Campbell Focused on a Breakout Year

WR Dennis Campbell emerged on the scene in the spring when he named the Most Improved Offensive Player, winning the Mark Mills Second Effort Award. After just starting to play the WR position full-time in college, he's looking to become a fixture there.

Dennis Campbell had a lot of work to do before he could be in the position he's in now.

Things weren't looking good for Campbell — who admitted he wasn't playing to the best of his ability — until he stood out in the spring. .

At the spring practices, he won the Mark Mills Second Effort Award, which is given to the most-improved offensive player at camp. Now he's in prime contention for the No. 3 receiver spot..

"I just came into the spring and worked on a lot of stuff," Campbell said, "like catching, running routes and footwork. I just wanted to show the coach I could make an impact and still play.".

Campbell now fully understands a position he just started playing full-time in college. When he was at Plantation High School in Florida, he was a two-way threat as a running back and corner back. .

In his fourth year with the Knights, Campbell's now looking to have an integral role on the team's biggest asset, their receiving core. He said he now feels as if he's ready to hold the slot receiver spot after only posting 12 catches for 124 yards in two seasons..

His goal entering camp was not only to pick up where he left off in the spring, but to completely blow it away. .

"Back then I was okay," Campbell said of his spring workouts. "But I can still be better than that.".

The groups of receivers are close on the team. Campbell said there's give-and-take of hints and tips that goes on between him, Tiquan Underwood, Kenny Britt and Tim Brown..

"It's just like a circle," he said. "We all have our own things that we can show each other.".

It could be said that part of the reason for his success in camp is how he said fifth-year signal caller Mike Teel is slinging the ball. Campbell shares the opinion of all the skill-players on offense when he says Teel is looking sharp..

"Teel looks good like always," he said. "He's putting the ball where it needs to be, whether you're covered or not. I have a lot of faith in Mike. I think we all do.".

As of now, the season is about to kickoff in just under a week and Tim Brown and Campbell both made the two-deep at receiver. Who will be Teel's third option is now up to the coaches' discretion..

"We had a lot of people trying to compete for it," Campbell said about the third receiver competition. "It's up to the coaches now.".

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