Aug 16, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - As the Rams draw closer to the midpoint of fall camp, Head Coach Jim McElwain and his staff gave the team a shorter practice.
Friday morning's practice, the first of two practices before the weekend, lasted approximately an hour and a half, but in that time McElwain thought the Rams continued the fall trend of improving.
"Today in practice I thought the four-minute, two-minute and get the ball back as far as learning situations, was something the guys were really focused on," McElwain said.
"We bounced around well," McElwain said. "I thought as it kind of went on a little bit guys started to get the `poor me's,' and yet that is natural at this time. I think as a team we're a lot farther along because this period happened about practice two (last fall)."
Keeping focused during Friday's practice was difficult for the Rams as their heads and hearts were with safety Trent Matthews.
"Last night we had a little scare with Trent Matthews," McElwain said. "I thought it was handled outstandingly. Just the way it's supposed to happen. (Matthews) had a little accelerated heartbeat, had the shivers; our trainers that are over with those guys in the dorms did a great job of getting the emergency services here. I can't tell you enough about how they handled it, from the emergency service to the hospital. He was released at about 2:30 a.m. So we went ahead and told him to get a nap. Right now we're just monitoring it and he should get another run of tests this afternoon to kind of see where things are."
More than half the team went and visited Matthews last night, which confirms the family atmosphere McElwain promotes.
"I really think the response of the whole organization and all of the players the way they care, I think that just tells you the "One Town, One Team, One Dream," and it really confirmed that. Sometimes you have to find the silver lining," McElwain said.
The Rams will head over to Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium for an evening walk-through beginning after 7 p.m.
Fall Camp Notebook:
More on Matthews: Matthews wanted to practice Friday morning but McElwain and trainers wanted him to take the day off.
"I didn't want him to because we want to recheck everything just to make sure," McElwain said. "He wanted to practice but I guarantee once he started to sleep he felt pretty good. But at the same time we'll clear it once we get another run of tests."
Matthews was in team meetings prior to practice and asked to speak to the team.
"His message came from the heart. He was really overwhelmed himself by the outpouring of his teammates and the concern of the Ram nation."
First on, last off: Kivon Cartwright is making a habit out of being one of the last players off the field. After McElwain breaks the team huddle, the junior tight end heads over to the jugs machine and puts in some extra work. On Friday morning, Cartwright was one of the first players on the field and the last player off the field.
Trent Matthews spoke this afternoon with CSU's media relations department:
(on how he is feeling)
“I feel a lot better. There have been times when I felt worse, but now I feel a lot better than when I got back from the hospital.”
(on his reaction to the support from his teammates)
“The response from my teammates was so surreal because last night I didn’t get to see them in action. Today I did and it showed me how much they cared about me and the love and bond we have with each other.”
(on his reaction to the support from the fans)
“The fans were very respectful and caring. They wanted to know if I was OK and I felt like it was a good sign to have Ram nation really care about the actual player, not just football.”
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