CSU football camp blog: Practice 8

Aug. 10, 2012

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By Stuart Buchanan
Athletic Media Relations


FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Peyton Manning is no longer the only quarterback to wear an orange No. 18 jersey along the Front Range.

CSU quarterbacks dawned new orange practice jerseys Friday. Previously, the quarterbacks had worn a black jersey to signal that they were off limits when it came to tackling.

“We are reaching into the past,” Head Coach Jim McElwain said. “Rather than having red or black or whatever, we’ll use our school colors.”

Not only did the Rams look sharp with what they wore but they made continued improvement during practice. There was noticeably less yelling Friday than in the days past.

McElwain has said since he was hired in December that he won’t only focus on the offense and that was clear Friday. During the first 20 minutes of practice McElwain walked from position drill to position drill coaching each player and pulling certain players off to the side for individual teaching moments.

The Rams, who practiced in full pads, didn’t get a light practice in preparation for Saturday afternoon’s 125-play scrimmage at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium.

“I’m really looking at tackling, to see how we do that from a fundamental standpoint,” McElwain said of his approach to the scrimmage. “Offensively, I’m looking more for operation and how our young guys have stepped up in the first week.” 

The Rams’ first scrimmage of fall camp begins at 2 p.m. Saturday. It is closed. Check back with CSURams.com for a recap and scrimmage statistics.

Fall Camp Notebook

On Joe Caprioglio and Jared Biard“I think with every practice that goes by they’re getting more confident with their injury and realizing ‘boy, I can do this,’” McElwain said. “The biggest part, when you have an injury like that, is getting over the mental aspect.”

Rocky Mountain Showdown student tickets: Student tickets for the Sept. 1 kickoff of the Bold New Era are still available. However time is limited, as Aug. 24 is the deadline for student tickets at the reduced price of $30. Student fans can purchase tickets here. (link to story) 

New signees: On Friday evening McElwain announced four new signees and released a list of new walk-ons. More information about the new players can be found here. (link to story) Additional walk-ons will join the team once school begins on Aug. 20.