Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Soul bring back DL Darrell Campbell

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Soul announced the reassignment of defensive lineman Darrell Campbell (6’4, 320, Notre Dame) for the 2012 season.

Campbell is the 13th player – Nyere Aumaitre, Dustin Barno, Larry Brackins, Melik Brown, Jeffrey Fitzgerald, Chris Frank, Drew Gardner, Jerome Hayes, Donovan Morgan, Brandon Perkins, Kent Richardson and Tanner Varner – to rejoin the Soul from the 2011 season.

“It was important for us to bring Darrell back,” said Soul head coach Doug Plank.  “He is a physical force on the defensive side of the ball and knows how to utilize his strength and speed to dominate his opponent. Darrell had a very impressive season last year and the fans should be very excited about the physicality he adds to our defensive line.”

Campbell, who will be entering his second season with the Soul, played in 18 games last season and led the Soul with nine sacks.  His nine sacks were tied with new teammate Bryan Robinson for No. 9 in the AFL last season.  Campbell’s best game from last season came in Week 10 versus the Georgia Force, registering two sacks and two tackles.  He was also a member of the Montreal Alouettes (2009) championship team, Orlando Predators (2008), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2006), Cleveland Browns (2006), and Chicago Bears (2005).

The former member of Fighting Irish was a three-year starter and three-time letter winner while playing both defensive tackle and defensive end.  He finished his collegiate career with 62.0 total tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, nine sacks, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.

Campbell participated in football, track, wrestling, basketball, soccer, and baseball in high school.  As a football player he earned three letters in football serving as captain and earning team MVP honors his last three seasons.  He was a USA Today honorable mention prep All-American pick, rated 82nd nationally by the Chicago Sun-Times list of top 100 players, and was named First-Team All-State pick by the Chicago Tribune.

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