Kellen Campbell ascended from virtual anonymity at the beginning of last season to seize a starting job and make vital contributions to Pitt's Fiesta Bowl run...with bulldog determination and sharp football sense, Campbell rescued the Panthers when injuries depleted the fullback position...was a starter the final two months of the season, including the Fiesta Bowl...in Pitt's dramatic 16-13 win over West Virginia, Campbell threw a key block to spring Tyler Palko's game-winning two-yard touchdown run...his success is a fitting reward for his pride and perseverance...joined Pitt as a walk-on in 2001...made a favorable impression on his new running backs coach during this offseason..."Kellen is a very coachable player," David Walker said. "He does a nice job as both a ball carrier and blocker. Kellen did an excellent job picking up the scheme during the spring and I'm excited about what he can do this year."...was a high school teammate of junior quarterback Tyler Palko at West Allegheny.
2004: Played in nine games and started seven of the last eight contests...lone missed start during that stretch was at Notre Dame due to a four-receiver set...made his first career start at Temple (Oct. 9)...had three rushes on the year for six yards...had four receptions for 34 yards.
2003: Played in two games, making appearances versus Kent State and Syracuse.
2002: Did not play in any games.
2001: Redshirted as a true freshman.
High School: Football and wrestling standout at West Allegheny...earned all-state, All-Big 7 and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22" West honors in football under Coach Bob Palko...was the team's starting linebacker and running back from his sophomore year on...helped West Allegheny to three WPIAL football titles and one runner-up finish...in wrestling earned all-state and compiled over 100 career victories...four-year letterman in both football and wrestling...graduated with honors...junior class president.
Personal: Kellen Ryan Campbell, born 7/19/82, is the son of Kevin and Cindy Campbell...has two brothers...business finance major...father played football at Edinboro College...brother Kevin played football at Mercyhurst.
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