Campbell ready for big 2011 season

Hutchinson is loaded with talented players on both sides of the ball this year and one that promises to be one of the best in the country at his position is RB Derek Campbell (6-0, 205). spoke with the talented runner recently and he updated us on things including what he does on the football field that sets him apart from all the rest...

"I tore my MCL in our bowl game, so my coaches have been extra cautious with me," Campbell noted. "It was hard just watching the rest of the guys going through spring ball and not being in full-contact stuff, but it was more just a precaution to make sure I'm ready to go this fall and that's really what is more important anyway."

Campbell prepped at Manhattan (Ks.) High School and was offered by Kansas State, but his grades determined he would need to go the JC route in order to play D-1 football.

"I started to look around, but Hutch was the best place for me," Campbell said. "It has the right combination of talent and good coaching that I knew I would be ready to go once I got my (two-year) degree."

With his outstanding combination of size and quickness, Campbell said he's more of an inside runner, who has the burst necessary to get outside when the need arises.

"I'm probably better in-between the tackles," Campbell said. "I feel I can do it all though because I have the quickness and speed to get outside.

"I haven't run the 40 in a while, but the last time I did I was in the low 4.4's so I have enough speed.

"We run a lot of counters and traps here, so running inside is where you make most of your yards anyway."

While splitting carries with Jamal Womble, who signed with Northern Illinois, Campbell posted 615 yards and nine touchdowns.

"He started the first three games and then when he got hurt, I took over and started the rest of the season," Campbell said. "Once he came back, I still started, but we split series and rotated.

"It was good because we were able to stay fresh and also it just wore defenses down."

So far, recruiting hasn't been much of a focus for Campbell as he prepares to have a big sophomore campaign, but he said he's heard he has a couple of offers.

"My coaches said I have a couple of offers, but that it's not something I need to worry about right now," Campbell said. "I guess it's something where I will know more during the summer because they just want me to work hard and get ready for the season."

Campbell is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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