Preseason Camp Recap: Practice 9




Aug 14, 2013

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Coming off an impressive first scrimmage Tuesday afternoon, the one thing Head Coach Jim McElwain wanted to see was his team continue to make the necessary adjustments.  

McElwain saw his team learn from Tuesday’s scrimmage and showed it to the field Wednesday morning for the Rams’ ninth practice.

“I thought this morning’s meetings were really good in the correction phase,” McElwain said. “We started right off in practice and they took the corrections to heart. It tells you we’re growing as a team and we’re growing as leaders. I really felt we got some good things out of today as well as some unique situations just to keep their minds fresh.”

Colorado State, who will practice again at 7:20 p.m., was in shells but you wouldn’t know it based on the intensity. The Rams were focused on improving and weren’t going easy on each other.

“The tempo and the pace were good and we’re growing up as a football team,” McElwain said.

McElwain, who said he will continue to throw “curveballs” at the Rams throughout camp, stopped practice after the third period and rushed the team into a field goal situation. Jared Roberts connected on all four fields goals ranging from 30 to 45 yards out.

Fall Camp Notebook:

Number change: True freshman Justin Sweet, a three-time state champ at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nev., switched to number 29. Previously, Sweet wore number 39.

Last off: The defensive backs were the last to leave the field after Wednesday morning’s practice. Shaq Bell, Trent Matthews and Tyree Simmons spent extra time with the jugs machine and on their footwork.


 

 

McElwain quotables:

(on differences on film of scrimmage, and what he saw during the scrimmage)
“You know I felt the energy and the pace were good, but after watching it the lack of loafs, you know in other words guys were finishing throughout the whole practice. You know you’re always going to have a few loafs but the numbers were down drastically from some of the other scrimmages we’ve had. That tells me that it’s soaking in a little bit, because we talk to them every day about being proud of what you put on film, and there’s some guys that can be proud of what they put on film after that scrimmage.”

(on Nick Stevens working with the two-offense)
”You know he’s been doing that the last five practices or so, you know getting a rotation in, but obviously based on what he did yesterday the reps that he got were deserved.”

(on what he saw from Nick Stevens in practice)
“Poise is probably number one. Understanding where to go with the ball when things break down and never being in a panic mode. He was just kind of a calming influence out there.

(on whether he’s surprised with how quickly Nick Stevens has picked up the offense)
“No. That’s what we’ve expected, and what it’s done is elevated the level how you perfect your craft in the classroom part of it, and that’s been really good for the whole room.”

(on competition at all positions)
“I talk about it over and over; part of having a great football team is competition at all positions, and once complacency kind of takes over that’s when you don’t get any better. That’s the way each one of us wakes up every day, we either get better or we get worse, we don’t stay the same. Competition breeds getting better and I think that’s really good. You can see that in some of the other positions as well, not just that one (quarterback).

(on running back competition)
“Kaprin (Bibbs) is doing some good things pushing Donnell (Alexander) and (Chris) Nwoke, and Davon Riddick has shown spurts when he’s stayed healthy; really our two young guys Eric Williams and Bryce Peters, I give credit to them for coming in and preparing themselves for college football. When the older guys see the effort and when the older guys see the commitment and they see these younger guys on their heels a little bit, that’s when they know to get going.”

(on young receivers)
“Well they run fast and they’re tall and they play the game with energy. They’re not guys that where it’s someone else’s fault, they’re accountable and they’ve accepted that. They make mistakes, but I make mistakes too. They all come from different backgrounds, but the technique of being a great receiver is something you need to really work on.”

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