The Colorado State Rams have shifted to a brand new 3-4 defense this season, owing to their plethora of solid linebackers and fairly small defensive line. Suddenly, though, the Rams will find themselves with the two biggest linemen in the Mountain West, as they picked up former Arizona Western Junior College man Calvin Tonga, who weighs 330 pounds.
"Calvin Tonga was here at practice," McElwain said. "He should be in pads tomorrow, just waiting on some paperwork to clear him on some things. He is in school, so everything is good there. He is part of the roster."
McElwain said he wasn't going to rush the 6-foot-3, 330-pound lineman onto the field but he is happy to have him.
Colorado State has one other lineman over 320 pounds, Shaq Walker. Tonga will add depth to the defensive line as they work in the new 3-4 style in 2012.
The other big news out of the camp day on Tuesday was running back Chris Nwoke practicing at full speed.