Campanaro leads the ACC and ranks fifth nationally in catches per game (8.57). He had 13 for 164 yards against North Carolina, and this past weekend he totaled 16 receptions for 123 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Boston College.
The junior isn't the biggest or fastest receiver, but Wake Forest lines him up all over the field and he has developed terrific chemistry with quarterback Tanner Price.
"He has a great feel for the game," NC State head coach Tom O'Brien said of Campanaro. "He understands cracks and seams and how to get himself in position and open.
"With him and Price having been together all this time, they have something going... they can anticipate where the holes are where he is supposed to be."
Camapanaro missed two games with a hand injury but returned two weeks ago against Clemson. Having him back has impacted Wake's offense and even helped the running game. He'll get touches on the ground, but the top carrier has been junior Josh Harris, who has rushed for 592 yards and five scores.
"Harris is a really good running back and Price gets them into good plays," said O'Brien. "They do a good job schematically getting them downhill which is what you want to do in the running game."
What might worry Tom O'Brien and his staff the most about Wake Forest is the "trickeration" the Deacs will use during the course of a game. They use a variation of misdirection and screens that can lead to big plays. With reverses and wide receiver or halfback passes, the Deacs are dangerous offensively and as a defender you must always know where the ball is.
Campanaro has thrown a touchdown pass during his career, and tailback Deandre Martin has attempted three passes already this season. In fact, Campanaro completed a 40-yard touchdown pass on a reverse in the win over the Wolfpack in Winston-Salem last year.
"When you play Wake Forest you have to work on what we call special plays," said O'Brien. "That's been a point of emphasis this week. You have to try and balance the approach because if you don't go against their base runs and packages, spend too much time on special stuff, and you don't stop their base stuff you never see the specials.
"The whole thing still comes down to assignment football on defense. You have to make your reads, play your position, do what you're supposed to do and then you should be fine."
Expect the Wolfpack to know where No. 3 is lined up at all times because he is the focal point of Wake's offense.