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Campbell Trying To Stay In Mix At Receiver


West Virginia University Redshirt Freshman Dante Campbell began spring practice with some work to do to move himself up the depth chart and in position to gain some playing time this fall.

Campbell, a 6-foot-4 and 215 pound inside receiver, produced and did so consistently throughout the spring to achieve his goal.

"I think I did pretty good in the spring," Campbell said. "The spring game I had like four catches and a touchdown. Going through the spring I started on the bottom and worked my way up. I got to keep working so I can get my playing time."

Now that he made the climb into the mix at receiver, Campbell needs to stay there. Perhaps the task of staying near the top of the depth chart is even more difficult than getting there.

"It's real hard to stay at the top because there are new guys coming in and they want the same thing I want," Campbell stated. "They want to play."

Some of the new guys he is referring to just arrived on campus. They still have very little idea what they are doing in 7-on-7 drills, but they are hungry to prove they deserve the chance to play just as much as he does.

One of the new inside receivers is Will Johnson. He stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 250 pounds. Receivers Coach Shannon Dawson described Johnson as "a freak" on signing day.

Campbell views Johnson as a teammate, but also his competition.

"He can be a big mismatch for us," Campbell said. "He plays the same position as me, so I am trying to teach him where to be on the field. He is a big body."

Campbell is counting on young players like Johnson and Jordan Thompson to make him better through their competition on the field, which in turn should help Campbell push the guys in front of him.

"Everybody wants to play, so the new guys are going to push me and then I am going to try and push Tavon (Austin)," said Campbell.

Campbell's attitude is in the right place. That attitude remains with him throughout offseason strength and conditioning work. He says his goal during those workouts is to get even faster before the new season begins.

"We work on speed almost every day with jump ropes and ladders and running mechanics," Campbell stated. "I want to be more quick with my cuts and getting out of my routes."

Campbell had a productive spring. He sounds determined to improve on that performance this fall and should be one to watch throughout training camp in August.

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