Watching players walk to the practice field next to Bank of America Stadium Friday was like watching kids on their first day of school. Some were loose, some stoic, and almost nobody made noise. Most didn't get to Charlotte until Thursday and they don't know each other.
They also didn't know what to expect. After stretching, they went to work. Quarterbacks Dalton Bell (West Texas A&M) and Jarrett Brown (West Virgina) threw in and then out patterns to a variety of receivers. Nobody wanted to stand out by dropping a ball, so nobody did.
Then Jared Green (Southern) failed to hang on and then Rico Wallace (Shenandoah) did.
Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski walked over and even if the newcomers didn't know who he was, they knew he was important.
Some schools had two representatives, among them UCLA, Oklahoma, Stephen F. Austin and Charlotte Latin.
Brenton Bersin, a receiver from Wofford, and Ben Jorden, a fullback from Appalachian State, are Latin graduates.
The humidity was such that players might have thought they were in San Diego.
Those who are invited back after the three-day camp will learn.