Campbell Hoping Move Pays Dividends

Redshirt freshman Anthony Campbell is hoping a position change will bring a change of fortune to his career.

Orlando, Fla.--Things haven't gone as planned for redshirt freshman Anthony Campbell, but he's hoping a move to offense will be just what the doctor ordered to jump start his career at Auburn.

Recruited out of Hialeah, Fla. to play cornerback for the Tigers, Campbell showed good things last fall on the scout team and was looking to make a name for himself this season both on defense and returning punts. But, it just hasn't happened for the 5-10, 185-pounder.

So when the opportunity came for the scout-teamer to play some offense he jumped at the chance. Imitating Wisconsin running back Brian Calhoun in practices, Campbell has shown enough ability that he'll make the move to offense for spring practice to give offense a shot after being unable to crack the lineup on defense.

"I'll have my shot at tailback in the spring," Campbell says. "That's what I do and I have been doing that since high school. They converted me to a cornerback, but now I have moved back to running back because things weren't going well for me at cornerback.

"It's a learning experience for me because I had no intentions of playing running back when I came here," he adds. "It's an adjustment. I just have to be ready and step up to the challenge."

Campbell runs in traffic during a recent scrimmage.

Campbell has had a chance to get a head start on spring practice this week with two scrimmages in Orlando with Greg Knox acting as the offensive coordinator. Despite the fact that the offense is at a major disadvantage against the defense in the scrimmages, Campbell has done well and says that the offensive line got better and better as the plays went by.

"It's a little bit of a struggle right now because they're a little inexperienced and I'm just learning the system too because I came from cornerback," Campbell says. "I'm going to just do my best and try to work my way on the field. That's my goal is to work my way onto the field next season.

"I want to play tailback for the rest of my life," Campbell adds. "That's what I do best. I have always been that way. I have always had the ball in my hands since I was small. I have never been a really good defensive guy. I was good here, but I'm going to try to be great when I leave."

Campbell isn't the only player that has made a name for himself on the offensive side of the ball as receivers James Swinton and Rodgeriqus Smith both made plays down the field in the scrimmage. Veteran Courtney Taylor was one of the interested spectators and he says he likes what he saw out of the young receivers as they gear up for next season.

"We love it," Taylor says. "We love the big plays and we also love the big hits. We see some of these young defensive guys and some guys that are going to contribute to the team next season, especially at receiver. I'm always looking for my receivers. We had two guys James Swinton and Rod Smith out there making plays and running around. I'm excited. That's two guys that will help me next year."


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