That smell of pigskin in the air can only mean one thing --football season is just around the corner.
The 2006 gridiron campaign kicks off July 17 to 21 on the campus of Payson High School with the annual Longhorn football camp.
During the camp, prospective players will get to know newly appointed football coach Josh Anderson who last spring replaced Jerry Rhoades at the helm of the program.
It was Rhoades who started the on-campus, preseason camps two years ago.
During the five days of camp, players will reside in old Payson High School gym, eat in the school cafeteria, undergo three practices a day and weight training.
Scheduled to participate in the camp with the Longhorns will be players and coaches from Scottsdale Horizon High School.
Anderson said it is extremely important for all players, especially those planning to play on varsity, to attend the camp and learn the nuances of his gridiron system.
The new coach's schemes will be flexible ones that include traditional offenses and defenses other PHS football coaches have used, including the Wing-T.
"Much of what we do out of the Wing-T will depend on our personnel," Anderson said. "My philosophy has always been you run to set up the pass."
Defensively, Anderson will have the Horns in a basic 3-4 set that is similar to the traditional 5-2 defenses used by high school and colleges around America since the 1950s.
"From that 3-4, we will make a lot of defensive adjustments," Anderson said.
The defensive backfield coverage will include man-to-man and cover 2 and 3 zones.
Campers should check in at 1 p.m. Monday in the old PHS gymnasium. They should bring with them sleeping bag and pillow, toiletries and towel, change of clothes, physical form, medical consent and a check for $150.
For more information, call (928) 474-2233.