Aug. 8, 2014
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State donned full pads for the first time in Fall Camp, as the Rams completed their fifth practice on Friday afternoon.
Head Coach Jim McElwain saw a lot of improvement in the Rams, something he has pointed out daily since camp began on Monday, Aug. 4.
“First day of pads and I think we made some huge strides,” McElwain said. “I thought team run was really good today and the guys kind of elevated their play. There was a nice finish in two-minute with a score.”
Although there was improvement, practice didn’t get off to the quick start the coaching staff was looking for. During practice, McElwain restarted a period until he saw the quality work was being put forth.
“We might have had to start a period over,” McElwain said. “But that is better than a lot of them in the past. We had to kick start them a little bit, and then they got going. It is day five, so that is to be expected.”
With full pads comes the next step of Fall Camp, and that comes in the form of more situational work.
“As we move forward, we are getting into a lot more situational stuff that will hopefully prepare us for things to come during the season,” McElwain said.
The Rams did not participate in any tackling drills on Friday, but Saturday, during the second of two practices, the team will run a couple ‘live’ periods. Practices is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 7:20 p.m. on Saturday.
Fall Camp Notebook
On Jack Graham: “The reason I came here is because of the great leadership,” McElwain said. “(CSU President Dr.) Tony (Frank) is a guy that we support 100-percent and he has always been in our corner. Jack and Ginger (Graham) are great friends. He’s the guy that brought me here.”
“Tony has great leadership, and I look forward to being the coach here and moving this program to something that Ram fans can be proud of, and this town can be proud of and the Front Range can be proud of,” McElwain said.
Injury update: On Wednesday, senior wide receiver Charles Lovett took a hard pass off the finger tips and jammed his fingers. He practiced Thursday and Friday with a small cast on his fingers.
“Charles (Lovett) was out here going today. I don’t know how he can catch anything in that cast. It has to be uncomfortable, but he’ll be ready to go and that is precautionary,” McElwain said.
Junior linebacker Cory James, who had a minor knee operation earlier this week, will start with real activity on Sunday, according to McElwain.
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