TOP PHOTO: Campbell took another step toward getting ready for the 2022 season with a scrimmage Thursday evening at Webb.

KNOXVILLE, TN (WLAF) – The small college type setting campus of Webb School is where the Campbell Cougars played in their first scrimmage of the preseason Thursday evening.

After about an hour or more delay due to stormy weather, Campbell and Webb got down to business on Faust Field a little after 7pm. The Spartans scored on their first play though the Cougars settled down and went to work.

Landon Hensley unloads a pass to Mason Shanks (6) who makes the first of three straight grabs below.
Senior Mason Shanks looks for yardage after his catch.

“It was good to get some reps. You know Webb’s really good, and they exposed us in some areas. And you want to find those spots, respond and improve,” said 12th year Campbell Head Coach Justin Price.

The always positive Price liked some things his team did. “We did some good things, too. It was kind of what you expect, and it could’ve been better. This time of year is about getting better, because our best football is ahead of us,” Price added.

A healthy crowd was on hand, including a lot of Cougar fans, to watch Campbell scrimmage Webb.

In one series, senior Mason Shanks had three straight catches from passes thrown by sophomore quarterback Landon Hensley. The last of the three went for 25 yards.

“Mason is a player we’re gonna count on a lot, and we’ll work to get him the ball as much as possible,” said Coach Price. Shanks is a four year player and has seen his share of action; even quite a bit as a freshman.

“Landon did some good things and had a few mistakes that we can get improved. He’ll continue to develop and play with confidence.” said Price. The coach calls Hensley a self motivator who wants to be good.

Mason Shanks is brought down on the west sideline after a 25-yard catch and run.

“Will (Lester) was in on several tackles. He’s gonna be our leader over there (on defense). He had a couple of big plays,” Price noted.

When Price talks about his line on both sides of the ball, he says they did some good things. The staff will do more evaluation as they watch game film he pointed out. “We have some areas we have to continue to develop and improve, but I believe that we will get where we need to be,” said Price.

Price calls Thursday’s scrimmage a good test for us. The team will gather this morning at 8:00 and watch the film. “After that, we’ll get a lift in and be right back to work first thing Monday morning,” said Price.

Campbell visits Knoxville Central for a 6pm scrimmage on Thursday and will then host Halls on Tuesday, August 9, at 6pm.

The regular season kicks off at home this year as Chattanooga Central visits. Les Martin and Brent Allen return for their 12th season of calling all the action of Campbell Football. Martin has called the most Cougar wins ever and is anxious for the 2022 season to begin. Allen is the father of former Cougar greats Slayton Allen and C.J. Allen.

Since the school opened in 1975, WLAF has been there covering the Cougars from, first radio, to the addition of WLAF-TV 12 and then to telecasts over and now on FM radio. The games can be heard over AM 1450 and FM 100.9 with the live telecasts on WLAF-TV 12 and You can also follow the Cougars over WLAF’s other outlets, YouTube, Twitch TV, Facebook, Roku TV and Amazon Firestick

(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/29/2022-6AM)