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Campbell Makes First College Catch Memorable


West Virginia University has its share of playmakers on the football team. Quarterback Geno Smith is the one receiving most of the attention. Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin are the receivers that spend most of the time in the spotlight.

The supporting cast includes some young receivers like Jordan Thompson, KJ Myers and Dante Campbell.

Myers and Campbell made their first collegiate catches very memorable because they were also touchdowns. Myers caught his in the season opener against Marshall. Campbell made his first college catch and touchdown against James Madison.

"It was amazing," Campbell said of his touchdown. "The first catch was my first touchdown. I don't think there is a better feeling."

Campbell is an inside receiver and worked the middle of the field in the red zone. Geno Smith found him on a slant and Campbell hauled it in for the touchdown.

"I knew I had a chance of getting it," Campbell said. "I thought it was going to go to Tavon, but I was the over receiver, so I got it."

Campbell had to be patient. He arrived in Morgantown a year ago and was redshirted. Campbell took advantage of that time to learn and be ready for the 2012 season.

"I was real patient," Campbell said. "I had to wait a long time for that. Everyone in this offense could get the ball, really whoever is open is going to get it."

"I think Dante Campbell and KJ Myers are both going to be very good as time goes on in their careers here at WVU," Stedman Bailey said.

Bailey appears to be taking Campbell and Myers under his wing and trying to help the younger receivers. He noticed how well the pair of youngsters handled their redshirt season and is seeing the rewards.

"That whole year off I tried to take advantage of putting muscle on me and getting ready for the next year," Bailey stated. "Those guys both did a good job of that as well. They have guys like us to learn from and see how we work the offense and things like that. I think that will be pretty good for those guys to build on."

Campbell enjoyed his first catch and touchdown. He expects more and more opportunities to come his way as the season continues.

"I think it will open up more opportunities," Campbell smiled. "If I keep working hard and not let that one touchdown make my season."

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