CSU football camp blog: Scrimmage No. 2

Aug. 18, 2012

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By Craig Buchanan
Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – With starting running back Chris Nwoke, sitting out of the Rams’ second fall scrimmage of the season due to a mild ankle sprain, CSU’s offense took to the air.

During Colorado State’s 126-play scrimmage, Garrett Grayson completed an impressive 73 percent of his 26 pass attempts, including a 19-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Law.

“On the offensive side, we moved the ball really well,” said Head Coach Jim McElwain. “We threw the ball efficiently, and had some explosive plays”

As a team, Colorado State completed over 72 percent of its passes for 377 yards, including a 39-yard pass down the sideline to Lou Greenwood.

“I was really happy with Lou,” said McElwain. “(Joe) Hansley and (Jordon) Vaden, for young guys, stepped up to the plate. We had consistent play from the wide receiver spot.”

Greenwood paced the team with seven receptions for 89 yards, while Joe Hansley also contributed to the passing game with nine receptions for 69 yards.

Defensively, Aaron Davis produced a scrimmage-high 11 tackles, while Shaquil Barrett provided a strong interior presence with eight tackles, including one sack. As a collective unit, the defense made their presence felt, particularly in the run game inside the red zone.

“I think the safeties showed up in the run game in some short yardage situations and filled the holes, which is what we expect,” said McElwain. “The defense had a couple of low red area stops, which was very encouraging.”

Overall, McElwain was impressed by the individual and team strides that the players and coaching staff have made from the first fall scrimmage.

“I was really happy with our intensity,” said McElwain. “The guys really learned how to focus.”

Nwoke Injury Update: Chris Nwoke, who was held out of today’s scrimmage for precautionary reasons, is expected to return to practice tomorrow.

AP Poll Announced: The first Associated Press Top 25 college football poll was issued today, and one Colorado State opponent appears in the poll. Boise State, ranked No. 24, hosts the Rams on Nov. 17. Also, CSU's opponent for its Sept. 8 home opener, defending FCS national champion North Dakota State, opens the season ranked No. 2 in The Sports Network FCS poll.