Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Nate Campbell's back on the team
After our careful perusal of the football roster, the athletic department slipped in something else:
Linebacker Nate Campbell has returned for his senior year after being dismissed from the team and leaving school last year.
Campbell's a rangy athlete — sort of a poor man's Matt Stewart — except he's got 16 career tackles in two seasons and was just starting to earn some real playing time before leaving the team at the start of last season.
Not that we really needed him. We've got Chris Marve, of course, as well as senior John Stokes and a whole boatload of redshirt sophomores — Archie Barnes, Dexter Daniels, Tristan Strong and DeAndre Jones, all of whom have a shot to start this season. Then there's another redshirt sophomore, Micah Powell, who'll also play some safety, and Blake Southerland, a redshirt freshman who's being groomed to eventually replace Marve at middle linebacker.
So Campbell's addition is like Chris Johnson being added to the team last season at the eleventh hour. He's an older guy who can provide some leadership — in this case, what NOT to do — as well as some depth especially on special teams.