Rams begin fall camp

Working in helmets and shorts Friday afternoon, Colorado State football kicked off fall camp with the first of 19 practices. With less than one month until CSU hosts Hawaii in a Week 0 matchup on Aug. 25, there is much for the coaching staff to determine, such as who will be starting under center and which five individuals will be blocking for him in the trenches. 

Entering his fourth season as head coach, Mike Bobo addressed the media Friday and spoke of the challenges facing this inexperienced squad over the next month. With so many big-time contributors from last season no longer in the mix, the Rams will have quite a few new faces in crucial roles this season, including potentially a trio of graduate transfers. 

Quarterback KJ Carta-Samuels (Washington), offensive tackle (T.J. Roundtree) and defensive back V.J. Banks (Rice) all ran with the ones Friday and will likely be starting when the Rams play the Rainbow Warriors on Aug. 25. Bobo credited his staff for getting these veterans and the freshman acclimated to Fort Collins and in a position where they can be competitive at the beginning of fall camp. 

"Coaches had vacation but we structured it where we had a full-time coach in here every week," Bobo said. "We are a little bit ahead of the curve because of the work that our coaches and our players put in this summer."

While the next month will certainly be an uphill battle for the Rams as they learn to mesh together under new coordinators on both sides of the ball, Bobo is optimistic about the talent in his locker room and the effort that they are already giving on a day-to-day basis. 

"It was a spirited practice. Most first practices are," Bobo said. "But I liked the attention to detail. I liked the effort, I liked the communication.  I saw guys flying around on the defense and giving extraordinary effort."

"Offensively it was a little bit tough with what we had installed but we made some plays on the deep ball," Bobo continued. "(We) Missed some throws here and there and dropped a couple of passes but overall I thought it was a good practice for the first day."

CSU will practice in shorts and helmets again Saturday afternoon, before transitioning to shells on Sunday. The first time that the team will wear full pads is on Tues. July, 31 and the first of three scrimmages will be on Sat. Aug. 4. 

Side Note: Wide Receiver Preston Williams is no longer suspended and is fully participating in team activities. The Tennessee-transfer

PHOTO: Elliott Jerge | Rocky Mountain Collegian