Utah trans­fer Fo­gal mak­ing good first im­pres­sion for Rams in drills at safety

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Mike Bro­hard

FORT COLLINS» All that was tak­ing place was po­si­tional work on just the sec­ond full-team work­out of fall camp. The first thing one no­tices is the num­bers.

In the cor­ner of the par­tial prac­tice field at Colorado State, safeties coach Jamie Bryant has six play­ers to work with, and he’s run­ning them through drills. It’s no­tice­able, be­cause it’s more than he had to work with by the end of spring camp.

Then the next thing which takes place is re­ally some­thing to note. The first five guys in the line have done their work, backpedal­ing and swivel­ing their hips to changes di­rec­tion. The last guy to go is Jor­dan Fo­gal.

“Now watch how Jor­dan does it,” Bryant barks out, which is in­ter­est­ing, be­cause Fo­gal is one of the new guys. Other than a small hitch in the last twist, Bryant high­lights it with: “That’s how you do it.”

One only gets a sin­gle chance to make that first im­pres­sion, and from the tone in coach Mike Bobo’s voice and the stress he puts on his state­ment, it’s rather clear Fo­gal, who trans­ferred from Utah, doesn’t need an­other shot.

“What I see out of Jor­dan Fo­gal is a guy that knows how to prac­tice,” he starts. “He un­der­stands what full speed is every snap, he un­der­stands where to get into cov­er­age, he un­der­stands breaks on the ball. He’s got in­stincts.

“Quite frankly, I told him (Sat­ur­day): ‘I don’t care if you just got here. Make us un­der­stand how you’re sup­posed to prac­tice.’ That guy has been some­where where he has to com­pete for play­ing time. It’s ev­i­dent.”

Fo­gal and Colorado State found each other, as he was leav­ing Utah as a grad­u­ate look­ing to play fur­ther.

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