Campbell Talking Football

Calais Campbell is a Preseason All-American and the junior defensive end talked about a variety of things on Friday as he continues getting ready for the start of fall camp, which begins on Saturday.

Calais Campbell was one of the few bright spots on last year's 7-6 football team. Now the talented junior believes it's time for a fresh start under new coach Randy Shannon.

"I know that this year we have a different attitude going towards the season," Campbell said. "I know we're really motivated. I'm really excited about this year because we have a tough schedule, and that's what we need because of our ranking. Hopefully we go out and play well and do some amazing things this year."

Campbell, 6-foot-8 and 270 pounds, understands that big expectations have been placed on his shoulders. He's being counted on to carry the defense early in the season as they break in a few new starters on the defensive line.

"Personally, I'm just going out there and trying to get better every day," he said. "No one knows what's going to happen at the end of the season so I'm just going out and trying to get better every day and helping my teammates to win games. I'm a hard worker and will continue to work hard regardless of what everyone says about me and I'm looking forward to this year."

One way of telling how much hype a player is getting is through how much attention he's getting from the media. Campbell knows things are different now than they were a year ago from that standpoint.

"It's a big difference," he said. "I'm seeing you guys (the media) a lot more (laughs). I wasn't really so popular last year, but football-wise I'm the same kind of person. I'm going to work hard and give my all, just like I did last year. I'm going to try to get better every day. Around campus because of my personality, people already knew me. Maybe there's a difference, but I don't really notice it."

With Shannon taking over as head coach, Campbell said he doesn't really see much difference since he played on the defense that Shannon put together in recent years.

"There's no difference, not at all," he said. "He's still the same person with the same personality. I still talk to him all the time. His philosophies that he was using with the defense are now being used for the whole team. I'm lucky to be playing for him."

Campbell and his Hurricane teammates open fall camp with practice Saturday at 7:50 AM.

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