Campbell Added to Nagurski Watch List

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State junior defensive end/linebacker Ian Campbell has been added to the 2007 Bronko Nagurski Award Watch List, the Football Writers Association of America announced Monday. The Nagurski Award is given annually to the best defensive player in college football and is sponsored by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.


Campbell, a native of Cimarron, Kan., is one of just five Big 12 players on the list and is coming off a monster 2006 campaign. The All-America candidate is one of just four returning players nationally to record at least 11.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for losses in 2006.


Last season, Campbell was among the nation’s top pass rushers and earned All-Big 12 and All-American honors after totaling 67 tackles, 17.5 for losses, with 11.5 sacks. His 11.5 sacks tied the Kansas State single-season record and ranked second in the Big 12 Conference and 10th nationally. Campbell collected at least one sack in nine of 13 total games last season and was also a semi-finalist for the Hendricks Award.


The 2006 Houston Chronicle Defensive Player of the Year, Campbell was the league’s leading tackler among defensive linemen, led the Big 12 in tackles for losses and ranked third in the league in fumble recoveries during league play with three.

The FWAA All-America Committee selects the Bronko Nagurski winner from the association's 11-man All-America defensive team in November. The watch list was developed by the FWAA All-America committee with the help of the schools and conferences. The Charlotte Touchdown Club will hold the 2007 banquet on Monday, Dec. 3, at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded in memory of the legendary Nagurski, a former All-America lineman at Minnesota in 1927-29 and a star for the Chicago Bears in the 1930s.

Campbell and Kansas State open the 2007 season with a nationally-televised game at Auburn on Sept. 1. Kickoff is set for 6:45 p.m. CDT at Jordan-Hare Stadium.