Fri­day the new Mon­day as game week be­gins

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Mike Bro­hard

fort collins» Fri­day was Mon­day for the Colorado State foot­ball team.

Wel­come to game week dur­ing the bowl sea­son, where col­lege coaches and play­ers try to find nor­malcy where they can, and get­ting back to reg­u­lar prepa­ra­tion af­ter a prac­tice here and there was a wel­come end to fi­nals week and the be­gin­ning of the in­stal­la­tion of Idaho for the Potato Bowl on Dec. 22 in Boise.

“Bowl games are weird,” said Rams wide re­ceiver Bisi John­son. “The last few prac­tices have been chill, but we come in (Fri­day) and put some scout­ing reports in and all that, and (Fri­day) ac­tu­ally felt like a real Mon­day. I was ex­hausted, ev­ery­body else was ex­hausted.”

Nor­mal is what you make it. In two prac­tices ear­lier this week, the Rams de­voted about 15 min­utes to­ward scout work of the Van­dals, but no more. The game plan was thrown in full force Fri­day, and while it wasn’t the best day of work the Rams have had, the first fo­cused look at an op­po­nent usu­ally isn’t any­way.

“To be hon­est, it was a lit­tle rusty,” CSU coach Mike Bobo said. “At times it was good, at times it wasn’t. We’ve got to make sure we treat it like a Mon­day. When we get an in­stall, you go home, we study it and come back ready to have a good Tues­day, be­cause Tues­day is re­ally a good work day.

“Like I just told them, the most im­por­tant prac­tice of the year is (Satur­day).”

With meet­ings be­fore and af­ter, it will be a long week­end day any­way. Still, it felt right to the play­ers to get back to a sched­ule they’re used to op­er­at­ing un­der, even if the days are thrown off a tad.

“It will feel nor­mal un­til we get a flight mid-game week,” quar­ter­back Nick Stevens said with a grin. “It’s nice to get back into hav­ing heavy game plan­ning go­ing, as weird as it sounds, and get­ting some good scout work.”

The Rams said the time off felt good for their bod­ies, but what Bobo is most fo­cused on is hav­ing their heads in the right place. Wide re­ceivers coach Alvis Whit­ted talked to his group about not tak­ing things for granted, which he felt took place last year.

The abil­ity to prac­tice like cham­pi­ons, as Bobo has praised his team for the last half of the sea­son, has to get back in short or­der if the Rams are to fin­ish the sea­son with a vic­tory.

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