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Hartshorn’s Blog: Spring Game in Sight

The day we have been waiting for all spring is here and no it’s not August 30th. Tomorrow is April 14th, the date of the 2018 Spring Game, and this year’s game has a small twist …

Orange vs. Black

The team is split into two squads, both players and coaches, draft style with each coordinator becoming a head coach for the day. Here’s how it all shakes out.


Head Coach: Craig Cox

Offensive Coordinator: Adam Morris

Defensive Coordinator: Freddie Aughtry-Lindsay

Assistant Coaches: Kevin Thompson, Ben Bolling, D.J. Summers, Greg Milhouse Jr.


Head Coach: David Marsh

Offensive Coordinator: Nick Grimes

Defensive Coordinator: Bryan Butterworth

Assistant Coaches: Damien Adams, Hunter Somerville, Anthony Robbins, Joe Pesce

The showdown is on.


I hope you have a chance to check out the Spring Game tomorrow at 3pm at Barker-Lane Stadium and I don’t want to spoil it, but the Black squad wins.

Be sure to check in over the next few weeks to see how we transition from spring ball to exams and summer workouts.

Thomas Hartshorn is a redshirt senior linebacker on the Campbell Football team from Apex, N.C. Read his entire blog series leading up to the start of the 2018 season.


Hartshorn’s Blog: From Spring Break to First Scrimmage

Two weeks ago we were on spring break at the beach, at home, or visiting a foreign country with not a worry in the world.

Fast forward to 8 a.m. this past Saturday, butterflies were in our stomachs as we were both excited and nervous to scrimmage for the first time all spring.

So, how did we go from 80 degrees on Miami Beach to 40 degrees at Barker-Lane Stadium? Let me take you through the process:

Step 1 – Getting the Body Back in Shape

It was the first day back from break and it’s time to get our bodies back into shape. There is no better way to start then with a heavy squat day to, as Coach Minter says, ‘get the legs back.’ I learned quickly that Coach Minter and I have opposite definitions when it comes to getting the legs back.


On Monday our lift focused on the lower half of the body, so by no surprise on Tuesday we had an upper body lift. The surprise came when lift ended and Coach Stryffeler told us to get our cleats on for coaches stations.

The feeling we had within us was similar to when a coach tells you to get on the line after practice. To our luck though, the coaches stations we did were a condensed version and we were all smiles around 6 p.m. when it was time to head home.

Step 2 – Team Bonding

Everyone was ready for some rest and relaxation and what better way to do that then gathering in the field house to play UNO and eat wings.

We were able to take a small break from reality, enjoy a simple childhood game, and learn a little bit more about each other.

After the games finished up and the wings were gone, we headed over to the Convocation Center to watch the basketball team in the College Basketball Invitational. There was only one rule all night; no cell phones allowed.


Step 3 – Back to the Basics

It’s finally time to get back on the practice field. With two practices over the next three days, the coaches want to ensure we all have a great grasp on our base formations and plays after going a week and a half without practice.

So, there were no new concepts in for practice Thursday and Saturday. However, Saturday’s practice brought something new to the mix, full pads. Saturday’s practice was filled with contact, contact, and more contact with live drills mixed in throughout practice. The industriousness and enthusiasm were high.


Step 4 – Routine Lift & Meetings

After a glorious day off on Sunday, it was time to get back work. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays consist of weight training, conditioning, and meetings. This week was a bit special as we prepared for our first scrimmage of Spring Football on Saturday.

With a scrimmage, comes new plays and formations. We worked on understanding the new plays and studied film from practice during the week to sharpen our knowledge on the new pressures, route concepts, and pre-snap reads that our coaches threw upon us.

Step 5 – Practice Time (again)

It was time to move out of the meeting room and onto the field and practice these new concepts we installed. Tuesday’s practice had its ups and downs, which comes when something new is installed.

After seeing the new concepts on film, we were able to clean up some things and fix the kinks. Thursday’s practice was shorter and precise, as we wanted to be as sound as possible going into the scrimmage.

That’s not all though. This week we had drills on our four different phases of special teams: kickoff, kickoff return, punt and punt return. Although, punt was nothing new to us; we do it every single day. Yes, it is as exciting as it sounds.


Step 6 – Scrimmage Day

The day has finally come and we don’t mind waking up at 6:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning as much as before.

