Rams hold first scrimmage of spring period

Coming off of a 3-9 season, there is plenty for Colorado State football to work on this spring.

On Saturday, the Rams held the first official scrimmage of the spring period at Canvas Stadium after practicing five other times this February. The scrimmage was closed to the public and no stats were released, but according to head coach Mike Bobo, the defense generally won the 120-play session as they only gave up one touchdown and a field goal.

"I thought the effort was good and the guys were excited about playing football today," Bobo said. "The defense did an excellent job today. They gave up one long touchdown pass, (but) the 1s only gave up 10 points in drive situations and the 2s didn't give up any points. I liked the defense's effort. They were flying around to the ball, they created some turnovers and had some fourth-down stops."

Bobo explained that the one touchdown pass was 50 or 60-yard play from wide receiver Warren Jackson. The junior wide receiver was able to bring in a pass from Nebraska transfer quarterback Patrick O’Brien, before breaking a tackle and taking it to the house.

“If the safety makes the tackle it’s a 20-year gain, but Warren broke the tackle and ended up scoring a touchdown,” Bobo said.

O’Brien’s touchdown pass to Jackson was the biggest highlight of the afternoon for the offense, but Bobo said all of the quarterbacks had their moments in the scrimmage. Bobo did admit that O’Brien still needs to get more familiar with his playbook, but the young QB has impressed with his athleticism and competitiveness this spring.

The biggest problem for the offense on Saturday was the line could not stop defensive end Emmanuel Jones. Jones, 20, is entering his junior season after standing out as a sophomore.

“"I thought he wrought havoc all day in the backfield,” Bobo said. “His size and his strength presented some problems for us at the tackle position."

With the offensive line not being able to set the tone in the trenches, the offense struggled to execute, but Bobo knows this is nothing new for spring sessions.

“I expect them to respond and come out and have a better practice, and hopefully a better scrimmage next Saturday,” Bobo said. Following a couple of off days, CSU will return to practice on Tuesday.