Defense Dominates Contact Workout

Colorado State returned to the practice field Tuesday to continue two-a-day workouts in preparation for the team's season opener Aug. 22 at the University of Virginia in the Jim Thorpe Assn. Classic (Radio: Colorado State Sports Radio Network; T.V.: Fox Sports Rocky Mountain).

"I thought the defense had the best of the day," said Rams Head Coach Sonny Lubick following the team's two-hour morning session. Lubick said his team worked on short yardage situations with live hitting for the first time since the Rams put pads on Sunday.

"We had about 12 to 15 snaps live," he said. "We had some good, crisp hitting and overall it went well."

Lubick also said the Rams have already installed their entire offensive and defensive schemes.

"We have about everything in," he said. "Now, we have to work and polish it all up."

The Rams returned to practice Tuesday afternoon for a two-hour workout in shorts, helmets, and shoulder pads. Lubick said Colorado State would have full pads on Wednesday morning, and the workout would include a 20-25 play situational scrimmage at the end of the workout. Colorado State continues two-a-day workouts through Aug. 16 in preparation for the opening game. The toll of two-a-day workouts has a few players sidelined with minor injuries. Lubick expects most of them to return to action soon.

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