A week ago, IU football head coach Tom Allen said he wasn’t afraid to bench kicker Charles Campbell.
The motivational tactic worked, as the redshirt senior from Jackson, Tenn. connected on four field goals Saturday, including the walk-off game winner against Western Kentucky.
For his efforts, Campbell has been named the Big Ten’s Special Teams Player of the Week. He was also tabbed the Lou Groza Award Star of the Week.
The Academic All-Big Ten honoree earned the second league Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career. The first came after his performance at Rutgers in 2020. He is IU’s last Special Teams Player of the Week since punter Haydon Whitehead (Dec. 7, 2020).
Campbell notched his second career four-field goal game to tie the program single-game record in Indiana’s 33-30 overtime victory over Western Kentucky. He recorded a 51-yard field goal to win the game, his fourth career make from 50-plus yards and Indiana’s first walk-off field goal since 2016. His four field goals tied for the most in the FBS in Week Three and he was one of four place kickers to convert a 50-plus yard field goal.
Campbell is 32-of-39 (82 percent) on field goals and 52-of-52 in extra points in his career. He sits tied for ninth on the program’s career field goals list. Campbell is 5-of-6 from 50-plus yards and his four 50-yarders are second only to Pete Stoyanovich’s six from 1985-88.
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