Aug. 15, 2012
By Stuart Buchanan
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The 2012 football fall camp has been different than any other camp held in Fort Collins.
The Rams have dawned new practice and gameday uniforms, mixed up the practice schedule, starting with a split squad practice on Day 1 to better acclimate the freshmen and newcomers, and Jedidiah Teofilo and Eli Edwards break down the huddle with a tribal chant similar to the Haka.
After Wednesday morning's practice, the CSU band came out to teach the freshmen the fight song.
"Guys needed to learn the fight song," Head Coach Jim McElwain said. "It's all us new guys; the whole coaching staff, the trainers...everybody. That's my favorite part of the day."
During Wednesday's practice, the 13th of fall camp, it was easy to tell the Rams are ready to hit somebody. Marquise Law, who has been receiving a lot of hype this fall, and rightfully so after catching seven balls for 68 yards in last Saturday's scrimmage, pancaked a walk-on wide receiver during a rush blocking drill.
Law's block sent the wide receivers corps into a frenzy and set the tempo for the rest of practice.
Even though the coaching staff only allows the Rams to thud, the pops were louder than usual.
Overall McElwain was pleased with how practice went.
"The defense stepped up today," McElwain said. "The offense was swimming a little bit today, which is to be expected because of all the different formations we've installed."
McElwain said the teams grasp of the offense in last Saturday's scrimmage allowed him and his staff to accelerate the installation this week.
The Rams are back under-the-lights Wednesday evening as they have a 7:30 p.m. practice.
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Injury bug strikes again: Tuesday news broke about Davon Riddick needing surgery on his wrist after falling on it awkwardly. On Wednesday, McElwain announced Thomas Coffman had surgery on his lower abdomen.
"After the meetings last night he was really sore," McElwain said. "It is a lower abdominal thing. We have a great training staff and they went through the precautions then got him over to get looked at. He had surgery this morning."
McElwain went on to say that he spoke with Coffman after his surgery and the wide receiver was in good spirits.
Schedule Update: The Rams' practice on Friday, Aug. 17, at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium, will not be open to the public, as initially reported. It will, instead, be a closed session like all other preseason practices. Tonight's stadium practice, however, is open to Ram Club members, beginning at 6:30 before the 7:30 practice. For more information click here.
Ram Club practice: The Colorado State University Athletic Department welcomes Ram Club members to Hughes Stadium on Wednesday, Aug. 15 for an exclusive look at the 2012 football team. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and it is expected to last until 9:30 p.m. Athletic Director Jack Graham will speak to the Ram Club Members in attendance prior to the start of practice. More information about the event can be found here.
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