Rams open spring inviting challenge
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.