Valdosta State opened camp Friday morning and players were so anxious, coaches had to remind them they were only in helmets and shorts.
After and 8-win season and first round playoff exit, the team can't wait to pick up where they left off.
Bell loved the first day intensity, but doesn't want the team to get ahead of itself.
"We've been talking championships. Everybody's talking championships in the offseason, but when we left that building last night I told them there's no more talk about that. We're talking about the process to get there. Trust yourself to get better and your teammates. Be great teammates. And let's trust the process about going and getting it done. And that's week by week, game by game, and at the end we'll be where we need to be." - Kerwin Bell
Junior quarterback Adam Robles is trusting the process.
Last year he split time with Roland Rivers under center. This year Rivers is out with a shoulder injury and Robles looks confident taking first-team snaps in camp.
"Not just going in knowing I'm number 1 right now, but knowing that the play is better," said Robles. "Knowing the guys around me, just having that report with the receivers, with the linemen, we can build a strong bond."
"He really finished hard in spring, he's been here all summer working with receivers.," said Bell. "He's sort of our leader right now and he's doing a really good job on offense."
VSU was picked to finish 2nd in the Gulf South Conference by the coaches this week.
The Blazers also had 5 players earn all-preseason honors.
But as time winds down to the season opener—the home playoff loss is still fresh in their minds and is their biggest motivator.
"I would bring up the pain, the look on the seniors faces," said Robles. "All the hurt that we all felt after that loss. We use that as fuel, we use it for motivation going into this year. And we're coming out this year hungry and ready to go."
VSU opens the season September 2nd at Albany State.
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