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Continued: Campbell took long road to play linebacker for Gophers

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 12, 2013 - 12:34 AM

“Coach Kill and Coach Miller never said I was going to start. They said I was going to have to work my way up, and that’s what I wanted. I don’t want anything to be easy because nothing is easy in life.”

Campbell said he played last season at 210 pounds, but now that he’s eating at Minnesota’s training table, he has grown to 225. His goal is to weigh 240-245 by the start of spring practice.

He’s already a good open-field tackler, with the speed to cover plenty of ground, and the extra weight should help him shed blockers.

“I know I’m raw,” Campbell said. “I try to work on it. The main thing I know I struggle at is the run game, so I try to approach every day and get better and better.”

If Campbell keeps developing the way the Gophers hope, they have little doubt No. 26 will make a name for himself.

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