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@GoDucks: Liz Brenner wins fan vote for SI College Athlete of the Year, but UNC's Loren Shealy takes home 2013 honor http://t.co/3uKzXsSzTC
Wed, 22 May 2013 16:50:48 +0000
@GoDucks: RT @wintheday: Liz has dropped to 2nd in SI College Athlete of the Year. Vote now! http://t.co/poJic24xUj
Wed, 22 May 2013 00:55:27 +0000
@GoDucks: Today's game between @OregonBaseball & OSU in Corvallis was rained out & will not be made up. Teams split reg season series 2-2
Wed, 22 May 2013 00:49:49 +0000
@GoDucks: That's a wrap: Ducks win 2012-13 Civil War series vs. OSU http://t.co/xTpnkfiLXg
Tue, 21 May 2013 22:44:25 +0000
Oregon’s longest-tenured football coach in school history also is unsurpassed among the nation’s Bowl Championship Subdivision active coaches with the longest continuous full-time service at one school.
But more important than Gary Campbell’s longevity has been his true passion for the players he mentors on and off the field.
What has resulted has been the most prolific rushing attack in school history as he enters his 30th season tutoring the Ducks’ running backs.
His thorough comprehension of the running game in an age where throwing the football has become more fashionable has been vital to
Oregon’s unprecedented success as it led the conference in rushing each of the last six years. Furthermore, it has finished the year ranked among the top six in the country in rushing every year since 2007 while setting school single-season records three times in the last four years.
The Ducks ranked second in the country in rushing with 3,641 yards in 2008 (280.1 avg.) before setting the new school standard with 3,721 in 2010 (286.2 avg.). That was surpassed in 2011, with the program’s stable of running backs tallying 4,189 yards. Last season’s rushing average was fifth in the country after ranking fourth in 2010, as well as sixth in 2009 and 2007.
In the spring of 2010, Campbell, who has produced six 1,000-yard rushers over a five-year span, was named as one of the top 10 recruiters in the Pac-10 by Rivals.com.
Among the school’s 14 players with at least one season of 1,000 or more rushing yards, Campbell has coached 12 of them, including LaMichael James, who became Oregon’s most prolific ball carrier in school history a year ago. The school’s first freshman ever to eclipse the 1,000-yard plateau (2009) and only three-time 1,000-yard rusher completed his career holding the Ducks’ single-game (288 yards), one-season (1,805) and career (5,082) rushing records.
While it was Jonathan Stewart, who broke the school’s 10-year-old single-season rushing mark with 1,722 yards in 2007, “Coach Cam” oversaw James’ sophomore season in 2010, when the Heisman Trophy finalist broke Stewart’s UO record with 1,731 yards of his own.
James became the first player in conference history to eclipse 1,500 yards in three separate seasons.
In addition, Campbell twice has tutored a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in the same season since 2001, as well as three conference rushing champions in James (2010 and 2011), Stewart (2007) and Saladin McCullough (1997).
James not only became Oregon’s first NCAA rushing champion (144.3 avg.) in 2010, he became the school’s first Doak Walker Award winner as the nation’s top running back as well as the University’s top Heisman Award finisher (3rd) in program history.
Running backs have rushed for 100 yards or more 51 times over the past five years, a feat the position has produced 104 times since 1997.
After spending the off-season prior to 2007 administering innovative vision drills with Stewart, his prize pupil shattered the former single-season rushing record by nearly 400 yards and featured two games of more than 250 yards - the third and fourth highest single-game totals in school history. The junior also became the first Duck to surpass 2,000 all-purpose yards in a season, finishing with 2,481.
But he has prided himself in the expansion of his pupils’ talents beyond that of just running with the football. Campbell’s players tend to develop versatility, as evidenced by a pair of his 1,000-yard rushers tallying more than 50 receptions in one year. No better example of that flexibility can be offered than Terrence Whitehead. In 2004, Whitehead rushed for 1,144 yards, good for second in the Pac-10. The following season, his talents as a receiver were utilized as an extension of the Ducks’ running game as the program’s third-leading rusher of all time caught 52 passes for 490 yards to complement his 679 yards on the ground. He became only the second player in school history to accumulate 100 or more yards rushing and receiving in the same game.
In addition to his responsibilities coaching Oregon’s running backs, Campbell was in charge of the team’s kickoff return game in 2005, which led the Pac-10 (9th in the country) as well as featured the nation’s top individual kickoff returner in Stewart (33.67 avg.).
Campbell’s tutelage helped Onterrio Smith (2001, ’02), Maurice Morris (2000, ’01) and Reuben Droughns (1999) become the seventh, eighth and ninth 1,000-yard rushers in Oregon history -- the first time the Ducks ever boasted of consecutive 1,000-yard ground-gainers. Droughns and Smith were honored as his fourth and fifth, first-team all-conference pupils in 1999 and 2002. Morris, a second-round NFL pick in 2002, became the first back-to-back 1,000-yard rusher in school history, followed by Smith (2001-02) and James (2009-10-11).
The Ennis, Texas, native’s efforts have been extremely visible in the school’s record books as 15 of the Ducks’ top-17 single-season rushing totals have been recorded by Campbell protégés. Campbell’s backs also own Oregon’s top seven career rushing marks.
A proponent of the importance of developing running backs’ all-around game, he successfully tutored the school’s first conference rushing champion in 26 years in McCullough. One of the Ducks’ best tailbacks also established a school record by rushing for 15 TDs in only seven games in 1996 and equaled a Pac-10 record with five touchdowns in one outing. The former standard was bettered in 2008 when LeGarrette Blount ran for 17 touchdowns, and again with James’ 21 rushing scores in 2010.
In 1995, Campbell brought the potentially outstanding career of senior tailback Ricky Whittle to fruition. Whittle crushed Oregon’s one season all-purpose yardage record prior to McCullough bettering it, and became the program’s first running back ever to haul in 50 passes.
In 1998, he honed the talents of Droughns into becoming the first player in school history to rush for better than 200 yards in more than one game in the same season before injuries halted his ascension as one of the nation’s best.
A former starting fullback at UCLA, the 61-year-old Campbell came to Oregon in 1983 after one season at Pacific. In addition to his playing days at UCLA in the early 1970s, where he scored two touchdowns in one of Oregon’s biggest victories ever (1970, 41-40), he was a graduate assistant for the Bruins in 1976-78.
Campbell and his wife, Alola, have three daughters, Phillis McKinney, Traci and Janee; and one son, Bryan.