FORT COLLINS, Colo. – As the Colorado State football program embarks on another two-a-day, the coaching staff switched things up a little bit, treating Monday’s morning practice as a Friday walk-thru and using tonight’s scrimmage as a game day.
“This was a chance to really get to work our Friday walk-thru,” Head Coach Jim McElwain said. “Guys get after it pretty good, but it’s really just kind of an introduction to the mental work we need to do. We want the guys to get used to the urgency that comes with a Friday walk-thru, and some of the young guys got a good chance of that today. We’ll get a chance to see some more of those guys in action tonight in the scrimmage, and we’ll be able to see which guys are ready for prime-time.”
The Rams will hold a closed scrimmage at 7 p.m. tonight at Hughes Stadium, using it as an opportunity to get the team prepared for the evening kickoff against Colorado.
McElwain and his coaching staff plan to give reps to all players on the 105, and throw players into different scenarios to see how they handle chaos.
“We’ll design pitch counts and what not, but we want to throw everybody in to some different scenarios just to see how they’ll react, offensively and defensively,” McElwain said. “At the end of the day, it has nothing to do with the opponent. It’s all about what you do. There’s a whole lot of positives, but you never really know until you get out there (game environment). You hope guys will remember to put their pants on when they run into the stadium.”
After Monday’s morning session, McElwain spoke highly of the team when asked how they look compared to his first two Fall Camps in Fort Collins.
“We’ve come a long way as a program, and just seeing how they have approached this camp, there’s kind of a whole new resolve now,” McElwain said. “We’re way ahead of where we’ve been the last two years. Just seeing how the guys understand and approach the workload that’s ahead of them, I haven’t had to get after them much. I think we’re better. I really do. We’ve got some daunting things ahead of us, but do I think we’re better? I really do.”
The Rams will have an opportunity to continue to improve at this evening’s scrimmage. CSURams.com will have a recap and stats after the scrimmage, which is scheduled to end between 8:30-9 p.m.
Fall Camp Notebook
Schedule Update: Kickoff for Colorado State's Nov. 22 game vs. New Mexico at Hughes Stadium has officially been set for 11:30 a.m. The Mountain West and ROOT Sports on Friday confirmed the kickoff time, which had been tentatively listed as either 11:30 or noon, pending the release of the NBA schedule and related broadcast times.
Single Game and Season Tickets on Sale: Colorado State season tickets are on sale now. A full season package starts as low as $130 and includes a ticket to the Rocky Mountain Showdown on Aug. 29, and all six home games at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium. Individual tickets and mini-plan packages that include the Rocky Mountain Showdown and two other games are also on sale. All tickets can be purchased by calling 800-491-7267 or online here.
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.
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