Aug. 14, 2014
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – For the second time this Fall Camp, the Colorado State football team was forced into the indoor practice facility due to threatening weather.
Although the Rams’ 14th practice was held on a 70-yard field, it did allow local emergency services personnel a close-up look at all the action.
For the third consecutive fall, Head Coach Jim McElwain and his staff invited first responders from Northern Colorado to attend practice and meet the players and coaches afterwards.
“What these guys do as public service, to protect all of us, is beyond things we take for granted,” McElwain said. “This is our opportunity to say thank you for all that they do for the community, the city of Fort Collins and the county. A lot of them are football fans, so it gives them an opportunity to look-in and see how our kids are performing.”
McElwain continues to be upbeat and positive about his team, and Thursday’s practice showed why. The coaching staff did not have to start a period over, and again, practice ended a few minutes early because players were getting through the assigned reps.
The third-year coach was happy with what he saw today, and expects to start seeing some separation between players from here on out.
“We are at that stage in camp where guys start to separate themselves based on if they feel sorry for themselves or if they’re willing to fight through and get better,” McElwain said. “I saw some really good things today. The energy level was really good. This is where the great teams fight through and become better.”
When asked which players in particular were separating themselves McElwain said, “I think our kickoff cover team is doing pretty good.”
In typical McElwain fashion, he will not anoint one player.
The Rams will have their fourth of seven two-a-days on Friday beginning at 9:30 a.m., with the second practice at 7:20 p.m.
Fall Camp Notebook
Replacing Shaq Bell: Shaq Bell played a huge role for the Rams in 2013 at the nickel position. After practice on Thursday, McElwain said the coaching staff have plenty of options to fill that spot.
“Because of the strength in the safety position, Nick Januska has come in and done a really good job, Preston Hodges, we felt we had something special there and that hasn’t disappointed, and KPL (Kevin Pierre-Louis) has been able to move down in there and give us a physical presence at the nickel,” McElwain said.
The Grind | "New Beginnings": On Thursday, Rams fans will get a look at Colorado State football like they've never seen before. 'The Grind' is a new web series that gives fans a glimpse into CSU football that they don't usually see. The first episode, "New Beginnings," picks up at the beginning of Fall Camp, and provides fans will a little background into the team motto #TheClimb.
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