Colorado State University's 12th-year head coach knew there would be days during the spring when wet, cold weather would have in years past forced he and his staff to postpone spring practice.
Not Saturday. Instead, the Rams used their new synthetic practice field to conduct a two-hour workout including a 30-minute live scrimmage at the end of the practice despite cold, wet weather in Fort Collins. It was the team's fifth workout of the spring and concluded the first week of drills.
"The field was a savior today, and we could get something done," said Lubick of the 120-yard field installed last winter prior to the team's San Francisco Bowl game. It was the first step in a $15.2 million plan that also includes the expansion and renovation of Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium.
Lubick said his team, which must replace 11 starters including eight on defense, is making progress.
"We're making progress, but we've got a long way to go," he said. Lubick said the team's linebacking corps continues to improve daily.
"The linebackers are doing well. We are working about six guys in and out. I think we have a chance to be good at linebacker," he said. He said with 11 starting positions open, competition has been a premium.
"Guys are really competing. It's always good to have competition. The players are enthusiastic after five days, and we're working hard." Lubick also said the defense appears to be a bit ahead of the team's offense through a week of spring practice.
"That's normal, and the defense should be a little ahead, flying around and getting to the football."
Saturday's workout included a brief scrimmage. Quarterback Justin Holland, the team's starter, completed five-of-seven passes for 37 yards. Zac Bryson, a redshirt freshman from Reno, Nev., who is battling for the backup job, completed both of his pass attempts for 40 yards including a 25-yard touchdown pass to tight end Clint Oldenburg, the day's only score. Uldis Jaunarajs was the top rusher, gaining 16 yards on two carries.
Lubick said the Rams would practice Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday next week then take the Easter weekend off.