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Author: Jon Kuzma
Otsego, Michigan native Brandan Campbell set the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association on fire when he rushed for 1,361 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns a season ago. Campbell led the entire league in rushing touchdowns and was easily the most productive back in terms of yards, yards per game, and rushing attempts. Campbell took on the lead back role for Hope in 2016 and it’s safe to say the team never looked back. Brandan Campbell is a 5 foot 11 inch 220 running back and he runs downhill with a head of steam. The Flying Dutchmen liked what they seen out of Campbell when they did put the ball in his hands and that led to Hope College giving this guy the ball early and often in football games. With 200 total rushing attempts on the season its obvious Head Coach Peter Stuursma trust Campbell to be the bell cow of this offense. 2017 is another opportunity for Brandan Campbell to put his skill set on display and keep in mind it’s his final season in Holland, Michigan. If Campbell can build upon the success he had a year ago, he can not only leave Hope with an impressive body of work Campbell can actually put himself on the radar as a potential late round draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Past NCAA Division 3 players like Pierre Garcon and Cecil Shorts were able to go on and have decent careers in the NFL. It’s very possible if Brandan Campbell can lead the league again in 2017, some NFL team might want to take a chance on the kid from Otsego. It’s such a huge accomplishment to even be considered by an NFL team and this season will determine whether or not Campbell can elevate himself up to that level? From a physical stand point it doesn’t look like there is any stopping number 38 on the field and the rest of Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association is going to have to scheme and game plan to stop Brandan Campbell in 2017. It certainly won’t be easy.
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