5th: Big South
13th: North Carolina
228th: Division I
2017 In A Sentence: The Camels finished their final year in the Pioneer Football League with a successful 6-5 record, even if the 45-10 season-ending loss to Drake was a disappointment.
Biggest Shoes to Fill: SS Carlos Merritt was second on the team in tackles (94) and notched 6 interceptions on the season. He’ll be tough to replace in the middle of the secondary.
Key Player: Don’t be fooled by the fact that Campbell came from the non-scholarship Pioneer Football League, they have some young players that could make some good impact in the Big South right away. As a redshirt freshman, QB Daniel Smith had a terrific season, rushing for 12 TDs and passing for 18 more. There may be a adjustment with a slight upgrade in competition, but he seems ready for the challenge.
Fearless Prediction: Campbell will be hitting the ground running as they enter the Big South in football, and may surprise people by being competitive right off the bat.
Chuck has been writing about Lehigh football since the dawn of the internet, or perhaps it only seems like it. He’s executive editor of the College Sports Journal and has also written a book, The Rivalry: How Two Schools Started the Most Played College Football Series.
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