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So when Jim McElwain met his players for the first time in 2012, he wanted to know where all the big guys were. A year and half later, he has found them, and many of them are the same players he was looking at in the first place.
Colorado State's football team has transformed since that date, and while Mike Kent and his strength and conditioning staff is given much of the credit, he points to the players who made it happen.
The results didn't take long to notice, either, as the first day of practice showed offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin time in the summer was spent working, not lounging.
"We went out and we went through a practice (Tuesday) with just the one group, and if we did that last year, they were dead halfway through practice," he said. "These guys competed until the last play. I mean, being in shape from how we were is much better. It's unbelievable.
"This year, there's no doubt we're a bigger, faster, stronger football team. I think we're mentally a better football team."
Kent, gruff in voice but a teacher in nature, said all it took was a bit of time for the understanding to set in throughout the program. He and his assistant, Rashad Harris, were among the first coaches on campus, and they came with a different approach and philosophy. They had three months to work with the players before the first spring, nine months before the first season started.
Now given a full rotation of the calendar to sink in, the results are really starting to show.
"It's about the comprehension of the entire program, not only for Coach Mac and those guys upstairs, but very much a grasp or an understanding behind the purpose of our training," Kent said. "I think Year Two is a time you can say we know exactly what we're supposed to do, they comprehend the purpose behind our training. Year Two is just easier because of the familiarity of the program design, what our goals are, objectives and the functionality of the program. I think that validates the work you're going to put into it.
"To me, it's about having enough vision to make what they understand now, the task and the perfection of the craft in the workouts, to apply it, how it applies to practice, game and all of those finer things of competition and understanding it."
Bigger, stronger, faster may be goals, but there's a correct path for Kent. Behind it all is keeping in place the Rams need refined athletes with a base in functionality running. He came in explaining how certain lifts worked in tandem with a set of drills and how, together, they could be applied on the field.
Senior tackle Jared Biard said just as important to the process was the attitude Kent brought to the process, not just the strength and conditioning workouts.
"I talk to Mike Kent a lot," Biard said. "He's kind of a goofball philosophically, so we like to go back and forth with that.
"For the team in general, his attitude. I can't repeat some of the things he said, but it's just his attitude that he gave to us, that he installed into us. Definitely this past winter, what he told us started back in January when we all came back and keep moving forward, he's just kept adding on to what he wanted us to do and how we should behave and how we should react to certain situations."
Co-defensive coordinator Marty English was in need of some bigger defensive linemen, and now he has them, thanks in part to Kent. But when it came time to add weight to Joe Kawulok, for example, Kent said it had to be done right.
The 15 extra pounds the sophomore defensive end now carries were added gradually, adding lean muscle and subtracting body fat for the final product. And it was timed out to hit peak when camp started in August. The whole program is designed to carry Colorado State through an entire season, so the 13th game on the schedule wasn't really an issue.
Kent said it was a group project from a player's perspective, but he was happy with the way both Biard and quarterback Garrett Grayson worked to regain strength from their injuries a year ago.
Biard, like many of his teammates, can tell a difference.
"I think I'm the most athletic I've ever been thanks to him," Biard said. "He's helped me out a tremendous amount. As strong as I've ever been. We do a lot of drills that transition over to the field, things that are specific to where you can use it on the field, and it's not just weight room strength, it's on-the-field strength."
McElwain likes the physical look of his team, but he also was quick to note the squad isn't dealing with the knee issues of a year ago, which he translates to Kent's program and the work of Terry DeZeeuw and his staff in sports medicine. Kent added the team is no longer dealing with shoulder ailments in great numbers.