He is a true impact player. And what a coincidence. The Lott Trophy is awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. It's a special award, considering it's the first college football award to recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.
We all know about Campbell's character. He began his Army career in 2004 as part run-stopper for Army, part deep man, part linebacker. He played one position. Confused? Campbell was at times. He played the position called the whip, a Todd Berry creation, that former coach Bobby Ross whacked after his first year.
Campbell did a decent job, especially considering he was only a freshman. He started Army's final six games. But whip is a tough position for anyone at the Academy to play. So Army coach Bobby Ross dropped it after 2004 in favor of a more conventional 4-3 defense. Campbell flourished in the new scheme. Let's hope he flourishes this fall.
If he does, expect him to get, at least, a small look by the Lott committee, even though players from bigger schools have the advantage.
Sponsored by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, the award is given to a player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.Despite missing the Black Knights' final three games, Campbell ranks as Army's leading returning tackler after recording 59 stops in 2006. Campbell has developed into a play-making impact performer on the defensive side of the football over the past two seasons. In 2005, he registered a team-leading 97 tackles and five interceptions.
David Pollack of Georgia won the initial Lott Trophy in 2004, DeMeco Ryans of Alabama copped the award in 2005 and Daymeion Hughes of California was the recipient in 2006. Voters for the award include selected members of the national media, previous finalists, the Board of Directors of the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, The IMPACT Foundation Board of Advisers comprised of many retired NFL players and Master Coaches, a distinguished group of former head college coaches.
The winner of the 2007 Lott Trophy will be announced at a gala black-tie banquet at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Calif. on Dec. 9, 2007.
So Caleb, make sure you have a nice tuxedo.