Rams open spring invit­ing chal­lenge

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Mike Bro­hard

fort collins» Head­ing into his third sea­son as Colorado State’s foot­ball coach, Mike Bobo feels his team is ahead of where it has been in the past.

It should be, he noted. The of­fen­sive coach­ing staff has been to­gether the whole time, and the de­fense un­der co­or­di­na­tor Marty English is head­ing into its se­cond sea­son as a group.

That breeds con­sis­tency, and now the coaches want to see more of it on the field as the Rams be­gin spring prac­tice Tues­day.

Bobo is count­ing on com­pe­ti­tion to push the team for­ward but also help teach the Rams how to deal with the rough patches.

“We touch on that all the time, about be­ing able to han­dle ad­ver­sity,” Bobo said. “Be­ing able to han­dle things when things don’t go well, and we’re go­ing to put you in ad­verse sit­u­a­tions.”

No doubt the Rams needs phys­i­cal im­prove­ment, and Bobo said fun­da­men­tals will be a com­mon theme through­out the 15-prac­tice camp that con­cludes with the spring game at the La­goon Field on cam­pus on April 22. The men­tal as­pect has also been tar­geted since the team came to­gether in Jan­uary af­ter los­ing to Idaho in the Potato Bowl.

In that game, with poor weather and sloppy play­ing con­di­tions, Bobo felt his team han­dled those un­con­trol­lable as­pects worse than did the Van­dals, and it showed when they were be­hind 41-7.

The Rams were graded on ev­ery as­pect of their fourth-quar­ter pro­gram, and it wasn’t pri­vate, ei­ther. All the play­ers knew how each of their team­mates were per­form­ing, a step to­ward ac­count­abil­ity. It’s a prac­tice Bobo said will con­tinue through spring.

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