The spring football season may be over, but the competition between the CSU Rams offense and defense is just beginning.
The third annual Rams Superstars competition is scheduled for 6 p.m. today at Moby Arena and is set to feature the football teamâ€™s final offense vs. defense battle of the spring. Players are expected to compete in a wide range of events including weight lifting, obstacle courses and even a tug-o-war.
CSU head coach Steve Fairchild started the Superstars competition during his first season with the Rams. Now, entering his third year, the former quarterback said the competition is a great way to grow the football program.
While fans are encouraged to attend the free event, Fairchild said itâ€™s most importantly a way to help build a competitive attitude in his team.
â€œWe want the program to be as competitive as possible,â€ he said. â€œYou either have a competitive nature, or you donâ€™t. The players get a chance to out lift someone or out run another guy. It really brings out that competitive nature weâ€™re looking for.â€
CSU offensive coordinator Pat Meyer agreed with Fairchild, but said the Superstars competition will be fun for the fans as well.
â€œWe do it for the team, but then we open it up to the public and get them involved so they can support us,â€ said Meyer, whoâ€™s taking over offensive coordinator duties this season. â€œThey only see us with helmets on the field, and you donâ€™t get to see players this way.â€
Following the event, fans are encouraged to come onto the court to meet players and ask for autographs.
The Rams offense and defense have already competed in a series of inner squad scrimmages, with the defense coming out on top the majority of the time. CSU linebacker Ricky Brewer said the defense doesnâ€™t plan on taking it easy on the offense during the Superstars competition, and added that itâ€™s a great way to finish of the semester because fans get to see who players are.
â€œItâ€™s the most fun event of the spring,â€ Brewer, a senior, said. â€œItâ€™s a chance for playersâ€™ personalities to show and let their hair down a little bit. Itâ€™s good for the players and itâ€™s good for the university.â€
Brewer added that itâ€™s critical for the event to have a good turnout tonight and the more people who come, the better it will make the team.
â€œItâ€™s for everyone, and itâ€™s important to us to have fan participation,â€ he said. â€œUsually when someone has a crowd they are going to put forth their best effort.â€
Coaches headed to Ramskeller
Four CSU coaches are looking forward to meeting you.
Football coach Steve Fairchild, menâ€™s basketball coach Tim Miles, womenâ€™s basketball coach Kristen Holt and volleyball coach Tom Hilbert are set to spend time in the Ramskeller this afternoon, giving students a chance to talk and share a meal with them.
Fairchild said heâ€™s excited for the opportunity to spend time with the student body.
â€œAny chance I can get to meet a student and tell them thanks for coming to our games, Iâ€™ll take that opportunity,â€ he said. â€œOur student sections have been great the past few seasons.â€
The event is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with free food and an opportunity to talk with the coaches.
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