BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Campbell completed its third day of preseason football camp on Saturday morning, its third overall practice day and first in shells.
"We've set some goals that we have to meet during two-a-days," said CU head coach Dale Steele. "One of those was that we need to establish our playmakers. We lost a number of players last year, and what we're looking to do is find out who those players are and put us into position to compete for a championship."
"The second thing is that we need to establish depth," added Steele. "When you lost the number of players that we did last year, you line up not as deep as you'd like to be. We have a lot of freshmen, redshirt freshmen and sophomores that are competing, and we're looking to see who picks things up quickly. When you don't exactly know what to do, you tend to slow down, so the sooner they know, the sooner we'll get to where we need to be as a football team."
The team continued to work on technique in all areas, acclimating the youthful squad to its system. The Camels also began running plays as a unit, with the offense and defense squaring off without full contact.
"I think when you enter two-a-days, every program and every coach wants their team to get better every single day," said Steele. "I don't think that's unique to our program. I think that's something that's true throughout all programs this time of the year. It's especially true, though, when you have a youthful football team."
The Camels will kickoff the 2012 football season on Thursday night, Aug. 30, under the lights at Barker-Lane Stadium against Shorter.