Georgia is preparing to host Appalachian State (2-7, 2-4 SoCon) in the Bulldogs' 2013 Homecoming contest this Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Sanford Stadium.
Senior Corey Campbell, a fullback who is a standout on several of the Bulldogs' special teams, has been selected as a captain for this week's game. A native of Hephzibah, Ga., Campbell walked on at Georgia and played in 20 games during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
In addition to working with inside linebackers, Kirk Olivadotti coaches Georgia's kickoff coverage unit which features Campbell.
"Corey does a nice job," Olivadotti said. "He runs extremely hard and he's not afraid to stick his face in there. He'll hit you. Corey can set a tone. He's done it a couple of times this season. He did that on the opening one at Florida and on the opening one at Tennessee if I remember correctly. When he meets them, he stops them where they're at. You want them to be headed in the opposite direction at the end of the play, and Corey does that."
Campbell missed three games this season after he suffered a concussion in practice during the week of the South Carolina game. He returned to action at Tennessee and pinned the Vols at the 19-yard line on their first return of the game.
"Yes, we missed him," Olivadotti said. "Corey is the type of guy who enjoys doing everything, practice and games. In the games, there are capable guys who were doing it, but I really missed him in practices more than anything. That's why he plays. He practices so hard."
Head coach Mark Richt met with the media during the Bulldogs' weekly press conference, where he discussed the matchup with the Mountaineers.
"I'm looking forward to our first meeting with Appalachian State," Richt said. "Coach (Scott) Satterfield is a first-year coach there and is getting those guys going. We are looking forward to this opportunity to play them."
Richt also was asked about Campbell during the press conference.
"Corey has been a great Georgia Bulldog for us," he said. "He started out as a linebacker and then moved to a fullback. He's just trying to find a way to help Georgia wins. Whatever it takes, he's been that guy. He's been a great special teamer for us. He was named special teams captain (for this week) because the coaching staff collectively felt like he was the guy that deserved it. I'm just proud of his effort. He's a good student, good person and good player. It's what you hope for."
Saturday's game will be televised regionally by WSB TV in Atlanta.