CSU football camp blog: Practice 1

Aug. 4, 2012

Stuart Buchanan
Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Returning CSU players were greeted by Head Coach Jim McElwain as they took to the practice field Saturday morning for Day 1 of fall camp.

With veterans and newcomers having split practices Saturday in order to better acclimate the young guys, McElwain had high expectations for Saturday mornings’ practice. He wasn’t let down.  

“I was really happy with the flow of practice. I think the guys kind of picked up where we left off in the spring,” McElwain said. “We still have to teach them how to finish but I think they got the message.”

Fall Camp Notebook

Student-Coach: Cameron Moss has been working for over a year to get back on the field after suffering injuries to his knee and shoulder. Saturday McElwain announced Moss’ playing days as a tight end have ended but his coaching career is just beginning.

“Through all the injuries he’s had, he’s chosen to help us out in another way which is helping us as a student-coach,” McElwain said. “He tried everything he could on that knee and shoulder over the summer and it just kept swelling on him. He’ll be a value to us as he helps Coach (Dave) Baldwin with those tight ends.”

Summer workouts payoff: Not often do you hear coaches say that they were impressed with aspects of practice after Day 1, but McElwain was pleasantly surprised by how well the Rams handled the little things today.

“That is what the most impressive thing was,” McElwain said. “They attacked their summer workout and summer group work the way it was supposed to be done, because they were really in and out (of the huddle) and I was really proud of that.”

Local player in the green and gold: McElwain knows the importance of keeping high school talent in-state and he made sure to praise Rocky Mountain High School standout Richard Pixley.

“He actually came out and worked in the summer and Coach Kent came up and said ‘this guy really deserves to be in the 105.’ He really worked himself into it.”

Greg Myers meets 2012 Rams: Greg Myers, the 1995 recipient of the Jim Thorpe Award, an honor given annually to the nation’s most outstanding defensive back, will meet with the Rams Saturday afternoon.

“Boy am I excited about that,” McElwain said. “Part of it is reaching into our past and history of greatness. Obviously, we have the Thorpe Award winner, it is recognized as the greatest player in the country in his position. He’s a seven-time All-WAC guy, he’s an academic All-American. Does it get any better than that?”

After meeting with the team, Myers will choose any place in McGraw Athletic Center that he would like to display the Jim Thorpe award.

McElwain called this the beginning of bringing former players back.

“We’re obviously dedicated to those guys that have been here, played here, set the tone here, and it’s just the start of getting those guys back,” McElwain said.

Myers will be honored during the Oct. 6 game vs Fresno State at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium, and in December he will be inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame, only the second Ram player to earn the prestigious honor.

Afternoon practice: McElwain and the CSU newcomers will go through the exact same practice the veterans went through Saturday morning. In order to balance out numbers quarterbacks Conner Smith and Craig Leonard will be practicing in the afternoon, as will running backs Davon Riddick and Tommey Morris.