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Notebook: Harris happy with Campbell's unselfish play

| Friday, Oct. 15, 2004

Pitt fullback Kellen Campbell was so thrilled to be starting against Temple that the junior walk-on from West Allegheny passed on a chance to score a touchdown. When Pitt called for a fullback blast at the Temple 1, Campbell deferred to Raymond Kirkley, who scored the go-ahead touchdown in the Panthers' 27-22 victory. "It was supposed to be me," Campbell said. "We had been shuffling all week. When Tyler (Palko) called the play, we didn't know who was supposed to do it, so I said to Ray, 'Go ahead.' " The 6-foot, 235-pound Campbell prefers to look on the bright side. He picked up the block on defensive tackle Eric Carpenter to spring Kirkley into the end zone. "Kellen played very well," Pitt coach Walt Harris said, "extremely well on the goal line."

  • Boston College coach Tom O'Brien's tailback carousel featured a new member when the Eagles last played two weeks ago. A.J. Brooks set a freshman rushing record in a 29-7 victory over Division I-AA Massachusetts at Alumni Stadium. Brooks ran 23 times for 160 yards and became the third BC freshman tailback to break 100 this season. Andre Callender (114 vs. Penn State) and L.V. Whitworth (129 vs. Ball State) all could be available Saturday when the Eagles (4-1, 1-0) play Pitt (3-2, 1-1).

  • BC offensive line coach Don Horton explained why his school is known as O-lineman U. "We identify kids who are athletic," he said. "Then we get them here and try to build them up. We want kids with good feet. We watch them play basketball and run track. We encourage them to play other sports, because it's good for them. Some guys say they're going to quit basketball to get bigger, but we want them to keep playing and hold onto their athleticism."

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