OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Dave Campo goes onto the practice field at training camp to the sounds of cheers instead of jeers. And without seeing a certain group of Dallas Cowboys fans.

‘‘I haven’t run into the guys with the bags on their heads,’’ Campo said, grinning. ‘‘Maybe they’re still out there. But I couldn’t see them. I didn’t know who they were.’’

There’s nobody hiding their face in shame with Campo’s return after five seasons away, to the place the always-likable coach calls home and back into his original office at the team’s Valley Ranch facility.

Campo, 5-11 in each of his three seasons as the Cowboys head coach, was rehired during the offseason to be their secondary coach, the job he had when he first came to Dallas and the NFL in 1989.

‘‘That’s a good feeling to be back, and being in a situation where we can have a good team and go out eventually, whenever that is, on a good note,’’ Campo said. ‘‘It’s all extremely positive.’’

With unbridled enthusiasm, Campo’s voice rings out during drills when he loudly encourages players with phrases like, ‘‘Get the ball! Get the ball!’’ and ‘‘That a way baby!’’

Campo has already developed quite a connection with the defensive backs, who teach him dance moves on the field and broke from one post-practice huddle by yanking the coach’s shorts down — a prank caught on film for the first episode of HBO’s ‘‘Hard Knocks.’’

‘‘He’s always talking, always encouraging us, always coaching us — all at once,’’ cornerback Terence Newman said. ‘‘You’d never know he was 61. It’s unbelievable how much energy he has.’’

Roy Williams, a five-time Pro Bowl safety who was a rookie during Campo’s final season as head coach, is the only player in the group that had previously been with Campo in Dallas.

‘‘It’s real cool,’’ Williams said. ‘‘He’s short in stature but he’s a big man.’’

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