Big Ten Player of the Month – October: Bryce Campbell

D1A Rugby: Big Ten Player of the Month – October: Bryce Campbell

LAFAYETTE, Colo. – Indiana University’s Bryce Campbell didn’t play in a Big Ten Universities match during October, but his rise into the Men’s Eagles lineup over the past month was more than enough to name him Big Ten’s Player of the Month for October.

After scoring a try in all but one conference match in 2015, Campbell and other 28 players were selected to tour Australia with the AIG Men’s Collegiate All-Americans. It was while on tour with the Collegiate All-Americans that the Indianapolis, Ind. native caught the attention of the Men’s National Team with his hard-nosed running in the midfield. Two months later, Campbell was packing his bags for Uruguay to once again put on the red, white and blue, but this time with the USA Rugby Selects.

During the three-match tour in October, Campbell shined again. In the Selects come-from-behind win against Canada, Campbell sent his opposite to the turf with a ferocious fend that ended up on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10 that evening.

The trio of performances in South America have Campbell one step closer to earning an international cap. On Friday, Nov. 4, Campbell will start at outside center against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks at Toyota Park outside Chicago. While he won’t earn a cap against the Maori All Blacks, another stellar outing could have Campbell in the mix for playing time during the Eagles test matches against Romania and Tonga later this month.

The emerging center hasn’t been around the Indiana program as often as he’d like this semester due to his obligations with the National Team, but he’s still very much apart of the team and their success. In two Big Ten matches before leaving for Uruguay, Campbell scored a combined three tries.

“He has been very solid on both sides of the ball,” said Indiana Head Coach Sarasopa Enari. “Besides that he is the captain for the team and brings outstanding leadership. He leads by example and demands excellence. Needless to say, he is well respected by the team.”

Campbell and the rest of the Men’s Eagles will take on the Maori All Blacks at 7 p.m. CT. The match can be seen live on The Rugby Channel.

Indiana, in Campbell’s absence, will play Ohio State Nov. 12 for the Big Ten Universities Championship. A win over the Buckeyes will be the Hoosiers second consecutive BTU title, and conclude another unblemished conference season after going undefeated in 2015.