FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Temperatures quickly rose into the mid-80s on Saturday morning as the Rams completed their first of two practices on the day.
Earlier this week, Head Coach Jim McElwain spoke about the importance of practicing in the heat of the day. He wants his team to get plenty of work in hot conditions to better prepare them for the season.
Saturday morning represented the first of seven days of two-a-days. For the most part, the coaching staff was happy with how the players played, however, like yesterday, a period in the middle of practice had to be restarted.
“For the first morning of two-a-days, I was kind of excited with the way they came out,” McElwain said. “We might have had to start a period or two over in the middle of practice, but finished with a really good tempo.”
McElwain called this stretch of Fall Camp crucial as they prepare for the 2014 season. The Rams will practice tonight at 7:30 p.m., before having Sunday off. The coaching staff feels that off days are just as important as practice days.
“What we have to do is really take advantage of tomorrow,” McElwain said. “Not only just getting our bodies back a little bit, but the mental aspect of the game and learning in the classroom. Really studying what we have done.”
“I’m excited to get to the stadium tonight, under the lights, and see what kind of bounce we have in our step.”
With Sunday being an off day, the Rams will rest up for another set of practices on Monday, starting at 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Fall Camp Notebook
Speed: One of the main focuses of the 2014 recruiting class was speed. CSU brought in several successful track athletes, including Douglas County’s Trey Smith and Wichita, Kan. product Deron Thompson. McElwain was asked about the speed the Rams now possess after Saturday’s practice.
“Practice goes faster,” McElwain joked. “It is good. It is a constant evolution and by no means are we there right now, but I know this, we’re getting there. It is additions, additions, additions as we move forward. I can tell some of the guys are playing a little faster because of the competition at some of the spots.”
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