"Today we had slight workout," Shannon said. "We worked on some key situations as far as special teams, like punting out of the end zone, taking a safety, punt after safety and onsides kick. There are some things that you never do. We need to do those things two or three times before the first game, and the guys did an excellent job of executing. So it was good today. It was fun. It was fresh. They came out enthusiastic. We ended with the two-minute drill, so that was great."
As preseason camp comes to a close and the team begins preparing for its season opener against Marshall scheduled for next Saturday, the Canes are pretty healthy as a team.
Shannon likes where his team is physically after all those practices.
"Mentally and physically, they're fine," he said. "They came out and performed. They have a lot of enthusiasm. So, mentally, they're sharp. Physically, you are never where you want to be because injuries happen. Guys are nicked and sore, but it's part of football. They understand that. We have to keep pushing on and pressing on in order to do the things we need to get done."
Improvement is one thing that had to be on the minds of every Hurricane player after last season's 7-6 record. Shannon said he saw a lot of improvement from his team over the past two and a half weeks.
"Everyone has improved," he said. "I really can't single anyone out. Camp is for everyone to improve and get better. Were we better from the first day? Yes. Are we a lot better than the first day? Yes. Are we where we want to be? No. You're never where you want to be until the end of the season. That depends on your outcome at the end of the season."
The Hurricanes will return to the practice field on Thursday.