April 26, 2011

Novak takes in CSU spring game

Littleton (Colo.) quarterback Ryan Novak spent Saturday on the fieldturf of Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins getting a look at the Colorado State football program and their spring game. The 2013 prospect was there to see his dad, Scott, officiate the game, while taking in the atmosphere of the Rams' run through.

"I had a lot of background on them before from having been to their campus, but Saturday showed me not just about the school, but the football program. I got to see the offensive system and the type of quarterback they are looking for," Novak said. "It also let me see how they run a practice."

Novak said he spent time with CSU Head Coach Steve Fairchild, Quarterback Coach Daren Wilkinson and Defensive Coordinator Larry Kerr during and after practice. He said Fairchild offered a nice compliment for him to his father.

"Coach Wilkinson was happy to see me there and told me to keep an eye on the quarterbacks and to make sure in the off-season to stay in contact. Coach Kerr told me he was going to stop by in May at Heritage and wanted to make sure I was there when he was going to be. Coach Fairchild talked to me and talked to my dad. (Fairchild) said he thought I had grown a lot since I was up there and I already looked like a Division I quarterback. That was really nice to hear.

"I think I would fit in great (in the CSU system)," Novak said. "The offense they are running is a basic offense I would fit in really well. It is similar to what I am in right now in high school. It is a well-balanced offense and take advantage of their strengths when they need. They can run when they want to or pass. It really keeps the defense off-balance."

Novak completed 150-of-291 passes last season for 2,226 yards and 23 touchdowns last season. Novak said Heritage was 2-8 last season with five losses by seven points or less.

While he is waiting to officially receive his first scholarship offer, Novak said he is hearing from everywhere from USC to the home-state Rams. He said he plans to attend a different camp or showcase every weekend from May 13 through the end of July.

"I am looking forward to it," he said of the torrid summer pace. "It will be a blast to get my name around and get to see more campuses, talk to more coaches and see what the coaches are interested in and talk to them face-to-face. It is going to be great."

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