He scored touchdowns as a receiver, kick returner and interception returner in 2012, as Camden went 5-5 in Savage's first season.
As a senior, Chandler said he's determined to improve his production on the field and also to play more of a leadership role.
"I know as a senior, I have to step up," Chandler said. "The younger guys are looking at me. Even the juniors and sophomores, they are looking for me to set the example.
"They know I'm headed to Temple and they look up to me because of that. As a senior, you have more responsibility."
Savage said Chandler and senior lineman Andrew Stevens, who also is a standout wrestler, orchestrated workouts for several members of the team during the summer and on off days since the beginning of official practices.
Savage said Stevens has led many of the team's linemen through runs at Cooper River Park, while Chandler has organized workouts for the backs and receivers at a youth-football field in the city's Centerville section.
"We want these guys to be proud of this team, proud of the colors they are wearing," the 6-3, 270-pound Stevens said. "It's a brotherhood."
Chandler believes the Panthers can build on the momentum created at the end of last season, when they won four of their last five games. Camden won its last three games, scoring 122 points.
Camden opens the season Friday in a key West Jersey Football League Royal Division game against defending division and South Jersey Group 3 champion Delsea.
The opener originally was scheduled as a Camden home game, but the installation of new artificial turf at Farnham Park will not be completed in time for the Panthers to host the event.
Camden's first home game is Oct. 11 against Cumberland. The Panthers also are scheduled to host Kingsway on Nov. 1.
As of now, the team has just two home games this season, although there's a chance the Thanksgiving battle with cross-town rival Woodrow Wilson will be switched to Farnham Park to showcase the new field.
"It's great for the program, great for the city," Chandler said of the new field.
The speedy, shifty Chandler should flourish on the slick field. He generated 585 receiving yards last season with five touchowns and also scored on a kickoff return, interception return and two punt returns.
Through three scrimmages this season, Chandler had four receiving touchdowns. He scored twice on one half of action against Paul VI.
"He is very impressive," Paul VI coach John Doherty said. "Great ball skills."
Chandler was a vocal presence during the second half of the scrimmage, yelling instructions to Camden's younger players.
"I've always been that way, even when I was younger," said Chandler, who projects as a defensive back at Temple. "When you're a senior you know it's your last year and you want to help establish something for the future. We're looking to create something special with Camden football."
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