Arnold working in morning hours in week one of fall practice

Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 10:39 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -Week one of fall practice at Arnold is under way, and the Marlins are taking advantage of the morning hours to get some work in.

Most area teams are working in the afternoon hours this week, presumably to keep their kids acclimated to the heat and humidity that they’ll be practicing in once school begins next week. Coach Shawn Campbell one of the coaches getting in some early morning work, starting at eight each morning this week, practicing for the better part of two and half hours. And so, the coach says, that seems to be working.

“The weather’s been a little better today, so that’s been a blessing for us.” coach Campbell told us. “We transitioning pretty good, it’s been a good morning so far. Trying to roll and get on and get a little better, that’s the name of the game. It’s just tempo, they’ve got to understand tempo. And they’ve got to understand bouncing around and not be kind of....summer time can be a little slow-motiony. So getting them in and out of the huddle, getting them lined up, getting the calls in, and all the communication stuff we’ve got to do, that’s the big change. So just kicking their butt and trying to get them to move faster really. But they’re doing a great job, I’m so proud to be here, and the kids are wonderful.”

During our time on the field Tuesday morning, we could hear the coach telling his players “have some pride in your program!” and we asked him what he meant by that?

“We’ve got to build something I think, as the football goes, where we’ve maybe not had some in the past.” coach Campbell said. “So I think that’s an issue that we’ve got to learn to grow together and work forward. The camaraderie is there. But it’s just taking the pride in the extra little things. And having a little bit of bump in your step. And moving forward, and understanding that we’ve got to do this together. And it takes a certain effort and attitude, and we call it mindset, to get there. So we’ve got a long ways to go, but we’re working on it.”

The coach says he has 61 players out at this point, and expects that number to grow to 70 next week when school begins. Good numbers for the program. That includes a good group, the coach says, of younger players, freshmen and sophomores.

“They’ve done a good job of coming in and learning what we’re doing this summer. So now they’ve got to go to the next level and actually get in the mix and get it done. A lot of starry eyed, a little bit, yesterday, a lot of new stuff for them. Chris Noble’s our young freshman quarterback, going to step up for us, we hope, be a role player at some point. But there’s a lot on him. And he’s not the only one, so we’re excited for the young group we’ve got, to add into what we have now to make us better.”

The Marlins will host North Bay Haven on the 20th in their Kickoff Classic. They open the regular season at Bay on the 26th.

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