The routine stays the same with a team meeting to start of the day, then transitioning to position meetings for last minute adjustments and then an hour of free time to prepare our minds and bodies before going full force for the first time this spring.

I will say the scrimmage went well, however as you know depending on the player or coach you talk to the narrative could be different. Nonetheless, we can all agree that the scrimmage was effective in measuring not only the potential success of individual players, but the execution of the new concepts going forward.

Thomas Hartshorn is a redshirt senior linebacker on the Campbell Football team from Apex, N.C. Read his entire blog series leading up to the start of the 2018 season.

Experience Barker-Lane Stadium

Campbell Football is right around the corner and we encourage fans to come early, stay often and enjoy the entire GameDay experience in Buies Creek.

The Fighting Camels host Butler this Saturday at 6 p.m. in the PFL Opener and before you head to Barker-Lane Stadium, check out this video to fire up your appetite for Football.

Follow @GoCamelsFB on Instagram and Twitter for live updates before, during and after the matchup and fans can also watch the action live on the Big South Network.

Help Us Improve Campbell Football

First and foremost, we hope you the Campbell Football fans enjoyed each and every moment at Barker-Lane Stadium. In order to help improve that experience, we are asking our fans to submit this useful Campbell Ticketing survey for the overall fan experience.

The Fighting Camels now prepare for the Pioneer Football League opener against Butler on Saturday night at 6 p.m. Last Saturday Campbell pulled quite the audience, attracting the 6th-largest crowd in Campbell Football history drawing 5,860 fans.

Fans can follow @GoCamelsFB all season long for updates on the Camels 2016 slate. Thanks for your help on this survey and C-U in the weeks to come! #theCreekisRising

De’Shawn Jones Candid Camel

All-Pioneer Football League tailback De’Shawn Jones wants to break his own single-season rushing record, powering the Fighting Camels offense for his senior season.

Jones, Campbell’s all-time leading rusher, enters the 2016 campaign confident after ranking 18th in the FCS last season for rushing yards per game. The Fighting Camels workhorse back has picked up 1,991 yards on the ground over his career, hoping to help guide the Campbell Camels to their first winning season since 2011.

Featuring an offensive line with two returning All-PFL performers, Jones trusts his protection and feels the Fighting Camels could be even more explosive this season. Here’s De’Shawn Jones in his own words for our exclusive Candid Camel interview.

The Fighting Camels open the regular season at Barker-Lane Stadium on Thursday night, September 1 against Bluefield College. Follow @GoCamelsFB on Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates before this week’s opener.

Win Four Years In The Making

Campbell Women’s Lacrosse secured its first win over long-time rival Coastal Carolina Wednesday night, as Erica Hitch scored the game-winning goal for the Fighting Camels in what amounted to a competitive 8-7 game in Conway, South Carolina.

Photo Credit: Steve Sheinfeld

The celebration ensued (above) on the teal colored turf as the Fighting Camels are now 3-1 in Big South Conference play – moving ever closer to hosting their first-ever tournament game.

Loren Day, who entered as the nation’s leading scorer, added two goals for Campbell and the game-tying assist, feeding Erica Hitch in the final nine minutes – who later scored the game winner.

For the first time in program history, Campbell defeated their rivals at Coastal Carolina, bouncing back from last year’s overtime loss in the opening round of the Big South Tournament.

The Fighting Camels return to action this Saturday here at Barker-Lane Stadium as they host the Liberty Lady Flames starting at 12 p.m. Fans can watch the game live on the Big South Network and follow @GoCamelsWLAX on Twitter for updates.

Football Schedule Released

The Fighting Camels have the 2016 Football Schedule set in stone, featuring six games in Barker-Lane Stadium coming off a record-breaking attendance mark.

Campbell Football gets started on September 1st as the Fighting Camels host Bluefield College for the season opener.

The Fighting Camels will then travel to Chowan University, finishing out the back end of a home-and-home series, which Campbell won 35-3 last season, before hosting Big South Conference rival Presbyterian on September 17th.

Campbell then kickstarts Pioneer Football League play with a home matchup against Butler on September 24th as the remaining games on the schedule rest in conference including Homecoming on October 22nd vs. Stetson.

Check out the entire 2016 Football Schedule as the Fighting Camels look to build on a 5-6 season, featuring the best-ranked defense in the PFL, under now fourth-year head coach Mike Minter.

Make sure to follow @GoCamelsFB for updates on Spring Football and the final push before the start of another exciting season.