The Rams came out to Wednesdays practice ready to work and work they did. The CSU defense is intent on stopping Laurence Maroney and the Minnesota ground game.
"If they have as many runs as they did last year, we are in for a long afternoon," said head coach Sonny Lubick.
"We have to work hard, go to the ball, and play physical. That's all," said senior linebacker Courtney Jones.
Practice began with individual workouts setting offensive and defensive lines against each other.
The squad then went right into training for Minnesota, with the scout team defense and offense scrimmaging against both of the first teams.
Junior cornerback Brandon Cathy stepped in for the injured sophomore Darryl Williams, out with a concussion. Cathy looks to start over Williams. However, Williams will still suit up and most likely get some reps in Saturday's game.
The defense focused a lot of attention on its goal line play, and looked good stopping the run.
Senior Justin Holland looked great completing the majority of his passes. Senior David Anderson and Sophomore Johnny Walker looked great as well receiving the ball.
Pass blocking was a major concern after the CU game, but CSU looks to be working hard to correct any mistakes. All three running backs (Jimmy Green, Kyle Bell, and Gartrell Johnson) were rotating out with the first and second teams.
Special teams practiced kick-offs and long yardage field goals, something that CSU struggle with last game.
"We just have to come out and play," said Courtney Jones.
Junior running back Nnamdi Ohaeri (ankle) had an MRI today and is out indefinitely, the results are not due till later this week. Sophomore wide receiver Luke Roberts (shoulder) and redshirt freshman Jeff Horinek (lower back) practiced on Wednesday along with sophomore Darryl Williams (concussion), all are expected to play in Minnesota on Saturday.