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Erik Campbell
Erik Campbell

Wide Receivers


Fifth year at Iowa

Alma Mater:
Michigan, 1988


Football to Play at Michigan on Saturday

Game notes: at Michigan


Football Travels to Indiana for Second Straight Road Game

Game notes: at Indiana


Campbell Knows B1G Games Present Challenges

Veteran Big Ten coach talks about the Hawkeye receivers


Campbell and Receivers are Anxious for Opener

Passing attack will benefit from receiver by committee


Moving Forward

Hawkeye football staff looks to the future with new personnel, ideas

Erik Campbell is in his fifth season as wide receiver coach at the University of Iowa. Campbell also coached the tight ends in his first two years on the Iowa staff. He joined the Iowa staff after serving as an assistant coach at Michigan for 13 seasons. Campbell also served as assistant head coach at Michigan for five seasons.

Iowa has been bowl eligible the past 11 seasons and has participated in 10 bowl games since 2001. The Hawkeyes won bowl games following the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons, defeating ranked opponents in both 2009 and 2010. The Hawkeyes have ranked in the final top 10 of both major polls four times in the past 10 seasons.

Iowa has appeared in six January bowl games since 2001. The Hawkeyes have won six-of-10 bowl games under Kirk Ferentz and his staff, including four January bowl victories. The January Bowl wins have come over Florida (2004 Outback), LSU (2005 Capital One), South Carolina (2009 Outback) and Georgia Tech (2010 Orange).

Iowa has won 85 games over the past 10 seasons, including 50 Big Ten games. The Hawkeyes earned a share of the Big Ten title in both 2002 and 2004 and tied for second in 2009. Iowa has finished in the Big Ten's first division in 10 of the past 11 years.

Campbell has participated in 22 bowl games throughout his career. After competing in bowl games four consecutive years as a player, Campbell has coached in 18 bowl games. He has coached in 13 January bowl games, the most recent being Iowa's victories in the 2009 Outback Bowl and 2010 Orange Bowl.

In 2011, Iowa's Marvin McNutt, Jr. was honored with the Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year award in the Big Ten Conference while being named first team all-Big Ten. He earned All-American recognition from several media outlets. McNutt led Iowa with 82 receptions for 1,315 yards and 12 touchdowns. He tied the school record for receptions in a season, while setting records for yards and touchdowns. In career statistics, McNutt is Iowa's record holder in receiving yards (2,861) and scoring receptions (28), while ranking second in receptions (170). He was selected by Philadelphia in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

The 2010 season marked the first time ever Iowa had two wide receivers earn all-Big Ten honors in the same season, as senior Derrell Johnson-Koulianos earned first team honors and junior Marvin McNutt, Jr., was a second team selection. Johnson-Koulianos became Iowa's all-time leader in receptions and yards (173-2,616). McNutt, Jr., led Iowa with 53 receptions for 861 yards and eight touchdowns. Iowa's offense has averaged over 220 passing yards per game in each of the past three seasons. Iowa has featured at least three players with at least 30 receptions in each of the last three seasons.

In 2009, Senior Tight End Tony Moeaki (30-387 yards) earned first team all-Big Ten honors after having the best season of his career. Moeaki was one of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey Award. He was selected by Kansas City in the third round of the 2010 NFL draft. Moeaki totaled 47 receptions for 556 yards and three scores in his rookie season before missing the 2011 season due to injury.

Iowa's offense in 2008 ranked second in the Big Ten in scoring (30.3) and first downs, third in time of possession and fourth in passing efficiency. Senior tight end Brandon Myers was drafted by Oakland in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL draft and has had three stellar seasons with the Raiders.

Campbell, at Michigan, was responsible for the wide receiving corps and worked with the team's punt returners for 13 seasons. Campbell added the title of assistant head coach prior to the start of the 2003 season. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Campbell coordinated the successful Women's Football Academy, put on annually by the coaching staff, which helped raise over one million dollars for the University of Michigan Cancer Center.

Campbell coached a 1,000-yard receiver an NCAA record eight straight seasons (1998-2005), with Braylon Edwards becoming the ninth player in Division I-A history and the first player in Big Ten history to achieve three straight 1,000-yard seasons. His streak of 1,000-yard receivers came to an end in 2006, but a record three Wolverines receivers gained over 500 yards for the first time in school history.

In McNutt and Edwards, Campbell has coached two of the top receivers in Big Ten history. McNutt's 1,315 receiving yards in 2011 ranks seventh best for a single season in the Big Ten, while Edwards had 1,330 yards in 2004 for the sixth best single season total. Edwards leads all Big Ten receivers with 39 career touchdowns, while McNutt ranks 10th with 28 career scores.

