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.

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