BOULDER, Colo. – Points have not been at a premium thus far in the Big Ten Universities season. In six BTU matches, the winning team has averaged 62.5 points per contest.
With tries being scored at a feverish pace, there is not a lack of deserving options for September’s BTU Player of the Month. Some of the student-athletes who could have seen their name in the headline include Hunter and Tyler Crass of Wisconsin, winger Jojo Eramo of Ohio State, and Indiana’s Jake Hidalgo and Teddy Terezis.
This month, however, the best player in the conference was Bryce Campbell of Indiana. Three Hoosier teammates have at least as many tries as Campbell’s three, but it’s the inside center’s frame, speed, and straight-line running that creates the space for his teammates to be so successful.
“We have some players on our team that have very good statistics in regards to try-scoring,” explained Indiana Assistant Coach Dan Fitterling. “We feel those boys would recognize that they are beneficiaries of the attention that is required to contain Bryce – not to mention his passing skills and great decision making.”
It’s not only Campbell’s prowess in attack that makes him so effective. Indiana’s captain provides punishing tackling and plenty of vocal guidance.
“Bryce shows tremendous leadership both on and off the field,” Fitterling continued. “He has the total respect of the team.”
Campbell, who is majoring in Management from Indiana’s Kelley School of Business, is content with the team’s start (2-0 BTU, 4-0 overall) but knows there is plenty of work left to be done.
“We have gotten off to a decent start, but by no means have we met our potential for this year,” Campbell definitely said. “I am surrounded by great teammates and committed coaches that have high hopes and expectations for this year.”
Campbell will need to be at his best for the Hoosiers’ next test. This week, Indiana hits the road to tangle with No. 17 Michigan.