Now two weeks into the 2010 football season, the Colorado State offense has yet to produce a touchdown.
However, CSU coach Steve Fairchild has insisted he still believes this group of players has a chance to be the most potent offense assembled in his tenure.
A glaring hole contributing to the lack of scoring early on is the Ramsâ€™ inability to run the football.
CSU has been outrushed 491 yards to 127, a majority of which were surrendered on Saturday against Nevada.
Highly recruited true freshman Tony Drake boasts a 4.3-second 40-yard dash but has seen the field primarily as a kick returner.
Drake is using practice this week to show what he is capable of doing at running back.
â€œPractice has given me an indication that I will be getting more carries,â€ Drake said. â€œBut I will just be patient, play my role, be a team player and just do whatever I can to help the team win.â€
Despite scoring only nine points in two games, the offense will not let two poor showings get them down.
â€œItâ€™s not frustrating; we just need to come together as a team and be more positive,â€ Drake said. â€œThen I feel like we can get the ball in the end zone, just all have one mind, one unit and one goal.â€
Another point of emphasis throughout this weekâ€™s practice will be on the defense after allowing 51 points to Nevada.
Defensive coordinator Larry Kerr was not pleased with the way the Rams played Saturday.
â€œI saw a lack of discipline on assignments,â€ Kerr said. â€œWeâ€™re just hesitant in what weâ€™re supposed to do and poor tackling.â€
Kerr said he was not happy with the way Nevada kept breaking through tackles, saying the defense needed better fundamentals.
The entire defense practiced different tackling drills Monday and Tuesday so the same result would not happen against Miami University this weekend.
â€œLast week we worked on (tackling) hard and weâ€™re working on it hard again this week,â€ Kerr said. â€œEvery time we have a team period, weâ€™re rapping up, weâ€™re trying to keep our head up and run through.â€
The players have taken it upon themselves as well to make sure another embarrassing loss does not happen, starting with defensive captain senior Ricky Brewer.
â€œWeâ€™ve taken more responsibility and more initiative into everybody pursuing the ball,â€ Brewer said. â€œNot that we havenâ€™t done it in the past, but the best thing that
we can do now is focus on getting everyone to the ball.â€
Pressure to play solid defense because the offense is not scoring plays no role in Brewerâ€™s mind.
â€œItâ€™s a full team,â€ he said. â€œAt times our offense is going to be there to pick us up and at this point right now theyâ€™re depending on us to pick them up, so thatâ€™s just
kind of where we stand.â€
Football Beat Reporter Cris Tiller can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.