The Wildcats went 5-7 last season, losing four games by fewer than eight points. The season was frustrating for Campbell because it came a year after the highlight of his career, when Northwestern won its first bowl game since 1949 by defeating Mississippi State, 34-20, in the Gator Bowl.
Campbell had an interception in the game, one of eight in his career. Entering his final season, he is tied for ninth all-time at Northwestern in that category and is just three away from moving into a tie for third place all-time.
He started all 12 of Northwestern's games at strong safety, and his four interceptions helped him earn honorable mention all-Big Ten from the conference's coaches and media.
Off the field, Campbell has worked just as hard to take advantage of opportunities. The defensive back from Philadelphia is a three-time all-academic Big Ten player majoring in economics, and when he isn't playing football, he is learning how to apply his studies to the outside world.
Campbell has had three internships in the business world, most recently working for the Gelber Group, a trading firm, in the spring. For now, his goal is to make the NFL, but he can foresee a career in trading afterward.
Before his final season begins, Campbell is focused on making sure his secondary is ready to operate. Others in the program have taken note of his leadership.
"He's taken all the young guys under his wing and really shown them how to study tape, how to work out, how to think and operate and tick like a Big Ten defensive back, and just show them all the ropes," Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said.
Campbell is able to get back to the Philadelphia area to see his family just a few times a year, but he wouldn't have it any other way. He is spending his time trying to take advantage of every opportunity Northwestern gives him.