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Aug. 7, 2013
By Max Lerner
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo.--The Colorado State football team returned to practice Wednesday for the first time as a collective group. Head coach Jim McElwain--as he does every practice--greeted each and every player and staff member as he entered the practice field, setting the energy and tone for the session.
Unlike yesterday's split practice, veterans and incoming players shared the same field for the two-hour practice.
"I'll tell you what, it was good to have a full practice today with all the new guys after they got their feet wet yesterday, and then they got their eyes open a little bit to the picked-up intensity," McElwain offered after today's practice.
The Rams' second-year head coach was excited about having his entire team out on the field together today, but also was very satisfied with the intensity his team showed.
"That's good," McElwain said of the intensity. "I'd rather see the intensity be really high and have to bring them back a little bit, and I thought we did that today."
Today's full-squad practice followed media day, at which Coach McElwain, offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin, co-defensive coordinators Al Simmons and Marty English and nine players from spoke with the media about the upcoming season.
Veterans helping out: McElwain came away from today's practice very impressed with some of the leadership he saw from his veteran players.
"We had some guys stand up today and give some really good leadership," McElwain said. "I thought Weston (Richburg) did a really good job with some of the young guys today as we were doing our split-field drills. Charles Lovett, because he's in the receiver corps, probably has the newest faces and the most amount of new guys, and I see him helping guys, and that's something that we're (emphasizing). He's done a really good job with those young guys, and like I said, Weston has really stepped up."
New athletic training facilities: Following the media day interviews, the media had an opportunity tour the newly-expanded sports medicine center. The beautiful new facility on the south end of Moby Arena just re-opened last week.
"I think our new facilities are just another example of us moving forward," McElwain said. "It is something that is really just part of the process in what we're doing to upgrade everything that we're doing. The biggest thing to me is really the rehab of injuries, but more importantly the prevention part, and now we have the facilities in there to really help on that."
Assistant A.D. for Sports Performance Terry DeZeeuw led the tour of the new facility, and shared some of the major benefits that the new facility offers.
"This expansion and upgrade helps all of our student-athletes," DeZeeuw explained. "It doesn't help one particular program, it helps all the programs and this will certainly allow us to have greater resources and hopefully aid in the recovery of all of our student-athletes."
The expansion nearly doubled the size to approximately 13,000 square feet.
"The things that are most notable are having some open rehab space and more functional space," DeZeeuw said, "and probably the biggest asset of this room is the hydrotherapy area, having large cold tubs, soak tanks and an underwater treadmill. We have a HydroWorx system in our therapy pools. We have the only HydroWorx 2000 pool in the state of Colorado, so that's a huge asset for us. It is an underwater treadmill, and the whole floor raises and lowers so we can put somebody at any specified depth. We can do 50-percent of weight-bearing, 75-percent and 25-percent weight-bearing exercises, agility and plyometrics at a very early stage in the recovery process."
DeZeeuw was quick to credit Athletic Director Jack Graham and both athletics and CSU leadership for the vision to undertake such an expansion.
"It gives us a better prevention tool because we're going to have more resources for our student-athletes to utilize our space and do things to help get them back into play sooner. I can't credit Jack (Graham) enough. He's been a huge advocate for putting us on a level playing field with everyone else. He believes in providing the resources for our student-athletes. He wants to do everything possible, and everybody stepped in to help make this happen."
Thursday Schedule: The Rams on Thursday will again practice at 3:45 p.m. on campus.
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