Sarcasm should be considered a strong suit of Steve Fairchild.
Following an intense Saturday morning practice where the defense dominated, Fairchild, the Rams head coach, wasnâ€™t shy about criticizing the offenseâ€™s performance.
â€œWeâ€™re trying to set an NCAA record for fumbled snaps,â€ the third year Colorado State head coach said. â€œI think weâ€™ve got it, the most fumbled snaps in a spring. Weâ€™ll build on that Iâ€™m sure.â€
The defense looked sharp during the nearly three hour practice at Hughes Stadium, winning a full contact scrimmage against the offense 17-12 while forcing several tackles for a loss and broken plays.
Fairchild said there was definitely a gap between the two sides of the ball during the workout.
â€œDefensively, we played today,â€ he said. â€œOffensively, that might have been as bad of practice since Iâ€™ve been here. There was absolutely no one offensively who had a clue what they were doing. They came out and you could tell they were soft. You could tell there was no tempo. We couldnâ€™t even substitute and we couldnâ€™t even get in a huddle.â€
Running back Raymond Carter led the way for CSUâ€™s offense during the scrimmage, rushing three times for 53 yards. Freshman quarterback Pete Thomas completed three passes for 19 yards.
CSU linebacker Alex Williams acknowledged the defensive side of the ball has looked solid throughout the spring, but said there is always work to be done.
â€œI think the defense looks really good now,â€ the senior said. â€œWe are a lot more experienced so everyone knows what they are doing. We have more depth now and weâ€™re looking pretty good, but we still have a long way to go.â€
Lou Greenwood, whoâ€™s playing both running back and wide receiver, suggested part of the Rams offensive problems this spring have come from inexperience. During the spring, CSU has been working to fill vacated spots at quarterback, wide receiver and offensive line.
â€œActually, it has been kind of weird with everyone being new,â€ Greenwood, a Texas native, said. â€œThis is just a stage weâ€™re going to have to go through. When the season starts, when the games start, weâ€™re going to get that chemistry.â€
Greenwood added that the defense might have an edge on the offense right now, but assured the offense will be ready by the time it really matters.
â€œThe defense has the edge on us this spring because they have people returning, but weâ€™re coming along,â€ he said. â€œSlowly but surely weâ€™re coming along.â€
Greenwood on the Move
After keeping him as a running back last season, the Rams have given Greenwood reps at wide receiver during the majority of the spring season. CSU has used the sophomore mostly for bubble screens, but hasnâ€™t been hesitant to send him deep down field in certain situations.
Fairchild said he doesnâ€™t quite know how to define what Greenwoodâ€™s role on the Rams will be.
â€œHeâ€™s kind of in between,â€ Fairchild said. â€œI donâ€™t know what he is in terms of a position. Heâ€™s a good player with the ball in space. Weâ€™ll line him up in various spots and see what he does.â€
Greenwood said that heâ€™s happy to play whatever role the team wants him to play and heâ€™s enjoyed his new position so far.
â€œI like it. If itâ€™s going to get me on the field, Iâ€™ll do it,â€ he said. â€œIf they need me to long snap, Iâ€™ll do that. Whatever they need me to do to make a play, Iâ€™ll do that.â€
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