Preseason Camp Recap: Practice 20

Freshman OL Zack Golditch was named a finalist for the 2013 NFF High School National Scholar-Athlete Award

Freshman OL Zack Golditch was named a finalist for the 2013 NFF High School National Scholar-Athlete Award

Aug 22, 2013

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Lightning forced the Rams into the Indoor Practice Facility during Thursday’s afternoon practice.

Although the team was practicing in a limited space, Head Coach Jim McElwain was pleased with the work the team got done.

“I thought today you could see they started to get a spark after a little bit of a lull,” McElwain said. “I was really happy with the transition. We had lightning and we had to get in here.”

During the transition Shaquil Barrett demonstrated his leadership and he rallied the Rams.

“I was proud of Shaquil Barrett and he pulled them together and said, ‘hey look, this is something you have to deal with; adapt and adjust,’” McElwain said.                                 

Another bright spot during Thursday’s practice was the fact that Charles Lovett participated. Lovett, who received a knee contusion during Tuesday’s scrimmage, practiced for the first half before heading inside to rehab.

“Good news on Charles Lovett, he came out and did the first part of practice,” McElwain said. “We put him in the hydrotherapy pool and all that new stuff they have in the training room.”

Friday will be the Rams’ final day of two-a-days. In the morning the team will go through a walk-thru, just like they would if they had a game on Saturday.

Fall Camp Notebook:

Move-in Day: On Thursday morning freshmen on the football team helped students move in to Corbett and Parmelee Hall.

The freshmen broke up into two shifts and helped carry refrigerators, trunks, beds, couches and other items into the dorms.

Zack Golditch: On Thursday the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF), announced the 33 finalists for the 2013 NFF High School National Scholar-Athlete Award.

Colorado State offensive lineman Zack Golditch was selected as one of the finalists.

The 6-foot-6, 260-pound product of Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo., is the lone representative from Colorado and one of three players who now play football in the Mountain West.

The award will honor one athlete from each of the country’s five regions as the best and the brightest for their accomplishments as athletes, scholars and citizens at the high school level.

The five winners will be honored during the NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon in New York City on Dec. 10.

Previous winners include Andrew Luck and a name that is synonymous with Colorado sports, Todd Helton.

Noticeable Improvement: McElwain was asked about the complete 180 the team has undergone since he was hired. The second-year coach mentioned that it is a change many people have noticed.

“Scouts come out and say, ‘Mac, this is a different looking outfit. That’s good to hear from someone else because I was afraid maybe I was just getting used to it.”


 

 

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