HAYS, Kansas -

There is a whole new aura around the Fort Hays State Football team. Something you could see when the Tigers opened fall camp on Monday.  FHSU has improved its record each of the previews three years under Head Coach Chris Brown and they are hoping to take things to the next level this season..

It may be the first day of fall camp, but to the players it didn't really feel like day one.

“Out of the four I’ve been to, I would say today was one of the best first day practices I’ve been a part of,” said defensive line man Jesse Trent.

With a record number of players spending the summer in Hays, the Tigers feel like they have a bigger jump on 2014 then they have any other season.

“You don’t lose everything over the summer, we actually get to start where we left off in the spring,” said Trent. “Which is huge, especially in this conference you can’t start slow.”

Adds quarterback Treveon Albert, “I think what coaches have done a really good job at for sure, getting players here that are going to stay here and work hard and get more competition so that everyone is getting better every single day.”

But with the hard work also comes higher expectations for FSU.

“We have a goal as a team to make it all the way to KC,” said Albert, referencing the Division II title game, which will be played at Sporting Park this year. “That’s what we’re going for, but we’re taking one game at time. For this team and the way that we finished last year, I feel like it’s possible.”

Trent agrees that this team has huge potential.

“We talked about it last night, we had more talent in the room than we ever had before,” said Trent. “Now it’s about putting it out here. It’s about showing it, it’s about being physical, it’s about winning football games.”

Tigers have scrimmages schedule each of the next three Saturdays. They open the season September 4th at home against Central Oklahoma.