Apr 082010
Authors: Kirsten Silveira

After a long afternoon of spring training, the CSU football team taught more than 100 women the plays, strategies and secrets of their game.

Kendra Coleman said she knows the basics about football but hoped to leave Moby Arena, where Football 101 was held, knowing more about the sport than her husband.

“If I didn’t know football my husband would look at me and say, ‘Are you kidding me?’” she said.

Special events coordinator Deidra Church said she’d like to see the session become an annual event, which pulled in $30 per person, or nearly $4,000 for the program. The money will go to athletic scholarships, according to a press release on the athletics Web site. Football 101 was sponsored primarily by The Mountain West Sports Network.

The event focused on what the team tackles during the off-season, weight training, mat drills, positioning and techniques and the spring football program.

“We’ll just let it rip and see how it goes tonight,” head coach Steve Fairchild said, adding that this was a trial run. “I hope they’re passing around the wine.”

Freshman quarterback Pete Thomas said his mom, who was in the session, watches football with him and she gets frustrated when she doesn’t understand calls on the field.

“I know a lot of women watch football but don’t understand it in depth,” Thomas said.

CSU Athletics hosts around 70 programs for men during a school year, but Church wanted to give women an environment where they could comfortably ask questions.

Linda Walker, whose husband played for CSU “way back in the dark ages,” said she was there out of pure love for the sport.

When moving back to the Fort Collins area, Walker said she and her husband bought season tickets before officially signing the paperwork on their new house and haven’t gone a year without season tickets since.

Todd Stroud, tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator for Rams football, said when the players come back to school in January, they have 10 weeks to condition and prepare for spring football.

Asking the ladies to “raise the roof,” Stroud had his players demonstrate crucial strength training techniques such as the basic bench press, which he said is key during the NFL Combine.

Offensive coordinator Pat Meyer said standing in front of the crowd of women he felt like he was “on Oprah.” Meyer asked a few linemen to demonstrate mat training, which all players do at 5:45 a.m.

Meyer also had them play “King of the Ring,” which he said is always an offensive man versus a defensive man fighting for bragging rights. The crowd hooted and hollered as he yelled, “There are 150 women watching you.”

When asked what the most important qualities of a quarterback are, the crowd answered leadership, footwork, vision and good looks.

Quarterbacks coach Daren Wilkinson, said he works with players every day to nail down important skills like throwing directed passes, adding that if women know a little more about the game they may be able to tell their husbands what play just happened, rather than asking.

“Your husbands will be fired up to watch Monday Night Football with you. You can tell them, ‘That’s a draw,’” Wilkinson said.

Laneigh Walters, who attended the event, said she grew up on CSU football because her father coached in the 1970s. Her nephew, freshman long-snapper Tanner Hedstrom, also plays for CSU, she said.

“We have a football family, and it’s nice to understand their plays and why they choose them,” she said.

The night ended with defensive coordinator Larry Kerr explaining how vital it is for his players to learn how to talk in code during spring training so they can effectively perform and execute a play while they’re on the field.

“It’s like a wife training a husband; it takes a lot of practice,” he said, joking.

Senior Reporter Kirsten Silveira can be reached at news@collegian.com.

 Posted by at 6:03 pm

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.