BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Campbell's Brandon Chandler and Steth Monroe, both senior defensive backs, have been named to the Preseason All-Pioneer Football League team, announced today by the conference office.
"Brandon and Steth are really good football players and are really strong defensively," said Campbell head coach Dale Steele. "They've been steady players for us, and it's exciting to have two young men that other people in the conference think are good enough to be that type of player. We're very proud of for what they've achieved, and we look for big things out of them this fall."
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.
Chandler and Monroe were also listed as First Team Preseason All-PFL by College Sports Madness.
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.
The PFL released its 2012 preseason coaches poll yesterday, predicting the Camels to finish fifth in the conference. The pick is Campbell's highest since restarting the program in 2008.
The Camels will kickoff the 2012 football season on Thursday night, Aug. 30, under the lights at Barker-Lane Stadium against Shorter.