BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Campbell completed its first two-a-day of preseason football camp, capped by its first ever practice under Barker-Lane Stadium's new lights on Thursday.
"The first practice went really well as we spent a lot of time on individual work," said head coach Dale Steele. "The enthusiasm was good in our night session, the execution was a little ragged, however. We had some missed assignments and mistakes that we can't make. Overall, I think we had a good start to two-a-days. We'll need to keep building to get to the scrimmage on Saturday."
After a 9 a.m. practice earlier in the day, the Camels hit the field again at 7 p.m., utilizing its recently installed lighting system.
"The lights make it a lot easier," said Steele. "The players were able to get a lot of rest between sessions, plus it was cooler, which I think helps us a lot. We have to make sure we give the kids time to rest between practices and that's one of the great things the lights allow. That flexibility is great for us. We're also going to be playing under the lights at home this year, so it was good to get them acclimated to that."
During the evening session, CU worked on positional drills and continued to install its playbook on both sides of the ball, closing with conditioning.
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.