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Video: The rise of the Colorado State program

When Jim McElwain left Alabama to take over the Colorado State program back in December of 2011, he was well aware of the state of the program and what it was going to take to bring them back into the national picture.

In just his second season, coach Mac has led the program to 7 wins, and a berth in the New Mexico Bowl against Washington State on Saturday. It will be the program's first bowl game in five seasons.

Here's a quick look at the rise of the Rams program under McElwain and his staff, complete with insight from the players on what types of changes have led to their turnaround.

"When coach McElwain came in, it was a complete shift from what we were used to. Practices were run completely different, expectations in practice were completely different, and we had to learn how to practice really hard." one player explains in the video.

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