Aug. 27, 2011
By Chris Feller
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – While CSU fans across the country are looking forward to the start of the 2011 football season next Saturday, no one is more excited than Austin and Crockett Gillmore. The duo from Bushland, Texas, is looking to become the first pair of brothers to start in the same game at CSU since 2002.
While to many this might seem like a sudden surprise since coaches moved Austin from linebacker to fullback just nine days ago, both Gillmores will tell you this has been in the working for a long time. Crockett, the younger of the two, refused to listen to late interest from the University of Texas in high school so that one day he might play alongside his brother, who was planning to play for the Rams.
If the Gillmores do line up together against New Mexico they will become the first set of brothers to start a CSU game since Morgan and Erik Pears did so on the offensive line in the 2002 Liberty Bowl against TCU.
Austin has certainly helped the Gillmores’ chances of accomplishing this feat with his impressive performance since his move to fullback.
“He’s a natural back there,” said Head Coach Steve Fairchild. “He’s got a nice feel and the main thing is he doesn’t make the same mistake twice so he’s got a big upside for us. He’s accountable.”
New Mexico’s newly dubbed starting quarterback Tarean Austin has a CSU connection as he and current Ramswide receiver Charles Lovett attended Hillsborough High School together in Tampa, Fla. Head Coach Steve Fairchild said he also expects to see New Mexico play junior B.R. Holbrook at quarterback.
Players voted on captains Friday, electing Pete Thomas and Paul Madsen (offense), Mychal Sisson and Ivory Herd(defense) and Derek Good (special teams). Thomas is one of the youngest captains in program history. Madsen is a first-team preseason all-conference selection and Sisson, the nation’s active leader in career tackles for loss and the 2010 national leader in forced fumbles, is a Nagurski and Lombardi candidate.
On Saturday’s practice: “I thought we were really sharp defensively, maybe as good of a practice as we’ve had defensively. Offensively we’re close but we’re still not as sharp getting substitutions in and out and probably not as sharp with that 13th through 18th guy. Again, I think we’re close but I think we need to come on in some areas.”
On Austin Gilmore being listed first at fullback on the depth chart: “Yeah, right now he’ll go in first in those packages. Again, we’re more diverse with the fullback spot than we’ve been in the past.”
On Raymond Carter being listed first at running back on the depth chart: “Ray’s a senior. He’s earned that right. Chris (Nwoke) had a real good camp and Derek (Good) is going to play. That will take care of itself once we start playing.”
On substitution struggles in practice: “I think it’s new and old players. I think it’s coaches as well. It’s just not where it needs to be for a game.”
On having more substitution-situation practices due to new players: “I would not say that’s the case. However, we are subbing more often. If there’s a procedure that has to take place after every play when guys get lazy on the offensive side it, doesn’t go with the right flow”.
On how substitutions will affect planning for the New Mexico game: “They just have to get up to speed. That’s why we pay our coaches. We’ll have to work on that this week more so than I would have anticipated for a game week. I’m not saying it was awful but you can tell we’re not game ready.”
On which New Mexico quarterback he’s expecting: “I think both. There’s no question they’ll play both those guys.”
On next week’s practices being geared specifically toward New Mexico: “Yes, we always compete a little against each other but now we commit to a game-week schedule that won’t change much week to week.”
On filling the final three spots of the travel roster: “Kevin Pierre-Louis and a few guys like that, that on paper are third-string linebacker but could be a big contributor on special teams.”
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