|Camels look to get over the hump in Big South football|
|Campbell aims to contend for league title|
|Published Friday, July 26, 2019 1:25 pm|
|CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY SPORTS INFORMATION|
|Campbell football coach Mike Minter is counting on leadership to fuel the Camels' transition into FCS as a member of the Big South Conference.|
Campbell is looking for another winning season in the Big South Conference.
Seventh-season coach and former Carolina Panthers safety Mike Minter is counting on leadership to fuel the Camels' continued transition into FCS football as they enter their second season in the Big South. They finished 6-5 for the second consecutive season and were picked to finish fourth in the conference.
“When I took the job, we were dead last in Division I football,” Minter said. “When you look that, and now, we’re a winning football program. We have winning seasons back to back. We now know how to win. Now we’re trying to learn how to deal with winning, so we can become a champion. That’s where we’re at right now, ‘how do you go from good to great?’”
Minter’s motto is simple: “Show up, and do the work.”
“No matter what’s called upon, don’t cry about it,” he said. “Don’t complain about it. All you need to do is show up, and do the work, and that’s what we’ve been doing since January.”
The Fighting Camels won five of their first six games to start 2018, but fell flat in that latter half of the campaign. Their only conference win came against Presbyterian in the season’s penultimate game.
“As a football team, we’re a 10th of a second faster than we were last year,” Minter said. “We’re 40 pounds bigger than we were last year. I really look forward to seeing these guys get on the football field and showing what they have.”
Said sophomore wide receiver Caleb Snead, a preseason all-conference pick who led Campbell with 45 receptions for 810 yards and nine touchdowns last year: “We’re the strongest we’ve ever been.”
“When your best player is the hardest-working guy on the football field, that makes leadership very simple,” Minter said of Snead. “We look forward to seeing these guys mature as leaders, and lead the way.”
Said Snead: “From being dead last a couple years ago, it comes with recruiting. We’ve got a tremendous amount of talent, but the biggest thing now for us is the little things that don’t involve being good at football – leadership, discipline, getting on each other [and] holding each other accountable. Those are the biggest things that have the potential to propel us from being good to great.”
Defensively, Minter is counting on senior defensive tackle Isaiah King, who missed last year due to injury. As a junior, King accounted for 46 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
“We lean on him heavily to get it done,” Minter said.
Said King: “When I first came, I always felt like I could do more, and coach was telling me, ‘Isiah, you can be more vocal, the guys need it,’ but I never understood that just one person being good on the team doesn’t matter. It’s not about one person being good. It’s about how well you influence those around you. That’s one thing that he’s really helped me understand.”
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