More than 100 Southern Oregon football players will report to campus this week as the 2013 fall camp officially begins with Saturday's first practice.
Coming off one of the best seasons in program history, the Raiders will look to defend their 2012 Frontier Conference co-championship this year. Record-breaking quarterback Austin Dodge returns for his junior season to lead an offense that last year set a collegiate football record for both NAIA and NCAA with an average of 642 yards per game.
The players are scheduled to check in on Thursday and take part in meetings to get to know their coaches and fellow players, with the first official practice slated for 6 a.m. Saturday at Raider Stadium. Two-a-days kickoff the following day as the Raiders begin preparations for the first game of the season on Aug. 31.
The Raiders were picked to finish third in the Frontier Conference preseason coaches' poll. Montana Tech and Carroll tied for first in the poll, released last week.
For the second consecutive season the Raiders will open the year with a Kickoff Classic game. While last season's opener was at Medford's Spiegelberg Stadium, this year's opener will be at Mel Ingram Field in Grants Pass. Southern Oregon will host Rocky Mountain in a Frontier Conference showdown beginning at 1 p.m.