Campbell Named Big 12 Player of the Week

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State's Ron Prince earned his first career win as a head coach Saturday against Illinois State and now has added his first conference player of the week award as sophomore defensive end Ian Campbell took Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors after a monster performance against the Redbirds.

Campbell had one of the nation's most dominant defensive efforts of the weekend and was a key figure in helping Kansas State preserve its season-opening victory over Illinois State. The sophomore lived in the Redbirds backfield and recorded career highs across the board in his first career start. It was the most statistically dominant performance by a K-State defensive end in nearly three years.

Campbell, who had just seven career stops (including one solo) for his career entering the game, collected eight unassisted tackles in the Cats' opener, including five behind the line of scrimmage. Three of those TFLs were sacks, as the Cimarron, Kan., native posted the second most productive sack total in school history. His final sack of the game occurred on the Redbirds' final drive of the game as Campbell sacked Luke Drone on first down at the ISU 15-yard line to help put the game on ice.

The last time a Wildcat was credited with three sacks dates to Andrew Shull's three-sack performance vs. Baylor on November 1, 2003. His five tackles for loss were also the most by any player in the nation this last weekend. Campbell also just missed on three other sacks and was credited with three quarterback hurries.

The honor is the first for Campbell and the first for a Wildcat since Parrish Fisher took offensive player of the week honors last season after a freshman-record rushing performance against North Texas. The last time a defensive player earned player of the week honors was Bryan Hickman after the 2003 Nebraska game, while the last defensive lineman to garner player of the week honors was Chris Johnson, following his school-record four-sack performance against Missouri in 2000.

The Wildcats will look for a 2-0 start to the season as they host Florida Atlantic Saturday evening at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6:10 p.m.