide receiver Rashard Higgins made a great finger-tip catch in the back of the end zone on a pass thrown over two defenders by quarterback Garrett Grayson. At that same time, on the other field, wide receiver Sammie Long IV jumped over a defender to haul in a reception. Both catches caused a roar from the sidelines.
The Rams will look to continue their strong start to Fall Camp on Thursday afternoon with another 4 p.m. practice. Friday will be the first day in full pads, and Saturday will be CSU’s first day of two-a-days.
Fall Camp Notebook
Scouting: Practices early in camp have been well attended by NFL personnel officials. The Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers and St. Louis Rams were represented during Wednesday’s practice, and the Seattle Seahawks by General Manager John Schneider. St. Louis Rams’ scout Brian Heimerdinger is no stranger to Fort Collins as he played for Colorado State in 2005.
Cory James: Junior linebacker Cory James will be held out of practice for the next week, McElwain told the media after practice. James had a minor operation to clean up his knee, and McElwain said he will be 100-percent for the season opener.
“We went ahead and cleared out Cory James’ (knee), the same thing we did to Max Morgan during the last two-a-days,” McElwain said. “It was one of those things we knew about a couple of weeks ago. We thought maybe we’d be able to get out, but after that first practice he kind of felt it and we thought, ‘you know what? Let’s go in there and go ahead and scope it and clean it up.”
McElwain’s Daily Pop Culture Reference: When telling the media about the defense having to do pushups after dropping an interception, McElwain referenced ‘Stripes,’ a 1981 movie featuring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P.J. Soles and John Candy.
“My biggest, bestest Big Toe, Sergeant Hulka. That is just one of my all-time classics right there," McElwain said while laughing. "You know, that is one of those that is lost, kind of, sometimes. It is like ‘What About Bob.’ I know we talked about it last year, but it is one of those American classics. They kind of get lost in the archives.”
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