PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two Plymouth State University football players were honored by the New England Football Conference Monday after leading the Panthers to a big 28-17 win over Curry College last Saturday at Currier Field.
Sophomore linebacker Steve Campbell (Northborough, Mass./Algonquin) was selected NEFC Co-Defensive Player of the Week, and sophomore wide receiver J.J. Brooks (Seabrook, N.H./ Winnacunnet) was named to the NEFC Weekly Honor Roll. Campbell earns his second weekly NEFC honor this season, while Brooks was recognized for the first time. They were key players in helping PSU snap Curry's NEFC winning streak at 37 games.
A 5'11", 222-pound linebacker, Campbell (right) led the Panther defensive unit on Saturday, making a team-high nine tackles with one sack (-13 yards) and two tackles for loss (-20 yards). He anchored a PSU defense that held the Colonels to 296 yards and 17 points, which are 189 yards and 23 points below their season averages.
Campbell is tied for third on the Panthers this season with 34 tackles, including 20 solo stops. He has five tackles for lost yardage, including one sack, while collecting two interceptions, a pass break-up and a blocked punt. Campbell is also a reserve running back who has rushed for 122 yards on 17 carries (7.2 avg.) with two touchdowns.
A 6'1", 218-pound wide receiver, Brooks (left) caught two passes for 107 yards and one touchdown to lead the Panther offense against Curry. His first catch was good for 45 yards on third-and-29 to set up PSU's first score as he made a terrific snag over the Colonel defender then tip-toed down the right sideline for a first-and-goal at the four-yard line. His second catch was a 62-yard TD reception down the middle, also on third down to put the Panthers ahead 14-3 midway through the second quarter.
Brooks, who is also a back-up quarterback, is the leading receiver on a Panther team that runs the ball almost 90 percent of the time. He has seven catches for 223 yards (31.9 avg.) with three touchdowns and has also rushed for a TD.
The Panthers, 7-1 overall, 5-0 in the NEFC Boyd Division, and third in this week's New England Division III poll, have two regular season games remaining. PSU travels to MIT this Saturday and finishes up on Nov. 8 at home against Salve Regina. Plymouth State needs one win in its final two to clinch at least a share of the Boyd Division title and a berth in the NEFC Championship game on Nov. 15.
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