Aug. 8, 2012
By Stuart Buchanan
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – After the NCAA-required four-day period without full pads, the Rams took to the field today in full uniform for the first time since April 21.
Although Head Coach Jim McElwain doesn’t want to see his team bring each other to the ground, the popping of pads was noticeably louder Wednesday.
It must have helped the Rams because McElwain thought the team’s transition into a full-padded practice was smooth.
“Let me tell you what you usually see,” McElwain said when asked about the move from shells to pads. “You usually see guys late for meetings because they don’t have all their pads in their pants. They need to strap it up a little bit more. That is what you usually see. These guys were good about making sure they came to meetings dressed and ready to go and we actually got an early start at practice.”
Not only was McElwain pleased with the transition but the practice in general was a success.
“I thought they were really trying to push each other a little bit and that was a hard practice today,” McElwain said.
The first of four days of two-a-days begins tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. The Rams will then have meetings with lunch and dinner mixed in before heading out to Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. practice.
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Posters have arrived: The 2012 CSU Football schedule poster is now available for pick up at the McGraw Athletic Center or the CSU Bookstore, located in the Lory Student Center. Posters will also be available to everyone at all CSU athletics events as well as to the fans out of area via mailing tube with pre-paid postage.
Putting in the work: Senior wide receiver Lou Greenwood and sophomore tight end Kivon Cartwright were still on the practice field catching balls 30 minutes after the team was released. Greenwood and Cartwright were using the jugs machine to catch over-the-shoulder passes as well as balls near the sideline.
Tackling: McElwain doesn’t want to see an injury during practice because of a tackling specific drill but he did say Wednesday that the team will be tackling in the scrimmage.
The public will be able to see some live-hitting action on Friday, Aug. 17 at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
Red jersey update: DeAndre Elliott has a sprained ankle and was in a walking boot. Momo Thomas will be playing with a cast on his hand but will return to practice Thursday. Also with a hand injury is true freshman Nick Januska.
Dorian Brown: “He’s chosen to take another path with his life and maybe take a year off,” McElwain said. “He chose to see what direction he wants to take his life and we’re here to help him no matter what he decides. He knows we’ll always be here for him. We wish him the best.”
“You’re hoping you’ll get some plays out of him,” McElwain said. “He has to work himself in shape. He has to learn what it is to be a college football player. I’ll tell you this about Shaq, he is trying.”
McElwain also said that because of the lack of depth on the defensive line, Shaquil Barrett is going to have to be more versatile this season and be prepared to line up in the trenches for CSU.
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