Seldom has a Presbyterian College senior linebacker entered a season accompanied with such high expectations.
Colby Campbell’s latest honor is third team on the Stats Perform preseason All-America team for the Football Championship Subdivision. The Montmorenci native from South Aiken High School doesn’t yet know, thanks to COVID-19, when that season will be.
Campbell is the lone selection who comes from an FCS Independent school. He was earlier chosen to the FCS All-American team in the Phil Steele preseason publication. He also was named to the first team all-independent and preseason Independent defensive player of the year via Steele.
The STATS FCS Preseason All-America Team, announced Wednesday, features 101 players from 56 schools and all 13 FCS conferences. The schools include those playing in the fall or the spring.
In 2019, Campbell rewrote the PC (NCAA Div. I) record book as he totaled 150 tackles in 12 games. He totaled a team-high 16.5 tackles for loss throughout the season with a 4.5 TFL performance in the 2019 season finale against St. Andrews. He also added 17 tackles and 3.0 sacks in that game.
He set a Blue Hose D1 single-season record in 2019 with 9.0 sacks, including a pair of multi-sack contests against St. Andrews and Eastern Kentucky.
Campbell recorded 10 games with at least 10 tackles, including a single-game D1 program-record 20 tackles against Kennesaw State.