Starting RDE: Calais Campbell

With the injury to Teraz McCray, sophomore defensive end Calais Campbell is expected to start as Bryan Pata moves inside to play McCray's tackle spot.

Earlier today the Hurricanes held their first practice in shoulder pads, which was an adjustment after two days in shorts.

"The first day in pads was real hot," Campbell said. "We have to get used to the heat with pads on. We haven't done it for a while so we have to get used to it again."

"We hit pretty good," he added. "I really like what I am seeing and I can't wait until September 4."

Calais Campbell, from Denver, Colo., is getting used to be being a starter.

"I'm feeling good," said Campbell, who played in all 12 games last year as a redshirt freshman. "I am coming along good. It is day three now and I feel comfortable there. I'm used to coming off the bench and making an impact right away. Being a starter I feel pretty good."

Last year Campbell had 25 tackles, 5.5 for loss, and 2.5 sacks.

"Since we run a rotation I felt I was a starter last year because we all played a lot," Campbell said. "The biggest difference will be starting the game and setting a tone right away."

Campbell is playing on a d-line with three seniors so it is imperative he is a force this year to anchor the line in 2007.

As the right end, he is playing next to Kareem Brown.

"It has helped me out a lot because Kareem is a big prescence," Campbell said. "It helps me be a better player because I know he is going to do a lot extra and I just have to take care of my job. I like playing with Kareem a lot."

The Hurricanes return to practice tomorrow morning.

"Tomorrow should be a lot better day and a lot more physical," Campbell said.

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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