Campbell

Campbell football continues to rise under Mike Minter

Posted August 15

Quite a bit's changed for head coach Mike Minter in his time at Campbell: attendance at an all-time high, respect put on their name in preseason polls, and his sales pitch, much easier to make.

"Now, I can go in there and tell (recruits) about all the great things we've done in the last four years, sending guys to the National Football League, graduating all of our guys, and by the way, it's going to be free," Minter said. "I can sell that."

More than 20 scholarship, red-shirting players are in the fold in preparation for next year's move to a new conference, but what about this year, Campbell's last in the Pioneer League?

"We've never won it, so that would be the best thing ever," Campbell linebacker Ray Miller said. "Going into the Big South with a championship from the last conference that we played in, that's about as good as it gets."

Expect an overhaul on offense, with new coordinator David Marsh from Texas A&M calling the shots. "What I like about his system is he attacks the defense. We're going to go where you're not," Minter said.

Those defenses will certainly get familiar with Aaron Blockmon. The sure-handed flanker from Sanford already owns Campbell's all-time receiving records, despite just being a junior. "You're going to hear that name a lot," Minter said.

"He's a deep threat, he's a smart player, and he's willing to work each and every day. Coach tells us all the time, trust 4 (Blockmon's number). Let it go, put some air under it, and he'll catch it," Campbell quarterback Anthony Robbins said.

Coach Minter grew accustomed to winning in his nine years in the NFL, and the more things change at Campbell, the more they hopefully stay the same for the fifth-year head honcho.

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