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Campbell: 'I Just Blanked Out'

At 6 feet 7 and 310 pounds, Maryland left tackle Bruce Campbell is a physical specimen who can bench-press 490 pounds. People call him Zeus for a reason. So one can imagine that if Campbell is charging at you – not paying attention to any whistle --- it can be quite scary.

That’s pretty much what happened in the Rutgers game, when Campbell was called for a personal foul because of a late hit. Campbell said he saw wide receiver Torrey Smith go down, and it “triggered something in me.” Campbell described it quite well, so here is his version:

“Once I saw one of my teammates go down, it triggered something in me. I can’t see that. Seeing a teammate go down, an offensive player [Smith], he is one of my closer friends. Once I saw him go down, it just triggered something in my head. I was like, ‘I am going to go off.’ There was no holding back. My foot started hurting again, I didn’t care. I was focused.

“I had like tunnel vision. I just blanked out. I honestly didn’t hear the whistle, I didn’t hear anything until I saw the ref directly in front of me pull out his flag. I didn’t realize how far downfield I was either, until I turned around and looked. I put my hands up like, I didn’t know. It was not frustration, I just had tunnel vision.”

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 1, 2009; 4:07 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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