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Thursday, January 18, 2007

MU football: Hawks get two transfers

This will run in Saturday paper...

Two former Shore Conference football players, Middletown South linebacker Ryan
Campbell and Marlboro High School wide out Rodney Salomon, said they have transferred to
Monmouth University.

The 2005 high school graduates will be joining the team at spring practice in April.

Campbell, 6-3, 210 pounds, attended the Hun School in the fall of 2005 and the Naval
Academy for a while last fall. He will have freshman eligibility at Monmouth.

Salomon, 6-5, 208 pounds, had a productive 2005 freshman year at the University of
Maine but said he was bothered by a hamstring problem last season when he said he played in only a few games.
He will have to sit out this season under NCAA transfer rules and will have two years
of eligibility for the Hawks beginning in the 2008 season.

Campbell said he chose Monmouth over Delaware which would have taken him as a

""I got some academic money from Monmouth and it's closer to home, it's a lot better
for me,'' Campbell said.

""The level of football at Navy is a little different from Monmouth but Monmouth
football is really successful,'' Campbell said.

Campbell said at Monmouth he is looking forward to reuniting with former South
players Steve Dowens and Matt Walsh.

""And I know a couple of kids there from Wall, too,'' he said. ""And Callahan
(Monmouth coach Kevin Callahan) is a great guy, too.';'

As a high school senior Campbell, an Asbury Park Press First Team All-Shore
selection, helped team with current Stanford freshman Nick Macaluso to provide the 12-0
Eagles with the No. 1 defense in the Shore Conference.

Campbell had 71 tackles, seven sacks, and caused four fumbles.

At Maine Salomon saw action in 10 games, including starting the final five games of
2005 at wideout.

He caught eight passes for 111 yards (13.9 avg.) including two for 44 yards versus Massachusetts.

Solomon said he hopes to use the coming year off from participating in games to improve his skills. ""I
never played football before my junior year in high school,'' said Salomon. ""So it
gives me another year to get better.''

As a high school senior Salomon was named All-Shore Third-Team after making 25
regular season catches for 448 yards and five touchdcowns. He was also a career 1,000
point scorer in basketball.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony this is very good news,all the big time 1AA football programs are loaded with transfers.UMASS had 15 on there team this season.MU needs to get a few DIV 1A 5th season player from a Big East Team over the next few years.My hat is off to the football program.

9:41 PM, January 18, 2007  
Blogger muhawkfan said...

Hey Tony did this kid Campbell play last year? If so do you know anything about him? Sounds like he han't played much in a while. I like the kid from Main, him I have heard of.

8:07 AM, January 19, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Campbell did not play at Navy last year. Did play at the Hun School the prior year..but don't know how he did. Must have been Ok if he went from there to Navy.

Very good HS linebacker at South.

10:55 AM, January 19, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Monmouth was supposed to play Lafayette this year, but according to Lafayette's website. We're not listed on their 2007 schedule. They have Marist listed for there first game.

They do have an open date listed on September 29th but Delaware has Monmouth listed on their schedule for the 29th.

1:04 PM, January 19, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

As far as I knew MU was to open at Lafayette. I will check with KC next week. I believe the MU football schedule is still in flux.

1:40 PM, January 19, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The rich get richer.

Another step closer to the big time for the hawks.

4:13 PM, January 19, 2007  

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