CSU football camp blog: Practice 19
Aug. 19, 2012
By Nick Frank
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – After coming off of a 126-play scrimmage on Saturday, but looking ahead to the start of classes on Monday, the CSU football team had a brief practice on Sunday afternoon.
The walk-thru was geared towards review of previously taught concepts, with the team spending increased time in the film room.
To Head Coach Jim McElwain, the walk-thru was put in place to give his athletes a physical rest, while also allowing them to mentally prepare for classes.
“The most important thing you do is put your time in so you get your college degree,” said McElwain. “That’s going to change your life for the rest of your life.”
Earlier in the day, the football players joined their fellow student-athletes from the 15 different sports in a welcome back meeting where Athletic Director Jack Graham spoke about the importance of academics. To reward those athletes that exemplify excellence in the classroom, Graham has piloted a new recognition program for student-athletes that have completed at least 60 credits and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.75. More can be read about the program here.
McElwain believes that the way student-athlete’s approach the classroom is reflective of how they handle life situations.
“Those are all mental details that carry over into everyday life,” said the first-year coach. “We are making sure they get where they need to go. The freshmen were kind of nervous; they had their maps out today and we walked them to where their classes were so they knew where they were.”
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Additionally, Thomas Coffman was at practice for the first time since having surgery on his lower abdomen. The sophomore wide receiver didn’t participate in drills but took mental reps on the sideline.