Steve Fairchild is going to stay the course.
Three days before beginning his third spring football season as the CSU Rams head football coach, Fairchild remains optimistic and reemphasized his goal to grow the program.
â€œI like our talent level,â€ Fairchild said during his press conference Monday afternoon. â€œI think we have some good young talent in this program. We are going to continue to work the plan like I said all along. We know this is a multi-year process, but I like the direction we are headed and Iâ€™m very optimistic about what we are going to get accomplished over the next five weeks.â€
The Rams are set to take the field Thursday for their first practice of the spring season and are scheduled to continue practicing three times a week until late April. In his plans for spring, Fairchild said heâ€™s focusing on getting younger players more experience, especially offensively.
â€œWeâ€™re going to be young in some spots, and we are going to have to develop in a hurry, most notably at quarterback and on the offensive line,â€ he said. â€œWeâ€™re a little more experienced on the defensive side of the ball, but again, weâ€™re going to have to develop in some spots.â€
Heading the notable position battles this spring are the Rams quarterbacks. Junior T.J. Borcky and senior Jon Eastman currently sit atop the depth chart, but sophomore M.J. Mcpeek, red shirt freshman Nico Ranieri and true freshman Pete Thomas are all expected to be in contention for a starting spot.
Fairchild explained that heâ€™ll know when the time is right to pick a starting quarterback, but said heâ€™s not going to put a time limit on it.
â€œEach year weâ€™ve let the battle go on,â€ Fairchild said. â€œWeâ€™re not going to award any position unless itâ€™s merited. Weâ€™ll take this thing as long as we need to, right up to the opener if we have to.â€
Even with so many unanswered questions going into the start of practice, Fairchild said he isnâ€™t worried about what type of team will form at the end of the spring.
â€œI like the talent level we are bringing in,â€ he said. â€œI like the way we are working, and I go back to that same old theme around here. If we just get better every day we go out there, all of those things take care of themselves.â€
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