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Boxers prep for promising football season


Fall practice begins for Pacific football in the program's fourth season since reinstatement

Since being reinstated in 2010, the Pacific football program has set the bar a little higher in each of its first three seasons, and the fourth will be no different.

After going winless in their first year back and 1-8 in their second, the Boxers are coming off a 3-6 campaign last season that included wins over Occidental (Calif.), plus Northwest Conference rivals Puget Sound and Lewis & Clark. The team’s tangible year-by-year improvements have given head coach Keith Buckley plenty of reason for optimism as he heads into his fourth season at the helm of a program he has helped build from the ground up.

Pacific opened fall camp last week and began full-contact practices on Monday, leading up to the 2013 season opener on Friday, Sept. 6 against Adrian (Mich.) College.

The 2,000-mile journey to Michigan will be the longest road trip ever undertaken by a Pacific football team, which primarily played on the West Coast from the program’s inception until it was cut by the school in 1991. The Boxers will also play non-conference games against Occidental, Menlo (Calif.) and the University of Chicago in addition to their six-game NWC schedule.

“We are excited to be expanding our schedule to feature a broader national experience for our team,” Buckley said. “This 10-game schedule ... will be a great end for those seniors that will be remembered as the first class of the reinstated Boxer football program.”

A number of fourth-year players will assume pivotal roles this season, starting with quarterbacks T.C. Campbell and P.J. Minaya, who have split playing time over the past three years. Wideout Jordan Fukumoto, a First Team All-NWC selection in 2011, will also return after missing most of last season with a knee injury.