Six Camels Named to College Sports Madness Preseason All-Pioneer Football League Teams

Brandon Chandler
Brandon Chandler

BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Campbell senior defensive backs Brandon Chandler and Steth Monroe highlight a total of six Camels on the College Sports Madness Preseason All-Pioneer Football League teams, recently announced by the website.

Chandler, from Kernersville, N.C., and Monroe, from Waxhaw, N.C., were both listed as First Team Preseason All-PFL by College Sports Madness.

Junior defensive lineman Taurean Lynch collected second team accolades, while senior defensive back Paul Pizzuti notched third team honors. Junior running back Kurt Odom and senior offensive lineman Daniel Ritter were also named third team offense.

Chandler, a Second Team All-PFL selection in 2011 and two-time All-Conference Honorable Mention honoree, totaled 50 tackles for the season with 1.5 stops for loss and a sack. The senior also forced three fumbles, grabbed two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, and broke up four passes.

The senior defensive back added 28 kick returns for 577 yards and a 20.6 average, 12 punt returns for 143 yards and the team with 814 all purpose yards. Chandler also earned PFL Defensive Player of the Week accolades and earned an Honorable Mention from the CFPA after intercepting two passes and adding three tackles in a win at Marist.

Monroe earned Honorable Mention All-Pioneer Football League honors in 2011, and was named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) preseason Defensive Back Award watch list in June. The senior led the league with 15 passes defensed last season, adding four interceptions, good for second in the league. Monroe also recorded 4.5 tackles per game to rank among his position's leaders in the category.

Lynch, selected to the 2011 PFL Academic Honor Roll, posted 23 tackles with 3.5 for a loss, including 1.5 sacks, totaling 15 tackle for loss yards. The junior played in 10 of the team's 11 games, making five starts as a sophomore. The Raleigh, N.C. native notched six tackles with a sack in a win over San Diego, adding three tackles with a sack and a fumble recovery in a win over Apprentice.

Pizzuti, also named to the PFL's Academic Honor Roll in 2011, registered 47 tackles for the year and grabbed an interception at Georgia State to go with a pass breakup and five tackles. The Florence, S.C. native played in nine games as a junior, making a start against Morehead State, where he posted nine tackles and recorded a pass breakup.

Odom collected 534 all purpose yards as a sophomore in 2011, also earning First Team Academic All-PFL, CoSIDA Academic All-District III and PFL Academic Honor Roll honors. The Robbinsville, N.C. native registered 288 yards rushing, 57 receiving and 176 yards returning kicks. Odom rushed for one score along with 62 yards in a win over Apprentice.

Ritter, a senior from Ramseur, N.C., started six games as a junior in 2011 before a season-ending injury. Ritter helped the Camels to 1,194 yards and nine touchdowns rushing in the Camels' first six games, gathering a season-high 403 yards and eight scores on the ground in a win over Apprentice.

Campbell finished 2011 at 6-5 overall and 5-3 in PFL play, marking the program's highest win total since restarting the program in 2008. The Camels led the PFL in rushing for the third straight year (210.45 yards per game), placing 11 on all-conference teams.

T he Camels will kickoff the 2012 football season on Thursday night, Aug. 30, under the lights at Barker-Lane Stadium against Shorter.