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Football star named OUA MVP

Laurier's Dillon Campbell named provinces top football player

After putting together one of the best seasons in school history, Laurier’s Dillon Campbell took home the 2014 Ontario University Athletics (OUA) MVP award. Campbell is the fourth Laurier player to be named OUA MVP and the first in 20 years, joining Bill Kubas (1994), Ken Evraire (1987) and Jim Reid (1977).

Coming off a breakout 2013 season in which he led the OUA in rushing, Campbell established himself as one of the best football players in the country in 2014, literally running away with the CIS rushing title. Helping carry the Golden Hawks from a 1-7 record in 2013 to a playoff appearance in 2014, Campbell amassed 1,458 rushing yards — 471 yards more than CIS second-leading rusher, Chris Reid from Mount Allison.

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OUA MVP Dillon Campbell (left) with Laurier head coach Michael Faulds. Photo courtesy of OUA.

Appearing in all eight of Laurier’s regular season contests, Campbell ran for 100-plus yards every game, 200-plus yards three times (including a school-record 293 yards against Toronto), and led the OUA and CIS with 13 touchdowns and 182.2 yards per game.

Campbell also recorded 206 receiving yards on 12 catches, giving him 1,664 all-purpose yards, which represents 46 per cent of Laurier’s total offence in 2014. Campbell set three school rushing records in 2014, including most carries in a season, most yards in a season and most yards in a game. He also recorded the second most rushing touchdowns in a single season in Laurier history.

“Dillon definitely had a season to remember,” said head coach Michael Faulds. “It is one thing for all of us at Laurier to recognize how good he is, but for all the OUA head coaches to vote him the OUA MVP shows how much everyone respects what he has accomplished.”