Campbell was a key factor in the punt return success of Steve Breaston, the Big Ten's career punt return leader. Breaston returned 127 punts for a conference record 1,599 yards (12.6 avg.) and four scores during his career.

Campbell coached three All-Americans during his tenure -- David Terrell, Marquise Walker and Edwards -- and had four players receive the Bo Schembechler Most Valuable Player team award. Campbell's players have earned All-Big Ten honors 18 times, including 10 first-team citations and eight second-team honors.

Campbell joined the Michigan staff in 1995 and coached some of Michigan's top wide receivers. His list of NFL products includes: Amani Toomer, a second-round draft pick of the New York Giants (1996); Mercury Hayes, a fifth-round pick of the New Orleans Saints (1996); 1997 Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson, a first-round pick of the Oakland Raiders (1998); Streets, a fifth-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers (1999); Marcus Knight, a free agent pickup of the Oakland Raiders (2000); Terrell, the eighth pick of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears; Walker, a third-round selection by the Tampa Bay Buccanneers (2002); free agent signee Ronald Bellamy by the Miami Dolphins (2003); Edwards, the third pick of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns; Jason Avant, a fourth-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles (2006); Steve Breaston, a fifth-round selection of the Arizona Cardinals (2007); Mario Manningham, a third-round pick of the New York Giants (2008); Adrian Arrington, a seventh-round selection of the New Orleans Saints (2008); and Myers, taken in the sixth round by Oakland in 2009. Edwards capped a record-setting career by winning the 2004 Biletnikoff Award as the top wide receiver in college football.

Campbell was a four-year letterman (1984-87) at Michigan and boasts starts on both sides of the ball. The Wolverines compiled a 35-13-1 record and won the 1986 Big Ten title while Campbell was a squad member. He is the only player in Michigan football history to start at all four secondary positions in one year.

Campbell saw the majority of his action at defensive back, starting 30 career games during his freshman, junior and senior seasons. He started the final 25 games of his career and added five starts as a true freshman. He completed his career with 113 tackles and five interceptions.

After collecting 29 tackles in five games as a freshman, Campbell switched to wide receiver for his sophomore campaign. He returned to the defensive secondary for the final two years of his career and saw plenty of action on special teams. He returned 13 punts for an average of 9.2 yards in 1985, and returned four kicks for an 18.5-yard average in 1986.

Campbell served as a student assistant coach at Michigan in 1988 before beginning his full-time coaching career as an assistant coach with the U.S. Naval Academy. Campbell spent two season's coaching running backs for Navy (1989-90), before accepting a position at Ball State University as the running backs coach (1991-93). Campbell coached one season at Syracuse (1994) before returning to Ann Arbor as the Wolverines' wide receivers coach.

Campbell is a native of Gary, Ind., where he was a prep star at Roosevelt High School. He was an all-state selection in football and gained All-American honors in track after leading his team to back-to-back state championships. Campbell is a member of both the Indiana High School Track and Field Hall of Fame and the Indiana High School Football Hall of Fame.

He was recognized in his hometown of Gary, Ind. with the Benjamin Hooks Award, presented by the Gary chapter of the NAACP, during the spring of 2010.

Campbell earned his bachelor of general studies degree from Michigan in 1988.

He was born January 21, 1966. He is single.


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"The University of Iowa has an outstanding national reputation as a first class University, both academically and within the football program and overall athletic department. I am proud to be a part of the Hawkeye family and to have this opportunity as a member of the Iowa coaching staff.

The University of Iowa has earned its reputation because of the outstanding people, and one of the main reasons for that reputation is Kirk Ferentz. Coach Ferentz is well respected as a person, as a leader and as a great coach with a dedicated and highly-respected staff.

Playing and coaching against Iowa during my career, I gained the utmost respect for the Iowa style of football; a well-prepared, physical, hard-hitting style that demands opponents to bring their best game when competing against the Hawkeyes.

The setting at Iowa provides a great atmosphere to assist you in reaching your full potential, athletically and academically, while preparing for your professional endeavors following your college career.

Iowa has established a history and tradition that ranks among the best in the nation for fan support, facilities and tradition for success. The fans are loyal and supportive; there is no better atmosphere than to be in Kinnick Stadium on a Saturday afternoon.

It is truly a privilege for me to be a member of the Iowa football program and the Iowa City community."

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