July 16, 2014

Five Camels named preseason All-American by USA Football

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Five Camels, including Dalton Brown and Matt Farris taking second team honors, have been named preseason All-American by USA College Football.

Brown was named second team offensive line while Farris joined him on the second team at linebacker.

Three Camels were also named to the USA Football third team with Will Sawyer on the offensive line, Ugonna Awuruonye on the defensive line and Adam Lutz at punter.

Brown and Sawyer anchored the Campbell offensive line in 2013, also picking up All-PFL honorable mention nods last season. The pair helped CU rank second in the PFL in rushing offense at 233.2 yards per game. The Camels ran for more than 200 yards five times in 2013, including a school record 513 in a win over UVa.-Wise. CU also passed for more than 275 yards four times. Behind Brown and Sawyer, the Camels set 21 offense team records, including yards rushing (2,565) and passing (2,276).

The two started all 12 games for Campbell and Sawyer was a PFL Academic Honor Roll member.

Farris was also an honorable mention All-PFL linebacker last season, leading Campbell in tackles and finishing 21st in the PFL with 77 stops. The then redshirt junior added 4.5 tackles for loss, a sack, an interception and a forced fumble, tying a school record with 14 tackles against Charleston Southern. Farris added two tackles for loss with a sack against PFL co-champion Marist and intercepted a pass in Campbell's win over UVa.-Wise.

Farris, a Greensboro, N.C. native, was also a PFL Academic Honor Roll member and was tabbed third team all-PFL by College Sports Madness.

Awuruonye, a transfer from Towson, was an All-PFL honorable mention in his first season with the Camels. The Charlotte, N.C. native tallied a school record for most yards from tackles for loss (83) and picked up the second most tackles for loss (14.0) and sacks (7.0) in a single season despite only playing in eight games. The redshirt sophomore led the PFL in tackle for loss and stops by a defensive lineman, while ranking eighth in sacks in conference games.

Awuruonye was named the PFL Defensive Player of the Week following the Camels' final game of the season, making a team-high nine tackles with two for loss and forced a fumble in a win at Davidson. He was also named PFL Defensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness twice and picked up CFPA honorable mention accolades twice.

A Second Team All-PFL member in 2012, Lutz was an honorable mention recipient in 2013. Lutz posted a 41.7 yard per punt average in 2013, ranking second in the PFL. The junior pinned 10 punts inside the 20 and seven for more than 50 yards. Lutz also forced 18 fair catches and booted a long of 68 yards.

The Waxhaw, N.C. native was an Academic All-PFL First Team recipient last season in addition to earning PFL Academic Honor Roll, third team all-PFL by College Sports Madness and CFPA honorable mention weekly plaudits three times.

View the complete list of 2014 USA College Football preseason All-Americans here.

The Camels went 3-9 overall in 2013, finishing the year with a 47-14 win at Davidson. In addition to Campbell's 21 offensive team records in Mike Minter's first season as head coach, the team also reset four defensive marks, including sacks (27), and three on special teams.

Senior Kurt Odom became Campbell's first football All-America selection, earning Third Team honors from the Sports Network. Odom was also named First Team All-PFL while seven Camels took home honorable mention nods. Odom, along with Adam Lutz, Ben Bolling and Hunter Somerville were also First Team Academic All-PFL. Michael Rudisill and Lucas Smith both earned Second Team honors.

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