Buies Creek – Six games at Barker-Lane Stadium, including a Thursday night home season opener for the third straight season, highlight Campbell’s 2016 football schedule.
The Camels’ Thursday night season opener will be their fourth in five seasons, hosting Bluefield on September 1. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Campbell will head to Chowan nine days later (September 10) to take on the Hawks in its only road nonconference game. The Camelstopped Chowan 35-3 in Buies Creek in week two of the 2015 season.
The team’s final nonconference tune-up before heading into Pioneer Football League play will come against Big South member Presbyterian in Buies Creek. Campbell fell 23-13 at PC last season. The matchup will mark the fourth year in a row the Camels have taken on a Big South member. Game is slated for 6 p.m.
Campbell jumps into its ninth PFL schedule on September 24, hosting Butler. CU will be opening its PFL slate against the Bulldogs for thesecond straight year. It will be Campbell’s 2016 Family Weekend.
Three of the team’s four games in October will come on the road, starting with a trip to Marist on October 1. From there, CU heads to Jacksonville on October 8.
After the bye week, Campbell will host Stetson for Homecoming, October 22. CU topped the Hatters 16-6 on the road last season, limiting Stetson to 183 total yards in the win.
On October 29, Campbell will visit Drake for the first time since 2011. The Camels set a school record with nine sacks and held Drake to just 154 yards in a 24-14 win at Barker-Lane Stadium in 2015.
Campbell finishes out the season with two of its last three in Buies Creek, welcoming in-state rival Davidson on November 5 and San Diego in its finale on November 19. CU has claimed three in a row over Davidson, including last season’s 39-9 victory on the road.
CU’s final road trip will come on November 12 at Morehead State.
All remaining game times will be announced at a later date.
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The Camels ranked fifth in the nation in total defense in 2015 (279.3 per game), standing third in team sacks per game (3.55) and ninth in scoring defense (17.7). The team shattered program records for all three categories, adding single season marks for tackles for loss (85.0) and total sacks (38.0).
16 Camels were honored on the conference’s All-PFL teams following the 2015 season, with junior running back De’Shawn Jones, redshirt senior defensive lineman Ugonna Awuruonye and senior defensive lineman Greg Milhouse Jr. all receiving First Team All-PFL accolades.
The PFL 2015 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year went to Campbell’s Jack Ryan. Four Camels were also named to the 2015 Academic All-PFL teams.