|Calais Campbell makes it official, says he'll leave Miami early|
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|Thursday, 03 January 2008 14:25|
Campbell is one of two Miami players to leave early so far: safety Kenny Phillips also won't be back for his final year of eligibility with the Hurricanes in 2008. Both are projected to be first-round selections on most mock NFL draft boards.
Campbell graduated from Miami last month with a degree in sociology. He spent several weeks trying to decide if he really wanted to leave, but ultimately, the potential NFL riches were simply too much to ignore.
``It was a hard decision,'' Campbell said in a statement released by the university. ``But it's time for me to take the next step in my football career and I look forward to the challenges of the next level.''
Miami has had at least one player chosen in the first round of 13 straight drafts, a record, and the Hurricanes have sent 47 first-rounders into the draft since 1984 - by far the most of any school.
The 6-foot-8, 280-pound Campbell had six sacks this season for the Hurricanes, who finished 5-7 and missed a bowl game for the first time since 1997.
For his career, he finished with 169 tackles, 38 1/2 tackles for loss, 19 sacks and six forced fumbles. As a sophomore, he recorded at least one sack in seven straight games, the second-longest streak in Miami history.
Miami coach Randy Shannon was not available for comment, although Campbell said Shannon was ``very supportive and very happy that I received my degree, since that's what he's all about.''
``I'll miss the University of Miami and my teammates,'' Campbell said. ``I love it here. I'm a die-hard Canes fan and I bleed orange and green. I will always be part of 'The U.'''