The University of Central Arkansas Bears officially began the Steve Campbell era on Saturday morning in unseasonably cool conditions.

"The weather was mild and we had a good day," said Campbell, who is in is first year as UCA football coach. "There was not sweltering heat and it allowed us to get in some good work."

The Bears practiced in helmets and shorts. They will don full pads Wednesday.

"We got a lot of things installed," Campbell said. "With non-contact work, it’s mainly going through assignments and alignments and running through plays. It’s making sure we get into the right formations and procedures and understand the operation and personnel groups."

UCA, which opens Aug. 30 at Texas Tech, will have its first scrimmage at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9.

"There are a lot of rough edges, which is natural for a first practice," Campbell said. "But we retained a lot from the spring and moved around well."