FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State is reaching the home stretch of Fall Camp, and Wednesday’s morning practice marked No. 20.
The Rams practiced for two hours before welcoming the CSU Marching Band and Golden Poms at the end of practice. They came to teach the newcomers the fight song.
“This band is a huge part of this community in Colorado State, and they do a great job,” Head Coach Jim McElwain said. “The bond between our team and what we do, it kind of links us with campus a little bit. I want our players to understand that it isn’t just about them. It’s about the big picture. Plus, our freshmen have to learn the fight song.”
The newcomers were given cheat sheets with the lyrics. McElwain had the band, Golden Poms and his team sing the fight song three times, once without any music.
Senior quarterback Garrett Grayson addressed the media following Wednesday’s morning session. Grayson spoke very highly of Fall Camp and his offensive line.
“It’s gone really well,” Grayson said. “Everyone has stayed pretty healthy for the most part, and the biggest thing I’ve seen is that everyone is just a lot more confident this time around. Going to the Manning Camp, learning the stuff I did from them, having the guys around with another year under their belts, it brings out confidence in myself and them.”
The native of Vancouver, Wash., quickly shut down the idea he was concerned about the offensive line.
“Not at all,” Grayson said. “Having the guys this year around the group we had last year, and having the older guys show them the ropes, like certain tricks and little cheats on plays, has really helped them. Any time you have a second round draft choice teaching the younger guys, they’re going to listen to him, and I think it helped them a lot. So, no, I don’t have any complaints about the line.”
The Rams will have a couple hours to rest and get lunch before returning for meetings starting at 2:15 p.m. On Wednesday evening, the team will have a mock game at Hughes Stadium.
Fall Camp Notebook
Banged up: After Tuesday’s practice McElwain announced that running back Dee Hart ‘tweaked his ankle.’ On Wednesday, Hart was limited in practice and the third-year coach said that Hart will be listed as questionable for the season-opener and that he will be looked at again by local specialists.
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