Thrilled Campbell Moves Up to Draft First Rounder

Comments from quarterback Jason Campbell and Coach Tommy Tuberville are featured in this report.

Auburn, Ala.--For the last few days there have been rumors floating around that Auburn quarterback Jason Campbell might sneak into the first round and be drafted by the Washington Redskins.

Saturday afternoon the Redskins made it official by selecting Campbell as the 25th player in the 2005 NFL Draft, making him the fourth Tiger chosen in the opening round.

"They came down earlier during the week and it was supposed to be kept quiet," Campbell says of his private workout with the Redskins earlier in the week. "I don't know how it got out. Everyone started finding out about it as the week went along.

"Then you just sit there wondering, well you can't always believe everything. We sat here wondering, well, 25 is coming up. My agent had called and said it's probably going to come down to 25. I just tried to be patient and keep my trust in the lord."

Campbell, who watched the draft at his home in Auburn with his family and Auburn offensive coordinator Al Borges, is thrilled to be a first rounder and to be a Redskin.

"It's an honor and a pleasure to have the opportunity to be playing for a legendary coach," he says about the playing for Joe Gibbs. "He's one of the guys I grew up watching on TV when he used to coach the Redskins to all those Super Bowls. To have the opportunity to play under him and participate in this organization is tremendous."

Making things sweeter for the 6-5, 230-pound quarterback is that he will be joined in Washington by Tiger teammate Carlos Rogers, who was selected as the ninth overall pick.

"We get to continue our battles," Campbell says. "He's always talking that I don't throw to his side, so we get the opportunity to continue that battle. That is the great thing about it. I get the opportunity to participate with one of my teammates up there and (former Tiger) Marcus Washington is also up there. So it's an Auburn family reunion."

Offensive coordinator Al Borges (left), mother Carolyn Campbell and father Larry Campbell are all smiling as Jason Campbell finds out he is a first round draft pick for the Redskins.

Campbell's selection also made more draft history for Auburn. Ronnie Brown, who was tabbed second by the Miami Dolphins, and Carnell Williams, who was chosen fifth by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, had already made history by becoming the first running back duo from the same school to be taken in the Top 10. With Campbell being selected 25th, it marked the first time in common draft history that an entire college backfield has been taken in the first round.

Coach Tommy Tuberville created a stir in the college football world recently with his comments about the trio, saying that it was the best backfield in the last 50 years. On draft day, the scouts backed Tuberville's theory.

"I don't know if it is the best, but it is arguably one of the best," Tuberville says. "These guys do this for a living in the NFL. They turn over every rock on every player in the country and for our entire backfield to go in the first round...I don't think it's ever happened before and probably won't ever happen again.

"It is one of those things that you feel good knowing that we knew we had a good football team and now this puts the icing on the cake knowing that we are really starting to be recognized by the efforts of the NFL people who have done all of the background work," he adds.

Campbell passes at Auburn's NFL Pro Day as teammate and No. 2 draft pick Ronnie Brown watches.

Through all of the hard work Campbell his teammates have put forth during their careers at Auburn, he still credits the coaching staff with part in the glory.

"That's something me and Coach Borges were talking about," Campbell says. "He was over at my house. We were watching and he was like, ‘You guys just made history.' It's a whole total effort. Our coaching staff gave us opportunities."


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