Campbell Suffers Concussion

North Carolina pledge Curtis Campbell left Friday night's game with what he deemed a "slight" concussion.

"I'm fine," Campbell said. "The newspaper said I had a leg injury and went to the hospital. I left the game, but I came back around the second half but they didn't let me play for the rest of the game."

Friday's contest against Chesapeake (Va.) Hickory marked the first game Campbell handled kickoff return duties for Chesapeake (Va.) Grassfield. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder returned his first attempt 85 yards for a touchdown. His second return he fumbled after incurring a tough blow.

"Someone just got a good shot right underneath my facemask," Campbell said.

"I had a headache, and then they said I tried to throw up. They said those are symptoms for a concussion, so that's when they had to check me out."

Campbell said he "should" play this coming Friday night against Chesapeake (Va.) Great Bridge. He will be checked out again by Grassfield trainers Monday.

"I should be cleared, because I haven't had any symptoms," Campbell said. "I didn't have to get a scan since it wasn't that bad."

Whenever Campbell returns he figures to resume returning kickoffs.

Campbell's most important role on the team is at free safety in Grassfield's cover-three defense. On the year, he has registered 33 tackles.

"I haven't gotten any interceptions yet," Campbell said. "I came close to one, though. We face so many running teams."

Although he has practiced on the other side of the ball and the Grassfield coaches have talked about utilizing him at running back, Campbell hasn't seen any game action on offense to date.

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During the weekend of UNC's season opener against McNeese State, Campbell was slated to take his UNC official visit. However, those plans changed at the last minute.

"They said wait for the official for the offseason, so I can actually get to chill with the players," Campbell said.

Campbell still attended UNC's season opener in what turned out to be his first opportunity to watch a UNC game live.

"The rain and the delay were crazy," Campbell said. "But there were a lot of prospects there, so everyone was cool. I was the only out-of-state prospect there, actually, but everyone was cool. The atmosphere was good and I felt welcome."

Campbell returned to Chapel Hill for the Virginia Tech-game. He had planned to attend the Connecticut game over the weekend, but for precautionary reasons related to his concussion, he stayed home.

Campbell plans to attend the Notre Dame game and every home game thereafter.

Whatever games he hasn't been able to see live, Campbell has caught on television.

"I don't know what to say," Campbell said. "[Butch Davis] told me they were going to do something new this year and they have a 4-1 record. He told me it was going to happen, so I'm not really surprised."

Tar Heel assistant Ken Browning initially recruited Campbell, but his recent contact with UNC has been with possible future position coach Everett Withers.

"He's been talking to me a lot about a safety role there," Campbell said. "He's been back-and-forth talking to other coaches about the other side of the ball as well – offense and special teams."

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