FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State football program completed its eighth practice of Fall Camp on Monday morning, and again, switched up the practice location.
The Rams practiced just east of where they usually host Fall Camp, on the grass intramural fields. Head Coach Jim McElwain likes to constantly switch locations and create "chaos."
"There was a change of venues," McElwain said. "We brought it outside the fences today. What we try to do is create as much chaos as we can, and change of environment, because it gets them (the team) out of their comfort zone. I thought when we started practice guys were floating around a little bit and as practice wore on, I thought we had a good padded practice today."
In their first practice of two on Monday, the team continued with installation of plays and situational periods, which McElwain said will increase this week. They also prepared for Tuesday afternoon's scrimmage.
McElwain said Tuesday's scrimmage will offer the first opportunity for players to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. The third-year coach also spoke about what he is hoping to see from his team.
"The biggest thing I want to see is transition of personnel groups and handling of the tempos, on both sides of the ball," McElwain said. "As we go live, move it and all that kind of stuff, we need to make sure everything is sharp from a functional stand point."
Tuesday's closed scrimmage will begin at 2:30 p.m. at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium.
Fall Camp Notebook
New contract: On Monday morning it was announced that McElwain signed a new five-year extension to keep him at Colorado State until at least 2018. After practice, McElwain spoke to the media about his excitement to stay at CSU and call Fort Collins home.
New backfield: In 2014, the Rams will look to replace a 1,700-yard rusher in Kapri Bibbs, who left CSU after his redshirt-sophomore season and is now with the NFL's Denver Broncos. The stable of Rams running backs includes Jasen Oden Jr., a converted defensive back, Alabama graduate Dee Hart and junior college transfer Treyous Jarrells, among others. Through eight practices, McElwain is pleased with his new backfield.
"I've been really pleasantly surprised with our runners," McElwain said. "I think we have some choices back there, and again, our offensive line is really coming together."
"What I like is how they're picking up the pass game part of it, and what I'm talking about is the protection part. Usually that is the hardest thing for new guys. They are understanding the pass game and understanding not only who they have but where they have to be as the check down."
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