BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell wrapped up its 2021 spring with its annual Spring Game on Saturday, and dedicated its newly renovated football locker room, named for Louisa Alliene Taylor (‘89).
Saturday’s scrimmage concluded the Camels’ spring practice season, which began in mid-February.
Playing in front of a limited number of Campbell students and faculty/staff, as well as football student-athlete parents, the game kicked off at 9:30 a.m. at Barker-Lane Stadium, featuring 15 minute quarters and a running game clock, pitting the CU offense against the defense.
The state-of-the-art Louisa Alliene Taylor Football Locker Room at Barker-Lane Stadium was made possible by a naming gift from Louisa Taylor and Troy Lumber Company in Troy, North Carolina — and constructed by Longhorn Lockers, who is responsible for locker rooms at several Top 25 FBS programs (such as LSU, Alabama, Georgia, Clemson and Texas), as well as the Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens and a few NHL and MLS teams.
The Louisa Alliene Taylor Football Locker Room will become a key recruiting tool for a Campbell football program coming off one of its most successful seasons since returning to Division I play in over 12 years ago. Campbell finished its COVID-shortened season 0-4, but all four games came against FBS opponents, and all four opponents would go on to qualify for bowl games in 2020. Three of the four games were nationally televised, and Campbell’s tilt against Georgia Southern — a team that beat Louisiana Tech in the New Orleans Bowl, 28-3 this year — came down to the wire, with Campbell coming up short on a go-ahead two-point conversion attempt in the final seconds.
The Camels are scheduled to begin the 2021 season at Liberty on September 4, making its 2021 home debut on September 11 against Elon, 665 days since last hosting a football game at Barker-Lane Stadium (vs. No. 15 Monmouth, November 16, 2019).
CU returns a bevy of talent to its roster, including all six of its 2020 Preseason All-Big South selections.
2019 freshman All-American quarterback Hajj-Malik Williams was named 2020 Big South Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while 2018 first team all-conference wide receiver, Caleb Snead joined Williams on the preseason All-Big South offensive squad.
On the defensive side, returning First Team All-Big South performers Justice Galloway-Velazquez and Darion Slade, as well as 2019 second team all-conference defensive end Brevin Allen were all named to the preseason team.
Tyler McLellan, a 2019 Second Team All-Big South offensive lineman, was also named honorable mention preseason all-conference, leading the Camels up front.
Campbell is coming off a four-game, all-FBS schedule in the fall of 2020, taking on Georgia Southern, Coastal Carolina, Appalachian State and Wake Forest.