Minnesota A to Z: Josh Campion

After starting every game of his career so far at Minnesota, Josh Campion hopes to finish a feat that only a select number of offensive linemen have done in their careers by starting every game start to finish. Gopher Digest's A-to-Z series continues with the senior offensive line leader.

After starting every game of his career so far at Minnesota, Josh Campion hopes to finish a feat that only a select number of offensive linemen have done in their careers by starting every game start to finish. Gopher Digest's A-to-Z series continues with the senior offensive line leader.

With the Gophers still trying to nail down their starting interior line for the 2015 season, Campion has been a mainstay at tackle the last three seasons, but in preparation for his final season, it appears that the senior is will be playing at right guard this fall. GopherDigest's A-to-Z look at Minnesota's roster moves to Campion, a product of Fergus Falls, MN, who's looking to end his collegiate career with a bang.

Best-Case Scenario:
Campion's transition to right guard is a seamless transition one and Gopher fans quickly forget the black hole that was right guard last fall. Minnesota battled a lot of injuries at right guard last year and with Campion's reputation as a healthy, dependable guy, Gopher running backs rush for another thousand yards and offensive line coach Matt Limegrover is a very happy man. Campion has experimented at guard during some spring and fall practices prior to this season, but with Ben Lauer and Jonah Pirsig coming along, he's needed more now at guard than tackle.

Worst-Case Scenario
Campion's transition to right guard does not go well at all and things are very reminiscent to the 2014 season of an endless rotation of different guards on the right side of the line. If this scenario happens, I'd expect Campion to kick out to right tackle and Pirsig to shift over to left tackle, while Lauer is left being the swing tackle for the Gophers offense. Guys like Connor Mayes, Jon Christenson, Joe Bjorklund and Foster Bush would all be in the mix to try and fill the right guard spot.

GopherDigest doesn't expect this scenario to be very likely as Campion looked good in his first full-time work at guard this spring, but something to note.

Career comparison
One offensive lineman that Gopher fans may not have heard from in awhile that reminds GopherDigest of Campion is Adam Haayer. The Forest Lake native was a huge part of Glen Mason's running game success and he ended up playing a few years in the NFL, being drafted in the 6th round in the 2001 NFL draft. Haayer is also a huge outdoorsman as Campion is as well, so while Campion's NFL future is murky as he'll be turning 25 in December, both share a bond as very dependable Gopher starters with a love for the outdoors.

Development Vs. Recruiting Ranking
Campion earned 2009 all-state honors from the Associated Press, the Minnesota Football Coaches Association and the Minnesota Vikings, while being named honorable mention all-state by the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. He was one of 10 finalists for Minnesota's Mr. Football award. Scout.com gave Campion three-stars coming out of high school and prep school, but that's probably a bit low as Campion has started 39 consecutive games during his career and that number will most likely be over 50 by the time his career ends in January.

Best Game
We're going to go back to his sophomore season in 2013 when Campion provided protection for an offense that gained 573 total yards in a win at Indiana. The holes were massive for David Cobb as he rushed for 188 yards and Gopher quarterback Phillip Nelson threw for almost 300 yards and four touchdowns.

Quote to note
"I'm pretty comfortable," Campion said. "(Offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover) just said be ready to play some guard. So during the summer and the spring, I trained a little bit at guard to be ready."
- Campion in August of 2014

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