2014 CIS Football Player to Watch: Dillon Campbell, Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks

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Source: Jamie Howieson, Laurier Sports Info /Photo credit Thomas Kolodziej

Name: Dillon Campbell
University: Wilfrid Laurier
Hometown: Whitby, Ont.
High school / Cegep: St. Mary CSS
Position: Running Back
Academic program: Kin/Phys. Ed.
Year of eligibility: 4
Height: 5-8
Weight: 195

Key stats 2013: Led the OUA in rushing yardswith 867 and added five touchdowns while accumulating over 1,000all-purpose yards.

Awards & honours (since start of CIS career):2013 OUA Second Team All-Star, 2014 East West Bowl Participant

Entering last season, running back Dillon Campbell was arelatively unknown commodity for the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks.Never amassing more than 100 yards rushing in a single season, hewas handed the starting job out of camp by head coach MichaelFaulds. It turned out to be a wise decision by the rookie benchboss as Campbell went on to be the face of the Hawks’ offencein 2013.

Taking the league by storm, Campbell burst onto the scene inWeek 3 with a 146 yard performance against the York Lions. Over thefollowing four weeks, he cracked the 100-yard rushing barrier fourtimes, highlighted by a 180-yard, two touchdown performance in a41-10 win over Waterloo. Campbell would also work his way into theLaurier record books in Week 5 against the Western Mustangs with a100-yard touchdown run against the No. 1 team in the nation.

When the dust settled on 2013, the 5-8 graduate of St. Mary CSSin Whitby, Ont., found himself as the OUA’s leading rusherand fourth-best in Canada. His 867 yards gave him the distinctionof being the first Golden Hawk to lead the conference in rushingsince Mike Montoya achieved the feat in 2009.

Campbell’s strong season was rewarded with an appearancein the 2014 East West Bowl representing the West. With a chance toshowcase his skills for CFL scouts, Campbell posted the highestrushing average of any running back in the game, running threetimes for 21 yards.

Heading into 2014, Campbell will no longer be an unknown foropposing teams but his coach feels that he has the ability to putup even better numbers than he did last year.

“Dillon will no longer go under any team’s radarwhen we play them this year, but I still believe he can better histerrific numbers from last season,” stated Faulds on a playerwho will undoubtedly be one of Laurier’s leader in 2014.“He continues to be one of our hardest working players and hehas an even better understanding of what we are doing on offensethis season. He also has the benefit of playing behind an older,bigger and stronger offensive line, which should open up some greatrunning lanes.”

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