In the span of a year, Coach Jay Norvell of the University of Colorado State Rams has been handed an overhaul of his staff that has seen six new defensive coaches, including four who have never coached in the college ranks. It took a while to lay that out, but Norvell appears to be the glue that holds this all together, a representative of the off-field changes as much as the on-field ones.
“It’s exciting to see it working out the way it’s going right now,” he said. “It’s going to be fun.”
The Wolfpack has never played in a bowl game, and for coach Scott Satterfield, Norvell is just the right leader for what lies ahead.
“He’s an excellent football coach and a great person,” Satterfield said. “His connection to the student-athletes is outstanding. He’s a great football coach and an even better person. I’m excited about the opportunity to have him here.”
Norvell and CSU’s players have faced steep learning curves in the initial weeks of practice, which took place during a brutal three-day stretch when they were in temperatures as high as 110 degrees, and that is where Norvell comes in.
“In high school, you’re like, ‘Oh man, these practices are really tough, these guys work us very hard,’ but to see it here, I don’t think I’ve ever been more impressed with a football team in the talent level they’ve brought and the camaraderie they’ve shown,” said senior tight end Harper Hicks. “We’re in here, all the running back and running backs are working our butts off and getting to that point of perfecting that position. It’s amazing how it all comes together and it really is a testament to coach Norvell and the coaching staff.”
The Rams open the year Sept. 1 against San Jose State.