"I tore my ACL during the 4th game,"
Campbell. "Everyone knows at my position that scholarships are tight
on the D1 level, so that was not the time to go tearing my ACL (laugh)."
special teams players will go to specialty camps during the summer after their
junior seasons but Tyler took a different route.
"I just decided to
go to Ole Miss' and Arkansas' camps. I went on unofficial visits to Tulsa and
Vandy too, but I had been going to the Arkansas camps since Coach Nutt was there
and then he left to Ole Miss, so I decided to go over there."
kicking coach, Ken Turner, got the ball rolling with the Ole Miss staff.
kept my name in their ear while I was hurt. They invited me down to Jr Day, so
I went down there in March. It was the first time I had seen the campus. I was
use to Arkansas', so I did not know what to expect. But when I got down there,
I saw how much nicer it was than Arkansas' and the facilities were just as nice.
I did not expect that. That got me real interested in Ole Miss. Then I talked
to Coach Shibest at Jr Day, and I got to know him and Coach Jay Jones a lot better
and I really liked them."
The Rebels have had problems in the punting
department for the last two years so the new staff was looking to fill a void
in the upcoming class.
"Coach Shibest wanted me to come back down
there for their Sr camp to evaluate me. They said they were looking to sign one
punter and one kicker in their class, so I headed down there.
The 6' 3",
215 pound Catholic standout did enough at the senior camp to earn a spot on the
"Coaches Shibest, Ealy, and Jones went out there and they
watched me punt. They were impressed. I guess they talked to Coach Nutt before
I went into his office. Coach Nutt promised me a scholarship even though he said
they did not have one open right then."
A couple weeks later, the
scholarship was formally extended.
"They called my coach and he told
me on August 13th that I had a scholarship. I went to Arkansas' camp the week
before, but they said they wanted to see me punt my senior season before making
a final call. Ole Miss jumped on me. I knew they had confidence in me so I went
ahead and committed to them. I called Coach Shibest, and then I called Coach Nutt
to let him know. He said I just solved a big headache for him. Coach Nutt was
glad to hear the news."
Tyler is built more like a linebacker than
a punter, so power is not a problem.
"I usually kick it so long, I
outkick my coverage. Coach Shibest wants me to get the ball up higher on my foot
so the coverage guys can get down there."
The Arkansas Gazette
had this to say about Tyler's leg and recruitment
217 said he was punting from the goal line in the Vaught-Hemingway stadium and
one of the balls hit an unsuspecting coach.
The O-line coach (Mike
Markuson) was 75 yards away and I hit him in the back in the air, he said.
I was at the goal line and he was on the 25 (yard line) on the other side
of the field.
While impressive, the punt wasnt Campbells
This off-season I kicked one that rolled 107 yards,
Campbell said. I was underneath the goal post and it rolled into the other
For now, Campbell is just looking forward to playing
a complete season.
"I had a lot of expectations put on me last year.
I was the preseason 1st Team All-State selection at punter and then I tear my
ACL. I was pretty upset about it, but now I am out to prove that I am still the