Aug. 15, 2014
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The fourth of seven two-a-days is underway, as the Rams completed their 14th practice of Fall Camp on Friday morning.
Colorado State practiced in shells (only shoulder pads) on the intramural fields, east of the normal practice fields, with temperatures in the mid-80s, something Head Coach Jim McElwain has wanted to see throughout camp.
McElwain had to restart a drill with the quarterbacks early in practice but after that it was a solid practice, and maybe one of the best all fall.
Fans will notice more confidence on this year’s team, which isn’t a bad thing according to the third-year coach.
“The one thing about confidence is you know you put in the work, and that is how you become confident,” McElwain said. “You hear guys chirping and talking and that kind of stuff, and that is just false. Someone that has true confidence knows they’ve put in the work and I’m seeing guys do that.”
Confidence isn’t the only thing McElwain is noticing out of his team. After practice on Friday, McElwain was quick to point out the improved pass-blocking from the running backs this fall, praising Jasen Oden Jr. and Dee Hart as the two top pass-blocking backs on the Rams depth chart.
The Rams will practice again on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m., and again on Saturday afternoon. The team will not practice on Sunday.
Fall Camp Notebook
Injury updates: Freshman running back Deron Thompson suffered an ankle injury earlier this week in practice, McElwain announced after practice. The good news is that it isn’t severe.
“He probably has an ankle, I don’t know if it is low, high, or mid, but it is down there that puts the foot onto the leg,” McElwain joked. “He’ll be fine.”
Good news on linebacker Cory James, as he is ahead of recovery schedule.
“He is actually a little farther ahead than we anticipated, which speaks to how he’s been working,” McElwain said. “The plan of attack is to kind of see on Wednesday, and get him rolling.”
Greg Myers: Rams fans can start Rocky Mountain Showdown week on Monday, Aug. 25, by joining Rams legend and College Football Hall of Famer Greg Myers for KCNC TV's Xfinity Monday Live, broadcast from Denver's Viewhouse Ballpark in LoDo. Be there to form a large CSU live audience and enter for a chance to win two tickets to the game on the 29th.
The Grind: A lot of buzz has surrounded The Grind, an all-access look at Colorado State football that debuted Thursday night. McElwain is very proud of the first episodie, “New Beginnings,” and he is happy to provide fans with a deeper look into the program.
"Our video department does an outstanding job, both those guys in there,” McElwain said referring to video coordinator Brett Tews and assistant video coordinator Stan Gilliland. “It is a way for us to connect with the fans, and give them a little more insight on what it is all about to be a Ram and what these guys are going through. I think it turned out pretty good.”
Tonight we debut a behind-the-scenes look at CSU football like you've never seen before: The Grind | "New Beginnings" http://t.co/Am8amN2qFm — CSU Rams Football (@CSUFootball) August 15, 2014
Reminder: The Rocky Mountain Showdown is only two weeks away, so get your tickets ASAP! Fans can purchase tickets by clicking here, or by calling 970-491-RAMS (7267).
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