CSU football camp blog: Practice 15

Aug. 16, 2012

By Nick Frank
Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Head Coach Jim McElwain has openly talked about the need to be focused and versatile in the face of adversity.

Thursday the team began practice outdoors but was moved to the Indoor Practice Facility due to lightning storms in the area. The first-year head coach saw the change as an opportunity for his team to make adjustments in game-type situations.

“One of the things we are trying to create through the tempo that we play is a chaotic atmosphere where you have to adjust to adverse things that happen and not dwell on those things but move forward,” said McElwain. “Today is a perfect example; we get lightning, we come inside, we don’t miss a beat.”

The players handled the change of schedule well, something McElwain said he wasn’t sure they would have done during spring ball.

“They transitioned right into it - didn’t blink and that tells me that they were focused on the task at hand: to get better every day,” McElwain said.

Fall Camp Notebook

Orientation: Thursday marked move-in day for the freshman class across campus, which included events scheduled to help the newcomers integrate with their peers. McElwain made sure that his freshmen football players were no exception.

“It is important for us that they integrate with all the students on campus and they understand they are a student first,” said McElwain. “We didn’t want them to miss any of the activities that the rest of the incoming freshmen would be a part of; that’s part of the college experience.”

Nwoke update: Running back Chris Nwoke was held out of practice on Thursday because of a mild ankle sprain. McElwain said that the move was precautionary and he expects the junior to possibly miss just one more day.

Green Beret: Brian Lewis, a green beret with the U.S. Army who has served three tours in Iraq, is temporarily interning with the CSU athletic training office. Lewis will shadow head athletic trainer Terry DeZeeuw for two weeks before spending two more weeks with the veterinary school.

McElwain believes his team can learn a great deal from Lewis, emphasizing a focus on discipline and perspective on life.

Up next: The team will have its fourth two-a-day of fall camp on Friday, beginning the first practice at 9:50 a.m. The latter of the two will begin at 7:30 at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium. Both sessions will be closed to the public.