Aug. 12, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Rams took to the field at 9:20 a.m. in full pads for their first of two practices on Monday.
A common theme throughout the first six practices has been Head Coach Jim McElwain commenting on the dramatic improvement in comparison to last fall. That high praise continued Monday.
“I thought it was really good,” McElwain said. “I thought the way the guys transitioned into two-a-days was a step ahead of where we have been.”
As he did on Saturday, McElwain interrupted practice with a surprise two-minute drill after the third period. McElwain, whose philosophy is to create chaos in practice, said he likes to spring these surprises on coaches and players to “keep them on their toes.”
In this situation, the defense got the best of the offense, stuffing a third-down run each time.
This evening the Rams will return to the practice fields for a walk-thru in shells in preparation for Tuesday’s scrimmage.
McElwain told the media that Tuesday’s scrimmage will run between 126-129 plays and he’s anxious to see how the team approaches the game-like simulation.
“First, how guys mentally approach the game-like atmosphere. How they handle that from a substitution standpoint, not having coaches on the field in their ear. I’m looking forward to seeing how most of the young guys transition to that.”
Check back with CSURams.com for stats and quotes after the scrimmage.
Fall Camp Notebook:
New Face: On Monday morning McElwain announced the addition of walk-on Cole Anderson. Anderson, who attended high school at Valor Christian in Highlands Ranch, Colo., transfers to Colorado State after two seasons at Valparaiso University. In his two collegiate seasons, Anderson hauled in 38 receptions for 305 yards and four touchdowns.
Hempen Visit: Colorado State’s women’s soccer coach Bill Hempen, who is in charge of starting up the soccer program in Fort Collins, came to check out Monday’s practice with assistant coach Kelly Labor.
Last to Leave: After practice safety Trent Matthews, tight end Kivon Cartwright and wide receivers Willie Udofia and Rashard Higgins were on the field for an extra 30 minutes, working with the jugs machine. Udofia and Higgins, both newcomers for 2013, spent extra time improving their footwork and route running after Matthews and Cartwright left.
(on sophomore running back Davon Riddick)
“He’s going to be a great contributor to us because of his great speed, size and length on special teams and that just helps your depth all the way through.”
QB Garrett Grayson quotables:
(on the new wide receivers)
“I think they’re a bunch of studs actually. It’s nice to bring them in here; get some speed, and get some height. I think they’re going to be good threats.
(on tomorrow’s scrimmage and solidifying the starting QB job)
“I’m just trying to go out there every day like today, and just try and win the job and do what I can do.”
(on his relationship with Conner Smith)
“I’m not going to say we’re best friends, but we’re pretty close. We hang out outside of football. If we’ve got questions we go to each other. We have no issues at all. If there are people out there thinking that because of this competition we have problems, then you’re completely false.
(On having a feature running game or a feature back)
“Obviously, you know that’s what we want to do. Coach Mac, that’s kind of his motto, he wants to pound the rock and then that opens up everything else. So I think that we need to establish the run and get that going. I think are running backs are all real good, all really cool, so we’re just trying to go out there and establish the run and keep it going.”
(on kicker Jared Roberts)
I didn’t know too much about him going into last season, he kind of was the wildcard coming in. After CU I think that’s when everybody’s eyes opened, ‘we were like wow,’ if we get inside the 40 or inside the 50 he’s going to be someone we can count on.”
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