BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Campbell opened its 2012 preseason football camp on Thursday, as the coaching staff issued equipment, began installing the playbook and put the team through its first conditioning tests.
"It was exciting to get started," said head coach Dale Steele, beginning his fifth season of competition with the Camels. "We had a good and full day today. We have a lot of young guys, so we did a lot of teaching today, the basic things like how to stretch, how to line up and how to do the basics of football. With our older players, we can pick up where we left off last season."
The team completed its day one tasks despite a spurt of inclement weather that forced the Camels inside for a short period. Thursday was the first of 26 practice days that will include three scrimmages.
Campbell finished 2011 at 6-5 overall and 5-3 in PFL play, marking the program's highest win total since restarting the program in 2008. The Camels led the PFL in rushing for the third straight year (210.45 yards per game), placing 11 on all-conference teams.
The PFL released its 2012 preseason coaches poll on Monday, predicting the Camels to finish fifth in the conference. The pick is Campbell's highest since restarting the program in 2008.
The Camels will kickoff the 2012 football season on Thursday night, Aug. 30, under the lights at Barker-Lane Stadium against Shorter.