Midway through the Rogers Rams’ first football practice Wednesday, a dark cloud loomed over Sparks Stadium, dimming the daylight.
So much, one assistant groused, “Can’t we get the lights? I can’t almost see.”
There were low snaps and dropped passes, typical of a first day of camp. A few of the 90 players fell on the slippery turf, which was just installed a few days prior to practice.
One thing is for certain these days. These Rams are animated. Winners of their first SPSL South championship since 1982, they are also determined to prove last season was no fluke, led by all-everything quarterback Tyler Van Sligtenhorst, a senior who is being courted by a few Big Sky Conference programs.
“I love being in the position where everyone is looking at me,” Van Sligtenhorst said. “Nothing cocky. I’ve done some camps with Jason Gesser (ex-WSU quarterback), and he’s talked about that swagger you have to have, and let the (team) know … ‘Hey, I’m the guy,’ and have them believe in you.”