Camels Close Out 2020 Slate At Wake Forest

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell will finish out its 2020 fall schedule tonight (Friday) at Wake Forest. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at Truist Field in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The game, originally slated for Friday, October 9, was moved up seven days after Wake Forest’s September 26 game against Notre Dame was postponed.

The Demon Deacons head into their lone nonconference game of the 2020 season at 0-2 following a 45-42 loss at NC State on September 19. Wake opened the year against No. 1 Clemson, falling 37-13.

Sam Hartman has thrown for 418 yards and a touchdown, including 167 yards to Jaquarii Roberson, adding a TD catch. Kenneth Walker III, who posted 131 yards and three touchdowns against the Wolfpack, has totaled 150 yards on the year for the Deacons. Ja’Cquez Williams leads the way on the defensive side of the ball with 19 tackles, including 1.5 stops for loss.

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Campbell will be making its third national television broadcast appearance of the season at Wake, this time on the ACC Network.

Last time out
Campbell led Appalachian State for nearly the entire first half before falling 52-21 at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Playing a third-straight FBS opponent on the road, the Camels (0-3) led 13-10 before the Mountaineers moved in front on Daetrich Harrington’s TD with just 24 seconds left in the opening half.

Harrington rushed for 211 yards on 32 carries and four scores to lead Appalachian State (2-1), which finished with 404 overall yard on the ground.  Nate Noel added 131 yards on 14 attempts and one touchdown, while Zac Thomas completed 12-of-18 passes for 131.

The Mountaineers out-gained the FCS member Camels 535-305.  Campbell quarterback Hajj-Malik Williams completed 7-of-19 passes for 101 yards, while running for 44 more and two scores.  Jalen Kelsey had three catches for 61 yards, while Austin Hite hauled in a pair of receptions for 93 yards, 87 coming on a late TD.

Leading the Camels
Through three games of their abbreviated 2020 schedule, quarterback Hajj-Malik Williams leads the Camels, accounting for 654 yards and six of CU’s 10 touchdowns. The sophomore, named the Big South’s 2020 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and a 2019 Freshman All-American, has thrown for 475 yards and two TDs, running for a team-best 179 yards and four more scores.

The duo of C.J. Freeman and Bryant Barr have combined for 270 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, while Jalen Kelsey owns 12 catches for 159 yards, both team bests, adding a touchdown.

Darion Slade leads the Camel defense with 26 tackles, while Jonathan Jones and Ray Miller have notched 22 stops each.

Hill takes over at tight end
Stepping in as the starting tight end for the first time in his career, junior Julian Hill has impressed through three games in 2020, hauling in six catches for 102 yards. That mark is already a single-season high for Hill, who owned seven career catches for 90 yards heading into the season (previous high of 85 in 2019).

Hill’s 102 yards, despite the shortened season, are the most by a CU tight end since Michael Wooten put up 266 yards (20 catches, TD) in 2017. Wooten started the final 32 games of his career.