October 1, 2007

Campbell finds adjustment easy

NOTE: This is the first installment of a five-part series chronicling the adjustments of UConn true freshmen who have seen considerable playing time in the first five games of the 2007 season.

STORRS, Conn. - For much of Marcus Campbell's career at Bloomfield (Conn.) High, the current UConn freshman had to deal with whispers that he may be the next Dwight Freeney.

The standout defensive end, who also played at Bloomfield, just turned into the richest defensive player in NFL history this past summer when he signed a six-year, $72 million contract extension with the Indianapolis Colts. But while Campbell aspires for success on the professional level, he knows that he has to take it one step at a time.

"Of course I want to be able to play at that level, but that's a lot of the things a lot of people have been saying over the past couple of months and during recruiting," Campbell said. "I don't see myself filling his shoes. I just see myself setting my own path. I don't like following in footsteps or nothing like that."

Campbell has indeed began that path this season, filling in primarily in special teams and making his presence felt late in the game during the Huskies' five blowout victories. But his greatest success through this bye week came Saturday against Akron, when the 6-foot-2, 225-pound defensive end recorded four tackles to raise his season total to nine.

For many players, the adjustment to college life, especially the rigors that come with playing in a major Football Bowl Subdivision conference, can be difficult.

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