CSU football camp blog: Practice 2

Aug. 5, 2012

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Stuart Buchanan
Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – With temperatures in the mid-90s Sunday afternoon, the Rams completed their second practice of fall camp, and first as an entire team. 

Head Coach Jim McElwain has stressed the importance of being a family and he is seeing initial signs of that.

“Some of our young guys were kind of, ‘which way did they go?,’” McElwain said. “I noticed for the first time our older guys (saying), ‘hey you got to get over here.’ That is a sign that things are good. They’re being accountable for each other and they’re helping each other. I was happy with that.”

McElwain also said that Saturday’s split practice was positive for his team and he thought it helped calm the nerves of the freshmen and newcomers. He didn’t stop complimenting the younger guys there.

“The biggest thing to say is that they didn’t look out of place,” McElwain said. “I think that is a compliment to who they are and what they did over the summer.”

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Mitch Frentescu: True Freshman Mitch Frentescu, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive lineman, is the first Ram to dawn a red jersey in practice. The red jersey is worn by injured players that can’t sustain contact. 

Frentescu, who was in a walking boot Sunday, has planter fasciitis. 

“It could be something that has to do with getting him in the right shoes,” McElwain said. “Right now it is a little ‘hot’ so we are taking the right percussions.”

6-foot-4 WR: At 6-foot-4, Jordan White is the tallest wide receiver on the Rams roster. 

White, a true freshman from Palm Springs, Calif., was a late signee. 

“He is a guy that we knew about in recruiting,” McElwain said.  “He’s from that Southern California area and the way it worked with our numbers we were able to bring him in.”

Fall camp so far: McElwain knows that fall camp has just started and there are still 26 practices until the Rocky Mountain Showdown against Colorado, but he is happy with what he has seen.

“It’s great,” McElwain said. “We’ll see where they’re at in practice 15; where they’re at with themselves, where they’re at with their minds. They’re focused on the right things and that is good to see.”

Media Day: Tomorrow the Rams will participate in their annual Media Day. McElwain and his coordinators Dave Baldwin, Marty English and Al Simmons will be available for interviews as well as numerous student-athletes. The Rams will also take a team picture and record moving headshots.