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Episode 1 of "The Grind" from Colorado State profiles the culture change in Fort Collins


Just before Jim McElwain took over the Colorado State program, the program wasn't much more than an afterthought in the big picture of college football. The last time the team won more than seven games was 2002 when Sonny Lubick was the head coach.

Now, coming off a big turnaround culminating in a bowl berth and win in the New Mexico Bowl over Washington State (a 48-45 thriller), the Rams are expecting to continue that upward progress in 2014. Episode 1 of "The Grind" focuses on the man leading the mission, Jim McElwain, and the culture change him and his staff have brought with them as they enter year three.

Players weigh in on the impact that McElwain has had on them as a coach and recruiter in the clip, ranging from freshman running back Dee Hart to senior quarterback Garrett Grayson, who calls McElwain "the most confident coach he's ever been around"

Overall, this is just a really well done video where you get a real sense of the culture shift that has taken place in Fort Collins in just under three short years.