Miller visits Rams Fall Camp on Tuesday




Aug. 19, 2014

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State is nearing the end of Fall Camp, and this is usually when players start to wear down, but on Tuesday afternoon the team had a visitor who brought new life to camp.

At 1 p.m., nine-year-old Jack Miller, the Rams’ adopted player through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, walked into CSU’s special teams meeting and gave a speech. Miller praised the team for their never-give-up mentality against Washington State, and ended his speech with a thunderous “let’s go beat the Buffs!”

“You talk about ‘the climb’ (team motto), but think about the climb this guy is going through,” Head Coach Jim McElwain said. “He was able to come down and talk to the team a little bit before special teams meetings in the auditorium, then be able to be out here and lead 'Ram Jacks.' That is something that is pretty special.”

Senior cornerback Bernard Blake and junior linebacker SteveO Michel presented Miller with a schedule poster autographed by every player and coach.

“Having Jack out at practice today and in meetings was a huge blessing,” Blake said. “At this point in camp, guys' bodies are banged up and they’re looking for closure to camp, and ready to hit somebody else. Just to see Jack and his smile was refreshing to the whole team.”

Michel echoed a similar sentiment.

“It is definitely a great opportunity to have Jack around, and present him with the autographed poster, because of the simple fact that what he is going through with brain tumors is bigger than what we are going through with camp. Having him around gives us strength,” Michel said.

Just like last year, Miller will be with the Rams at as many home games as he can make. He’ll lead the team onto the field, and sing the fight song in the locker room after wins.


Fall Camp Notebook

Moving indoors: The Rams began practice outside on the practice fields south of Moby Arena, but lightning in the area forced the team to the indoor practice facility. McElwain said it didn’t bother the team because they are “used to adapting and getting some things done.”

Freismuth: Loveland High School product John Freismuth has had an impressive camp, and has seen increased reps. McElwain said Freismuth earned these reps because of his performance, and because Kivon Cartwright has been limited during Fall Camp.

“John (Freismuth) was one of those big athletes, we kind of recruited him to be about four different things,” McElwain said. “He’s held his weight pretty good between 212-15, and he gives us a very skilled tight end. It is new for him to be that close to a tackle, so there is a lot of things in the growing part. He has a bright, bright future for us.”

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