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Campbell ready for big 2011 season
Campbell prepped at Manhattan (Ks.) High School and was offered by Kansas State, but his grades determined he would need to go the JC route in order to play D-1 football.
"I started to look around, but Hutch was the best place for me," Campbell said. "It has the right combination of talent and good coaching that I knew I would be ready to go once I got my (two-year) degree."
With his outstanding combination of size and quickness, Campbell said he's more of an inside runner, who has the burst necessary to get outside when the need arises.
"I'm probably better in-between the tackles," Campbell said. "I feel I can do it all though because I have the quickness and speed to get outside.
"I haven't run the 40 in a while, but the last time I did I was in the low 4.4's so I have enough speed.
"We run a lot of counters and traps here, so running inside is where you make most of your yards anyway."
While splitting carries with Jamal Womble, who signed with Northern Illinois, Campbell posted 615 yards and nine touchdowns.
"He started the first three games and then when he got hurt, I took over and started the rest of the season," Campbell said. "Once he came back, I still started, but we split series and rotated.
"It was good because we were able to stay fresh and also it just wore defenses down."
So far, recruiting hasn't been much of a focus for Campbell as he prepares to have a big sophomore campaign, but he said he's heard he has a couple of offers.
"My coaches said I have a couple of offers, but that it's not something I need to worry about right now," Campbell said. "I guess it's something where I will know more during the summer because they just want me to work hard and get ready for the season."
Campbell is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.
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